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Visalia Fire Dept. strike teams actually netted the city nearly $15,000 during the 2017-18 fire season

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The devastation to life and property of wildfires is well documented in California’s history. Fires in the last three to five years have been some of the most deadly, killing hundreds of people, melting thousands of homes and wiping entire cities from the landscape. It might seem callous at the […]

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St. Paul warming center open until March 1 after no appeal was filed by Dec. 31

In light of the Visalia Planning Commission denying an appeal to the St. Paul warming center in downtown, no second appeal was field leaving the center open until March 1 By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN VISALIA– Visalia’s only warming center at the St. Paul Episcopal Church is now guaranteed to be open through March 1 since […]

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Visalia Downtown Rotarians to roast Stan Simpson on Feb. 23 for the club’s inaugural charity fundraiser

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – What do you do when you get the chance to honor a fourth-generation Visalian who has dedicated their free time to the Visalia Rotary Club as president, Visalia Economic Development Corporation as president and once owned the Visalia Oaks in the 1980s? Well the answer is simple: make fun of him. All […]

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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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