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Three vie for seat vacated by Donna Martin

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Donna Martin’s unexpected decision to not seek re-election to the Visalia Unified school board opened the door for a three-way race to represent Area 5. The race includes newcomers Patricia Griswold and Michael Washam, neither of whom has ever run for public office, and Niessen Foster, who previously served […]

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Visalia sales tax increase is ‘N’

@TheSunGazette visalia – Visalia voters will decide whether or not to tax themselves at the highest rate in Tulare County this November. The City of Visalia’s half-cent sales tax increase, Measure N, would increase the city’s sales tax to 8.75%, which would equal the City of Dinuba as the highest in Tulare County. The measure […]

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Want to name the new school?

@TheSunGazette visalia – As a parent, you’ve named your children, a pet and probably a car at one time. And now is your chance to help name a school. Visalia Unified School District is accepting nominations to name the new elementary school under construction at the corner of Giddings Street and Glendale Avenue behind the […]

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Peck vies for seat on Visalia Council

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN visalia – This year’s election for Visalia City Council will be different than any other the city has had. Instead of electing their members at large, citizens will vote for members to represent their district. And this year, Phil Cox and Adam Peck will be vying for Visalia’s District 1 seat. […]

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VUSD fares well in first online test scores

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Visalia Unified was one of the few school districts in Tulare County to keep pace with statewide numbers for students meeting or exceeding standards in English language arts and math. Unfortunately, less than half of all students in the state met or exceeded the standards in both subject areas. […]

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Arsonist lights 4 fires in 2½ hrs

@TheSunGazette visalia – The man who started four fires in less than two and a half hours earlier this month is now facing charges of arson and burglary. Charles Spurlock, 36, was arrested on Aug. 20 after Visalia police officers found him fleeing from the fourth fire that they had responded to that morning. The […]

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3 arrested for killing 19-year-old

@TheSunGazette visalia – Three men were arrested last week in connection with the drive-by shooting that killed a Visalia teenager. Marcus Jeske, 23, Cody Farmer, 22, and Richard Jarman, 22, were arrested for the Aug. 13 shooting that killed 19-year-old Deonte Porchia and injured two others. The shooting happened at about 3:22 a.m. on Aug. […]

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World peace for ‘U’

@TheSunGazette visalia – ImagineU Children’s Museum of Visalia is leading the first mural project with four other children’s museums around the world. Each museum will paint a panel depicting their own vision of World Peace and unite them to unveil a five-panel double-sided mural on Sept. 21, 2016. The children’s museums that have teamed-up with […]

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