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Visalia Unified enters 19-20 school year with an eye on seven of the state’s lowest performing schools

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Six months after discovering that seven of its schools made the state’s first-ever lowest performing schools list, Visalia Unified School District enters the 2019-20 school year with a watchful eye on those sites. The seven schools included every grade level from five elementary schools, one middle school and a […]

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City’s trash can conversion costs piling up

City Council approves an additional $1 million to correct errors made by public works to replace split cans for refuse and recyclables with two, single cans By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A miscalculation by city staff is piling onto the budget for the city’s conversion from two trash cans to a three-can system.  At its […]

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Visalia is home base for Cal Ripken World Series

Visalia plays host to the 2019 Cal Ripken Major 60 World Series for 2nd time since 2011 By Jermaine Johnson II @Jerm_10 VISALIA – Young and competitive baseball players have descended upon Visalia and they are swinging for the fences to get into the World Series game. Over 150 of the best youth baseball players in […]

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Visalia townhomes sell for a record $170,000 per unit

Cameron Crossing sets a new record for per unit price sale of multifamily housing development @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A Visalia townhome development has set a new record for sales in the area, according to the seller.   The Mogharebi Group (TMG), a housing brokerage firm, announced at the end of July it had completed the […]

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El Diamante student McKenna Salazar makes living on YouTube sharing her teenage life

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – In her last semester before graduating from El Diamante High School, McKenna Salazar knew she was going to have to get a job this summer. What she didn’t know is how lucrative her everyday life could be by not getting a typical teenage, part-time gig. In January she launched […]

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Exeter men rack up $80K electric bill growing illegal weed

Southern California Edison estimates two men stole $80,000 worth of electricity for their illegal cultivation site in Visalia @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Summer is hot in the Valley, and electricity bills rise along with heat. But they don’t typically get to $80,000. Then again, most people aren’t growing 162 marijuana plants in their house either. Last […]

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Visalia men indicted for growing marijuana in National Forest

Federal Grand Jury returns three-count indictment for operating a illegal grow with 5,000 marijuana plants @TheSunGazette FRESNO — Two Visalia men were indicted by a federal grand jury last week for growing 5,000 marijuana plants in the Sierra National Forest. A three-count indictment was returned against Hector Manuel Gomez Rodriguez, 45, of Visalia, and Mucio […]

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Tutoring center takes seats in Visalia

Afterschool tutoring center will use the Kumon method to provide math and reading instruction @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Afterschool programs provide students with supervision while their parents are still working, enrichment programs that expose them to art and science, and fun activities to keep them exercising throughout the day. What they often don’t provide is time […]

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New Visit Visalia logo honored with award

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Every city asks itself if local talent is enough to market their city as a tourism destination to the rest of the world. If you’re wondering whether Visalia has the creative minds to pull it off, the American Advertising Federation says you don’t have any reason for concern. The new Visit Visalia […]

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