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City of Visalia hired contractor to survey, improve the City’s 1,200+ acres of ag mostly farmed in nuts

By Nancy Vigran Reporter for the Sun-Gazette VISALIA – The City of Visalia is currently accepting proposals for management of its agricultural interests. Visalia owns more than 1,200 acres mostly planted in walnuts with some pecans and some currently open land. A thousand of those acres are around the City’s wastewater treatment plant. Another 212 […]

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Visalia PD officers end standoff with Abiel Innis De Joel Rios in lethal shot

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Visalia officers had to take lethal action last week when Abiel Innis De Joel Rios pointed and fired a shotgun at officers surrounding his home. Last Thursday afternoon, Jan. 3 officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of N/E 4th Street regarding a family disturbance involving an assault with a […]

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Increase in traffic at Giddings and Riggin prompt Visalia to install all-lane stop

@TheSunGazette VISALIA– The City of Visalia is slowing down traffic toward the north side of the city due to an increase in traffic volume. Last week the City announced they would be installing an “all-way” stop at Giddings and Riggin starting today, Jan. 9 with a traffic signal coming later in the year. “After careful […]

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City Council imposes subsidy cap for Rawhide

City caps its annual subsidy to minor league baseball team’s ownership at $300,000 per year By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Sports fans are familiar with a salary cap, where teams must keep their player payroll under a total for the year in order to even the playing field between large market and small market […]

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Visalia blood is going to the bank

Central California Blood Bank gets approval to move to the former Central Valley Community Bank Building on Caldwell By Nancy Vigran, Reporter for the Sun-Gazette VISALIA – Visalia’s planning commission voted unanimously for a conditional-use permit which will allow the Central California Blood Center (CCBC) to move its local facility from Mooney Blvd. to the […]

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Fox Theatre entertains 50,000 people in 2018

Beach Boys, Dwight Yoakam, LeAnn Rimes were highlights from Visalia Fox Theatre year @TheSunGazette VISALIA – The Visalia Fox Theatre reopened yesterday, Jan. 2 after a 10-day closure so that staff could spend time with their families. Before taking a holiday break, the Fox reflected on a successful 2018. The theater welcomed in more than […]

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Drunken man hits woman, tries to bite two officers

Michael Fitzgerald, 54, had to be held down by several people before police arrived @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Halfway between holidays, one Visalia man either had too much to drink as part of his post-Christmas celebration or pre-New Year’s toast, or both. Either way, 54-year-old Michael Fitzgerald hurt several people, including two officers, and himself. Just […]

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Director’s Cut: Ginsburg Gallery opens January show through collaborative effort

Creative Center kicks off January show with art by and under the direction of Arts Consortium Director Ampelio Mejia Perez By Nancy Vigran Reporter for the Sun-Gazette VISALIA – The January showing at the Jon Ginsburg Gallery kicks off in a unique way on Friday, Jan. 4. From 5 to 8 p.m., Ampelio Mejia Perez […]

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Blaze shuts down block of downtown

Three-alarm fire on Dec. 26 destroys three business on Main Street, damages three others @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A block of Main Street shut down last week after a three-alarm fire destroyed or damaged six downtown businesses. Battalion Chief Danny Wristen said the Visalia Fire Department responded to a report of smoke in the area of […]

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St. Paul’s warming center open, for now

Visalia Planning Commission votes 2-1 to deny the appeal of St. Paul Episcopal Church’s permit to operate a warming center for the homeless By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN VISALIA – Last Wednesday night the Visalia Planning Commission gave the St. Paul Episcopal Church the green light to open their warming center at 120 N. Hall Street. […]

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