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Housing is next step to curbing homelessness

Visalia discusses tiny home villages, tent cities, permanent shelter, seatrain communities to address homelessness By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The City of Visalia spends $2 million each year to combat homelessness on every front. Police officers bring mental health clinicians to those living on the streets. Community Development provides storage for those migrating through […]

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Lindsay Community Theater finishes replacing marquee lights

Lindsay Community Theater finishes replacing the lights in its marquee after two-and-a-half years of toil By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN LINDSAY – A two-and-a-half-year tribulation to fix a Lindsay landmark finally came to a brilliant ending last week.  A small group of theater board members, community players, and theater management gathered in front of the Lindsay Community […]

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Cable, copper thieves severed fiber-optic line

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – Exeter businesses were cut off from customers earlier this month, but it was vandals who did the cutting and not upgrades by a local telecommunications company. Javier Mendoza, vice president of corporate communications and external affairs for Frontier Communications, said the interruption in phone and internet services in Exeter […]

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City Council votes to use one sales tax measure to balance another

City Council plans to transfer two fire positions, one police position from Measure T to Measure N By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The Visalia City Council is planning to use Measure N money to balance out Measure T.  At its Aug. 5 meeting, the Visalia City Council held its first public hearing to transfer two […]

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Exeter businesses cut off from customers last week

Frontier customers with 592 phone numbers could not call out or receive calls or access the internet for portions of last week and all of Friday, Aug. 2 By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – Exeter commerce came to a grinding halt last week after vandals severed a local telecommunications company’s fiber optic line. Customers living […]

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STEM-ing the tide of poor math scores

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN WOODLAKE – Less than 10% of Woodlake High School graduates have met California university requirements, one third of the countywide average. According to the California Department of Education, just 9.6% of Woodlake graduates met requirements to attend a University of California or a California State University compared with 35.6% for Tulare […]

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Visalia Unified enters 19-20 school year with an eye on seven of the state’s lowest performing schools

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Six months after discovering that seven of its schools made the state’s first-ever lowest performing schools list, Visalia Unified School District enters the 2019-20 school year with a watchful eye on those sites. The seven schools included every grade level from five elementary schools, one middle school and a […]

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Lindsay High School launches program goal for learners to graduate with one year of college complete

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN LINDSAY– Lindsay High School has long provided its students with the means to pay for some of their college classes with scholarships. But now the school is hoping students will be able to lower the cost of college by completing a full year’s worth of units before graduating from high school. […]

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