Articles by Jeff Morrow

Jeff Morrow retired from the Tri-City Herald in 2015. Jeff spent 30 years on the Herald's sports staff, including the last 19 as the sports editor. Although he likes to write, Jeff still finds time to travel, golf and take care of his family's three dogs. He and his wife of 31 years, Connie, have two adult daughters.
Sun Downs race track season to feature three weekends of racing beginning April 27 after a snowy winter delayed the season's start. (Photo courtesy Ginny Harding)

Horse race season gallops to starting gates

Season set to open April 27 with three weekends of racing The snowy start to this year’s horse racing season delayed training for more than a month at Sun Downs Race Track in Kennewick. It also postponed the start of the annual six-day meet at Sun Downs. But don’t despair, horse race fans, the season…

Richland’s Tim Krantz, center, holds the Diamond Club award he recently received from Darden Restaurants for his leadership and professional development of his team members. Krantz is director of operations for eight Olive Garden restaurants in the Northwest. Darden CEO Gene Lee, left, and Darden President Dan Kiernan, right, stand beside him. (Courtesy Tim Krantz)

Olive Garden manager earns national award for ‘exceptional’ service

When he was young, Tim Krantz wanted to be a doctor so he could take care of people. But that dream never came true for the Richland man. Instead, Krantz has spent the last 22 years working in the restaurant industry, taking care of his employees and customers. As the director of operations for eight…

Franchise owner Donnie Lewis said he plans to open three CBD American Shaman stores in the Tri-Cities within the next six months. His Kennewick store opened in October.

Franchise owner plans to open more CBD stores in Tri-Cities

If you let him, Donnie Lewis will talk your ears off about hemp and the virtues of CBD oil. He isn’t alone in his enthusiasm. Many people are turning to CBD to help with a variety of ailments, ranging from lack of sleep, anxiety and depression to pain relief. That’s why Lewis opened a CBD…

Jim Pridemore, Tyler Pridemore and Karen Pridemore stand in front of a wall filled with children’s costumes at Picture Yourself’s studio at 627 The Parkway in Richland. The business’ create-it-yourself studio for photography and videography allows customers to rent studio time by the hour or pay for a monthly membership. Picture Yourself also offers photography classes.

Picture Yourself provides create-it-yourself studio space

Family-owned business also offers photography classes Jim and Karen Pridemore have opened a new business at 627 The Parkway in Richland that aims to create lasting memories. Picture Yourself is a create-it-yourself studio for photography and videography in which customers can rent studio time by the hour or pay for a monthly membership. The company…

C and E Trenching of Pasco continues to grow, with the recent acquisition of a septic tank company and moving into a larger office on North Glade Road. The company began in 1994 with a focus on digging trenches on farms and has expanded to include industrial contracting and commercial excavation services. (Courtesy C and E Trenching)

Pasco trenching company buys longtime septic tank business

C and E Trenching has been digging dirt for 25 years Curtis Wray can be pretty self-effacing and humble. When asked what he sees his company, C and E Trenching LLC and himself doing in five years, he said he doesn’t know how to do anything else. His father, Everett Wray, bought the business in…

RDO Equipment Co.’s new lawn and land store, which opened recently in Bismarck, North Dakota, will be similar in concept to the one scheduled to open in Kennewick this spring next door to Ranch & Home. (Courtesy RDO Equipment Co.)

RDO Equipment Co. to launch new store format in Kennewick

Homeowners, hobby farmers and do-it-yourselfers will be able to shop for lawn mowers, compact tractors and utility vehicles at a new store in Kennewick this spring. The new RDO Equipment Co. concept store will open by April 1 on the south side of Kennewick Ranch  Home off Columbia Center Boulevard. RDO’s new retail store format…

Accounting firm strives to set up small business owners for success

Barb Fangman and Scott Williams had seen how most accounting firms do business — and they wanted something different. And it’s been working. The owners of Insight Accounting Solutions have seen their Richland company — which Fangman started in 2012 — grow. “We are experiencing 50 to 70 percent growth a year,” said Williams, who…

Jeff Bender of Jeff Bender Golf Academy in the Tri-Cities invested thousands of dollars to build a golf studio at Richland’s Columbia Point Golf Course to help his students improve their game. (Courtesy Jeff Bender)

Golf coach builds classroom on the green

It took Jeff Bender a few years to find his calling. But it always involved golf. Yet the daily battle as a golf pro to sell golf clothing to make a few bucks didn’t do it for him. Instead, it was teaching golf. And more importantly, teaching the game to kids. So Bender, who lives…

Mark Howell, center, owns Sandy’s Trophies in downtown Pasco. He’s standing in front of a display of trophies with employees, from left, Sandy Stephens, Jaime Stephens, Debbie Wirick and Gregg Wirick. Howell has owned the business since 1987, but it’s been open since 1964.

Longtime Pasco trophy shop strives to make lasting memories

For Mark Howell, the key to running a successful business is more than just making gobs of money. As the owner of Sandy’s Trophies in Pasco, Howell believes caring a lot about people is just as, if not more important, than the bottom line. He and his first wife bought the established business from the…

Vivian Terrell opened the Tri-Cities’ first HoneyBaked Ham Café in Kennewick last December. In addition to café fare, the franchise also sells meats, side dishes and desserts that can be heated up and served at home.

Customers hungry for hams find tasty fare in Kennewick

Almost one year to the date Vivian Terrell opened the Tri-Cities’ first HoneyBaked Ham Café, the entrepreneur feels the business has been a success. “I feel good. I’d give this last year an 8,” said Terrell, on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best. A steady stream of customers came through…

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