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Suncrest named to top 200 healthiest banks

Visalia-based bank receives A+ Rating among 5,200 federally insured U.S. banks @TheSunGazette VISALIA – In just over a decade, Visalia-based Suncrest Bank has become one of the best banks in America. That designation came earlier this month when DepositAccounts.com named Suncrest to its prestigious Top 200 Healthiest Banks list for the second year in row. […]

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Health officials detect West Nile Virus in Visalia

Both West Nile Virus and St. Louis Encephalitis Virus were detected during the 2018 season @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Mosquitoes in Visalia have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). Tulare County Public Health officials announced on May 23 that a sampling from a mosquito trap in southwest Visalia tested positive for the disease, which can […]

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Valley Public Radio chosen as Nonprofit of the Year

Valley Public Radio, subsidiary of NPR to be honored by State Senator Melissa Hurtado on California Nonprofits Day @TheSunGazette CLOVIS – Some stay far away from starting an organization whose job it is to not make a profit, meanwhile others thrive in it. And California recognizes those who forego the opportunity for riches in favor […]

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Military Missives

Tech Prep H.S. alumnus graduates from USAF basic training U.S. Air Force Airman Christopher M. Albright graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas earlier this month. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare […]

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Obituary: Kimberly Ann Chavez

Kimberly Ann Chavez Kimberly Ann Chavez of Exeter, Calif. passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019 in Visalia, Calif. She was 54 years old. from 2-6 p.m. Kimberly was born on Nov. 25, 1964 in Tulare, Calif. She worked in medical billing.  Visitation was held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Evans Miller Guinn Chapel […]

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Key Valley industries like citrus, dairy and cotton are hurt by tariffs for second year

By John Lindt Sierra 2 the Sea CENTRAL VALLEY – For the second season in a row, United States fruit growers will face retaliatory export tariffs this shipping season imposed by some of our biggest customers including China, Mexico, Canada and the EU. And it isn’t as if Central Valley farmers are immune. A look […]

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Exeter Council foregoes costly special election, will appoint Dist. A resident to fill Teresa Boyce’s seat

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN EXETER– Exeter City Council decided how they want to move forward in filling former mayor and councilwoman Teresa Boyce’s seat at their meeting last week. Since her tragic fall in March, Boyce has resigned from her term that began last December on May 1. Her resignation has left the council with the […]

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State endangers local cannabis control, Woodlake issues opposition letter

Woodlake opposing AB 1356 over encroachment of local control, arbitrary liquor license to dispensary ratio By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN WOODLAKE – Cities weary about commercial marijuana in 2016 could sleep well at night knowing they could control what businesses could come into town, and how many of them. It only took three years for the State […]

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Lindsay City Council denies city manager Bill Zigler’s raise, passes cannabis ordinance

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN LINDSAY – Lindsay City Hall’s top job will not be making more than it is now as the Council denied their city manager a raise in open session at last week’s meeting. Bill Zigler’s raise proposal was voted down 4-1, with mayor Pam Kimball as the sole dissenting vote on the matter. […]

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Visalia company 1 of only 3 in nation making paper straws

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Plastic straws suck … and in more ways than their intended use. In the last year, straws have quickly risen to the top of the list of plastic products polluting oceans because they are single use, aren’t typically recycled, and are thrown away by the millions each day, much of […]

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