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Signs of the times

By Reggie Ellis @TheSunGazette visalia – Signs, signs everywhere signs. The classic rock song by Five Man Electric Band talks about a society more concerned with propriety than people. While that wasn’t exactly the reason the Visalia City Council approved a new sign ordinance earlier this month, the City did want to restrict the distractions […]

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Fines to follow illegal firework use in the city

@TheSunGazette visalia – As July Fourth draws near with every corner, parking lot, and sidewalk covered with firework venders, the Visalia Fire and Police Department would like to remind citizens that illegal fireworks are prohibited. “Our department works in conjunction with the Fire Department on the illegal fireworks details,” shares Jason Salazar, Visalia Chief of […]

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Weak first quarter hangs up Nordstorm decision

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Visalia may have to wait a few years for a major clothing retailer to hang their hat in the Valley. Last week, the City of Visalia received a letter from Co-President Erik Nordstrom saying Nordstrom, Inc. had decided to delay its decision to build a West Coast distribution center […]

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Molester gets life in prison

@TheSunGazette visalia – A Visalia man who molested two girls between the ages of 7 and 11 has been locked away from society for good. Tulare County Superior Court Judge James Hollman sentenced 58-year-old Michael Cortez of Visalia to 31 years to life in prison for child molestation on June 16. Cortez pled no contest […]

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Visalia to annex 156 acres

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Just as Nordstrom announced it may not be ready to move to town just yet, the city council made sure there will be plenty of room for them if they do. The Visalia City Council unanimously approved beginning the process to annex 156 acres into the city limits. The […]

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Drive-thru car wash surfs into Packwood Creek area

@TheSunGazette visalia – Packwood Creek is about to get a wash – a car wash! At its June 13 meeting, the Visalia Planning Commission unanimously approved a drive-thru car wash just east of the Packwood Creek Trail caddy corner from Lowes in the Packwood Creek Shopping Center. The 4,767 square foot Surf Thru Car Wash […]

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’16 candles

@TheSunGazette visalia – Each year the Visalia Chamber of Commerce honors those businesses and individuals who consistently go above and beyond to support our community. This year is no exception – dozens of businesses were nominated for these prestigious awards which date back to 1952 when C.T. Buckman received the first Man of the Year award. […]

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Local bar shooter behind bars

@TheSunGazette visalia – The man who shot four people at a Visalia bar is now behind bars. Samuel Bermudez, 27, of Tulare was arrested on June 6 after being spotted by the Tulare Police Department near the intersection of Tulare Avenue and Lane Street just before 6 p.m. Bermudez was interviewed and later booked into […]

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