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Visalia Council denies request to discuss a possible aquatics center at a future meeting

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Greg Collins asked his fellow city councilmembers for a final vote on whether or not to further investigate an aquatics center. Not only did they say no, they voted not to discuss the item any further. Collins first floated the idea of an aquatics center in 2017 and asked the […]

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Visalians better than most at managing their credit card debt

Average Visalia household is still carrying nearly $4,000 more than what is considered sustainable @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Visalians are better at managing their credit card debt than other Central Valley citizens.  In a recent report by WalletHub, a personal finance web site offering analysis to consumers, Visalians paid off more credit card debt in the […]

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Golden Corral plans to open locations in Visalia, Fresno as part of Calif. expansion

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – One of the most popular buffet style franchises is eyeing Visalia. Golden Corral, which features pot roast, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables, will be opening in Visalia sometime in the next year or so. The Fresno Bee and Business Journal both reported that Fresno will have a location in the […]

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Visalia SWAT rescue hostage in 9-hour standoff

Man held screwdriver to woman’s neck on Hillcrest St. before being rescued by SWAT @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Visalia officers spent more than nine hours trying to talk an assailant down before breaking down the door for a rescue. According to the Visalia Police Department, officers responded to the 2800 block of E. Hillcrest at 4:00 […]

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Visalia tells cell phone users to “Call If You Can; Text If You Can’t” in an emergency

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – There are many situations where you may have to dial 911, but not every call for help can be done aloud. In those situations, wireless customers in the city of Visalia can now text for help when they are unable to call. The Visalia Police Department announced last week a new service […]

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Fireworks funding request nearly blows up in nonprofit’s face

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Asking the city for more money to put on the community’s fireworks show nearly blew up in one local non-profit’s face. CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, has been running Visalia’s only fireworks show for the last two years. On April 1, CASA asked the Visalia City Council […]

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Savings should carry Visalia’s city hall through next recession

General Fund, Measure T may be exhausted in 2023-24 but Measure N should have a $9 million left in the tank By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – There are no indications as to when the next recession will occur but history says it should be happening now. The economy has already broken records for post-recession recovery […]

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Luck runs out for California Lottery-winning liquor store

EZ Mart Liquor sold two winning $5 million Scratchers the last two years but was recently robbed of its California Lottery display @TheSunGazette VISALIA – The phrase “lots of luck” has a dual meaning at EZ Mart Liquor in Visalia. For the last two years, it sums up the store’s streak of selling winning Scratchers […]

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Revisiting Visalia Tourism

Visit Visalia begins larger marketing effort as the result of a 2% district tax intended to help increase hotel stays By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN VISALIA – Tulare County has been a historical pass through between the urban hubs of Los Angeles and San Francisco. But as of last Thursday, a board of Visalia hotel owners and […]

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