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Courage under fire

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary men and women in times of crisis. But it is ordinary Americans in the Armed Forces who continue to define extraordinary valor in face of danger. U.S. Army veteran Lane Fye shared the remarkable and heroic tale of Alejandro Ruiz during the “Stories of […]

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Three VUSD schools burglarized

A rash of burglaries on Visalia Unified school campuses this month all ended with arrests. An elementary school, middle school and high school were all targeted by eight students and one adult transient in three unrelated incidents. The first happened on Tuesday May 16, when the Visalia Police Department (VPD) notified Visalia Unified School District […]

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‘Imagine’ a fun summer for children

@TheSunGazette visalia – ImagineU, the nonprofit children’s museum near downtown Visalia, will offer seven weeks of interactive learning plus field trips and special guests this summer. Half-day and full-day camps run Monday through Friday, beginning June 5, with activities designed for children ages 5 and up and lunch for all campers. In addition to weekly […]

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Seniors get ready to ‘Boogie’

@TheSunGazette visalia – The Visalia Senior Center, on Saturday Jun 10, will be hosting a “Senior Summer Boogie.” Grab your dance partner and head to the Visalia Senior Center to dance the night away. Live entertainment will be played by the Danny Milsap Band. All dance levels from beginners to advanced are welcome to come […]

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Planning Commission balances ed facilities

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Recent comments made by Visalia Unified teachers about students with behavior problems threatening the safety of their classmates and school staff has become an increasing problem. As teachers are asked to hold onto students who are literally pushing them out of the way, and to integrate students with learning […]

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City pulls up food truck talk

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Food trucks have been steadily rising in popularity since gourmet food trucks started pulling onto the scene in 2008. Not just taco trucks parking in commercial districts to serve a quick lunch, food trucks now offer gourmet food for special birthday parties, weddings, created mobile food courts and are […]

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Crime Lines

Visalia Police Logs Wednesday, May 17 At 10:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of W. Clinton Ave., officers with the Special Enforcement Unit and Narcotics Unit served a search warrant. During the search, officers located a ½ ounce of methamphetamine, two loaded firearms, packaging materials and a scale. Ricky Ortega, 31, was arrested and booked […]

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Child molester gets 30 years in prison

@TheSunGazette visalia – A 35-year-old Visalia man will spend the next 30 years in prison and the rest of his life as a registered sex offender. On May 17, Judge Joseph Kalashian sentenced Emir Barraza, 35, of Visalia to 30 years in prison for child molestation in Tulare County Superior Court. On April 19, Barraza […]

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Coroner IDs man killed in latest DUI collision

@TheSunGazette visalia – The Cutler man killed in a May 15 DUI collision has been identified. Nicolas Pimenetel Espinoza, 51, of Cutler was killed in a head-on collision with an alleged drunk driver. The crash happened at 5:40 p.m. on Avenue 328 east of Highway 63 just north of Visalia. Espinoza was driving a 2001 […]

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Vets seek volunteers to put up flags at Visalia Cemetery

@TheSunGazette visalia – Nearly 6,000 American flags will fly at the Visalia Cemetery on Monday in honor of those who gave their life in service to their country. Small flags are placed at 3,800 graves and 2,150 flags that once draped the caskets of those who laid down their life for freedom are raised along […]

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