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A heart felt ending for Banuelos

Anytime you beat your rival to hoist the trophy, it is emotional. But for senior Brandone Banuelos of Exeter High School, it was more than just emotional as he was presented with the Memorial Cup that bears his father’s name and photo. Once the final whistle had blown to seal the Monarchs victory, the moments [...]

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Lindsay casts a wide ‘Net for 24/7 learning

Nearly every night, Superintendent Tom Rooney walks to his car parked outside the Lindsay Unified School District Office on his way home. Out of the corner of his eye he notices a few students huddled over a small glowing light. Typically you might suspect students trying their first cigarette or trying to beat the next [...]

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Mining Co. digs deeper hole for itself

When four Lemon Cove neighbors first drafted letters telling Tulare County officials a nearby mining operation was causing their wells to go dry, they didn’t think it would take a year to get an answer. And they were right, it’s going to take longer. On Dec. 10, the Tulare County Planning Commission held a public [...]

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Officials’ farewell in Farmersville

Some people live in Farmersville their whole lives and never get involved in their community. Leonel Benavides fit a lifetime of community service into just 14 years. For the first time since 2001, Benavides will not serve on the Farmersville City Council after losing his bid for a fourth straight term. Benavides has spent all [...]

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Mayors remain, except in Farmersville

Exeter City Council chambers were at full capacity on Tuesday, Dec. 9 as the Council was set to let go of Council Member Ted Macaulay, and Mayor Pro Tem Jack Allwardt. After bringing the Council to order Mayor Stearns presented Allwardt with an award of service. “I really appreciate Jack. He’s done a lot of [...]

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Citrus Quarantine Applies to Homes

Recently, all of Tulare County was placed under quarantine by The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) because the Asian Citrus Psyllid has been found here. For the citrus industry, the quarantine means that before any citrus fruit is moved out of the quarantine area, it is required to be cleaned of leaves and [...]

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Storm provides drought relief to Central Valley

Last weekend’s storm didn’t quench the thirst of the Valley’s three-year drought, but it did leave the glass half full with an optimistic forecast of a wet winter. Bolstered by the weather phenomenon known as the Pineapple Express, named for the atmospheric river bringing high winds and heavy precipitation from the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii [...]

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Jury convicts gang members

The man who shot and killed a rival gang member last year was convicted of murder last week. On Dec. 12, a jury convicted Bobby Baker, 18, of Woodlake, of one count of second degree murder and one count of criminal gang conspiracy. The jury also found true the special allegations that he was a [...]

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Rancho gets stuck on sharps

Exeter Rancho Pharmacy, and Woodlake Foothill Pharmacy owner Steve Richmond approached the Exeter City Council during their Nov. 25 meeting to provide them an update on the Sharps ordinance passed on June 24 of this year. Known as sharps, medical needles, and lancets are primarily used by diabetics to test glucose levels and inject insulin. [...]

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That’s a wrap

Today, Dec. 17 is the last day to donate to the Toys For Tots program in Exeter. Lori Charles, Toys For Tots coordinator for Tulare County, said those wanting to donate a new, unwrapped toy have until the end of today to drop off their donation at the following Exeter locations: Exeter Hobbies, 130 E. [...]

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