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Forgotten Veteran

By Carolyn Barbre Local veteran Bill Newton Gardner had earned 11 bronze stars by the time he was discharged from the Navy at the age of 22 on Dec. 27, 1945 as a Seaman 2nd Class. Gardner passed away on Oct. 1 at the age of 81. His last official residence was in Lindsay. He […]

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Resident suggests banning leafblowers in Exeter

By Reggie Ellis On Oct. 18 Mural Committee President Brian Barton was leading a tour of Exeter's murals for a group of international attendees of the 2003 California Mural Symposium. "They thoroughly enjoyed the mural tour until we rounded a corner and were blasted with dust from a leaf blower," Barton told the Exeter City […]

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Van helps seniors get around

By Reggie Ellis It used to seem pointless for Alma Clements, 84, to make doctors appointments because she would almost always have to reschedule. Clements, a long-time resident of the Exeter area, always had to wait for a friend, neighbor or family member to drive her to Visalia and often times they couldn't make it. […]

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South Valley water agencies form coalition

By Reggie Ellis Valley water agencies banned together last month in response to stricter rules regarding water discharge and storm water runoff. Because the new regulations require annual monitoring and consulting fees it is estimated to cost each farm $7,000 to $14,000. However, Mendes said as a coalition, they can develop Monitoring and Reporting Plans […]

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Helen Smith Hewitt

Graveside services were held for Helen Smith Hewitt, 82, of Visalia in the Exeter District Cemetery. She died on Oct. 25. She was born in Albion, Pa. on Feb. 12, 1921, one of six children of Ralph and Ruth Smith. She married Forrest Hewitt of Albion in 1943. She became an accomplished pilot, being a […]

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Pearl L. Atkinson

Funeral services were held on Oct. 30 for Pearl L. (Homan) Atkinson, 90, of Exeter. She passed away on Oct. 26. She was born on June 1, 1913 to Robert and Ida (Smith) Homan in Smithton, Mo. She and her husband, J. Pierpont Atkinson, their son Robert Joseph Atkinson, both deceased, and their daughter, Janet, […]

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