James Stallworth: Back on Top

In 1991, James Stallworth was on top of the world. With long jump titles and World Championship track and field medals, he was destined to be the next Tulare Olympian. But one evening his life started to unravel. Fast forward 27 years and Stallworth is now living a new dream. Stallworth was born and raised […]

Dr. Tom Drilling

By all accounts, Dr. Tom Drilling–an icon in Tulare for the better part of a century who died last month at the age of 96–lived a life that made a difference. Whether he was in his home or his dental office, in his church or at large in the world, his family and friends remember […]

Sam Sciacca – A Lifetime in Visalia

If you know Sam Sciacca, you know he tells a good story. He is, indeed, a good salesman, and he loves downtown Visalia. Sciacca did not have an easy childhood. The Visalia native was the only child to immigrant parents from Sicily, although he does have a half-sister. His dad, who was a farmer, worked […]

Sandy Blankenship: The Face of Exeter

While Sandy Blankenship wasn’t born and raised in Exeter, she may just be the town’s biggest cheerleader. A Hanford native, Blankenship, whose maiden name is Massey, has worked for the Exeter Chamber of Commerce for 25 years, having served as its executive director for the past 12. Blankenship moved to Exeter following her marriage to […]

A Tularean at Heart – Terry Brazil

Terry Brazil did not grow up in Tulare, but she’s lived there since 1959. She never dreamed she would be director of a museum, but she served as executive director of the Tulare Historical Museum for eight years, and remains museum director today. Brazil, who grew up in Glendale, got married young, she said, because […]

The 22nd Congressional Race: Incumbent Devin Nunes

The 22nd Congressional District encompasses much of Tulare County and parts of Fresno County. Devin Nunes, a Republican from Tulare, currently occupies this seat, developed following reapportionment in 2013. He formerly represented the 21st District (in its former boundaries) for 10 years, which in 2013 was filled by David Valadao. Opponent Louie Campos is a […]

The 26th Assembly District

California’s 26th Assembly District contains the majority of Tulare County, a very small portion of Kern County and all of Inyo County. The district is a little more than 45% Republican and 31% Democratic of those registered to vote. The seat is currently held by Devon Mathis, a Visalia republican, who declined several requests for […]