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On April 1, Woodlake sales tax will increase by one cent, Farmersville will increase by a half cent

@TheSunGazette WOODLAKE, FARMERSVILLE – Woodlake residents will be paying a penny more on the dollar on their purchases and Farmersville residents an extra 50 cents on the dollar beginning next month. On April 1, sales tax in Woodlake will increase from 7.75% to 8.75% and in Farmersville from 8.25% to 8.75%. In Woodlake the one […]

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Self-Help offers free water testing, home filtration systems

Households with unsafe nitrate levels will be provided a home filtration system at no charge @TheSunGazette PORTERVILLE — Residents in Porterville and the surrounding communities who rely on private water wells as their primary source of drinking water may be consuming water with contaminants such as nitrates. Self-Help Enterprises, a community development organization that works […]

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Visalia’s tax revenues to outpace projections

Visalia purchases equipment, puts more into reserve fund and into fund for new civic center By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The City of Visalia is projecting to finish the current fiscal year with more money, lower than expected expenses, new equipment all while adding more to its emergency reserve fund and socking money away for […]

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Ex-con, parolee caught with loaded gun in Lindsay

Two men try to ditch gun, loaded magazine as officer approaches their vehicle during traffic stop @TheSunGazette LINDSAY – When officers start to pull you over it’s a little late to start throwing things out of the car and claiming that they aren’t yours. But that’s exactly what two Lindsay men did last week. At […]

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Farmersville finances ‘miles ahead’ of previous years

City Council gets encouraging report during audit report for the 2016-17 fiscal year By Crystal Havner Special to the Sun-Gazette FARMERSVILLE – The City of Farmersville’s finances have come a long way in recent years. That was according to Fausto Hinojosa, CPA from Price, Paige and Company, who presented the councilmembers with the 2016-17 fiscal […]

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Councils show resolve for DACA residents

Lindsay and Woodlake city councils approve resolutions urging Congress to pass a path to citizenship for DACA recipients By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN LINDSAY – Two more cities joined the ranks of local governments supporting federal legislation to protect those who were illegally brought to the United States as children. The city councils in Woodlake and Lindsay […]

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Gangs still active in small towns despite drops in crime and incidents

Two 17-year-olds are caught with gang tattoos, clothing; 15-year-old caught with alcohol @TheSunGazette LINDSAY – The Lindsay Unified School District and the Lindsay Department of Public Safety have made significant strides in preventing juveniles from joining gangs and preventing gangs from spreading among its youth. But a recent arrest reminds residents it is important to […]

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OBF Court geared toward making their community and country a better place

This year’s Orange Blossom Festival Court are driven to make their community and country better by coming back after college, going into law enforcement @TheSunGazette LINDSAY – Lindsay’s celebration of spring and the bloom of its boon crop will be held April 7-15 this year with the theme “Driven to be the Best.” The week-long […]

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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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