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Crime Lines: Nude man arrested in downtown

Officers convince homeless man to put his clothes back before fighting with officers @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A middle-aged man went streaking last Friday, but it wasn’t Old School’s Will Ferrell headed for the college quad. At about 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 9, officers from the Visalia Police Department were dispatched to the 1400 block of […]

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Visalia Chamber’s SOUP event is looking to stir up the best ideas that will positively impact Visalia

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – In order to take a business from its infancy to maturity, it has to be nourished with interest, cradled by commitment, and fed with funding. And before it can take off on its own, it needs a little spoon feeding to get it going. That’s where Visalia SOUP comes in. Visalia SOUP supports Visalia’s best […]

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Visalia City Council will require new taprooms provide games for children, detailed plan for avoiding underage drinking

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The City Council’s creation of a micro brewery overlay district was applauded as an innovative way to revitalize east Main Street by allowing local breweries to open without the expense of starting a restaurant. Supporters said it would create a social hub for those more interested in sampling than getting […]

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City Council slowly idles forward on food truck rules

City Council still concerned that gourmet food trucks will hurt downtown restaurants by offering cheaper prices By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Balancing the need for new entrepreneurial ventures and existing businesses has proven to be quite complicated. But it’s hard to pinpoint laws that benefit both when one business is a moving target and the […]

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Local Agency Formation Commission reviews annexations, establishes boundaries

@TheSunGazette VISALIA — Have you ever wondered why city boundaries don’t look more square on the map? Questioned why the city limits continue to expand while there is still vacant property within the boundaries? Or why cities grow around county property leaving it cut off from county services? Well, the agency that makes those decisions would […]

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Students share their expertise in applied technology during conference for educators at Ridgeview Middle School

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Nearly 250 educators from 12 California counties and as far away as Colorado came to the second annual Tech Rodeo on Jan. 13 at Ridgeview Middle School in Visalia. The event, organized by Educational Resource Services, was a full day of Education Technology (EdTech) learning and application for teachers and administrators across […]

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25th annual Springfest show is Feb. 9-11 at the Visalia Convention Center

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – With spring-like weather already in the air, why not get a head start on your household projects by planting some Magnolia in your living room. Linda McIntosh, owner of Etc. (explore the collection) on E Street in Exeter, will be bringing the latest from Magnolia Homes line of furniture to […]

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Police arrest two for Dec. 30 armed robbery

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Police recently arrested the two men responsible for robbing a gas station in December. At 7:45 a.m. on Jan. 30, Visalia Police officers arrested 26-year-old Martin Parraz at his home in the 600 block of N. Brundage in Farmersville while serving a search warrant. Officers found evidence inside the home that linked […]

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Violent sexual predator committed to mental hospital

Clinical psychopath Jessie Pritchett victimized 15 people over the course of 30 years @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A violent sexual predator is now in the custody of a state mental hospital. On Feb. 4, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Gary Paden committed 44-year-old Jessie Pritchett of Visalia to the Coalinga State Hospital indefinitely. Pritchett’s commitment follows […]

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Two with DUIs caught driving from court

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Two offenders whose driver’s licenses had been suspended or revoked for drinking and driving were caught trying to drive home from their DUI court hearings. Those who chose to drive were stopped by waiting officers, cited back into court and had their vehicles towed and stored. The two arrested could face additional […]

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