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Woodlake continues to weigh in on weed, sales tax

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN woodlake – The clarity of Woodlake’s potential revenue stream from cannabis and increased sales tax is more than hazy. In fact it took two public hearings in a row to try and hash out the salient details. But ultimately the decision to allow cannabis businesses in the city and whether to […]

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Farmersville budget includes salary freeze; honors retiree

By Crystal Havner Special to the Sun-Gazette farmersville – Budget deficits are almost becoming a way of life for cities. With stagnant sales tax revenue and increasing costs to labor and health care, city halls are finding it hard to close the gap. And now that California cities just entered into the 2017-2018 fiscal year, […]

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Rural funding is on its way

@TheSunGazette sacramento – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced 58 local governments in California will receive total of $48.3 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2017. The payments are California’s share of the record $464.6 million distributed to 1,900 local governments in the country this year. This is the […]

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Solving Visalia’s homeless problem begins with ‘HOPE’

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – There is little agreement on what the most essential first step is in the effort to reduce homelessness. Some say its housing, others say jobs, a few say mental health and many say faith. But in Visalia, reducing homelessness all starts with HOPE. Earlier this month, the Visalia Police […]

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Exeter ambulance returns to Farmersville

By Mackenzie Carmen @MCarmen549 exeter- The Exeter District Ambulance, also known as EDA, decided to place one of their units in Farmersville once again, with the hopes of being able to respond to more calls in Visalia. Starting July 1, one of the two units already stationed in Exeter will move to Farmersville part time. […]

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Lindsay food bank finds a home

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN lindsay – The organization dedicated to helping Lindsay’s homeless has been homeless itself the last few weeks … but hopefully not for much longer. The Lindsay-Strathmore Coordinating Council (LSCC) vacated its former home at 189 N. Elmwood Ave. on June 10 to make way for the new owners of the building […]

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Grand Jury unearths issues at Woodlake Cemetery

By Mackenzie Carmen @MCarmen549 woodlake – The Woodlake Public Cemetery District has been investigated by the Tulare County Grand Jury, and their findings reveled many issues. Issues include poor maintenance, mishandling of money, not complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act and more. The first of the Grand Jury’s findings include damaged headstones that have […]

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Attempted burglary causes ‘Extreme’ damage to local shop

@TheSunGazette exeter – A security gate prevented a group of burglars from stealing guns but not before destroying the storefront of a local gun shop. At 1:55 a.m. on June 20, Exeter Police officers were dispatched to Extreme Shooting Sports, 1137 W. Visalia Road, in response to an attempted commercial burglary. Officers arrived on scene […]

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Fireworks on sale in foothills area

@TheSunGazette foothills area – Beginning this week local charities will be opening up their fireworks booths in order to provide some bang to the holiday festivities. Non-profit organizations register and set up these booths in Exeter, Farmersville, Lindsay and Woodlake, each year in order to raise money for projects in their communities. If you are […]

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