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Education

by Lorie Lewis Ham


This weekend, for 2 performances only, Fresno Pacific University will present Dark as the Night, Selections from Shakespeare. We took a moment to chat about the show with the director, Brooke Aiello, who is an Adjunct Theatre Professor and Costume Shop Coordinator at FPU.

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by Mallory Moad



On Saturday, April 2, I made my much anticipated return to the world of percussion. I rolled the window down and was greeted by that crazy cacophony as competitors filled the Clovis East High School parking lot, preparing to strut their stuff in the San Joaquin Valley Color Guard & Percussion Review Championship Finals. This was going to be a big deal and ‘the heat was on.’

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Fresno Pacific University is presenting a production of Little Women the Musical this weekend. It will be performed at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium. The show is directed by Bethany Rader, who has been working with the theater department at FPU for around 7 years and directing for 5 years.

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by Amber Carter




The 2015-2016 school year at Immanuel has been one of growth and development. The High school, Junior high, and Elementary school have all expanded in technology use, watched the building of a new sports complex, and welcomed new faculty. One new staff member in particular, is the new Junior High and Elementary Performing Arts Director, Jordan Laemmlen. An Immanuel alumnus of 2011, Laemmlen graduated from Vanguard University in 2015 with a bachelor’s in Theater Arts, and a music minor.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham




Teachers touch our lives in many ways–they inspire us, lead us toward a career we may never have considered, and help us learn to be good citizens of the world. However, seldom do they get the credit and recognition that they deserve. So here at KRL, we like to feature some of those amazing teachers.

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by Mallory Moad



“Roll your window down.” This instruction came from my friend, Jill Bedford, as we approached Clovis East High School. We were here, along with Jill’s daughter, Sarah Potter, to attend the San Joaquin Valley Color Guard & Percussion Review Classification Show. After spending most of 2015 attending parades, it was time to up my game. Since I’m crazy about marching bands, particularly drumlines, this seemed like the next logical step. What I stepped into was a different world.

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The Great and Powerful Oz Comes to Immanuel

IN THE February 17 ISSUE

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by Amber Carter



Immanuel High School’s choir department is performing The Wizard of Oz for their 2016 Spring Musical. The cast stars Seniors and Annie Regier as Glinda the Good Witch and Aunt Em. Both students participated and performed in Immanuel’s Chamber Choir’s fall performance of The Secret Garden. The ensemble for Oz comprises of the chamber choir, concert choir, men’s and women’s choir, and elementary and junior high choirs. Director Rick Robbins chose this show to give as many students as possible the ability to perform and gain show experience as well as great memories.

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by Jim Bulls


Whenever you enter Reedley, from whatever direction, there are a multitude of landmarks reminding you that this is your hometown. Over the next few months, I’m going to be writing about at least three local landmarks. Some of them have the (dubious) honor of appearing about the same time I came to Reedley, but more about those later. I’m going to start with Immanuel Schools.

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by Jim Bulls


My first parade experience was during WWII in Fort Worth, Texas at P.T. Barnum’s circus. It was under the big top and the ringmaster shouted “Strike up the Band!” The parade was led by elephants ridden by beautiful girls wearing brightly colored head dresses of ostrich plumes. They were followed by other circus performers, wild animals and clowns. It was quite a sight.

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Reedley College Football 2015 Game 10 Recap

IN THE November 16 ISSUE

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by Larry Ham



The Reedley College Tigers ended their season on an up note, with a 34-28 win over Monterey Peninsula College, Saturday night at Reedley High School Stadium.

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The Secret Garden On Stage at Immanuel High School

IN THE November 14 ISSUE

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by Hannah Ragsdale



This November, Immanuel Schools is presenting the staged musical The Secret Garden. Those involved include the Chamber Choir, with director Rick Robbins.

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Reedley College Football 2015 Game 9 Recap

IN THE November 9 ISSUE

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by Larry Ham


The Reedley College Tigers lost a heartbreaker Saturday night, falling to Hartnell College 23-20 in Salinas.
Tiger quarterback Austen Bray threw an interception with less than a minute to play that allowed Hartnell to try a game winning field goal. The kick was wide left, but the Reedley coaches called a timeout just before the snap, so Hartnell’s kicker was able to try it again and kicked it through the uprights from 43 yards out for the win.

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Reedley College Football 2015 Game 8 Recap

IN THE November 2 ISSUE

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by Larry Ham


The Reedley College Tigers took a huge step toward playing in a post season bowl game with an exciting 34-27 win over Merced College Saturday night at Reedley High School Stadium.

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Reedley College Football 2015 Game 7 Recap

IN THE October 27 ISSUE

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by Larry Ham


The Reedley College Tigers improved their season record to 4-3 with a 42-14 win over Cabrillo College Saturday night in Aptos.

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Reedley College Football 2015 Game 6 Recap

IN THE October 19 ISSUE

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by Larry Ham


Like most people, I like consistency. It’s like the difference between opening a bag of Fritos, and opening a box of assorted chocolate candy. You know what you’re going to get with the Fritos, and you never know what you’re going to get with the box of candy (just ask Forrest Gump).

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Reedley College Football 2015 Game 5 Recap

IN THE October 5 ISSUE

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by Larry Ham


My wife (and the editor of KRL) has asked me often why I love sports so much. The great thing about a sporting event is that every one is a fresh drama – and you never know how it will turn out. The ups and downs of following a team can really be a grind, and Saturday’s football game between the Reedley College Tigers and the Fresno City College Rams is a perfect example.

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Reedley College Football 2015 Game 4 Recap

IN THE September 28 ISSUE

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by Larry Ham


It was another one of those games for Reedley College – a win over Gavilan College – but a difficult game to gauge where the Tigers actually are, success-wise.

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Immanuel High School Worship Band

IN THE September 26 ISSUE

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by Shea Gilson


Before 2002, a single teacher led musical worship on an acoustic guitar for chapel services. Jeff March was chaplain at the time, and decided that the worship experience needed more. He gathered his teaching-assistant students into a group that would become the first worship band.

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