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Weekly issues every Saturday morning and new articles throughout the week, including — movie reviews each Monday at 7pm and live events Wednesdays at 7pm. If you love mysteries — explore Mysteryrat’s Maze — there's something for everyone… and check out our sister site on Blogger for bonus articles.


Reedley College Football 2014 Game 6 Recap

FROM THE October 20 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

by Larry Ham



For the third time this season, the Reedley College football team took a late lead in a game only to give up a late touchdown and suffer a heartbreaking loss. This time the final score was 48-43, and the beneficiaries were the West Hills Falcons.

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The Judge: Movie Review

FROM THE October 20 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



In The Judge, Robert Downey Jr. plays big city Chicago lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home in a small town in Indiana for his mother’s funeral. From the moment he arrives he butts heads with his estranged father, the town’s judge, played by Robert Duvall.

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Magic, Mystery, & Imagination Halloween Event At Book Barn

FROM THE October 18 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



On October 25 the Book Barn in Clovis is having a big Halloween event called Magic, Mystery & Imagination. KRL too a moment to chat with Book Barn employee Joshua Muster, who is charge of their PR about the event.

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The Legend of Sleepy Harlow By Kylie Logan

FROM THE October 18 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow



Ghostbusters have descended on South Bass Island just in time for Halloween. For a place that celebrates a “funeral” for the summer season and promotes legendary ghost, Charlie “Sleepy” Harlow, their presence is not met with open arms. The last time the Elkhart Ghost Getters (EGG) were in town to film their television show, they destroyed Kate Wilder’s future wine crop and are now banned from the winery.

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Trey…Otherwise Known as Super Cooper Blue

FROM THE October 18 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Karey Wedemeyer


When the emaciated, badly injured, young Pit Bull arrived at Abby Pet Hospital on September 30, 2013, we could tell that he had a tragic history. He was originally found by a Good Samaritan; he had a horrific leg injury that appeared to be days old by the time he came into our care. We assumed that he had been hit and run over by a car, and then left to roam the streets with a broken and degloved leg.

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October Penguin Mysteries

FROM THE October 18 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



We have another fun group of 5 Penguin mysteries which includes one perfect for Halloween month, Literally Murder: A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery by Ali Brandon. We also have Off Kilter: A Scottish Highlands Mystery by Hannah Reed, Weave of Absence by Carol Ann Martin, Bless Her Dead Little Heart by Miranda James, and Gilt Trip by Laura Childs with Diana Orgain. Details on how to win a copy of all 5 books at the end of this post, along with a link to purchase them where a portion goes to help support KRL.

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Opening Night at Raisin Hell Ranch

FROM THE October 18 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Sarah Peterson



A pumpkin-orange moon hung low on the dark horizon, peeking over the distant foothills as it rose. It lit up the fields in an otherworldly glow as we drove down a desolate country road, toward the white-hot lights piercing the darkness.

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The Walking Dead TV Show Review

FROM THE October 18 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Jessica Runnels



I used to be terrified of zombies. I would avoid zombie movies and games at all cost. But then I played The Walking Dead video game and my mind was changed. I suddenly knew that zombie stuff, especially anything in The Walking Dead franchise, was amazing.

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Broken Soul By Faith Hunter

FROM THE October 18 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur



Jane Yellowrock is a vampire hunter. She works for the Vampire Master of New Orleans, Leo Pellesier, to kill other vampires. She is also a shapechanger, And there is a mountain lion spirit trapped inside her. Jane is a Cherokee who was forced onto the Trail of Tears in 1830, which means she is about 200 years old. But the lady is still deadly and sexy in a fight.

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The Night Visitor By Dianne Emley

FROM THE October 18 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



I have to admit that The Night Visitor is not my typical read–I tend to go more for cozy or private eye mysteries–and this one is more of a paranormal suspense/thriller. However, The Night Visitor grabbed my attention from practically page one and wouldn’t let go!

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Healthy Eating in the Valley: Falling in Love with P*DE*Q

FROM THE October 18 ISSUE

IN THE Healthy Eating in the Valley SECTION

by Tom Sims


I honestly did not intend to love P*DE*Q (pão de queijo). I did not really intend or expect to like it. I don’t know why. I just didn’t. Maybe I did not want to fall for a bakery. Maybe I had too many bad memories of something I don’t remember. Maybe I have no idea what I am talking about.

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The Halloween Tree By Ray Bradbury: Tis the Season of Scary Delights

FROM THE October 18 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Sharon Tucker



Halloween will be here soon. Even if you haven’t gone trick-or-treating for some time, remember the deliciousness that you felt at this time of year as a child? The beginning of cooler weather in late October takes me back to remembering classrooms festooned with pumpkins, scarecrows and witches, all cunningly cut from construction paper.

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Immanuel School’s Choral Music Department

FROM THE October 18 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

by Kami Hinds



Immanuel School’s Choral Music Department is a great program in which to be involved. The choir program, directed by Mr. Rick Robbins, has proved to be highly successful throughout the years. There are five choirs at Immanuel. There is a Junior High choir, a Men’s choir, a Women’s choir, a Concert choir, and the international award winning Chamber Singers. A student has the opportunity to sing with several of these choirs during their Immanuel experience.

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Cheating Death: A Halloween Mystery Short Story

FROM THE October 18 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Claire Murray



“Geez, kid. What’d you have to go and shoot him for?” Willie took Bobby’s gun and stuffed it in his jacket pocket, almost crushing the three packs of cigarettes and map he’d stolen from the convenience store.

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Coming Attractions: Bouchercon Edition 3

FROM THE October 18 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier



If you’re going to the convention, don’t miss out on the Spice Up Your Crafts panel. If you can’t make it, take a look at some of the “crafty” reads by these terrific authors!

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Tiny Treats: Kitchen Collectibles For Halloween & More

FROM THE October 18 ISSUE

IN THE Diana Bulls SECTION

by Diana Bulls


I think I have shared with you before, how fascinated I am by things “Made in Japan” during the 1920s and 1930s. I have, at one time or another, collected pitchers, tea sets, dogs, birds, small celluloid toys, holiday decorations, party favors or anything else that caught my fancy.

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Respect Fundraiser For Visalia Players

FROM THE October 15 ISSUE

IN THE Local Live SECTION

by Nancy Holley



Looking for fun? The Visalia Players reprise of Respect: A Musical Journey of Women at the Fox Theatre on October 25 will be just that!
Respect, a song-filled sojourn through 20th century America, was originally presented at the Ice House in January. The glowing feedback from members of the sold out houses made Respect the obvious choice for a fundraising opportunity. Partnering with Family Services, the Visalia Players are proud to present a reprise that will benefit both non-profit organizations.

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Midnight Plumbers: Halloween Mystery Short Story

FROM THE October 15 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

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by Joan Leotta



My name is Tirzah. If you’re a student of the Bible you may have heard of me. My sisters, Mahlah, Hoglah, Milcah and I, daughters of Zelophahad, were the first women to be able to inherit property under Mosaic Law. We were always forward and independent thinkers. So why should it be different now, just because we’re dead?

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Halloween Must-Watch Movie List! Mama

FROM THE October 14 ISSUE

IN THE Chris Lovato SECTION

by Chris Lovato



It’s October, and that means another Halloween Must-Watch Movie List!
With all the horror movies out there, it can be extremely hard to find something good and scary to watch. Well, if you’re looking for something good, and scary, it might be a good idea to kick off your Halloween movie binge with a particularly creepy gem by Guillermo del Toro: Mama.

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Gone Girl: Movie Review

FROM THE October 13 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Gone Girl is a very intense and shocking thriller. Nick and Amy Dunne appear to have the perfect marriage after the perfect courtship. On the day of their fifth anniversary though, it seems like things have been unraveling for awhile, and when Amy goes missing all fingers start pointing at Nick. Amy is the world’s darling, having grown up as the inspiration for her parents’ series of children’s books featuring Amazing Amy.

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