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A&W has claimed half of Waiters Race titles, including its current owner

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Watching waiters balance trays as they scoot across pavement might be an unusual site for most restaurants, but not at A&W. The restaurant chain of root beer fame was one of the first fast food restaurants that was made popular as a drive-up spot in the cruising 1950s. Waitresses shuttling […]

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E Street Market brings the best parts of a farmers market without the hassle to downtown Exeter

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – No store epitomizes Exeter’s “shop local” motto better than its newest retail store. E Street Market is owned by three women who either live, work or do both in Exeter. Every item in the store is made in Tulare County, unless it isn’t made here, and then the products fall […]

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Farmersville Unified school board gets first look at future aquatic center

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN FARMERSVILLE – The Farmersville community has long envisioned an public pool in town where children can learn to swim, families can cool off in the summer and teens can compete in several sports and the high school can finally host a home swim meet or start a water polo program. And last […]

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Visalia Industrial Park is growing interest, square footage from manufacturers and distributors

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The City of Visalia is feeling pretty good about business, and the feeling is mutual and mutually beneficial. In his update of the industrial park on Sept. 5, economic development manager Devon Jones told the City Council that businesses located in the city’s industrial park off Plaza Drive are reporting […]

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Exeter District Ambulance swears in third member at first meeting in two months

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – The Exeter District Ambulance (EDA) Board resumed meetings late last month after a two-month hiatus due to a lack of quorum. The public ambulance district was able to hold its regular meeting on Aug. 24 after the recent appointment of Adam Pfenning to fill one of three vacancies on the […]

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County residents can attend workshop tonight, Sept. 13 to comment on location of train stations, loading platforms

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – For more than half of this country’s history, the primary mode of mass transportation was the railroad. It was the railroad that decided where commerce would be located and shape the geography and growth of cities large and small up and down the San Joaquin Valley. Railroads meant farmers of […]

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Lindsay Unified offers free pre-kindergarten for all

Lindsay Unified expands their program to provide free preschool for every learner in the school district By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN LINDSAY – Educators have long known the importance of early childhood education programs, such as preschools. There are entire non-profit networks and regional agencies tasked with preparing students for elementary school in the hopes of graduating […]

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Visalia considers breaking away from the EDC of Tulare County

City provides more than half of Economic Development Corporation’s public funding and discussion could ripple throughout its members By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Economic development is an essential part of every municipality’s plan to attract new businesses that bring with them new tax revenue, higher property values and bigger payrolls with more dollars being reinvested […]

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Plan to revive rail between Kings and Tulare counties, public workshop Sept. 13

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Imagine being able to travel from Porterville to Los Angeles without having to drive a car. Or what about going from Exeter to San Francisco without ever boarding a bus. Those scenarios may become realities in the not-too-distant future as the Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) continues its development […]

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Carol Nieman and Mona Selph share fall art exhibit at Exeter Courthouse Gallery through Oct. 29

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – Two artists, one whose art career began in Tulare County and the other whose career has left a lasting impression on it, will intersect at the Exeter Courthouse Gallery for its latest show. The show, titled “Ladies of the Fall,” began on Sept. 2 and features porcelain artist Carol Nieman […]

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