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Visalia shuts down quasi-casino

A business claiming to be an arcade and Internet café was actually a quasi-casino, according to a recent decision by the Visalia Planning Commission. At its July 13 meeting, the Visalia Planning Commission denied a conditional use permit for Red Island, 2917 S. Mooney Blvd., because of a recent California Supreme Court decision clarifying sweepstakes […]

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Visalia plans for next school

Visalia Unified is already planning its next elementary and even has a plan to fund its construction. At its July 7 meeting, the Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) Board unanimously approved a funding plan for a new elementary school in the northwest section of the city. Nathan Hernandez, an administrator in VUSD’s Business Services Department, […]

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Stitching together the fabric of community

Families are the security blanket that provide children with support and safety throughout their lifetime. Unfortunately for many children their blankets are often times ripped, tattered or taken away from them. At Family Services of Tulare County (FSTC) there is a saying, “We are one thread,” with that in mind they have spent the last […]

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Chief Salazar brings youth and experience to VPD

At just 41 years of age, some might consider Jason Salazar a little young to lead the largest police department in Tulare County. But he has been training for this moment nearly his entire life. Salazar was formally sworn in as the Visalia Police Department’s newest Chief during a ceremony at the July 6 meeting […]

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Fire Department aids one of their own

  The Visalia Firefighters Association will be holding a Tip-A-Firefighter Fundraiser on Friday, July 17 at Marie Callender’s in Visalia from 5-9 p.m. The fundraiser will be helping the department’s chaplain and local pastor at Neighborhood Church, Steve Harms, who is battling an aggressive brain tumor that was discovered in April. The pastor has been […]

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Stuffing his face to fame

As our nation turned another year older, many families and friends gathered around the BBQ’s and swimming pools, eating hot dogs and hamburgers enjoying their time together before setting off fireworks into the evening sky. This has been a tradition for many years for many Americans on the 4th of July. Another tradition that comes […]

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Donn-ing a new achievement

To be handed an annual award in a city of more than 100,000 people is not only an honor, but to Donn Alan Ritter, it is a lifetime achievement award. Ritter was awarded Visalia’s Man of the Year for the year 2015 because of his service in the community. For those who know him best […]

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Crime lines

Visalia Police Logs Wednesday, July 1 Officers responded to a fight in progress call at Mary’s Vineyard at 11:24 a.m. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from head trauma as a result of the fight. The victim was transported to an area hospital. The victim’s condition is stable at this time. Witnesses described […]

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