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Julia Hart

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Sunnysider marks 102nd birthday today

She has met famous people, was an early proponent of recycling clothing and a jogger before it became a popular form of exercise.

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Wine tour coming to Sunnyside

Next weekend will be an opportunity for wine enthusiasts from around the state to meet winemakers here in the Yakima Valley.

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New business opens full service office

A building at 223 W. Wine Country Road is a one-stop center for building, locating, buying and financing a new home.

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Hundreds turn out for homeless count

By 1:30 p.m. yesterday organizers of the Project Homeless Connect were calling the event a huge success.

Rachel’s Challenge coming to area school

The death of a Colorado teenager has sparked a nationwide movement to encourage children to be kind to one another.

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Family plans benefit to aid cancer victim

He is only nine years old but he is facing the biggest fight of his life.

Help available for the homeless

Survey set for Wednesday

Those who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless will find help at the annual Project Homeless Connect from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish Center, 921 S. Sixth St.

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Community honors Jim Trull

Overflow crowd mourns local leader

Hundreds turned out yesterday for a memorial service to honor a Lower Valley man described as “humble and authentic.”

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Adventure nearing its end for local woman

In just a few weeks the U. S. Peace Corps will lose the services of a Sunnyside native.

Habitat for Humanity taps Mabton housing organizer

Habitat for Humanity has a new leader with a background in helping Mabton residents secure funding for affordable housing.

Irrigation district team handling interim management duties

Though still feeling the pain from losing Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District Manager Jim Trull, who died Saturday, staff press on with a three-person management team for the time being.

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New owner, name, plans at local gym

Fitness club changes hands

There are changes afoot at the former Lower Valley Racquet and Fitness Club, as in this new year it is under new ownership.

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Lower Valley loses a leader

SVID Manager Jim Trull dead at age 69

Today the Lower Valley is marking the loss of a local, state and national leader on irrigation issues.

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Businesses look to second-year growth

New year, new outlook

The weekend of Cinco de Mayo 2014 seemed like a good time to open a shop downtown.

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Facing a new year with hope and faith

New year, new life

She was late to dinner on Dec. 15, 2014. Her family gathered at her Scoon Road home waiting for her when they got a call that Heidi Slinker was involved in a two-car crash on Interstate 82, near Toppenish.

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Yakima Valley man joins Burns protest

Those involved in the protest aren’t traitors. They are simply farmers looking to continue a way of life.

New Year’s Day closures

Residents, who expect their garbage to be picked up on Friday, will have to wait until Saturday to see their trash removed.

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve?

Where to go, where to meet to ring in the New Year

The best place to find a place to welcome in the New Year may well be with friends and families at small home gatherings this New Year’s Eve.

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Making a difference in 2016

Volunteers share why they serve

Why do people volunteer?

Former banker offering micro-business course

Thinking of starting a new business in the New Year?

Handling holiday bereavement

The holidays are a perfect time to stop and relax and enjoy the lights and sounds of the season.

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This ‘Hawk’ house is hard to miss

A home on South 15th Street features a Seahawks-themed lighted display that brightens an otherwise cold winter’s night.

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Santa’s in the house

Local woman holds toy drive for crisis center

Santa Claus made a special stop at Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services Monday to drop off presents for children whose families received services at the local agency.

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YV-Tech hosts open house

Good food, informative demonstrations and sparks from welding torches greeted those attending the Yakima Valley Technology Skills Center open house Wednesday night.

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Senior project designed to warm homeless

Danielle LaPierre is collecting clean used blankets and comforters for her high school senior project.

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Donations arrive in time for holiday food baskets

A truckload of food and frozen turkeys donated by Hanford Reservation workers arrived just in time to help fill local Christmas baskets.

Sharing holiday pain is program’s theme

The constant refrain on the radio and television advertisements, the music in shopping malls and churches about the happiness of the season reminds many people only of their personal losses.

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Taking the train to see Santa a family affair

Lower Valley families can add a new tradition to their holiday activities with a short train ride.

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Sunnyside couple plays Santa for the Studebaker Club

A local couple really know how to celebrate a wedding anniversary.

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Force Awakens Star Wars fans in Sunnyside

Costumes expected for Episode VII today

The Force is strong in the Lower Valley.

Bell ringer helping locals

Ringing a bell and collecting money for a good cause during the Christmas shopping season gives one Grandview resident something to smile about.

Homeless count in the works

The Lower Valley 2016 Point in Time homeless count is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church gym, 920 S. Sixth St., county homeless programs director Tim Sullivan said.

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Passion for Barbie

Local woman shares her collection

Collectors enjoy being surrounded by the items they spend hours researching and acquiring.

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Local postal workers ready to assist Santa

Nationally many post offices may close at noon on Christmas Eve, but that won’t be the case in the Lower Valley. All post offices will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Counselor retires after 23 years of service

Rose Marie Wrung will close the doors on her South Sixth Street family counseling office at the end of the month after 14 years in the same location.

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Lights out no problem for robots

A robotics contest, “Nothing but Net,” featured more than 200 high school engineering competitors vying for victory in the dark Saturday when the lights went out inside the high school gym.

School music offered locally

The halls are alive with holiday music this week at local schools.

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Volunteer honored for service

The exact day the first holiday meal here for senior citizens has been forgotten.

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Little drummer boy forming his own band

With Mom and Dad, of course

After building his own drum set at the age of three, a six-year-old Sunnyside boy now plays drums in a trio with his parents.

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Putting on the full armor of God

An apron and a sun bonnet served as object lessons in the fight against evil as described in Ephesians 6:10-18.

Storm damage causing mail delay

Extensive weather damage and flooding at the Spokane U.S. Postal Service processing center is causing a delay in mail service for the Yakima Valley.

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Walking for health becomes a competition

Walking as therapy following a back surgery a few years ago has led a local man in a new direction.

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Sewing passion leads to cottage business

A love of sewing led Kathy Esparza to create her own cottage industry – Kat Maui Kreations.

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Coat drive under way for local seniors

Proper winter clothing sought

Nearly every group in town is collecting warm clothes for school children.

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Don’t delay

Holiday mail deadlines loom

Planning to ship out Christmas packages and still hope to have them arrive before Christmas Eve?

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‘The Voice’ finalist shares with students

An opportunity to listen to live music during the school day is a treat, but having that music provided by nationally famous musicians is a rarity.

Non-profits eyeing fir fundraisers

The lights are on at local lots offering evergreen fans a selection of fresh-cut trees for their Christmas celebrations.

Food banks looking for help

This time of year, area food bank volunteers say they see an increase in the number of people seeking extra assistance with food.

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Drama club play worth seeing just for fun

For more than six weeks Grandview High School’s Drama Club has been rehearsing for last night’s premiere of its production of How the Other Half Dies.

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Childhood memories of Pearl Harbor

The Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack still resonates today with a local woman who was a child at the time.