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VUSD goes new with old schools

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – A couple of county schools tied together by history will get a makeover as they will soon be home to sister charter schools. At its May 23 meeting, the Visalia Unified School Board unanimously authorized staff to apply for modernization funds and new construction funds to upgrade two school […]

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Police arrest 5th teen in shooting

@TheSunGazette visalia – It was somewhat shocking last month when three 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old were involved in a homicide. But what’s even more shocking is that the gun used in the shooting was given to them by a 15-year-old. On May 30, Visalia Police officers arrested the 15-year-old after it was discovered that the […]

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Jury finds carjacker guilty of seven felonies

@TheSunGazette visalia – A Visalia man faces life in prison after stealing a woman’s car, purse, identity and her sense of personal safety while he was out on bail for a previous crime. On June 2, a Tulare County jury convicted 23-year-old Lazarus Marquez of Visalia of kidnapping during a carjacking, assault with a firearm, […]

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Future is bright for Blazers

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN visalia – There was not an empty seat to be found at Mineral King Bowl last Wednesday, May 31. And it wasn’t because of some big sporting event. Instead each seat was occupied by the families and friends of Golden West graduates sitting on the field as they anxiously waited to […]

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VEAC kicks off building campaign with $130k

@TheSunGazette visalia – Within days of announcing its fundraising campaign to replace its leaky, old building, the Visalia Emergency Aid Council (VEAC) has received more than $130,000 in donations. VEAC set a fundraising goal of $500,000 to build a Community Pantry, a Family Resource Center and an Education Center at its current site in north […]

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LGBT+ center has quickly become a ‘Source’ of PRIDE

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN visalia – Just over a year ago, The Source opened its doors to some rather unexpected fanfare, hosting 450 visitors to their small 450-square foot office space in Montgomery Square in downtown Visalia on the first night. Now they have managed to put together a strong board, gather thousands of dollars […]

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Security consulting firm opens in Visalia

@TheSunGazette visalia – School shootings and workplace violence, while rare, can happen anywhere. Public facilities all have physical safety measures in place to try and prevent these horrific events from happening. But if they do happen, are the people protecting your children, friends and colleagues truly ready to perform under pressure? Visalian Brian Hampel would […]

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Courage under fire

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary men and women in times of crisis. But it is ordinary Americans in the Armed Forces who continue to define extraordinary valor in face of danger. U.S. Army veteran Lane Fye shared the remarkable and heroic tale of Alejandro Ruiz during the “Stories of […]

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