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Tulare County Fire Department breaks ground on station No. 1

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – Gerald Lindsay has seen a lot of changes to fire service in Tulare County since he began as a volunteer firefighter in 1974. He has seen his job switch from fire response to medical aides, engines get larger and more complex, and the use of new technology such as […]

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Somewhat controversial Visalia Wellness Center will open at 1223 S. Lovers Lane before the end of June

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A progressive, and somewhat controversial, mental health facility will open in southeastern Visalia this summer. The Visalia Wellness Center is scheduled to open its doors at 1223 S. Lovers Lane in Visalia sometime before the end of June. The 5,600-square foot facility was cast by neighboring residents as a treatment clinic, methadone clinic, […]

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Woodlake High School inducts three into Hall of Fame

2019 Inductee Earl McKee dies weeks away from Woodlake High School Foundation event By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN WOODLAKE – When the residents of Woodlake and Three Rivers gather on May 3 to induct Woodlake High School’s 2019 Hall of Fame class, it will be a celebration of three men who dedicated their lives to education, agriculture, […]

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Kaweah Delta to form nonprofit arm to employ docs, receive higher reimbursement

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA—Health care has dramatically shifted its philosophical and financial focus from caring for those in poor health to caring for the healthy to prevent poor health. Since the Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2010, preventative medicine has been central to how hospitals and clinics care for low income residents who suffer […]

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Prosecutors seek death penalty for GSK

Murder of Claude Snelling in Visalia is not eligible due to repeal of capital punishment from 1972-1978 By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN SACRAMENTO—California prosecutors announced last week they will seek the death penalty in the case against the man charged as the Golden State Killer, regardless of what the Governor says. During a brief court hearing on […]

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Seven Visalia schools among lowest performing in the state

Visalia Unified has more schools on list of state’s lowest performing schools than any other district in the valley; schools are falling behind in all or most state categories By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – California quietly released its first ever list of the lowest performing schools across the state in January and Visalia Unified School […]

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Visalia Council denies request to discuss a possible aquatics center at a future meeting

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Greg Collins asked his fellow city councilmembers for a final vote on whether or not to further investigate an aquatics center. Not only did they say no, they voted not to discuss the item any further. Collins first floated the idea of an aquatics center in 2017 and asked the […]

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Tulare County has plenty of jobs, lacks workers and houses for them

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – Build it and they will come, the “it” being more housing and the “them” being mobile mid-level managers and young professionals looking for housing, any housing. In his annual Economic Forecast to the Tulare County Economic Development Corporation on April 5, Christopher Thornburg, founding partner of Beacon Economics, said […]

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Fireworks funding request nearly blows up in nonprofit’s face

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Asking the city for more money to put on the community’s fireworks show nearly blew up in one local non-profit’s face. CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, has been running Visalia’s only fireworks show for the last two years. On April 1, CASA asked the Visalia City Council […]

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Farmersville authorizes staff to seek funding for transit center on Front St. near F’sville Blvd

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN FARMERSVILLE – The first spike driven into the ground to reestablish passenger rail in Tulare County may be in Farmersville. The Farmersville City Council took the first step in establishing a passenger train station earlier this month when they authorized City Manager Jennifer Gomez to work with the Tulare County Association of […]

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