The music lineup for the fifth annual Pendleton Whisky Music Fest is coming together.

Randy Houser, Brett Kissel and Pendleton Music Fest regular DJ Sovern-T have been added to this year’s list of performers, event organizers announced. The trio of artists will join headliners Eric Church and Macklemore, who were announced in late November, to round out the list of performers for this year’s concert.

Tickets for the July 11 concert go on sale Friday at

While this will be Houser and Kissel’s first Whisky Fest, DJ Sovern-T has served as the event’s disc jockey since its inaugural year in 2016. In addition to entertaining crowds between sets, DJ Sovern-T will perform at the annual Main Street kick-off party on July 10.

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Windermere Group One recently added Leslie Pierson to its Realtors in Eastern Oregon.

Pierson, a Boardman resident, will provide professional real estate services throughout Morrow and Umatilla counties, according to a news release. She will work out of the Hermiston office at 945 SE Fourth St., Suite B.

Pierson has a bachelor’s degree in animal science and experience in agricultural sales and marketing. She is an member of the Boardman City Council, Boardman Kiwanis Club and Oregon Cattlewomen. She said she became a real estate agent to provide new opportunities for her family.

“It’s an exciting time to be here,” she said in a statement. “Our communities are progressing and thriving, while honoring traditions and the people before us. We’re really blessed with people who truly care.”

For more information contact Pierson at 541-561-0330 or

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of Bank of Eastern Oregon.

The bank will be celebrating with open houses throughout the year at each of its 20 branches, starting in February.

The Arlington and Condon branches will go first with celebrations held Feb. 10-14.

The bank was first founded in 1945 in Gilliam County by a group of farmers and ranchers who saw a need for a bank in Eastern Oregon.

For more information, and to see a historical video about the bank, visit

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The menu for Thursday at the Harkenrider Senior Activity Center is baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, salad and dessert. Friday is sloppy Joes, potato chips, fruit and dessert. Monday is pork sandwich, pea salad, fruit and dessert. Tuesday is spaghetti, garlic bread, green salad and dessert. Next Wednesday is potato soup, garlic bread, salad and dessert.

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