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New home building permits are up 30% in the first half of 2019

By John Lindt Sierra 2 the Sea news service VISALIA– This spring, economist and Beacon Economics founder Chris Thornburg said the Valley is in need of more housing if they want their economic pie to grow. Fortunately, the number of new home building permits is well on the rise. New home building permits in Visalia […]

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Ambulance in Woodlake gains traction

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – A plan to bring ambulance service to Woodlake and Three Rivers finally gained some traction last month. At a June 3 meeting, the Exeter District Ambulance (EDA) board of directors received a promising update from District Manager Peter Sodhy. He told board members that the Ambulance Provider’s Association of Tulare […]

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Solar firms heating up in the Valley

Fresno/Kings & Tulare solar farms will supply community-based power providers, more to come By John Lindt Sierra2theSea News Service TULARE COUNTY – More renewable power will be flowing to community-based power providers across the state from new solar and wind farms heading to construction in the San Joaquin Valley. These are typically new customers for […]

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Sheriff’s Office arrests Exeter man for grand theft

Tulare County Sheriff’s Office uses ag theft deterrent SmartWater to nab Juan Castaneda for grand theft @TheSunGazette EXETER – Catching a criminal red handed is a tough thing to do, that’s why the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office opted for yellow instead. On Monday, July 1, TCSO Ag Crimes detectives served a warrant at a home […]

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Rabobank launches new ag lending brand

Visalia is among 10 locations across California to open as Rabo AgriFinance @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A new yet somewhat familiar ag lender opened its doors in Visalia on July 1. Signs on the door featured the recognizable blue and orange logo icon of Rabobank, though the name is now slightly different: Rabo AgriFinance, which is […]

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Last toy store closes in Tulare County

Professor Toy closes in Visalia; will continue at Fresno location and online at ProfessorToy.com By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Tulare County has closed the doors on toy stores. Professor Toy, Tulare County’s last remaining toy store, closed the doors to its Visalia location, 3448 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, last week. Owner Rob Fox said the […]

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Farmersville budget cuts fire chief, opts for volunteer

City Council votes to convert full-time position to volunteer chief after federal grant expires By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN FARMERSVILLE – Five years after hiring its first-ever fire chief, the City of Farmersville is eliminating the position. At its June 24 meeting, the Farmersville City Council approved the City’s 2019-20 fiscal year budget cutting the fire chief […]

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Exeter budget on the brink as revenues dwindle

Finance director Chris Tavarez closes budget gap for 2019-2020 fiscal year, concerned over revenues needed to maintain current level of service By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN EXETER – Exeter’s new fiscal year is deficit free, but the City is emphatically saying that holding the budgetary line will not be a possibility in the future. It took some […]

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Valley leads charge in power struggle with State

@TheSunGazette FRESNO – This summer has seen unseasonably inexpensive utility rates thanks to mild temperatures but every Valley resident knows that higher electric bills are inevitable. That isn’t true for the winter months, when heaters are fueled by natural gas, a less expensive power source that has become renewable through new technology, some of which […]

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Woodlake budget slows as major projects end

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN WOODLAKE – After spending the better part of this decade completing massive beautification and transportation projects in its downtown, Woodlake is ready to get back to basics: Fixing potholes, upgrading its sewer and water systems and improving services to residents. Since 2013, the City of Woodlake has revamped a mudhole into a […]

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