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Fire Dept. blazed a trail as model for Counties

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN tulare county – Ten years ago, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors did something no one thought they could do, and many said they shouldn’t. In July 2007 Tulare County manned its fire stations with its own employees for the first time in nearly 80 years. It was a monumental decision […]

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Council puts cannabis, ½-cent sales tax on ballot

By Crystal Havner   Special to the Sun-Gazette   farmersville – The Farmersville City Council took a big step in their financial future by leaving some important tax measures up to the voters. As of last week, July 24, residents in Farmersville will vote to increase their sales by a half percent, in addition to […]

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Tip helps Sheriffs make arrests in trafficking ring

@TheSunGazette tulare county – A joint investigation with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and the California Department of Justice uncovered a human trafficking ring that was targeting juveniles in Tulare County. The human trafficking investigation began when a mother contacted the Tulare County Sheriff’s […]

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Brothers from Lindsay convicted of gang crimes

@TheSunGazette visalia – Two Lindsay brothers who were high ranking members of the Norteno street gang were convicted last week as part of the largest criminal case in Tulare County history. On July 27, a Tulare County jury convicted Cervando Avalos, 31, and Emanuel Avalos, 27, both of Lindsay, of numerous gang crimes including conspiracy […]

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Exeter teen shot by officers is charged with assault

@TheSunGazette woodlake – An Exeter man who was shot several times during a run-in with police earlier this year is now being charged with assaulting the officers. On July 12, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office announced that Adonis Serna, 18, of Exeter is being charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, one […]

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Woodlake botanical gardens changing hands

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN woodlake – One of the biggest city beautification projects in Woodlake is changing hands. Since the Botanical Gardens opened along Bravo Lake visitors have gazed in amazement at the pure beauty of the plants growing in such a dry and hot environment. Now the Woodlake Pride Organization who helps manage the […]

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USDA changes may hit Tulare County hardest

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN farmersville – Recent moves by the USDA may stifle growth in rural communities across the country, especially Tulare County. Last week, the new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue eliminated the position of undersecretary for USDA’s Rural Development branch. Coupled with the Trump Administration’s proposed federal budget cuts to nearly every program […]

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Charter plots new course for Exeter internet

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN exeter – Residents in Exeter have been irate with their internet service providers. Until just over a year ago Verizon drew resident’s ire for low speeds and dropped connections, and prospective new customers were often told that there was not enough room for them leaving newer residents to town out in […]

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City of Exeter says farewell to Felix

By Achelle Reynoso Special to the Sun-Gazette exeter – The City of Exeter will be bidding farewell to one of its beloved employees by celebrating his career and thanking him for his dedication to the Exeter community. Felix Ortiz is retiring from his position as Community Services Director for the City of Exeter, after a […]

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