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Recent quakes lead to local support for SoCal families

Mustard Seed Acre, others donate supplies to deliver to families in Trona affected by 6.4, 7.1 magnitude earthquakes By Paul Myers and Nancy Vigran @PaulM_SGN EXETER – The Fourth of July wasn’t met with a bang as much as it was met with a violent rumble. A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Southern California near Ridgecrest two […]

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Three Rivers debates room for luxury lodge

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN THREE RIVERS – A large, luxury lodge resort is being planned for Three Rivers which could change the community forever. Developers and county officials say the resort will provide more jobs, taxes, and attract more tourists to the gateway town at the entrance of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Some residents […]

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New tech helps doctors focus on better eye care

Eye Surgical & Medical Associates in Visalia uses new technology to improve cataract surgery for doctors and their patients  @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A Visalia eye care group is seeing patient health in a whole new way.   Last month, Eye Surgical & Medical Associates in Visalia announced it is now using the Ngenuity 3D Visualization […]

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Sears Hometown closing in Porterville

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN PORTERVILLE – Sears Hometown in Porterville is expected to close soon, despite the brand being positioned for a rebound under a new nationwide merger. Earlier this month, the Porterville location put up signs announcing a “Store Closing Blowout Sale.” It is expected the location will close by the end of the month, […]

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Planning Commission approves 113-room Hilton Garden Inn just north of Highway 198

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – An upscale hotel for business travelers is coming to Plaza Drive in Visalia. At its June 24 meeting, the Visalia Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit to build a Hilton Grand Inn (HGI) near the corner of Plaza Drive and Crowley Avenue just north of Highway 198. The […]

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California’s 2019-2020 budget has millions for water projects and healthcare programs

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Water and healthcare was forced into the State’s 2019-2020 budget as a priority this year. With a $22 billion surplus and $215 billion in spending, the southern region of the Central Valley got the financial OK needed from the State’s budget to get some projects off the ground. Brokered in large part […]

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Lindsay man awaits sentencing for 41 counts of child molestation

Tulare County jury convicts Aristeo Sampablo of child molestation, sentencing on Aug. 8 @TheSunGazette LINDSAY – A Lindsay man is waiting for what is assured to be a harsh sentencing, but perhaps nothing is harsh enough for Aristeo Sampablo, 30, who was convicted of 41 counts of child molestation. Last Thursday, July 11, a Tulare […]

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Hit the jackpot this month with Tulare County Fair

Tulare County Fair offers discounted tickets, wristbands online through July 31 @TheSunGazette TULARE – The centennial celebration at the Tulare County Fair this year will include July Jackpot discounts on admission and carnival wristbands. The July Jackpot promotion offers discounted admission (from $10 to $7 per person); discounted carnival wristbands (two for $40); and a […]

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Rotary Club proposes tiny homes to shelter homeless

By John Lindt Sierra2theSea News Service VISALIA – A local service club is thinking small when it comes to solutions for homelessness, small homes that is. The Visalia County Center Rotary Club is promoting a micro-housing project headed up by architect Sharon Sheltzer. “We are proposing a ‘tiny home village’ of 24 units that would […]

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Migrant students immersed in engineering

Migrant Education offers science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) lessons to 550 students over the summer @TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – Migrant Education students Brianna and Ruby worked for several weeks this summer at Farmersville High School on a product that could potentially save lives by preventing brain injury. The young women were part of Migrant […]

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