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.
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…

Dara Quinn holds a special commemorative T-shirt to celebrate The Emerald of Siam’s 35th anniversary. She and her brother William Quinn co-own the restaurant-music venue in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland.

Its recipe for success? Heaping helpings of food and music

For years, Dara Quinn took her music on the road, sharing her love of it with others all around the United States. Today, she shares music — hers and many others’ — at The Emerald of Siam in Richland on a daily basis. Thai food and music have become a winning recipe at The Emerald…

Myron Pierce has more than 16 years of experience running vehicle detailing businesses, including the one he launched in West Richland two years ago, Recon Techs Tri-Cities.

Longtime car detailer finds success in West Richland business

Myron Pierce loves nothing better than making a car gleam. It’s something he’s done – make cars look great – for years, and he’s doing it now with his business, Recon Techs Tri-Cities, at 4193 W. Van Giesen St. in West Richland. “I love cars, from the time I played with my Hot Wheels when…

Dee Pridemore, left, owner of Vivid Imaginations Professional Face & Body Artistry, shows off her face-painting talent on reporter Jeff Morrow at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams in Kennewick.

Former Disney World artist launches face-painting business

Dee Pridemore wants people to know that face painting can be more than a hobby. She has made it her business to change the perception and has turned it into a professional career. By all accounts, it’s been successful as she’s recently landed work with an Oregon amusement park. “I love making people happy,” she…

Inca Mexican Restaurant owners Javier Rodriguez, left, and Antonio Mendoza are planning to move their Kennewick restaurant from its current location at 3600 W. Clearwater Ave. to Marineland Village by November. 

Kennewick Inca Mexican Restaurant to move to Marineland Village

One of the longest-standing restaurants in the Tri-Cities is moving, although not very far. Inca Mexican Restaurant in Kennewick, at 3600 W. Clearwater Ave., will relocate up the road to Marineland Village. Owners Javier Rodriguez and Antonio Mendoza expect the new Inca to be ready at 201 N. Edison sometime in November. The current building…

Erik Roach, owner of U.S. World Class Taekwondo, opened a second location at 3001 W. 10th Ave. in Kennewick in August. (Courtesy U.S. World Class Taekwondo Tri-Cities)

U.S. World Class Taekwondo expands to Kennewick

As a 5-year-old, Erik Roach knew what he wanted to do when he first saw “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” on television. He wanted to be involved in martial arts. Now 31, he’s still a fan of martial arts. He’s even earned a black belt. But today, he’s more interested in what his students can do…

Kelley’s Tele-Communications at 8121 W. Grandridge Blvd. in Kennewick opened in 1968 as a telephone answering service. The 50-year-old company has evolved over the years but its answering service continues to be the cornerstone of the business. (Courtesy Kelley’s Tele-Communications)

Kelley’s Tele-Communications finds success by adapting to changing market

On July 1, 1968, Jerry and Elaine Sovereign bought the Pasco office of Kelley’s Telephone Answering Service Inc. of Seattle from then-owner Max Kelley. Fifty years later, Kelley’s Tele-Communications is still going strong, complete with a name change in 1983. Jerry and Elaine are still the owners, but their daughter, Julie Sovereign, has been the…

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