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Building a sound leader

Matt Seals is an expert in the field of construction. He has been in the business practically his entire life. His father, Steve Seals, was a carpenter before starting his own construction business Seals and Biehle, Inc. in 1993. Seals himself has worked in the city of Visalia for the past 15 years. His efforts […]

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Young Professionals look toward the future

In the fast paced world we live in, it can be difficult to meet like-minded career-oriented professionals. For those working or living in Visalia, there is an organization dedicated to connecting motivated young people with the hope that as a collective they will reinvest in their community and become emerging leaders. On July 23 Visalia […]

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Distributor Stihl in Visalia

The new, expanded Pacific Stihl distribution center was unveiled at a grand opening and ribbon cutting on July 21. Pacific Stihl distributes Stihl chainsaws and outdoor power tools including blowers, trimmers and brush cutters through its Visalia distribution center now located at 9810 W. Ferguson, Suite C, in the Visalia Industrial Park. The new location […]

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Donut, coffee chain to dip into Visalia

America’s favorite combination of donuts and coffee will be dipping into the Visalia market this year. Dunkin’ Donuts announced on July 20 the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with two franchise groups for a total commitment of 26 new restaurants in Fresno and San Francisco over the next several years. The Valley group will […]

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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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