Sunday, 25 June 2017





Plaza Park Pickleball Court Dedication and Grand Opening

VISALIA – The City of Visalia Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the dedication and grand opening of the Plaza Park Pickleball courts on Saturday, June 17th at (1800 S. Pla [ ... ]

Body Found in Selma Vineyard

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SELMA - Around 1:45 pm on Thursday, an ag worker discovered a man lying in a vineyard with visible injuries.  He was located in the area of Mountain View Ave. and Bethel Ave. in Selma.  Cal  [ ... ]

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Thomas Selected in the 7th Round of the 2017 MLB Draft

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FRESNO - Fresno State junior left-handed pitcher Ricky Tyler Thomas was selected in the 7th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday afternoon.
Thomas extends Fre [ ... ]

Grizzlies Take Rubber Match from Chihuahuas, 11-5

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A.J. Reed, Colin Moran and Tony Kemp all homer to power Fresno on Sunday in El Paso EL PASO - The Fresno Grizzlies (31-33) continued their rapid turnaround, winning for the 13th time in 17 games Su [ ... ]

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Massive Cash Jackpot Winner Celebrates Table Mountain's 30th Anniversary With Huge Win!

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FRIANT -- Table Mountain Casino Player's Club member Raymond, of Visalia, is celebrating Table Mountain Casino's 30th Anniversary as the latest winner of Table Mountain Casino's totally rand [ ... ]

Twitter Announces Live Streaming Event for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter today announced it is collaborating with Disney and People to live stream exclusively a special Rogue One: A Star Wars Story event. The live stream, hosted by People, will feat [ ... ]

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Opinion / Editorial

EDITRIAL: Comedian Kathy Griffin - Severely Burned

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EDITORIAL - Kathy Griffin crossed the line and CNN did the right thing in firing her. Griffin recently did a photo shoot holding up a decapitated bloody head resembling President Donald Trump. 

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Be Safe This Saint Patricks Weekend

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EDITORIAL - St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s favorite holidays to celebrate and party. Unfortunately, too many people are taking to the roads after drinking, making the holida [ ... ]

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Big Valley News & Photo
Madera Unified wins a $1.7 Million Grant for the California Learning Communities for School Success Program Print E-mail
News - Local
Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Monday, 12 June 2017 08:37
MADERA - Madera Unified School District won a $1.7 Million grant for the California Learning Communities for School Success Program (LCSSP). The grant will be used throughout the next three years, 2017-2020, to help improve student outcomes. The California Learning Communities for School Success Program (LCSSP) provides funds to local education agencies to support programs aimed at improving student outcomes by reducing truancy and supporting students who are at risk of dropping out of school or are victims of crime.
The LCSSP program was developed after California voters passed Proposition 47 in November 2014 and Assembly Bill 1014 and Senate Bill 527 in 2017. Madera Unified will use the funding from the grant to implement a district-wide Multi-Tiered System of Supports framework that will focus on the expansion and integration of the Restorative Justice (RJ) Program with the district’s existing Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Program.
Hernandez Sentenced to Three Years Probation For Fighting Birds Print E-mail
News - Local
Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Friday, 09 June 2017 11:16
MADERA –  Madera County District Attorney, David A. Linn, announced today that Jovani Joshua Hernandez, age 29, of Madera was sentenced on April 14, 2017, to serve three years on probation for keeping and training fighting birds.

Hernandez was convicted of violating Penal Code section 597j(a) (keeping and training fighting birds). He was also ordered to comply with various other conditions of probation including performing 480 hours community service and has been ordered to pay $10,850.00 restitution to the Madera County Department of Animal Services.
Fresno County Sheriff’s K9 Captures Convict Hiding in Baby’s Bedroom Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Thursday, 08 June 2017 14:56
PARLIER - Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested David Garza (44) of Sanger.  He has been booked into the Fresno County Jail on a felony charge of evading a peace officer.  This carries a bail amount of $90,000.  He is also being held on two no bail felony warrants, which are for possession of stolen property and possession of drugs in jail.  Garza is currently under Post-Release Community Supervision, which is part of AB109.

Shortly before 8:30 pm on June 4th, a Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy responded to Bethel and American Aveunes in Del Rey to check on a disturbance between a man and woman.  The deputy could not find a woman, but did locate the man, David Garza.  As the deputy approached Garza, he got into a pickup truck (later determined to be stolen) and drove away.
EDITRIAL: Comedian Kathy Griffin - Severely Burned Print E-mail
News - Opinion
Written by Dr. Glenn Mollette   
Thursday, 08 June 2017 16:19
EDITORIAL - Kathy Griffin crossed the line and CNN did the right thing in firing her. Griffin recently did a photo shoot holding up a decapitated bloody head resembling President Donald Trump. 

What she did was obscene and there was nothing funny about depicting violence toward another person. Griffin was terminated from the annual New Year's  Eve program hosted by Anderson Cooper and Griffin. Anderson Cooper remarked that he was "appalled by the photo shoot and that the picture was disgusting and completely inappropriate," according to
Peckerwood Taken Down For Car Theft Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Thursday, 08 June 2017 14:23

FRESNO - On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Detectives from the Fresno Police Department’s Career Criminal Auto Theft Team (CCATT) located an unoccupied 2003 VW Jetta in the area of Yosemite and Belmont. The VW was a reported stolen vehicle out of Northeast Fresno. Detectives began surveillance.

The VW later became occupied and drove from the area. Detectives followed it to the area of Cedar and Kings Canyon where the driver was detained. He was identified as Peckerwoods gang member Jack Fenton, 39, of Fresno. Fenton was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and a glass drug pipe.


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Oscar Chapa Sr (83)

Oscar Chapa Sr (83), of Madera, CA, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 at a Fresno hospital.  Oscar was born in Laredo, TX, but lived in Madera for the last 70 years. He was a retired clerk for  [ ... ]

Former Big Top & Sub Shop Owner Passes: Jack Johnson at 85

Jack Johnson (85), beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend passed away on June 4, 2017 at the age of 85. He was born on February 21, 1932 in Mississippi to Eloise and Lemmie Johnson.  [ ... ]


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