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Visalia contracts with new company to manage its 1,200 acres of farmland

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – If you had to guess who the top pecan grower is in Tulare County names like Paramount, Premier, and South Valley Farms may come to mind. But none of the agribusiness giants has cracked the Tulare County pecan market quite like the City of Visalia. And their staff did it […]

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Gang member found guilty of murder in 2016 shooting at gas station

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – A Visalia man is facing 118 years in prison after killing one and injuring another during a gang shooting more than two years ago. On March 4, a Tulare County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Montejano found Apfu See, 28, guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and shooting at an occupied vehicle. Each […]

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ID thief sentenced to prison after stealing 85 identities

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – A Visalia woman was running a prolific identity theft business out of a car just to keep up with her drug habit. On March 5, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Gary Paden sentenced 27-year-old Jessica Murphy to 12 years in state prison for financial and drug crimes. On Jan. 29, Murphy pleaded […]

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Ceremony signals end of intersection construction

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – After nine months of constant construction, lane closures, and delays due to detours, the project to improve the intersection of Goshen Avenue and Demaree Street has officially finished. Mayor Bob Link, Vice Mayor Steve Nelsen, and Councilmember Brian Poochigian handled the ceremonial honors of cutting the yellow construction tape during a ribbon […]

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Visalia store sales push to keep doors open

JC Penney, Foot Locker, Victoria’s Secret announce massive store closings but Visalia Mall locations will probably survive By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The Visalia Mall got some seemingly terrible news last week as national retailers continued to announce massive store closings across the country. But Visalia Mall general manager Rick Feder remained unfazed by the […]

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‘Wardrobe’ may be final curtain call for Enchanted Playhouse

Last scheduled shows for children’s theater company at Main Street Theatre will be ‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’ March 8, 9, and 10 By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – This weekend is your last chance to catch the Enchanted Playhouse Theater Company’s production of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” It may also […]

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Traffic signals being installed at two intersections

City begins work this week to install permanent signals at County Center and Houston, Mooney and Riggin @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Two busy intersections in north Visalia will soon have permanent traffic signals installed as well as other improvements.  On Monday, March 4 work began to install traffic signals at the intersection of County Center Street […]

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Teen caught trying to steal alcohol twice at the same store

A 15-year-old boy returned to the same store twice in one day to steal some alcohol when he was arrested by responding officers @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Lazy, distracted, and unmotivated are common words used to describe the current generation of youth. But if a recent crime report is any indication, misguided might be the most […]

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53-year-old rapist gets 44-years to life in prison

Tommy Ponce, Sr. raped an unconscious woman after finding her walking home intoxicated @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A midlife Visalia rapist will likely live longer behind bars than he did as a free man. On March 1, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Joseph Kalashian sentenced Tommy Ponce, Sr., age 53, to 44 years-to-life in prison for […]

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