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U.S. will be without Toys “R” Us in May

There is a small chance Visalia store could be part of a deal to sell the Canadian branch of the company @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A year ago, Visalia was able to side step the budget axe of corporate department stores closings that left Macy’s, Sears, Kmart and J.C. Penney intact in Tulare County’s largest city. […]

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Sushi restaurant moving into old Straw Hat Pizza in Lindsay

City okays permits for O-Sushi restaurant to locate in corner suite of Olivewood Plaza on Highway 65 @TheSunGazette LINDSAY – Straw Hat Pizza was a well known mainstay in the Lindsay Olivewood Plaza shopping center. Seeing it close was tough for some to take, but now residents can look forward to another type of restaurant […]

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Tax preparer arrested for ID theft and fraud

Brandy Engman of Engman Tax Service also arrested for falsifying tax documents, burglary @TheSunGazette VISALIA – If you got your taxes done in Visalia recently, you might want to double check the preparer’s name. On March 15, officers with the Visalia Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit served a search warrant at Engman Tax Service, in […]

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BBB issues an alert regarding online pet retailers Paw Prime and Affinity Pets

@TheSunGazette FRESNO – Better Business Bureau Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties is issuing a warning to consumers regarding a pattern of complaints concerning Corona, CA online pet retailer Paw Prime, which is also operating under the newly created name Affinity Pets. BBB recently opened an investigation against Paw Prime due to a pattern […]

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DA’s office says half of contractors contacted during 2-day outreach were out of compliance

@TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – About half of the contractors in Tulare County are operating without a license and proper insurance. During a two-day compliance check on March 7 and 8, investigators from the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit found that 18 of 36 businesses contacted were in compliance with the mandated […]

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Department of Food and Agriculture relaxes rules for citrus packing

CDFA allows bulk citrus grown in HLB quarantine area to ship for final packing outside of HLB quarantine area @TheSunGazette CALIFORNIA – The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and Huanglongbing (HLB) have wreaked havoc on citrus growers around the country. Scientists have managed to make strides in containing the problem, but some measures have come at […]

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Woodlake City Council sets cannabis tax rate

After several informational items, Woodlake City Council votes 4-0 with 1 abstention to set cannabis tax rate By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN WOODLAKE – The role cannabis plays in filling public coffers has become clearer since Woodlake City Council voted 4-0 with one abstention to set tax rates. All together the Council decided to tax retail 5% […]

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Board of Supervisors begin bidding process to remodel suites at Farmersville Civic Center for Health and Human Services Agency

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN FARMERSVILLE – The vacant space on the east end of the Farmersville Civic Center will soon be bustling with activity. At its Feb. 27 meeting, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors approved bid documents to remodel the 7,849 square foot space for the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). According […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for week ending March 10

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Corn is being planted as weather allows. Last week’s rain helped with winter wheat and oats growth. Ground preparation is continuing for spring row crops. Alfalfa fields need more time to fully develop before harvest begins. DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Stone fruit, pecan, walnut, and pistachio orchards, […]

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San Joaquin Valley Economic Index falls to 19-month low but remains in positive range

@TheSunGazette FRESNO — The San Joaquin Valley’s economy hit its lowest reading in 19 months but continued to remain in a healthy range with indicators of slow, but continued growths in the coming months. The trends were identified in the San Joaquin Valley Business Conditions Index. Produced monthly by Fresno State’s Craig School of Business, the […]

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