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Visalia Branch Library offers lunches to children from noon to 1:30 p.m. now thru Jan. 5

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Many parents bemoan the three-week winter break that students now receive because it is difficult to make arrangements for daycare during the holidays while they are still at work. But for some parents the winter break presents a far more critical problem – feeding their children.. Malnutrition is one of the most […]

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VEAC seeks donations for stockings and stuffers for needy children

Visalia Emergency Aid Council’s Stocking Lady may not have enough donations to deliver Christmas to everyone on the organization’s list @TheSunGazette VISALIA – For the first time in 18 years, the Visalia Emergency Aid Council may not have enough stocking stuffers to help all of the families on their Christmas list. The VEAC needs 1,000 […]

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Visalia’s Christmas tree auction grants wishes to 30 charities

Visalia Chamber of Commerce’s annual event raises nearly $60,000 for local charities, non-profits @TheSunGazette  VISALIA – The Christmas wishes of 30 local charities and non-profit organizations were granted, with nearly $60,000 raised at the 37th annual Christmas Tree Auction held Dec. 8 at the Visalia Convention Center. The spirit of giving was evident at the Masquerade […]

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Donations to the Friends of the Library, Library Foundation help provide many essential services for low-income residents

@TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – Have you ever needed a technical manual for a task and don’t have the data on your mobile plan to stream it? Have you ever wanted a new book to read to your child but can’t find it in the budget to buy one? What about a computer with internet access […]

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One pedestrian dies, two are injured in two separate traffic accidents

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Police have identified the pedestrian killed in a traffic accident on Dec. 9 as Elizabeth Ann Kroeker, 78, of Visalia. She was killed at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and South Parkwood Court. According to the Visalia Police Department (VPD), Kroeker and 51-year-old Christine Wilson were crossing Walnut from the Ranch Viejo […]

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Visalia City Council approves 2% assessment on hotel bookings for tourism marketing district, loans $50K to kickstart new tourism district

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Hotel owners in Visalia asked the city to tax them an assessment on bookings to help market the city as a destination. Then they asked for a $50,000 loan to kick start the program. The juxtaposition of back-to-back items on the City Council’s Dec. 5 agenda may seem contradictory, but […]

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Local man receives life sentence for killing girlfriend’s 3-year-old

Jury convicts Trevor Bishop of second degree murder, assault on a child causing death @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A Visalia man was sentenced for murder last week for severely beating a young boy into a coma that later killed him. On Dec. 14, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Joseph Kalashian sentenced Trevor Bishop, 34, of Visalia […]

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Instacart is now offering online grocery shopping and delivery for 100,000 households in Visalia area

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – In the days following cyber Monday a new web-based home grocery delivery service launched in Visalia. Instacart officially opened its second location in the central valley on Nov. 29. “Over the past year we’ve seen incredible demand in the Visalia area,” Senior Regional Director, Sean Twersky said. “We work with a variety […]

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County Sheriff and Fire departments hold grand opening for new HQ

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux, County Fire Chief Charlie Norman thanks the Board of Supervisors for new headquarters @TheSunGazette VISALIA – On Dec. 6, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux welcomed hundreds of guests to the Grand Opening for the new headquarters of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and the Tulare County Fire Department on the 800 block of South […]

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Visalia Parks and Recreation offers outdoor ice skating on synthetic ice through the holidays

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Little rain and mild temperatures haven’t stopped Visalians from gliding into winter. Visalia Parks & Recreation Department opened its outdoor ice skating rink at the Garden Street Plaza on Main Street this month. For the third year, Visalia is offering the only synthetic ice skating rink in Tulare County and will be […]

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