Articles by Jeffrey 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.
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…

Scott Schoffstall, owner of Hole in the Wall gun shop and shooting range at 7509 W. Deschutes Ave., said his two biggest customers are for target shooting and self-defense. Schoffstall’s uncle started the business 47 years ago.

Indoor shooting range keeps customers returning to Kennewick gun shop

Scott Schoffstall understands the formula for staying in business for 47 years. “The key is to not get overextended,” said the owner of Hole in the Wall in Kennewick. “When people start businesses, sometimes they borrow $400,000 to $500,000 from banks, and they end up paying the banks. If you can’t afford to do it,…

Regal 8 Cinemas will shut down its theater at Columbia Center mall in Kennewick later this summer. Mall officials said they have plans to redevelop the space for a new retail company.

Kennewick’s Regal 8 Cinemas to close at mall

While the Tri-Cities will add 10 more movie screens later this year when Kennewick Fairchild Cinemas opens, it will lose eight screens at the Columbia Center mall. The Regal 8 Cinemas will shut down later this summer to make room for a larger retail space, said Barbara Johnson, general manager for Kennewick’s Columbia Center. “We can…

From left to right, members of North American Young Generation in Nuclear, or NAYGN, chapter at Framatome: Chad King, Rianna Preston and past president Abbey Donahue. (Courtesy Framatome)

Engineers earn national kudos for creating nuclear fuel assembly model

Present a problem to an engineer and that engineer will find a solution with enthusiasm. That’s what a group of people did recently at Framatome in Richland. Caleb Sarka, Rianna Preston, Chad King, Destinee Rea, Jeff Waddell and Manuel Seubert all work for Framatome. And all are members of the North American Young Generation in…

Ki-Be Market owners Lori and Mark Loften recently received the Washington Food Industry Association’s 2017-18 Community Service Award. The Loftens have owned the Benton City grocery store for 12 years. (Courtesy WFIA)

Ki-Be Market owners encourage Benton City pride

One would be hard pressed to find bigger boosters of Benton City than Mark and Lori Loften. The couple have lived in the small town west of the Tri-Cities since 2006 where they own and run Ki-Be Market. Along the way, they’ve helped their community and employees, supporting citywide cleanup efforts, employees down on their…

(Courtesy Meheen Manufacturing Inc.)

Pasco manufacturing company Meheen moves to Colorado

For more than 26 years, employees of Meheen Manufacturing Inc. have churned out bottle upon bottle of beer, soda and juice in the Tri-Cities. But that ended last month, as Meheen moved its equipment and operations from 325 N. Oregon Ave. in Pasco to Colorado. As part of a combined business with Wild Goose Canning…

Kamaljit “Kam” Singh and his wife Sukhbans Shahi, center, prepare to cut the ribbon and talk about their plans for the Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center in Pasco during a grand opening ceremony on April 25. Singh bought the hotel for $13.1 million. (Courtesy Kamaljit “Kam” Singh)

New owners of Pasco Red Lion plan roof, exterior upgrades

The new owners of the Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center in Pasco introduced themselves to the community during a recent grand re-opening ceremony by feeding everyone Indian food. It was Kamaljit “Kam” Singh and his wife Sukhbans Shahi’s way of telling everyone present at the April 25 event that “we’re all family.” He also…

Nicole Derryberry of Kennewick and her husband Jeff will open 9Round kickboxing gym this month. The new gym is on Columbia Center Boulevard in Kennewick.

Kickboxing fitness gym to open this month in Kennewick

Nicole Derryberry said she’s always had an entrepreneurial spirit. It’s just been a matter of finding the right business niche. And she thinks she’s found it with 9Round. She and her husband, Jeff, are opening the franchise this month at 321 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite B, in Kennewick. “I want to help people change…

Carlos Roman stands in front of boots and hats sold at his store, Caballero Western Wear, at 515 W. Lewis St. in downtown Pasco. Roman and his father-in-law own and operate four western wear stores in Eastern Washington.

Successful western wear store operates in four cities

Carlos Roman knew when he was young he wanted to be an independent businessman. And the 1996 Othello High School graduate is well on his way. Roman, together with his father-in-law, Ambrocio Barajas, owns four Caballero Western Wear stores in four Eastern Washington cities, including his newest store at 515 W. Lewis St. in Pasco.…

Spokane-based construction company opens new Tri-City office

Walker Construction Inc. may be a Spokane-based company but it’s done enough business over the years from Walla Walla to Yakima that it has opened an office in the Tri-Cities. The new office is at 2810 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. “We’ve been in our new office for at least 30 days,” said Jon Barter,…

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