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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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Local health care providers are joining national trend of opening medical clinics in former retail spaces

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – In the post-holiday tradition of trying to return those clothes that didn’t fit, get cash back for that unwanted blender, or get store credit for DVD duplicates your body might start to feel the holidays catch up with you in the dead of winter. But don’t worry, there is probably […]

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CASA of Tulare County will receive $17,500 to again provide day-long 4th of July festivities

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – You can make the argument that an aerial fireworks show is a good way to burn through money at a rate of $1,000 per minute. But Paul Moore, executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), would argue that a fireworks show is the spark that ignites a sense of […]

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City awards $75,000 to three youth programs

Grants are part of funding for at-risk youth set aside in Measure N sales tax revenue By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Measure N was passed by Visalia voters with the idea of providing better service to improve the quality of life for their children. But many of those children won’t have to wait until they […]

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Project Homeless Connect offers one-stop services to homeless at four locations in Tulare and Kings counties

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Homelessness faces a lot of different fronts. Some of the homeless cannot afford a home, some are struggling with addiction and other simply choose to participate in the lifestyle. But when it comes to the public there is a need to make sure homeless are well taken care of. It is not […]

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Visalia Chamber seeks annual award nominations

Deadline to nominate for Man, Woman, Businesses and Non-profit of the year is March 2 @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Recognizing businesses that consistently impact and improve our community is a 65-year-old tradition at The Visalia Chamber of Commerce, and in order to continue that tradition, the chamber is asking for the public’s help. The chamber is […]

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