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Visalia Chamber ‘how-to’ class helps industry emerge from ideas

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Do you have an idea for a new business but don’t know where to start? Are you currently running a small business but don’t know how to take the next step? It sounds like you need someone to help your plans emerge and who better than the Visalia Chamber of Commerce. The […]

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Brewhouse chain plans to raze building on Mooney for its newest location

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A popular chain of brewpubs is ready to tap into Visalia’s growing list of micro brews. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse is currently in the planning stages of opening its latest location on Mooney Boulevard. The restaurant will be located in the 8,000 square foot building that was formerly home to […]

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CarMax files initial plan for Mooney location

By John Lindt Sierra2theSea News Service VISALIA– CarMax has filed a preliminary plan with the City of Visalia to oplen a location on Mooney Boulevard. Fresno developer Jim Shehadey, the developer of the proposed shopping center, did not return calls for comment. CarMax is the United States’ largest used-car retailer and a Fortune 500 company. […]

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Visalia City Council brings road closure lessons, plans full circle

City Council relies on lessons learned from Demaree/Goshen project to plan next roundabout at Santa Fe and Tulare intersection By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A blighted and congested intersection will get a face lift next year. At its April 15 meeting, the Visalia City Council approved a plan to construct a roundabout at the intersection […]

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Passenger pronounced dead at the scene of alleged DUI crash in Visalia

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – One driver is sitting behind bars after a deadly car accident left his passenger deceased at the scene. According to the Visalia Police Department, at 4:20 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, officers responded to a traffic collision involving two vehicles. Officers responded and found the rear passenger in the 2001 Acura unresponsive. […]

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Former Battalion Chief Doyle Sewell to serve as interim chief as city seeks permanent hire

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – With the departure of Visalia Fire Chief Doug McBee, the department will see a familiar face at its helm, at least temporarily. Former Battalion Chief Doyle Sewell, a retired 26-year veteran of the department, returns May 9 to fill-in while the City looks for a new chief. A native Visalian, Sewell joined […]

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Tulare County has seen improved air quality in the last 20 years, fairs better than other Valley counties

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – Tulare County is one of the most polluted areas in the country despite improvements in air quality in the last 20 years. Bakersfield slightly edged out Tulare County for first on the list. Fresno and Los Angeles were also in the running. As part of the American Lung Association’s […]

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Unique convenience store ready to cash in without cashier

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A new, fully automated store is coming to downtown Visalia. At its April 22 meeting, the Visalia Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a cashier-less convenience store located at 707 S. Bridge St. The store concept was developed by Aamir Forooqui, a computer scientist and president of […]

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City publishes new web page identifying Opportunity Zones 

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN VISALIA – Visalia leapt at the opportunity to advertise their Opportunity Zones on the northwesterly side of town. Created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Opportunity Zones are a mechanism to provide tax incentives for investment in designated census tracts. Investments made by individuals through special funds in […]

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Rawhide sets new franchise record with 13th straight win

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN VISALIA – It may have been just another Thursday night outing to the ballpark for most, but some 2,000 people witnessed baseball history. The Visalia Rawhide’s 4-3 comeback win over the Stockton Ports set a new franchise record. Never had a team in the organization’s 73 years win 13 straight games. It […]

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