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City of Exeter agrees to move forward with program that will exchange current streetlights with LED bulbs

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN EXETER – According to current Exeter city manager Randy Groom residents often bring up the need for more streetlights around town. Groom says that streetlights are prohibitively expensive, but hopefully with Southern California Edison’s (SCE) light conversion program, things are going to get brighter regardless. “We get a lot of calls requesting […]

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Lindsay Chamber honors its diversity with annual awards

All-America City’s annual award winners display a diverse cross section of the nation and its own community By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN LINDSAY – The All-America City displayed the diversity of American culture during the announcement of its annual award winners last week. The Lindsay Chamber of Commerce handed out most of its sixteen community honorees during […]

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More antique stores participate in Exeter’s annual Christmas Open House Thursday evenings now through Dec. 21

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – Hipsters looking to ironically bring back antiquated items, “slow” living movements emphasizing local shops and farmers markets, and national days set aside for small businesses are all trying to capitalize on something Exeter has always known – you can’t really have a strong community without a downtown vested in locally […]

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Farmersville City Council reviews first quarter of fiscal year

Despite an impending financial uptick from the City’s sales tax increase, ongoing costs will still outpace additional revenue By Crystal Havner Special to the Sun-Gazette FARMERSVILLE – The City of Farmersville was prepared to be reeling with their fiscal outlook in June, as a result residents and the City welcomed a half-cent sales tax increase. […]

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Exeter District Ambulance, accused of violating CVRA with illegal use of at-large voting system, issues no response

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN EXETER – The City of Exeter is all but finished changing their election system from at-large to districts, but the Exeter District Ambulance’s (EDA) election woes are just beginning. Early last month on Oct. 3 the Law Offices of Melo and Sarsfield LLP issued a “demand letter” to EDA Clerk of the […]

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Woodlake, Farmersville voters approve sales tax increases and new cannabis tax at ballot box last Tuesday

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN WOODLAKE, FARMERSVILLE – Last Tuesday, Nov. 7 voters were faced with two major decisions in Woodlake and Farmersville: whether to tax cannabis businesses and whether to increase their city’s sales tax. According to Tuesday’s vote count and Friday’s update, citizens were ready to see some change. As of Friday, 268 Woodlake voters […]

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Lindsay not ready for canna-business

Lindsay City Council ready to discuss commercial cannabis ordinance but still prohibits it from city limits By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN LINDSAY – While Woodlake and Farmersville are inching closer toward whole and retail commercial cannabis sales, Lindsay is not quite ready to give the green light. By Jan. 1 2018 commercial cannabis businesses will not be […]

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Farmersville issues letter of support for a legislative solution to DACA program’s rescission

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN FARMERSVILLE –  Last week the Tulare County Board of Supervisors issued a letter to their federal delegation in support of a legislative solution to the DACA program rescinded in September. The Lindsay Unified School District (LUSD) issued a similar letter earlier in the spring, and now Farmersville City Council has made their […]

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Visalia’s old courthouse may become a snazzy hotel

Local developer plans to transform the former courthouse into a 1930s-esque luxury hotel By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – An abandoned building in downtown may became a luxury hotel with an appearance that could have been ripped from the pages of The Great Gatsby. That’s the vision of Matt Ainley, lead developer of Courthouse Square Ventures, […]

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Police arrest 15 in sweep

Police conduct two-day probation, parole compliance check at 53 locations countywide @TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – Fifteen criminals were taken off the streets last week as part of two-day sweep of probationers and parolees. On Nov. 3-4, detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team), along with Tulare County […]

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