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Academic Decathlon Team At Reedley High

IN THE January 28 ISSUE

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by Cameron Calvillo



“Every morning I arrive at RHS at 6:40 a.m., and have the opportunity to coach and mentor some of the most savvy and skillful students on campus.” Those are the words of Amber Hunt, a French teacher at Reedley High; she is also Reedley’s Academic Decathlon coach. You heard her. Six-forty a.m. every day, and the students aren’t far behind. Their long day begins at 7:00 a.m.

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by Steve Wright


I am sure your face looks like mine did the first time I was asked this question, which was just a few days ago. As much as I try to keep up with the laws in California and across the nation, I am sometimes surprised when I am asked about certain laws being passed that I am not aware of. So, of course when I was asked a question to which I did not know the answer (and thought I was being pranked), I set out to find the truth. Once

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New Campus for Immanuel Elementary

IN THE January 14 ISSUE

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by Breanna Wood


The student population of Immanuel Elementary has been growing rapidly these last few years. The administration realized that more buildings were needed, or new students would have to be turned away due to lack of classroom space. Superintendent Ryan Wood stated, “The enrollment growth was happening very fast, and we knew if it continued, which we projected it would, we would need more classrooms.”

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by Toni Pacini


I am delighted to be returning to Sanger to share my southern gothic memoir, Alabama Blue. I lived in Sanger from 2007 until 2012 and made many special friends. Having published my book nine months ago, I felt compelled to return to Sanger and share my excitement with my friends.

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by Vanessa McCracken


What could be better than a bike ride along the Pacific Coast Highway, with ocean views, rest stops, and support vehicles the whole way?
How about a huuuge party at Hearst Castle, after getting a post-ride hot shower and free massage on the beach! And a free up-close-and-personal concert by performers like the Beach Boys or the Black Eye Peas!

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by Jim Bulls



Lincoln is my favorite elementary school. Since I have shared many stories in Kings River Life, this may be a bit repetitious, but I owe more than just an education to the school district. Since both of my parents were teachers, it provided a roof over my family’s head, clothes on our backs and food on the table.

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by Mallory Moad



It’s time for the holidays in the Central Valley, and lights are a big, big deal. You can’t drive down a street after dark without multi-colored bulbs guiding your way. They’re wild and crazy and they’re everywhere, on homes, businesses and in at least 4 night-time parades. But in Fresno you’ll find one collection of illuminated displays in a place that’s a little out of the ordinary.

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by Sarah Peterson


The holiday spirit is alive and well at Clovis’s Woods Elementary School, which has been sponsoring a Giving Tree charity drive every December for over a decade. Woods parent Heather Devany gave Kings River Life the scoop on what the program is all about, and the Giving Tree’s impact on Woods Elementary and its surrounding community.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Recently a new shop opened in Downtown Reedley called Sweet Destination. I went in to check it out and was delighted by what I saw! This place is so charming and filled with so many unique items. The owner, Shelly Henderson, shared with me that the theme of “destination” is showcased throughout the store as she showed me their tables with street sign tabletops (Shelly’s co-owner and husband Mike built the tables), an old luggage cart, their counter is made out of a 100 year old door, and even their business cards are shaped like luggage tags!

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David’s Not Just Your Ordinary Department Store

IN THE December 10 ISSUE

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by Diana Bulls


David’s is a jewel of a little store, located right in the heart of Reedley. From the moment you walk in the door, you are in sensory overload—but in a very, very good way. Everywhere you look, there are wonders to behold, and Christmas is the best time of all!

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Christmas Concerts at Immanuel Schools

IN THE December 10 ISSUE

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by Breanna Wood


Immanuel Schools has a long-standing tradition of performing the “All Is Well” Choir Concert during the holiday season, featuring all choir members grades 7-12. The name “All Is Well” was given to this performance in honor of the song, “All is Well,” that is sung every year to wrap up the performance, and welcome you into a holiday season centered on Christ.

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Reedley High Madrigals Spreading Christmas Cheer

IN THE December 3 ISSUE

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by Cameron Calvillo



As Christmas gets closer, the Reedley High Madrigals are hard at work preparing to spread Christmas cheer. This holiday season they are set to perform at Hillcrest, go caroling, and put on their annual Christmas concert at the PAT on the Reedley High Schools campus. The group is led by Randy Lepp, a talented musician himself. He can always be seen early morning on campus running around with a determined look on his face.

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Christmas at the Meux

IN THE November 26 ISSUE

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andSarah Peterson-Camacho
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by Sarah Peterson


As the holidays beckon amid a swirl of falling leaves and sparkling frost, Fresno’s historic Meux Home Museum is gearing up for Christmas with its upcoming holiday tours and its annual Victorian Christmas Tea. Kings River Life spoke with Meux Home Museum president Quintin Hoskins about the Home and the holidays.

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by Jim Bulls


The Reedley area was first plotted by U.S. Army teams and contract surveyors around the 1850s. The area was like a giant magnet, drawing all kinds of settlers from all kinds of backgrounds. Some were farmers and some were tradesmen, but they all wanted a good place to raise families.

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Tower Free Library

IN THE November 19 ISSUE

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by Mallory Moad



When e-readers became popular and affordable, nay-sayers predicted a ghastly death for public libraries and printed books. However, like the Y2K chaos and numerous forecasts of the end of the world, this has not come to pass. And while many libraries have upgraded their services to meet the needs of 21st century patrons, there is one grass-roots library system in Fresno that has done the opposite.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Currently on stage at Fresno Pacific University is a show that is much needed at this time in our county–a show sharing the real life stories of nine Iraqi women in the midst and aftermath of the first Gulf War.

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