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Kaweah Delta begins expansion of overcrowded ER

Hospital will spend $32 million to double the size of its Emergency Department over the next two years By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The average person spends more than three hours in the Emergency Department at Kaweah Delta Medical Center. That’s a long time to wait to find out the severity of an illness or […]

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Visalia woman found guilty of hit and run murder

Chaylin Funez found guilty of second-degree murder with the special allegation of use of a deadly weapon @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Justice for a family who lost their father came this week as a Tulare County jury found Chaylin Funez, 18, of Visalia, guilty of second degree murder with the special allegation of using a deadly […]

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Christmas trees grow money for 20 non-profits

Visalia Chamber of Commerce holds 37th Annual Christmas Tree Auction on Friday, Dec. 8 @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Generosity and grandeur are combined as the Visalia Chamber of Commerce presents the 37th Annual Christmas Tree Auction Masquerade Ball set to kick off Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at the Visalia Convention Center. The Annual Christmas Tree Auction raises money and awareness for […]

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Visalia to stay in EDC

City will pay $92,000 this year and next for 60% of Economic Development Corporation’s services By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Tulare County’s largest city, economic hub and home to most of its workforce will continue to contribute to the organization charged with bringing new companies to fuel economic expansion. At its Nov. 20 meeting, the […]

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Visalia wrapping up more growth for Christmas

City announces an uptick in residential, commercial, industrial construction as holiday shopping season begins By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Industry experts predict a happy holidays for retailers with an anticipated 4% increase over last year’s numbers. And in Visalia, the city should wrap up the next few years nicely as more retail space is on […]

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Cattleman Jack Lavers throws hat into the ring for District 26

Jack Lavers announces candidacy for Calif. State Assembly seat setting up a 3-way Republican race @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Another Republican has thrown his hat into the ring for Assembly District 26 … a cowboy hat! Cattleman Jack Lavers announced his candidacy for the California State Assembly on Nov. 15 at the Visalia Livestock Market. Lavers […]

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Joseph Hughes is charged with killing his wife 11 years after her body was found in a shallow grave

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – An arrest in a decade-old murder case was made after police gathered enough evidence to charge the only suspect in the case. On Nov. 14, Visalia Police officers booked 40-year-old Joseph Hughes into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility for the death of his wife, Sonia Hughes. Sonia’s body was found in a […]

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VPD adds body-worn cameras to uniform

Visaila Police Department gets $306,000 grant to cover half the cost of outfitting 119 officers with body-worn cameras By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Tulare County’s largest police department is adept at capturing criminals, and by this time next year, they may be capturing those arrests on video as well. The City was informed on Sept. […]

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Hotels ask City to tax them more

Hotel owners ask city to form a tourism marketing district to fund additional marketing of Visalia as a destination for conventions, events and tourism; self-imposed assessment would try and increase bookings By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – With rising minimum wage going up on Jan. 1, workers compensation rates going up every year and the uncertainty […]

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