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Water issues before supervisors

Wells going dry at county jail complexBecoming the norm before the Tulare County Board of Supervisors are issues relating to the drought and Tuesday’s agenda is no exception. 

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Monday 06/01/2015
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.

Saturday 05/30/2015
Monache grads fill stage for final farewell
Posted: May 30, 2015

More than 400 seniors receive their diplomas

Monache High School’s Class of 2015 boasted more than 400 graduates this year and their friends and family members showed up in full force to celebrate Friday night at Jacob Rankin Stadium.

Harmony bids farewell to Class of 2015
Posted: May 30, 2015

A 'force not to be reckoned with'

Although it was nearly 100 degrees Friday evening, it was cool and energized inside the Frank “Buck” Shaffer Theater in the Porterville Memorial Auditorium as 104 seniors from Harmony Magnet Academy (HMA) waited to drag their tassels to the other side of their caps and become official graduates of the Class of 2015.

Summit Charter Academy graduates turn the page
Posted: May 30, 2015

The Class of 2015 at Summit Charter Collegiate Academy was one of the smaller classes to have graduated from the school in recent years, making them a very close-knit group.

Assemblyman offers solution to dry wells
Posted: May 30, 2015

Mathis speaks at PARA town hall meeting

District 26 State Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) was the guest speaker during the Porterville Area Republican Assembly’s (PARA) town hall meeting Thursday, and the hot topic of the evening was water.

Two stabbed in fight on Leggett Street
Posted: May 30, 2015

Two males suffered stab wounds during an apparent gang fight on Leggett Street near Putnam Avenue Friday afternoon.

Porterville Police Department acting Watch Commander Dominic Barteau said police had little information to go on.

Man shot in front of Belleview School
Posted: May 30, 2015

A man was shot at about 8:30 p.m. Friday outside a home across the street from Belleview Elementary School near the intersection of Belleview Avenue and E Street in Porterville.

Brother stabs sister with glass
Posted: May 30, 2015

A Porterville man is being held in the Tulare County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail after he allegedly stabbed his sister with a piece of glass during an argument Thursday.

'Read to the Rhythm' summer program slated
Posted: May 30, 2015

What has two carnivals, one concert in the park, daily family programming, amazing local performers and great raffle prizes? The “Read to the Rhythm” Summer Reading Program at your Porterville City Library.

Review: Death of a Salesman at the Barn
Posted: May 30, 2015

One of the most-renowned and beloved plays by Arthur Miller will be brought to life by an all-star cast at the Barn Theater. Death of a Salesman premiered Friday, and continues on weekends through June 14.

High hopes for water drive today
Posted: May 30, 2015

Event to be held at three locations

The Porterville Area Coordinating Council (PACC) is sponsoring a large water drive today with volunteers from Rocky Hill Speedway, Porterville FYI and Relay for Life.

Springwater sought for commercial use
Posted: May 30, 2015

SPRINGVILLE – Sequoia National Forest officials on the Western Divide Ranger District are working with the State Water Resources Control Board and a private landowner who has requested to utilize water for commercial purposes from an existing spring located in the Sequoia National Forest near Springville.

T.C. Sheriff's Outreach Team up and running
Posted: May 30, 2015

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux’s new Sheriff’s Public Outreach Team is up and running.

Get fit program starts Monday
Posted: May 30, 2015

PORTERVILLE - Area children are invited to get fit at a free program that begins Monday and continues Mondays through Thursdays through July 30.

Burglar captured
Posted: May 30, 2015

POPLAR - Luis Velasco, 32, was arrested for burglary after he was found hiding in a walnut orchard off Road 190 in Poplar at 8:35 a.m. Thursday morning.

Burglars steal cash
Posted: May 30, 2015

TERRA BELLA - Burglars got away with cash and a checkbook after entering a Terra Bella home through a hole in the roof Thursday.

Guns, safes stolen
Posted: May 30, 2015

ALPAUGH - Two firearms and two small safes were taken in a burglary from a home in the 5600 block of Road 42 in Alpaugh.

The crime was reported Thursday to Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies, who are investigating.

Suspected gang member charged in shooting incident
Posted: May 30, 2015

RICHGROVE - A Richgrove man is in custody in connection with a shooting incident Wednesday in the 20700 block of Bibee Drive in Richgrove.

Friday 05/29/2015
Shooting in front of school
Updated: May 30, 2015 - 11:36 am

One man was shot around 8:30 p.m. Friday in front of Belleview School in Porterville.

At the time of press, the suspect, a male wearing a white shirt, black shorts and black hat, was still being sought.

The victim was taken to Kaweah Delta Health Care District with unknown injuries.

See Saturday's edition of The Recorder for the story.

Students say goodbye to 'second home'
Posted: May 29, 2015

Granite Hills grads ready for new challenges

Granite Hills High School honored 214 graduates from the class of 2015 at its annual Commencement Exercises Thursday evening.

Lindsay budget still in the air
Posted: May 29, 2015

Mayor calls for more cuts

Lindsay City Council has yet to approve a draft budget for fiscal year 2015-16 and Tuesday’s council meeting raised even more questions from Mayor Ramona Villarreal-Padilla.

Summer street projects planned
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 10:53 am

Motorists may face traffic delays

Several street projects planned in Porterville will either begin or be completed this summer.


Mathis well-drilling bill advances
Posted: May 29, 2015

Could mean help for Porterville area

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Devon Mathis’ (R-Visalia) legislation to establish a loan program to help homeowners drill wells moved out of committee and to the Assembly floor Thursday.

49er blood drive set for Saturday
Posted: May 29, 2015

On Saturday, three Empire Faithful 49er Booster Club members are rallying the Central Valley’s football fans to come out, donate blood and help children and patients in area hospitals.

Legal Services seeks new executive director
Posted: May 29, 2015

The Board of Directors of Central California Legal Services, Inc. Thursday announced a search for a new executive director.

Brass knuckles lead to arrest
Posted: May 29, 2015

PORTERVILLE - Xavier Cornego, 20, of Porterville was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 22000 block of Avenue 154 near Porterville.

Ivanhoe man faces drug charges
Posted: May 29, 2015

VISALIA - An Ivanhoe man was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop at about 8:32 a.m. Wednesday near Avenue 324 and Road 156 near Visalia.

Electronics taken
Posted: May 29, 2015

TERRA BELLA - Electronics valued at $1,200 were stolen from a home in the 8000 block of Road 248 in Terra Bella Wednesday.

The suspect or suspects forced entry into the home, according to Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies, who are investigating.

Shots fired at home
Posted: May 29, 2015

RICHGROVE - Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a Richgrove teenager who allegedly fired about three shots toward a home in the 20700 block of Bibee Drive near Richgrove. The incident was reported at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Deputies said Francisco “Chico” Pantoja, 18, is wanted in connection with the shooting.

Carjacking suspect sought
Posted: May 29, 2015

PORTERVILLE - Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for Brian Rodriguez, who is accused of assaulting a woman and taking her car Thursday.

Laptops stolen in home invasion
Posted: May 29, 2015

STRATHMORE - A suspect forced his way into a home in the 20200 block of Road 208 in Strathmore and took two Hewlett-Packard laptop computers at about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Thursday 05/28/2015
Definition trips up spelling champion
Posted: May 28, 2015

Sameera Hussain falls short of finals

Sameera Hussain of Westfield Elementary School won’t be competing in today’s semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Lindsay mayor, 2 council members asked to resign
Posted: May 28, 2015

Community chimes in on controversy

Residents of Lindsay attended Tuesday’s city council meeting adamantly requesting the resignation of Mayor Ramona Villarreal-Padilla, Mayor Pro-Tem Rosaena Sanchez and Council Member Steve Mecum for allegedly encouraging a former city public safety officer to sue the city.

Porterville High grads turn their tassels
Updated: May 28, 2015 - 10:48 am

Cars stretched in an unbroken line across the horizon as a blood red sun dumped its last vestiges of heat onto Rankin Stadium Wednesday evening. Porterville High School’s graduating class of 2015 stood in large clusters on the track by the field as they awaited the opening moments of the last ceremony they would ever participate in as high school seniors.

FFA calls for more control over its future
Updated: May 28, 2015 - 10:18 am

Booster and members of FFA within the Porterville Unified School District (PUSD) read an open letter at the regular meeting of the District’s governing board of trustees last Thursday, a letter that came out of a large meeting of FFA boosters last month.

Porterville College faculty member dies
Posted: May 28, 2015

Andrew Messchaert was philosophy professor at PC

Students and faculty at Porterville College are mourning the death of Andrew Messchaert who died Monday, May 25.

PUSD awarded $5.1 million Pathways grant
Posted: May 28, 2015

Money will help enhance programs

Porterville Unified School District is one of 30 school districts in the state awarded a grant through the California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) program, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced this week.

Pedestrian killed in Hanford
Posted: May 28, 2015

A man lying in the middle of Avenue 16 was struck by a vehicle driven by a Porterville man at approximately 4 a.m. Wednesday in Hanford. It is not known whether the dead man, who has yet to be identified pending notification of family members, was dead before the collision or was killed as a result of the collision.

Deputies investigate shooting death
Posted: May 28, 2015

Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating the murder of an adult Hispanic male found in an alley in the area of Francis Drive and Wheatland Road in Richgrove Wednesday.

PUSD awarded $5.1 million Pathways grant
Posted: May 28, 2015

Porterville Unified School District is one of 30 school districts in the state awarded a grant through the California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) program, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced this week.

Thieves take radiator, damage water pump
Posted: May 28, 2015

TERRA BELLA - Thieves stole a radiator valued at $1,000 from an irrigation pump and caused an estimated $450 in damages at Sun Pacific Farms at Road 208 and Avenue 120 in Terra Bella.

Pedestrian killed
Posted: May 28, 2015

HANFORD - A man lying in the middle of Avenue 16 was struck by a vehicle driven by a Porterville man at approximately 4 a.m. Wednesday. It is not known whether the dead man, who has yet to be identified pending notification of family members, was dead before the collision or was killed as a result of the collision.

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