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.
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…

Construction is underway on a new $1.1 million clubhouse at Columbia Park Golf Links golf course. The city of Kennewick is paying for the 2,600-square-foot facility that will house a restaurant and pro shop. It’s expected to open in April. (Courtesy city of Kennewick)

New Columbia Park golf clubhouse to offer riverview dining in spring

Imagine driving down to Columbia Park and playing a few holes of golf. And when you envision golf, it doesn’t necessarily have to be the kind played with a club and small white ball – although it could. It also could mean kicking a ball into a bigger hole, called foot golf, or throwing a…

The success of Burbank’s Firehouse Subs restaurant at 838 Uhling Road means the opening of more in the Tri-Cities, with the first at 10799 Ridgeline Drive in the Badger Canyon area of Kennewick, expected to open in March.

Firehouse Subs, Sun Markets planning expansion in Tri-Cities

Business has been good for the only Firehouse Subs restaurant in the area. The Burbank franchise has done so well that another is planned – along with a Sun Market convenience store and gas station – in the Badger Canyon area in Kennewick. Shawn Sanderson, division manager for Kennewick’s Sun Pacific Energy, owners of the…

The Kennewick School District is working on the second phase of construction at Amistad Elementary School at 930 W. Fourth Ave. The $18 million project features a detached addition with 22 classrooms, gym and offices. (Photo: Kennewick School District)

K-12 education: more students require more schools

The Tri-Cities’ three public school districts continue to grow. And because of that, so do their capital projects. Whether it’s new buildings, schools or facilities, the Kennewick, Pasco and Richland school districts have been busy completing projects from recently passed school bonds — and planning for future growth. Some districts already are planning new bond…

The Brelsford Vineyards apartments are under construction at the north end of the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus in Richland. They will include one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom units. (Photo: Scott Butner Photography)

Higher education: college projects could depend on state funding

The Tri-Cities’ two colleges have plenty of capital projects planned in the coming years, though some are dependent on approval and money from the state Legislature. At Washington State University Tri-Cities in north Richland, the campus now has an apartment complex open for students who wish to live close to class and has plans for…

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