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Obituary: Robert Jackson “Jack” Griffin

Robert Jackson “Jack” Griffin Robert Jackson Griffin, formerly of Tulare County, Calif. died on May 15, 2019, which was his 90th birthday. “Jack,” as he was known throughout this life, was born prematurely at home on May 15, 1929, in Fair Play, Mo. to parents Roy S. and Sarah Ann (Sawyer) Griffin. Jack married Dorothy […]

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Obituary: Linda Leann Williams-Wessel

Linda Leann Williams-Wessel Linda Leann Williams-Wessel of Visalia, Calif. passed away on May 9, 2019. She was 59 years old. Linda was born on July 14, 1959 to Marion Elizabeth Smith and Earl Leon Williams in San Bernardino, Calif. While raising five children, she was able to work as both a firefighter and paramedic. There will […]

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Visalia finally getting its Dunkin Donuts

By John Lindt Sierra 2 the Sea VISALIA – Dunkin Donuts filed a permit application with the City of Visalia this week to make their interior tenant improvements at their long-rumored future location at SE corner of Mooney and Walnut. The quick service eatery will include a drive-thru at the former site of Weatherby’s Furniture […]

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Students, teachers, parents say board made mistake ousting Dr. Todd Oto

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Dr. Todd Oto will finish out his 32-year career with the Visalia Unified School District this June after being unceremoniously dismissed by the school board last week. At its May 7 meeting, the trustees voted 5-2 to accept a “resignation agreement” with the superintendent following closed session. The decision was […]

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Visalia ‘suffering’ the most from countywide homeless problem

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Nearly everyone in Visalia agrees that homelessness is one of, if not the most pressing public concern. And for the Visalia City Council, that’s where the agreement ends. At its May 7 meeting, the City Council debated the idea of forming its own task force on homelessness to augment the […]

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Letter to the Editor

A New Direction for VUSD To The Editor, Regarding the recently announced dismissal of Visalia Unified Superintendent Todd Oto – results matter! Unfortunately the district fell woefully short last January when the California Department of Education released a list of the “Lowest Performing Schools” in the state. There were 182 elementary schools on the list […]

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Visalia Rd. ready to widen but later than expected

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN EXETER – Initial spring to summer estimates for ground to break on Visalia Road improvements has been pushed back to late summer or early fall. Exeter city manage Adam Ennis has been working to push timelines along on Visalia Road and Palm, and it is looking like bulldozers should start rolling up […]

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Exeter smooths out concerns over Rocky Hill bike/ped plan

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN EXETER – Rocky Hill is a natural asset for the entire county, but while it sits in Exeter’s easterly backyard, the City has an interest in seeing it revitalized. Fortunately for them, and the rest of the county, plans are well underway. Last month the County of Tulare rolled out their proposal […]

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