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Pride festival put on by The Source LGBT+ last Saturday was a community event, not the ‘pornography’ described by some

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Visalia’s second annual Pride event featured a mural project, a climbing wall, performances by Visalia’s Teen Idol, a youth choir and a comedy show. None of these things would be considered lewd or pornographic, but that is how the event was described by at least one person at the May […]

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Police arrest members of biker gang

Since 2014, Screamin’ Demons gang has donated toys to local charities and made feds list of eight criminal motorcycle clubs operating in California @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Two members of a notorious biker gang were arrested in Visalia last week.  At 5:46 p.m. on May 25, officers with the Visalia Police Department’s anti-gang unit, known as […]

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Memorial Day in Visalia: A Salute to Service

Sgt. Anne Dutton-Steelman was among first women selected for military service; Pvt. Samuel Logan was one of first prisoners of war to return from capture By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Anne J. Dutton-Steelman made history in 1942 when she become one of the first women selected for military service. And on Monday, she posthumously made […]

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Visalia remembers remarkable men, women on Memorial Day

Memorial Day Ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at Visalia Cemetery By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The story of the first women chosen for military service and a man who joined two branches of the military and escaped two Navy vessels that were sunk and captured will be the focus of Visalia’s Memorial Day Ceremony.  The […]

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Pedestrian deaths on the rise in Visalia

Seven people were killed in the city limits in 2017; three have already been killed this year By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A man visiting from Colorado going for a early morning stroll through downtown. A man in wheelchair crossing the street. And a homeless man just trying to survive. What do these three people […]

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Suncrest CEO calls merger with Community Business Bank “transformational,” nearly doubling its assets

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Suncrest Bank, the only bank headquartered in Visalia, has nearly doubled in size following a merger with a Sacramento area bank.  On May 21, Suncrest Bank closed its merger with CBBC Bancorp (CBBC), the parent company of Community Business Bank in West Sacramento, Calif., bringing Suncrest’s total assets to $900 million, nearly […]

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VUSD moves ahead with plans for new continuation high school campus adjacent to current Sequoia High School; will add lodge-like architecture

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Long before Visalia Unified begins building a fifth comprehensive high school, it will replace its continuation high school with a brand new campus right next door. Robert Groeber, assistant superintendent of administrative services, said the district is expanding the footprint of Sequoia High School by about a third, or 8 acres at […]

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Visalia Police Log

Tuesday, May 15 At 3:40 p.m. at the intersection of Garden Street and Tulare Avenue, officers responded to a report of a traffic accident. Witnesses told officers that one of the drivers, 24-year-old Dean Carpenter, begin fighting with citizens who were trying to keep him from fleeing the scene of the collision. Carpenter then tried […]

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Macy’s will open Valley’s first Backstage outlet on second floor of the Visalia Mall store

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Macy’s at the Visalia Mall will have a whole new look next month.  The store will hold a soft opening of its new Backstage outlet concept on the second floor of the Visalia location on Monday, June 4 followed by a grand opening on June 16. Store manager Raul Diaz […]

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