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Local Agency Formation Commission reviews annexations, establishes boundaries

@TheSunGazette VISALIA — Have you ever wondered why city boundaries don’t look more square on the map? Questioned why the city limits continue to expand while there is still vacant property within the boundaries? Or why cities grow around county property leaving it cut off from county services? Well, the agency that makes those decisions would […]

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Students share their expertise in applied technology during conference for educators at Ridgeview Middle School

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Nearly 250 educators from 12 California counties and as far away as Colorado came to the second annual Tech Rodeo on Jan. 13 at Ridgeview Middle School in Visalia. The event, organized by Educational Resource Services, was a full day of Education Technology (EdTech) learning and application for teachers and administrators across […]

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25th annual Springfest show is Feb. 9-11 at the Visalia Convention Center

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – With spring-like weather already in the air, why not get a head start on your household projects by planting some Magnolia in your living room. Linda McIntosh, owner of Etc. (explore the collection) on E Street in Exeter, will be bringing the latest from Magnolia Homes line of furniture to […]

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Police arrest two for Dec. 30 armed robbery

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Police recently arrested the two men responsible for robbing a gas station in December. At 7:45 a.m. on Jan. 30, Visalia Police officers arrested 26-year-old Martin Parraz at his home in the 600 block of N. Brundage in Farmersville while serving a search warrant. Officers found evidence inside the home that linked […]

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Violent sexual predator committed to mental hospital

Clinical psychopath Jessie Pritchett victimized 15 people over the course of 30 years @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A violent sexual predator is now in the custody of a state mental hospital. On Feb. 4, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Gary Paden committed 44-year-old Jessie Pritchett of Visalia to the Coalinga State Hospital indefinitely. Pritchett’s commitment follows […]

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Two with DUIs caught driving from court

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Two offenders whose driver’s licenses had been suspended or revoked for drinking and driving were caught trying to drive home from their DUI court hearings. Those who chose to drive were stopped by waiting officers, cited back into court and had their vehicles towed and stored. The two arrested could face additional […]

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Student and adult task forces to discuss Confederate flag issue before Visalia Unified board votes on dress code changes

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The Confederate flag is protected speech under the First Amendment, even for minors on a school campus. But it can be banned if the district finds that it is disruptive to the school or if it causes emotional distress by targeting a student, such as bullying. That was the explanation […]

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Crime up in 2017, but down over the last decade

Homicides, assaults and burglaries are down but rapes and robberies are on the rise By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Crime increased slightly last year but is showing a downward trend over the last decade, according to the Visalia Police Department’s annual report. Released last week, the 2017 Annual Report shows that overall crime is up […]

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VUSD school bond’s passage is probable but not definite

Voter survey shows narrow margin of victory for Visalia Unified bond measure in November 2018 By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – If the Visalia Unified School District were to hold another bond election today, the measure would probably pass, but not by much. Brian Godbe of Godbe Research, a West Coast market research firm, presented the […]

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Visalia Crime Log

Wednesday, Jan. 24 At 9 a.m. in the 600 block of N. Garden St., officers with the Narcotics Unit and Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant. During the search, officers located one ounce of heroin, scales and manufactured metal knuckles. It was also discovered that the suspect, 55-year-old Gregory Paul Chavez, was selling a […]

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