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Woodlake’s preliminary budget projects over half million dollar increase to the general fund largely due to sales tax and cannabis tax measures

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN WOODLAKE – Woodlake’s budgetary woes have been well documented. In 2010 the City’s general fund faced a massive $425,000 deficit followed by an even larger $432,000 shortfall in 2012. The City’s last general fund deficit was 2014 when they were $215,000 in the hole. But over the last four years they have […]

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Lindsay City Council elects to send letter to Tulare County Fire Department to request they provide fire services

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN LINDSAY – The days of Lindsay police officers turning out of their blues and into their fire gear might have an end in sight. Last week the Lindsay City Council, without mayor Pam Kimball who was absent with notice, voted unanimously to provide a letter to Tulare County requesting fire services.  Director […]

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Primary 2018: Three candidates vie for District 4

Community activist, Ivy League executive, and doctor of chemistry try to replace retiring Steve Worthley By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – When Steve Worthley, the longest tenured member of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, announced last year that he was retiring, the questions were less who will fill his seat than how.  How do […]

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EUSD ends contract with boys home

Courage to Change says court ordered boys will have to attend high school instead, but Exeter Unified says those foster youth would attend a separate school By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – One of the smallest and most controversial group of students at Exeter Unified School District were at the center of a tug-of-war between the […]

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Best Buy Market partners with Rosie app to offer online grocery orders and curbside pickup

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A locally owned, independent grocer is allowing customers to get their weekly groceries without ever stepping foot inside the store.  Earlier this year, Best Buy Market at the corner of Walnut Avenue and Giddings Street, became one of the first grocery stores on the West Coast to partner with Rosie, […]

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Charcoal drawing by Brianna Lee of Visalia earns honorable mention at international art competition

@TheSunGazette NEW YORK — A Visalia artist’s drawing earned an honorable mention at an international art competition this month.  Brianna Lee of Visalia was among seven Californians and 176 award which emerged from a field of 3,750 entries from 69 countries as part of the 13th International ARC Salon Competition, the largest and most prestigious […]

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TCOE welcomes back ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

Theatre Company reprises first popular musical that began their string of success 20 years ago  @TheSunGazette VISALIA – The Tulare County Office of Educations (TCOE) is asking the community to take a step back in time and enjoy the musical play Bye Bye Birdie. The Broadway musical inspired by rock-and-roll idol Elvis Presley’s army draft […]

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Department of Labor secures judgments for farmworker safety

Actions spurred by fatal 2015 crash involving grower’s farm labor contractor @TheSunGazette FRESNO – The U.S. Department of Labor has sued one grower and their labor contractor for being jointly responsible for a June 2015 crash that took the lives of four farmworkers including a 16-year-old minor. After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and […]

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Exeter Unified redesigns EUHS library, classrooms at all levels to be 21st Century learning environments

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – Exeter Unified is continuing to change the way education looks, and also how it feels.  Last November, Exeter Unified School District board members voted to redesign 18 classrooms into 21st Century learning environments as part of a pilot project to see how teachers used space differently to improve student engagement. […]

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Exeter’s Samantha Hilvers named state’s top high school volleyball coach

After three titles in two years Exeter’s Samantha Hilvers is named the California Coaches Association Volleyball State Coach of the Year By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN EXETER – A measurement of how good coaches are is how much success they have. Not how long they have been at it. For Monarchs head coach Samantha Hilvers success seems […]

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