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Interactive dinosaur exhibit T-Rex Planet returns to Visalia Convention Center this weekend

@TheSunGazette VISALIA –This weekend, Jan. 20 and 21, dinosaurs will roar, gnash their teeth and claw their talons through the halls of the convention center as part of the T-Rex Planet exhibit. This event simulates what it would be like to experience the Jurassic, Triassic, and Cretaceous periods first hand. There will be a range […]

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HHSA proposes changes to design, hours at mental health facility in response to community’s concerns

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A proposed mental health facility has changed some of its plans after people living near the project mounted strong opposition a year ago. Last month, Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency’s (HHSA) Mental Health branch held a community forum on Dec. 12 to discuss changes to the Visalia Wellness […]

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Gas lines repaired beneath Redwood High School

VUSD replaced 800 feet of pipe beneath four buildings without losing any instruction time By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A minor gas leak at Redwood High School last month led to a major infrastructure project for Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) over the winter break. But despite some construction debris, no one noticed and, more […]

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VPD officers arrest Adrian Castanon at safe house for Norteno gang

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – The investigation into a gang member led officers to a safe house in Lindsay for the Norteno street gang last week. At 7 a.m. on Jan. 12, officers with local gang units served a search warrant in the 21000 block of Ballon Avenue in Lindsay. During a search of the home, officers […]

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Visalia completes nearly $40 mil in projects in 2017

Projects included new emergency communication center, repaving major roads, bike/walking trails By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The City of Visalia began or completed more than $40 million in facilities, trails and road projects in 2017, most of it without touching funds generated by Measure N. Community Development Director Nick Mascia provided the City Council with […]

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Man impersonating police officer pulls over off-duty sergeant

Sergeant doesn’t stop, leads fake officer to two Visalia PD units on patrol @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A local man made national headlines last week for impersonating a police officer after he pulled over an off-duty cop. Brandon Freeman, 29, was driving a 2008 Buick sedan in the area of Mooney Boulevard and Cartmill Avenue just […]

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CalWater in Visalia invests $8.8M in infrastructure, donates $45,000 to local charities 

@TheSunGazette VISALIA — California Water Service’s (Cal Water) Visalia District invested $8.8 million in infrastructure in 2017 to improve water mains, generators, treatment plants, and fire hydrants. The company and its employees also invested money and time to improve the lives of the Visalia community. During 2017, Cal Water helped non-profits provide vital services to […]

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Pickup crashes into bushes, oak tree before driver stops

Police are unsure what caused driver to be involved in a series of collisions as investigation continues @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Police are unsure what caused a man to crash into bushes in a parking lot and later collide with on oak tree. According to police, 62-year-old Anthony Marquez was driving a 2012 white Nissan pick-up […]

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