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Primary 2018: Three candidates vie for District 4

Community activist, Ivy League executive, and doctor of chemistry try to replace retiring Steve Worthley By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – When Steve Worthley, the longest tenured member of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, announced last year that he was retiring, the questions were less who will fill his seat than how.  How do […]

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EUSD ends contract with boys home

Courage to Change says court ordered boys will have to attend high school instead, but Exeter Unified says those foster youth would attend a separate school By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – One of the smallest and most controversial group of students at Exeter Unified School District were at the center of a tug-of-war between the […]

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Best Buy Market partners with Rosie app to offer online grocery orders and curbside pickup

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A locally owned, independent grocer is allowing customers to get their weekly groceries without ever stepping foot inside the store.  Earlier this year, Best Buy Market at the corner of Walnut Avenue and Giddings Street, became one of the first grocery stores on the West Coast to partner with Rosie, […]

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Exeter Unified redesigns EUHS library, classrooms at all levels to be 21st Century learning environments

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – Exeter Unified is continuing to change the way education looks, and also how it feels.  Last November, Exeter Unified School District board members voted to redesign 18 classrooms into 21st Century learning environments as part of a pilot project to see how teachers used space differently to improve student engagement. […]

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Symphony concludes season with Beethoven’s last and best

Sequoia Symphony performs Beethoven’s 9 in its final concert of the 2017-18 season By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The Sequoia Symphony will end their season with the last complete symphony ever composed by Ludwig Von Beethoven – his ninth. It was also his most successful and is still considered one of the greatest symphonies ever […]

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Orange Blossom Festival’s Grand Marshal enjoys 50 years of parades

2018 OBF Parade Grand Marshal is Tom Spurlock; City Council proclaims him “Outstanding Citizen” By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN LINDSAY – Tom Spurlock has seen 50 Orange Blossom Festival (OBF) parades, 45 of them from his front porch. But this year, he saw the parade from a whole new vantage point—as the 2018 OBF Grand Marshal. After […]

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Tulare County man sues packing house for age discrimination

James Jordan said he was terminated by Wonderful Citrus Packing after 25 years for younger, less experienced worker By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – A Tulare County man alleges he was terminated from his job at a citrus company because of his age after 30 years with a citrus packing company. James K. Jordan, represented […]

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McWane, Inc. has dramatically improved its safety record since damming 2003 investigation

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – Waterman Industries announced last month that the company was sold to McWane, Inc., the nation’s largest pipe manufacturing company. The Sun-Gazette covered the sale in a March 14 article titled, “Waterman Industries acquired by McWane, Inc.” The article also included a brief history of McWane’s questionable safety record, which was […]

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Stacked Bar and Grill, Cowboy Burgers eyeing new locations in Visalia

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Keeping its reputation as a Valley foodie destination, Visalia will soon welcome two new burger spots to its growing list of not-so fast food eateries.   Stacked Bar and Grill, which features wide-mouth, mouth watering burgers stacked with your choice of toppings, is planning to open a 7,000-square foot restaurant […]

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75% of water boards have not held elections in four years

Community Water Center report details the danger in the lack of accountability for those in charge of a community’s most necessary resource By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – In 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Human Right to Water into law making California the first state to recognize that access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking […]

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