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The Cat House on the Kings: Autumn Open House, Endless Kittens, Rescues, & Updates

FROM THE September 24 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale



Well, I am back from my short vacation. It wasn’t really a vacation though. I spent the time trapping, trapping, oh, and trapping. It has been an exhausting summer for everyone at The Cat House on the Kings, employee and volunteers alike.

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Bentley Needs a Forever Home

FROM THE September 24 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin


An owner turn-in from a family who had gotten him as a puppy, Bentley had no big health issues when he came into NY/NJ Scottie Rescue. However, he was not up to date on his vaccines and he had several bad teeth that gave his mouth an unpleasant odor. Erica from the rescue took him into the group’s vet. They did a full work-up on Bentley including X-rays to see if there were signs of any hidden masses or problems, and a full blood panel. Bentley passed with flying colors.

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Death of a Pumpkin Carver By Lee Hollis: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE September 24 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Lee Hollis



As much as Hayley Powell loves the Halloween season and the copious amounts of candy she consumes, this holiday looks to be bringing more than its expected share of scares. Hayley’s ex-husband Danny has descended upon Bar Harbor, ostensibly on vacation to visit their children, but she has her suspicions. The handsome, charming, and undeniably appealing rogue has a history of leaving a trail of debt and broken hearts in his wake, and Hayley doubts that he has changed.

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All the Little Liars, Aurora Teagarden Series By Charlaine Harris: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE September 24 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Aurora Teagarden has remarried and is happier than she ever imagined. Crime-writer Robin Crusoe is the lucky groom. His work commute is a matter of feet to the study, hers just to the library in town. Aurora’s half-brother, Phillip, is staying with them for a while after discovering his father in a compromising position and his mother leaving for parts unknown. Aurora and Robin have only been married a few weeks but find having Phillip around isn’t an intrusion.

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September Penguins For Your Fall Reading

FROM THE September 24 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



A fun group of new mysteries for your fall reading from Penguin authors-No Farm, No Foul: A Farmer’s Daughter Mystery by Peg Cochran, Cancelled by Murder: A Postmistress Mystery by Jean Flowers, Digging Up the Dirt: Southern Ladies Mystery by Miranda James, and Paint the Town Dead: Silver Six Crafting Mystery by Nancy Haddock. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win copies of all 4 books, and links to purchase them.

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Pumpkin Picking with Murder By Auralee Wallace: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE September 24 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Eight years ago, Erica Bloom fled Otter Lake in embarrassment, leaving behind her reputation as Boobsie Bloom, the daughter of a hippie and the girl who accidentally flashed an audience during the Raspberry Social. In Chicago Erica was able to blend in anonymously as anyone she wanted to be, whereas in New Hampshire she was the quick-tempered, stressed-out, daughter of a hippy. She’s put those issues behind her—mostly—and has returned for one week in the hopes of resolving her long distance relationship with former crush Sheriff Grady Forrester.

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Great Food Search: Castillo’s Mexican Restaurant

FROM THE September 24 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


Parts of the Castillo family have been feeding Fresnans for decades, and one section of the clan is dishing it up at Castillo’s Mexican Restaurant in the Tower District, 568 E. Olive Ave.

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A Round About History Of St. La Salle School in Reedley

FROM THE September 24 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

by Jim Bulls


St. John the Baptist De La Salle was born into a wealthy and noble family in Rheims, France. By age 16 he was named a canon of Rheims Cathedral and was ordained into priesthood by age 26. La Salle gave up a promising, and possibly brilliant, ecclesiastical career to take up a life filled with poverty, persecution, and contempt. He also became the educational genius of the seventeenth century and the founder of modern methods of teaching.

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Aurora Teagarden Mysteries on Hallmark

FROM THE September 24 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Doward Wilson


Meet Aurora Teagarden, librarian and murder mystery fan, played by Candace Cameron Bure in these Hallmark Movies & Mysteries adaptations of the first three books in the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries series by Charlaine Harris. Aurora’s mother, Aida, owner of a local real estate agency, is ably played by Marilu Henner.

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Coming Attractions: Goblins Edition

FROM THE September 24 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sunny Frazier


We start off this month with two new series.
Death of a Toy Solider is the first in the Vintage Toy Shop mysteries by Barbara Early.

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Live Free or Die: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE September 24 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Judy Penz Sheluk


The first time any of us met Jack he was wearing a dark green suit. That seemed odd to me. It wasn’t St. Patrick’s Day and the office attire was mostly business casual, with an emphasis on the casual. This was especially true in “cubicle hell,” where an overworked staff of four plus supervisor made collection calls and routinely canceled insurance policies for non-payment.

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Family Healing Center: Did you Know?

FROM THE September 24 ISSUE

IN THE Helping Hands SECTION

by Steve Wright


Our children today are suffering from a tremendous, but hidden epidemic. That epidemic is child abuse, neglect, and sexual assault. Throughout my law enforcement career I have seen and heard many things that I once believed came only from the darkest depths of our society. Those things that no one wanted to talk about, think about, or believe, was going on right under our noses.

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Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play, On Stage in Selma

FROM THE September 21 ISSUE

IN THE Theatre SECTION

by Destiney Warren



If you’re looking for something weirdly awesome to do this weekend, I suggest going to see the Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play play at the Selma Arts Center. As an avid Simpsons fan, I was really excited to go see a play that was loosely based around one of my favorite pop-culture icons. This play definitely surpassed my expectations. However, a word to the wise, this is not a play to take your children or grandparents to, unless your grandparents are cool with some occasions of violence, weapons, and cursing.

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Reedley College Football 2016 Game 3 Recap

FROM THE September 19 ISSUE

IN THE Larry Ham SECTION

by Larry Ham


The Reedley College Tigers are still looking for their first win on the season, after a heart-breaking 26-22 loss to College of the Redwoods, Saturday afternoon at Reedley High School Stadium.

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