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Lindsay, Wilkinson part ways

City manager’s exit finalRich Wilkinson is out at the City of Lindsay.Tuesday night, a reduced Lindsay City Council voted to accept a departure settlement with the embattled city manager/public safety chief.

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Wednesday 06/03/2015
A match made on the farm
Updated: June 03, 2015 - 10:07 am

Couple now featured in ad

Neither Jordan nor Andrew Kisling expected to meet their soul mates when they joined, an online dating site for farmers, but that’s exactly what happened in July 2014.

Their match was so successful, the couple is now featured in a commercial.


County accepts grant to drill water well
Posted: June 03, 2015

East Porterville will reap benefit

East Porterville residents whose wells have gone dry are one step closer to drawing a cool, clear glass of water from their taps.

Water use improves; still lags
Posted: June 03, 2015

Porterville cuts usage 16 percent

With a mandated average conservation rate of 25 percent beginning this month for all state residents, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced Tuesday that Californians in cities and towns reduced their water use by 13.5 percent in April.

Burton Pathways grads leave nest
Posted: June 03, 2015

Class of 2015 prepared for new challenges

Burton Pathways Charter High School held its annual graduation ceremony on Friday in the high school gym.

Woman dies when struck by vehicle
Posted: June 03, 2015

A 46-year-old Porterville woman died Monday when the electric mobility device she was riding collided with a 2015 Honda Accord, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported.

Strathmore man guilty of molestation
Posted: June 03, 2015

A Tulare County jury Monday found a Strathmore man guilty of child molestation.

Jesus Nunez, 38, was found guilty of 18 counts of forcible lewd acts on a child under age 14, and 12 counts of lewd acts on a child age 14 or older.

Man held on suspicion of burglary
Posted: June 03, 2015

Quick action by Porterville police officers led to the arrest of a Strathmore man on burglary charges.

Juvenile stabbed on Morton Avenue
Posted: June 03, 2015

A 17-year-old male sustained multiple stab wounds Monday, and Porterville Police are searching for several suspects in connection with the crime.

Woman dies when struck by vehicle
Posted: June 03, 2015

A 46-year-old Porterville woman died Monday when the electric mobility device she was riding collided with a 2015 Honda Accord, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported.

Man sentenced in child-scalding case
Posted: June 03, 2015

A Visalia man was sentenced to 11 years in state prison Tuesday for his role in the scalding death of a two-month old boy.

Crime blotter: May 20 through May 30, 2015
Posted: June 03, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Officers responded at 8:38 p.m. to E Street north of Morton Avenue to a report of a shooting that had just occurred. An adult male victim was located. He had sustained a single gunshot wound to his leg.

Body found in orchard
Posted: June 03, 2015

VISALIA - A woman’s body was found in an orchard near Visalia Monday, and the Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death as suspicious.

Men arrested for theft
Posted: June 03, 2015

VISALIA - Two men were arrested at 1:30 p.m. Monday for allegedly taking an all-terrain vehicle from private property in the 7400 block of Riggin Road near Visalia.

Music on Main features Nazarene Lighthouse
Posted: June 03, 2015

PORTERVILLE - The Music on Main Street concert series will feature local rock band Nazarene Lighthouse on Friday. The band consists of Mathew Brown on lead guitar and vocals; Michael Brown on drums, keyboard, and vocals; and Mark Brown on bass and vocals.

Dust bowl run canceled
Posted: June 03, 2015

PORTERVILLE - The Porterville Dust Bowl Run, originally known as the Porterville Mud run, has been canceled due to a lack of pre-registrations.

The fourth annual event — a challenging run through an obstacle course — had been scheduled for Saturday.

Deputies find house filled with feces
Posted: June 03, 2015

TIPTON - A Tipton woman was arrested Monday on child endangerment charges after Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies found the home she shared with her children to be uninhabitable.

First Friday Coffee arrives
Posted: June 03, 2015

PORTERVILLE - This Friday will be the June edition of the Chamber of Commerce’s First Friday Coffee networking event. The host is Eagle Mountain Casino.

Robbery reported at Stage Stop Mini Mart
Posted: June 03, 2015

PORTERVILLE - Augustine Garcia, 34, and Leighann Johnson, 26, were arrested Sunday in connection with a robbery at the Stage Stop Mini Mart at 21024 Avenue 152 near Porterville.

El Granito hosts tent revival
Posted: June 03, 2015

PORTERVILLE - A Tent Revival is being hosted by the El Granito Worship Center through Sunday.

Tuesday 06/02/2015
Water wasters beware
Posted: June 02, 2015

Council ponders twice-a-week watering, fines

The Porterville City Council will hold a public hearing today to discuss moving the city from Phase II of its water conservation plan to Phase III, which would restrict watering of lawns and landscapes to two days a week and impose hefty fines.

Residents are currently allowed to water three days per week.

Water wasters beware
Posted: June 02, 2015

Council ponders twice-a-week watering, fines

The Porterville City Council will hold a public hearing today to discuss moving the city from Phase II of its water conservation plan to Phase III, which would restrict watering of lawns and landscapes to two days a week and impose hefty fines.

Officers promoted at Porterville PD
Updated: June 02, 2015 - 12:49 pm

7 officers promoted; others reassigned

Seven Porterville Police Department (PPD) officers were promoted and several others reassigned Monday during the largest promotion and reorganization process in the Department’s recent history.


PPD learns about massage parlor law
Updated: June 02, 2015 - 12:47 pm

New law cracks down on illicit operations

A new law which went into effect Jan. 1 not only added more regulations on massage parlors, it also established training for local law enforcement to identify and combat illicit prostitution operations and human trafficking. 


No arrests in Porterville shooting, stabbing incidents
Posted: June 02, 2015

The weekend got off on the wrong foot in Porterville Friday, with a stabbing and a shooting reported.

Personalized and beautiful
Posted: June 02, 2015

Citrus ceremony caters to smaller crowd

Citrus High School held their annual graduation ceremony last Thursday evening.

Applicants sought for County Parks Advisory Committee
Posted: June 02, 2015

In an attempt to generate public input on parks activities, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors has established the Tulare County Parks Advisory Committee (PAC).

PHS jazz band to tour the West
Posted: June 02, 2015

Porterville High School’s jazz band — the Fabulous Studio Band — will tour the West June 2-13.

Harmony Magnet honored
Posted: June 02, 2015

Academy is only school in district to receive award

Porterville Unified School District (PUSD) and Harmony Magnet Academy were honored Wednesday at the California Department of Education 2015 school recognition awards reception.

Students win bikes
Updated: June 02, 2015 - 4:00 pm

4 students honored for winning essays

Students at Monte Vista Elementary participated in the school’s annual writing contest this past month in honor of Cesar Chavez Day.

Porterville native makes Dean’s List
Posted: June 02, 2015

Porterville native Nathaniel Anderson Crocker, a senior in integrated studies at Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky., was named to the Spring 2015 Dean’s List for completing 12 credit hours with a 3.5 GPA.

Special city council meeting set for today
Posted: June 02, 2015

LINDSAY - Lindsay City Council will hold a special closed meeting at 6 p.m. today. During the closed session, the council will consider whether to allow severance pay for current City Manager Rich Wilkinson who also serves as safety chief for the police and fire departments.

The meeting will begin in open session, then council members will go to closed session.

Seven arrested after parole, probation compliance checks
Posted: June 02, 2015

PIXLEY - Seven persons were arrested Friday after state and county investigators teamed for probation and parole compliance checks in the Earlimart and Pixley areas.

Deputies bust counterfeit ring
Posted: June 02, 2015

VISALIA - Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies broke up a counterfeiting ring after a woman was discovered purchasing items with fake currency at the Visalia Swap Meet at Avenue 296 and Road 152 on Sunday.

Raid nets 200-plus marijuana plants
Posted: June 02, 2015

THREE RIVERS - One raid led to another Friday as Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies dismantled a pair of marijuana-growing operations in Three Rivers.

Deputies served a search warrant at a home in the 42000 block of South Fork Drive and found 77 live marijuana plants and indoor growing equipment.

Pedestrian shot in leg
Posted: June 02, 2015

OROSI - A man was shot in the leg outside a swap meet in Orosi Sunday by suspects who fled in a white, late-model four-door Honda.

Money stolen Sunday
Posted: June 02, 2015

PORTERVILLE - A suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money following a robbery in the 21000 block of Avenue 152 in Porterville Sunday.

The incident was reported at 9:24 a.m. to Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies, who are investigating. No other information was provided.

Man resists arrest
Posted: June 02, 2015

OROSI - Several Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies sustained minor injuries after they were allegedly attacked by a suspect while investigating a domestic violence incident early Saturday morning.

Graduation advice
Posted: June 02, 2015

Warren Hall, a NASA test pilot, said, “Soar high, fly far and land safely.” In order to soar high, you must leave the nest. Brave that first flight by leaping and flapping until the wind catches you. In order to fly far, gather a flock to help lead the “V” formation.

Monday 06/01/2015
Water issues before supervisors
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 9:32 am

Wells going dry at county jail complex

Becoming the norm before the Tulare County Board of Supervisors are issues relating to the drought and Tuesday’s agenda is no exception.


2015 Strathmore Class like 'Family'
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 9:34 am

The overlying feeling of the 2015 graduating class of 59 students from Strathmore High School was unity and family, sentiment expressed by the commencement speakers.


Paying for caps and gowns not a requirement
Posted: June 01, 2015

District says they operate within the law

Questions and concerns over the issue of high school seniors purchasing caps and gowns for their graduation ceremonies have arisen across the state the past few weeks.

Summer school food program begins today
Posted: June 01, 2015

The Porterville Unified School District will be offering children from ages 1 to 18 years of age meals at no cost through the Seamless Summer Food Service Program.

Tuesday recital features Strings instructors
Posted: June 01, 2015

Porterville College will showcase the instructors working with students at this year’s Porterville Summer Strings – the music camp hosted by Porterville College’s Music Department for local students who are learning to play string instruments — with a recital Tuesday.

Drought-tolerant wheat varieties show promise
Posted: June 01, 2015

In research fields near Davis, University of California plant breeders say they’re making progress in developing drought-tolerant wheat varieties. The researchers are testing various cross-bred varieties to see which perform best.

Cherry harvest nears finish line
Posted: June 01, 2015

Get’em while you can: California-grown cherries have been of top quality this year, but the harvest has been light. Farmers in the state’s largest cherry-growing region, the northern San Joaquin Valley, say they expect to finish their harvest this week.

Invading stinkbug threatens crops
Posted: June 01, 2015

It’s been considered more of a nuisance for gardeners than a threat to California farms — so far — and pest fighters hope to keep the “brown marmorated stinkbug” away from commercial crops.

Website aims to stop pests from entering country
Posted: June 01, 2015

Many invasive pests and diseases enter the United States when travelers bring food, plants or other items back from visits abroad. With peak travel season starting, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has posted new information online about what people can, and can’t, bring into the country.

Farming still noble, but some deny it
Posted: June 01, 2015

Traditionally, farming has been thought of as a noble profession, but the segment of society that thinks otherwise seems to be growing. What to do about it?

OM team, speller make Porterville proud
Posted: June 01, 2015

Young people continue to make Porterville proud while demonstrating the strong education they are receiving in local schools. In the past week, the Burton School District’s Odyssey of the Mind team and a Westfield Elementary School sixth-grader brought distinction to the city.

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