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Cell tower approved for Sequoia National Park

National Park Service says 138-foot tower will look like a pine tree and improve communications of safety and educational information @TheSunGazette SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK – A popular lodging in Sequoia National Park will soon have a cellular tower within its view, but don’t worry, it will blend right in. The National Park Service (NPS) has […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending April 6, 2019

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Wheat and alfalfa crops continue to mature well. Silage crops are being cut. Some fields are beginning to be planted for spring silage. Cover crops planted between rows in orchards are being incorporated into the soil. Calf starter pellets are being shipped to Qatar.  DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND […]

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Obituary: Joan V. Hagans

Joan V. Hagans Joan V. Hagans of Exeter, Calif. passed away on April 4, 2019 in Visalia, Calif. She was 83 years old. Joan was born in Porterville, Calif. on Aug. 23, 1935 to Harold and Evelyn (Bastian) Haley.  She attended grammar schools in Visalia and Exeter and graduated from Exeter Union High School with […]

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Farmersville authorizes staff to seek funding for transit center on Front St. near F’sville Blvd

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN FARMERSVILLE – The first spike driven into the ground to reestablish passenger rail in Tulare County may be in Farmersville. The Farmersville City Council took the first step in establishing a passenger train station earlier this month when they authorized City Manager Jennifer Gomez to work with the Tulare County Association of […]

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Lindsay auditor reports fewer findings, slightly positive trends in key areas

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN LINDSAY – Lindsay has come under fire in recent weeks for the decision to not repay utility funds they had borrowed from, but their financial position is more accurate and they have fewer findings in their audit to show for it. Last year the City had seven findings in their 2016-2017 fiscal […]

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Board of Supervisors hears proposal on adding ped/bike path to Rocky Hill Drive

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – The trip up Rocky Hill Drive east of Exeter is a scenic view of Tulare County’s straight rows of farmland with canals snaking across the rural landscape. The steep grade of the hillside is also a training ground for cyclists and runners challenging themselves to the summit and back. […]

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County temporarily bans industrial hemp due to lack of regulations

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – Tulare County farms may one day be planted with rows of cannabis, but the kind that helps make rope and not dope. Industrial hemp is quickly becoming a high-dollar crop across the nation for its use as a textile and natural oil. Hemp has traditionally been used for fabrics, […]

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Students from 31 elementary and middle schools perform at Friday Night Live Lip Sync Competition

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Student groups from throughout Tulare County performed their favorite songs in front of hundreds of friends and family last Friday at the 30th annual Friday Night Live Lip Sync Competition.  The Lip Sync Competition is designed to celebrate the efforts of Tulare County school groups in the competition. Friday Night Live creates […]

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The future of Dreamers

Education and Leadership Foundation’s Jorge Ceballos Madrigal lead discussion on the status of Dreamers at LCAC Forum tonight, April 3 @TheSunGazette LINDSAY – Determining the legal status of Dreamers has always been complicated, but trying to figure out the political stats of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is utterly chaotic. A permanent […]

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Savings should carry Visalia’s city hall through next recession

General Fund, Measure T may be exhausted in 2023-24 but Measure N should have a $9 million left in the tank By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – There are no indications as to when the next recession will occur but history says it should be happening now. The economy has already broken records for post-recession recovery […]

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