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Visalia has most affordable housing in state

Visalia had the best ratio of home prices to household income in state, but none of California is considered affordable By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – California cities with affordable housing are no longer scarce, they are non-existent. But the San Joaquin Valley still maintains the most affordable housing market in the state with Visalia topping […]

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Visalia Medical Clinic CEO retires

Rick Strid helped VMC become largest multi-specialty clinic in the Valley during his 25 years there By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Twenty five years ago the corner of Hillsdale and Akers was the edge of town, transferring medical files meant handing them from one person to another, and Visalia Medical Clinic hardly had any technological […]

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Pastor Wiley preached peace for people of Farmersville

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN FARMERSVILLE – Pastor Jim Wiley didn’t need to find peace in death, he lived peace and helped others find it for nearly all of his adult life. Wiley performed most of the weddings, baby dedications, funerals, event invocations, and community prayers in Farmersville for more than four decades and still found […]

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City shuffles departments and directors

Council approves creation of General Services Department, names new public works director, leaves vacancy at community development director By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The City of Visalia underwent a reorganization last week.  At its Feb. 4 meeting, the Visalia City Council approved changes to several of its department heads, shifted departments beneath those positions, and […]

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Visalia native and “The Voice” alumnus Rudy Parris becomes new frontman for Buckaroos at Crystal Palace

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – As a child of the 1970s, Rudy Parris remembers tuning his TV to TNN to watch reruns of one of his favorite shows Hee Haw. The rural-based variety show offered laughs, good looking women, and, more importantly for Parris, quality country music the Visalia native could relate to. The co-host […]

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Tulare County will split cost of person to coordinate housing for the homeless

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – Tulare County continued its efforts to reduce homelessness in Tulare County by applying for funding traditionally used for public safety and transit. At its Jan. 29 meeting, the Board of Supervisors applied for $2.7 million in state grants, most of which will be used for fire equipment, but a […]

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Farmersville Council discusses offering sales tax reimbursements, hotel tax rebate to attract new businesses to town

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN FARMERSVILLE – Tax revenue in a small city is hard to come by, especially when businesses are hardly coming by. The City of Farmersville is hoping to change that by offering companies incentives to locate and improve an existing business, or build a new place of business in town. City Manager Jennifer […]

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Exeter Dist. Ambulance outperforms ambulance providers since July

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER– A year ago, Exeter District Ambulance began a three-month trend of late arrivals that nearly cost the public ambulance company its contract to operate in Tulare County. It was a stark contrast to the final three months of 2018 when the tax-funded ambulance was nearly perfect. District Manager Peter Sodhy delivered […]

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City starts rollout of 3-can waste system next month

Conversion of waste trucks from split can to single cans for refuse and recyclables began last week By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Work has begun on a long-awaited project to convert Visalia’s split-can for refuse and recycling to two separate containers. Jim Ross, public works manager for the City of Visalia, said the city […]

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Symphony celebrates Lincoln, black history in February concert

Sequoia Symphony to perform Gershwin’s jazz opera Porgy and Bess, Copland’s pioneering piece “Lincoln Portrait” in “Copland to Jazz” concert on Feb. 9 By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – Music helps us process complex cultural shifts in time, including the duality of American history of welcoming immigrants and wanton racism. When music attempts to rise […]

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