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Visalia Police continue to search for two more suspects in possible gang-related shooting

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Police arrested two men in connection with a Feb. 3 drive-by shooting and are searching for two more. At 12:45 a.m. on Feb. 22, detectives with the Visalia Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit were notified that one of the suspects, 21-year-old Robert Ramos, Jr., had been arrested by Hanford Police. Ramos was […]

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Aquatics Center Committee votes to build possible aquatics center at Plaza Park or downtown location

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A possible aquatics center discussed at the corner of Recreation Park will likely be built closer to the heart of downtown or halfway across town. City Councilmember Greg Collins said a committee of between 15 and 30 residents supporting the idea of a city-owned aquatic center recently voted on two […]

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Two men found in possession of drugs passed out in In-N-Out’s parking lot on Mooney

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – In-N-Out burgers might be a great cure for hangovers but they don’t do much to prevent drug-induced blackouts. At about 2 a.m. on Feb. 16, Visalia Police Department officers found two men, with a small amount of methamphetamine in plain site, passed out in their vehicle in the In-N-Out parking lot on […]

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Visalia Fire Department affected by most expensive fire season in state history

Visalia Fire Department’s 2017 annual report says calls for service continue to go up but Measure N money should help meet the demand By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The past year was the most expensive fire season in California history. And while most of the costs were incurred at the federal and state level, major […]

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Gail Zurek earns status as Accredited Chamber Executive by the Western Association of Chamber Executives

@TheSunGazette  VISALIA – The CEO of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce joined an exclusive club of her peers this month. Visalia Chamber President/CEO Gail Zurek was recognized as an Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) by the Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE). The designation is awarded to only those chamber executives and staff professionals who meet […]

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Nearly 300 employees to lose jobs at Visalia plant

TreeHouse Foods announces plans to close Visalia snack factory by March 2019 @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Nearly 300 employees at a Visalia food processing plant will lose their job by this time next year. On Feb. 15, TreeHouse Foods, Inc. announced plans to close its facility at the corner of American and Goshen avenues by the […]

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Crime Lines: Nude man arrested in downtown

Officers convince homeless man to put his clothes back before fighting with officers @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A middle-aged man went streaking last Friday, but it wasn’t Old School’s Will Ferrell headed for the college quad. At about 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 9, officers from the Visalia Police Department were dispatched to the 1400 block of […]

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Visalia Chamber’s SOUP event is looking to stir up the best ideas that will positively impact Visalia

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – In order to take a business from its infancy to maturity, it has to be nourished with interest, cradled by commitment, and fed with funding. And before it can take off on its own, it needs a little spoon feeding to get it going. That’s where Visalia SOUP comes in. Visalia SOUP supports Visalia’s best […]

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Visalia City Council will require new taprooms provide games for children, detailed plan for avoiding underage drinking

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The City Council’s creation of a micro brewery overlay district was applauded as an innovative way to revitalize east Main Street by allowing local breweries to open without the expense of starting a restaurant. Supporters said it would create a social hub for those more interested in sampling than getting […]

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City Council slowly idles forward on food truck rules

City Council still concerned that gourmet food trucks will hurt downtown restaurants by offering cheaper prices By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Balancing the need for new entrepreneurial ventures and existing businesses has proven to be quite complicated. But it’s hard to pinpoint laws that benefit both when one business is a moving target and the […]

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