Reedley News

New Theatre Opportunities For KCUSD Middle & Elementary Schools

by Lorie Lewis Ham

While Reedley High School has been well known for its theatre productions for quite some time, I recently became aware that theatre was happening at some Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD) K-8 schools in Reedley, so I set out to learn more. Little did I realize that this actually began last year and somehow slipped under KRL’s radar, with the first show, a production of High School Musical Jr., performed by TL Reed students at Silas Bartsch.

Winter Harmony: KCUSD’s Visual & Performing Arts Programs Illuminate the Season

by Jim Mulligan

As winter approaches and temperatures drop in the Valley, Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD) is bringing warmth and vibrancy to the community through its Visual & Performing Arts (VAPA) programs. From elementary schools to high schools, the district's commitment to fostering creativity and artistic expression is evident in the diverse offerings that make up the VAPA umbrella.

Reedley College Agriculture Business Students Thrive in Olive Oil Enterprise

by Jim Mulligan

Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of the eastern Central Valley of California, Reedley College is home to a unique and thriving agricultural endeavor that is allowing students to gain hands-on experience in the world of business and marketing. Agriculture Business students at the college are taking the olives grown on campus and turning them into bottled, marketable olive oil, offering a taste of entrepreneurship and marketing prowess.

Q & A With River City Theatre Company Board Member Stevie Barnett

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Reedley’s very own theatre company, River City Theatre Co.(RCTC), has seen a lot of changes over the last few years. Recently, they hired local actor Peter Allwine as their new General Manager. KRL thought it would be interesting to get to know some of the current RCTC board members a little better—many are also local actors themselves who had been on the RCTC stage many times over the years. We are starting off with Stevie Barnett, who is their current board secretary.

Spirit in Print in Reedley

by Jim Mulligan

Local woman, KateLyn Peters, is the owner of one of Reedley’s newest businesses. Peters is a Reedleyite, Reedley High School grad, Reedley College grad, and Fresno State grad, who jumped at the opportunity to provide printing services based here in Reedley. While she didn’t exactly set her sights on owning a printing business, let alone a printing business in Reedley, way back in college when she was a business student at Reedley College, she did latch onto opportunities that eventually positioned her to acquire and relocate a thriving business to her hometown.

Butter Me Up Bakery: Another Delicious Discovery at Reedley Farmers Market

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Earlier this summer KRL made several trips to the Reedley Farmers Market taking place at Reedley College and made several delicious discoveries—from food trucks covered in our Great Food Search column, to great local coffee and bakeries! My personal favorite finds were Graceful Bakes, Zolú Café, and Butter Me Up Bakery! This week we are interviewing the owner of Butter Me Up, Leslie Valadez from Dinuba, California.