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Dressing with blessing on Thanksgiving

Trinity Lutheran Church in Exeter holds 6th annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner for homeless, hungry and lonely to share food and fellowship By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – Generations of families gathered around a grand home-cooked meal. Friends unable to travel home for a weekend sharing take-out and wine. Those fighting for our freedoms overseas sharing a […]

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EUSD dress code gets with the times

Ball caps, pre-frayed clothing are now allowed on Exeter Unified School District campuses By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – While not as controversial as the discussion of racially-charged clothes in Visalia Unified, the Exeter Unified School District has made some changes to its dress code. In October, the Exeter school board unanimously voted to delete three […]

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Woodlake High School students prefer to stay on campus after school

Tiger’s Den afterschool program offers elective enrichment classes, student interaction after school By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN WOODLAKE – When the final bell of the day sounded, Elisabeth Reid had little to look forward to in the afternoon. The Woodlake High School junior would go home, do some homework and then wait for her parents to come […]

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VPD adds body-worn cameras to uniform

Visaila Police Department gets $306,000 grant to cover half the cost of outfitting 119 officers with body-worn cameras By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Tulare County’s largest police department is adept at capturing criminals, and by this time next year, they may be capturing those arrests on video as well. The City was informed on Sept. […]

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National Park entrance fee increase could hurt local economy

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park makes up $122 million of Tulare County’s economy By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – A proposal to increase fees at 17 national parks could generate millions for improvements to the aging infrastructure of the most pristine and picturesque places in our country. But it may also sap the local tourism […]

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Hotels ask City to tax them more

Hotel owners ask city to form a tourism marketing district to fund additional marketing of Visalia as a destination for conventions, events and tourism; self-imposed assessment would try and increase bookings By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – With rising minimum wage going up on Jan. 1, workers compensation rates going up every year and the uncertainty […]

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VUSD Board delays dress code change

Students, ACLU say banning references to “other hate groups” is not enough to address racial tensions on campus, administration’s lack of understanding By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Four students and an ACLU attorney asked the Visalia Unified School District board not to ban clothing that references hate groups because they say the simple change to […]

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Exeter at epicenter of California citrus industry

California Citrus Mutual celebrates trade association’s 40th anniversary on Nov. 16  By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – On Nov. 16, California Citrus Mutual (CCM) will celebrate 40 years as the “Voice of the Citrus Grower” at its Annual Meeting held at the Visalia Convention Center. And while its title accurately describes the statewide representation of its […]

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VUSD considers bond to build 5th high school

Visalia Unified will survey residents later this month on possible $300 million school bond By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The City Council’s Oct. 16 decision to allow a 200-unit housing complex in northwest Visalia prompted many questions about land use, planning and road maintenance and improvement schedules. But one of the most concerning issues the […]

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Visalia’s old courthouse may become a snazzy hotel

Local developer plans to transform the former courthouse into a 1930s-esque luxury hotel By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – An abandoned building in downtown may became a luxury hotel with an appearance that could have been ripped from the pages of The Great Gatsby. That’s the vision of Matt Ainley, lead developer of Courthouse Square Ventures, […]

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