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Rotary Foundation funds scholarships with Craft Beer Festival Sept. 14 at Porter Field House

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – The Visalia Rotary Community Foundation and College of the Sequoias have partnered on a new event to raise funds and develop awareness of the President’s Scholars Program. The Rotary Craft Beer Festival fundraiser will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Porter Field House at COS. It […]

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Visalia considers breaking away from the EDC of Tulare County

City provides more than half of Economic Development Corporation’s public funding and discussion could ripple throughout its members By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Economic development is an essential part of every municipality’s plan to attract new businesses that bring with them new tax revenue, higher property values and bigger payrolls with more dollars being reinvested […]

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Former VUSD employee gets 12 years in prison for molestation

Luis Lopez, a campus supervisor, molested girls ages 13 and 14 at Valley Oak Middle School in 2013 and 2014 @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A former Visalia Unified School District campus supervisor will spend the next 12 years in prison for molesting a 13 and 14 year old at Valley Oak Middle School. On Sept. 1, […]

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Mike Olmos gets 3% raise before his retirement

City Manager Mike Olmos receives same increase as collective bargaining units @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Visalia’s city manager will make a little more money in retirement after a 42-year career in public service. At its Aug. 21 meeting, the Visalia City Council unanimously approved a 3% salary increase for City Manager Mike Olmos effective on Sept. […]

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Talent takes center stage at Visalia’s Teen Idol comp Sept. 9

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – The harsh reality of becoming a professional singer is that not every voice is heard and not every talent is discovered. Yet because there is more talent then airtime, local talent shows and singing competitions are great places for young people to display their musical talent and for their community to hear […]

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Visalia Police Log

Monday, Sept. 4 At 6:46 a.m. in the 500 block of E. Myrtle, officers responded to a family disturbance. Officers learned that John Leon got into an argument with a woman. Leon physically assaulted her and then set some of her property on fire. He was arrested without incident for domestic battery and arson and […]

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Most Visalians seem satisfied with quality of life and public safety, but not with roads or homelessness

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – About half of Visalians rate their quality of life in Visalia as being high or very high, but they wouldn’t say the same thing about marijuana. City staff presented the annual Public Opinion Survey to the Visalia City Council on Aug. 7. A question that was added this year was, […]

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City Council will discuss the possibility of an aquatic center at a future scheduled meeting

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The City of Visalia has dipped its toe into the waters of a possible aquatic center. At its Aug. 7 meeting, the Visalia City Council approved adding a discussion about an aquatic center onto the agenda of a future meeting. The item was placed on the agenda by Councilmember Greg […]

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Supervisors seek proposals to purchase and lease Visalia’s Historic Courthouse Square

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A once prominent landmark in Visalia’s downtown has become a target for vandalism since it was abandoned nearly a decade ago. At least one Visalia councilman wants to buy it and renovate it. Residents want to know why it’s vacant. And the community wants to see its history and architecture […]

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City Council denies Councilman Nelson’s request to display “In God We Trust” on wall of chambers

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Displaying the motto “In God We Trust” is an individual decision. That was never more evident than at the Aug. 21 Visalia City Council meeting where Councilmember Steve Nelson found he was the only individual in favor of displaying the phrase at city hall after the council voted down his […]

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