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Cities begin testing water at schools for lead

New law requires water fountains be tested for lead at every California school built before 2010 By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY — A little less than a year ago, Rueters discovered that children in some California communities, including one in Fresno, were exposed to higher levels of lead than children in Flint, Mich., which made […]

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Visalia City Council will require new taprooms provide games for children, detailed plan for avoiding underage drinking

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The City Council’s creation of a micro brewery overlay district was applauded as an innovative way to revitalize east Main Street by allowing local breweries to open without the expense of starting a restaurant. Supporters said it would create a social hub for those more interested in sampling than getting […]

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Spartans sell student produce at roadside market

Spartan Market sells broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, eggs at Strathmore High School Ag Farm By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN STRATHMORE – When it came time for Toni Avila to choose where she would go to high school, the Lindsay resident decided to attend her parents’ alma mater at Strathmore High School (SHS). Now halfway through her junior […]

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City Council slowly idles forward on food truck rules

City Council still concerned that gourmet food trucks will hurt downtown restaurants by offering cheaper prices By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Balancing the need for new entrepreneurial ventures and existing businesses has proven to be quite complicated. But it’s hard to pinpoint laws that benefit both when one business is a moving target and the […]

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Darth Vader and 501st Legion of Storm Troopers precede Sequoia Symphony concert celebrating composer John Williams

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Listening to music is a different experience from hearing it as part of a film. There are no images to connect with the music. In an era of streaming video accessible at any time, we often lose the meaning of music without the context of its visual counterpart. For example, […]

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J. G. Boswell Co. withdraws Yokohl Ranch project to build 10,000 homes east of Exeter

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – A foothills area city that would have literally changed the landscape of Tulare County has been scrapped. The J.G. Boswell Company notified Tulare County last week that it was formally withdrawing its application for Yokohl Ranch, a new city planned for development on 36,000 acres in the foothills east of […]

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iFoster program will provide as many as 144 foster kids in Tulare County with laptops

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN SACRAMENTO – It’s difficult to stay connected to people, places and paperwork when you move from one home to another several times each year. It’s a common scenario for foster children who often don’t have access to computers where they live, especially those living in rural counties like Tulare County. In order to […]

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Woman of the Year Cheryl Cook dedicates her career and retirement to supporting local youth

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN LINDSAY – The only constant in the Lindsay Unified School District is change, and no one has witnessed more positive changes that have taken place in the educational system than Cheryl Cook. Cook, proudly wrapped in her colorful wardrobe, began her career as a substitute teacher in Delano before taking a position […]

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25th annual Springfest show is Feb. 9-11 at the Visalia Convention Center

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – With spring-like weather already in the air, why not get a head start on your household projects by planting some Magnolia in your living room. Linda McIntosh, owner of Etc. (explore the collection) on E Street in Exeter, will be bringing the latest from Magnolia Homes line of furniture to […]

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Student and adult task forces to discuss Confederate flag issue before Visalia Unified board votes on dress code changes

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The Confederate flag is protected speech under the First Amendment, even for minors on a school campus. But it can be banned if the district finds that it is disruptive to the school or if it causes emotional distress by targeting a student, such as bullying. That was the explanation […]

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