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New year brings new challenges for citrus industry

@TheSunGazette visalia – The largest citrus conference and trade show in California will return to Visalia next week. Exeter-based California Citrus Mutual (CCM) will hold its Annual Citrus Showcase on Thursday, March 2 at the Visalia Convention Center. The show features multiple educational workshops, a trade show of over 100 exhibitors, and a popular luncheon […]

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Woman awakens to a growling burglar

@TheSunGazette visalia – It is unsettling to wake up in the early morning to find a stranger in your home. It’s even more frightening when that person growls like an animal. That’s what happened to a woman living in the 2600 block of W. Evergreen Street on Feb. 18. The woman awoke at about 4:43 […]

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Visalia, You’re In Luck for St. Patrick’s Day festivities

@TheSunGazette visalia – The streets of Visalia will be full of green on March 11. But don’t worry, the St. Patrick’s Day festivities won’t cost you a lot of green to partake. The Visalia Breakfast Lions present the 6th Annual Irish Fest 2017 on Saturday, March 11 at Rawhide Ballpark following the St. Patrick’s Day […]

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Council nails down ‘emerging needs’ fund

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – When Measure N tax money begins rolling into the city coffers this summer, nearly every cent of it will have a pre-determined home to fund essential services within the city. But a small percentage of a 10% set aside fund still needs to be allocated. Labeled the Maintenance and […]

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Visalia ‘pilots’ airport funding

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – More than $4 million in improvements are planned for the Visalia Airport after Visalia became the first city to participate in a federal pilot project. At its Feb. 6 meeting, the Visalia City Council approved a grant of $3.7 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for hangar development. […]

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Fireworks show may return to Visalia

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Fireworks may return to the Fourth of July skies in Visalia this summer, as long as a non-profit or service club is willing to take on the event. At its Feb. 6 meeting, the Visalia City Council approved $25,000 to restart the traditional fireworks show in observance of Independence […]

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Employee covers up theft with false report of robbery

@TheSunGazette visalia – A Burger King employee was arrested for embezzling nearly $5,000 and then covering it up by reporting an armed robbery that never happened. Jasmine Dean, a 27-year-old cashier, claimed the Burger King at 500 S. Demaree was robbed by a masked man who snuck up behind her at 6:23 a.m. on Feb. […]

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Once denied, twice sheltered

@TheSunGazette visalia – A charter school that was denied by Visalia Unified School District has finally found a home, thanks to the Visalia Unified School District. In a positive turn of events, Blue Oak Academy, a new charter school recently approved by the Tulare County Office of Education, has come to agreement with Visalia Unified […]

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County listens to mental health center concerns

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Being a good listener is key to helping those who suffer from mental illness. It’s also important when considering where to locate a mental health facility. The Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) Mental Health Branch is conducting “community listening sessions” in order to provide further information […]

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Holding Children Closer

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Veronica Benavides of Woodlake had tried everything to have a child of her own. Six years ago she tried fertility drugs in Fresno but was unable to conceive. At 42 years old, she figured the time for children had passed, but then a trip to the gynecologist last August […]

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