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Housing affordability hits a decade low in Tulare County

California Association of Realtors says only 65% of households can afford an entry level home By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – The number of families who can afford to buy a home in Tulare County is at a low for the decade since the housing market crashed.  According to a report released earlier this month […]

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‘Door’ closes on Visalia’s unique music venue

The Cellar Door will close after Aug. 19 celebration looking back on 13 years of live amateur and celebrity music at nightspot By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The Cellar Door in downtown Visalia offered a unique blend of concerts that ranged from celebrities to relatively unknown bands. But the great guitar riffs, hot record spins […]

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Former Exeter Police officer, Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., charged with the 1975 murder of Claude Snelling in Visalia

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The case against California’s most prolific serial criminal came full circle last week after the county where the Golden State Killer began was finally able to charge him with a crime.  Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward and Visalia Police Chief Jason Salazar held a joint press conference on Aug. […]

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City taps into Barrelhouse business model

Visalia City Council approves new rules requiring taprooms that allow underage patrons to provide family friendly activities By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – When Barrelhouse opened in Visalia over a year ago, residents cheered the taproom for pouring youth activities into the mix of craft beers and live music.  The City of Visalia believes in Barrelhouse […]

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City Council approves new food truck districts after Visalia Mall says they are bringing more business inside

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Food trucks in Visalia will now be able to operate in parking lots of specific areas of the city to protect brick and mortar restaurants from unfair competition. But there is a possibility that food trucks may actually augment business for local restaurants.  Before voting in three new food truck […]

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New principal George Tapenas brings 34 years of experience to Lindsay High School

By Reggie Ellis and Patrick Dillon @Reggie_SGN   |   @PDillon_SGN LINDSAY – Freshmen weren’t the only ones experiencing their first day at Lindsay High School on Monday. Not only was Aug. 13 the first day of school for new principal George Tapenas, it was also his first day of school in the district. Tapenas brings […]

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Farmersville Unified expects to begin construction of high school pool this fall

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN FARMERSVILLE – Plans to build Farmersville’s first public pool remain on track to open the facility by the start of the 2019-20 school year.  Farmersville Unified Superintendent Randy DeGraw said the Department of the State Architect (DSA) – which provides design and construction oversight for public schools and various other state-owned and leased […]

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Construction begins this month to convert courthouse to hotel

Investment group closes escrow on old courthouse building to create boutique hotel “The Darling” By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The County of Tulare closed escrow on the sale of the old County Courthouse building on Aug. 1 to a group of local investors who plan to transform the building into a boutique hotel. Courthouse Square […]

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Tulare County schools graduate students at higher rate than state

Tulare had highest district wide graduation rate in 2017; Strathmore schools graduated the highest percent of students By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – Local high schools are graduating students at a higher rate than the state average.  Tulare County’s four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate was 88.7% for the 2016-17 school year, higher than the statewide […]

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Visalia Unified School District OKs second raise for employees

State pays district more than budget, Visalia Unified board ups 3% raise in May to 3.7% for all employees By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Visalia Unified employees will get a pleasant surprise in their paychecks this year.  On July 24, the Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) Board approved a 0.7% raise for classified staff, teachers […]

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