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GWHS student arrested for gun threats

Police say no gun was found during search of student’s home Aug. 28 @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A Golden West High School student was arrested last week for threatening to shoot a classmate. The Visalia Police Department received a report of the threat in the late afternoon on Aug. 28 and notified the Visalia Unified School […]

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SoCal Edison begins replacing Visalia’s street lights with brighter, more energy efficient bulbs

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Dim, yellow bulbs hazily illuminating dark corners has long been a complaint of Visalia residents concerned about crime in their neighborhoods. But streets should be brighter in the coming months thanks to a project between the City of Visalia and Southern California Edison (SCE).  Last week the city announced plans to change […]

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‘Gleaning’ fellowship in the golden years

Visalia Gleaning Seniors offers food and camaraderie for its members, other seniors By Nancy Vigran Reporter for The Sun-Gazette VISALIA – The Visalia Gleaning Seniors started in 1976, clearing fields of unpicked vegetables and orchards of unused fruit. Today, while they no longer actually glean the fields, members continue to provide themselves and their peers […]

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Symphony kicks off season with new Pops

Sequoia Symphony to celebrate 100th birthday of famed composer Leonard Bernstein @TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – It’s hard to believe that Bruce Kiesling is starting his 10th year as music director of the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra, but it’s no surprise that he is still just as excited and enthused about the upcoming concerts. The 2018-19 season […]

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Visalia woman takes over at Central Valley women’s prison

Janel Espinoza named warden of Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla @TheSunGazette CHOWCHILLA – A Visalia woman is now the warden at the women’s prison in Chowchilla.  Janel Espinoza of Visalia was recently appointed to oversee the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla where she has been acting warden for the last year. Espinoza served […]

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Survey says Visalians living the ‘good’ life

Nine in 10 people rate their quality of life average or above in the city of Visalia By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Visalia residents are pretty happy with their city government and the services it provides.  The Visalia City Council received a report of the city’s annual public opinion survey earlier this month and respondents […]

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Children’s theater company halfway to city’s deadline

Enchanted Playhouse plans two events, online campaign to raise $50,000 down payment to purchase Main Street Theater By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – It’s been six weeks since the Visalia City Council gave the Enchanted Playhouse Theater Company (ETPC) a 90-day reprieve to save its theater. Now half-way toward its deadline, the ETPC has raised just […]

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City of Visalia removes nuisance, fallowed farmland along Highway 198

17 acres of cherries, peaches and kiwis will be used to stockpile dirt from expanding storm water basin By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – With all of the road construction going on in Visalia, you might think an upcoming project off Mineral King Avenue is for improvements to Highway 198, but it’s actually for a project […]

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COS student charged with 11 counts of arson for setting restroom fires

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – A COS student was arrested for arson last week after setting 11 fires on the community college campus.  The fires began on Monday, Aug. 20 and continued on Tuesday, Aug. 21 until campus police arrested Josiah Banks, 20, before noon near the site of the fires. The first fire was reported in […]

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El Diamante High School Head Football Coach Mark Rogers announces retirement

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – El Diamante High School is sad to announce that veteran Head Football Coach Mark Rogers will retire effective immediately due to health reasons. Coach Rogers, a Visalia native, graduated from Mt. Whitney High School and attended San Francisco State after two years at College of the Sequoias. Coach Rogers started his career […]

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