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Sierra Bancorp announces dividend, Oxnard loan office

Sierra Bancorp, parent of Porterville-based Bank of the Sierra, announced a regular quarterly cash dividend of 10 cents per share.

Valley unemployment rates mostly lower in March

Valley unemployment rates were mostly down in March, and remained on a downward trend year-over-year.

Fresno Pacific outgrows campus, moves commencement to Selland

Fresno Pacific University has moved its spring 2015 commencement ceremony to the Selland Arena due to a record number of graduating students. 

Local Girl Scouts honored for dynamite cookie sales

Local Girl Scout Isabella K. set a new personal record this cookie-selling season, moving 2,556 boxes and winning the title of top cookie seller in Fresno County. 

Blackstone Avenue Smart & Final deal dead

A Southern California developer has pulled out of a deal to build a Smart & Final on Blackstone and Clinton avenues in Fresno.A Southern California-based developer has pulled out of a proposed deal to build a new Smart & Final-anchored shopping center at the southwest corner of Blackstone and Clinton avenues.

Madera funeral home owner arrested on fraud charges

The Madera County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that Sharlane Smith, co-owner of Smith Manor Grace Chapel in Madera, was arrested on numerous counts of fraud.

Community leaders concerned with rise of heroin abuse

Dallas Blanchard, director of the Fresno Needle Exchange, said the organization has recently seen an increase in need for its services. Local health care professionals, government officials and community groups have recently expressed concern over the growing problem of heroin abuse in the Central Valley.

Tulare Regional to host opening for two new health centers

Tulare Regional Medical Center will host a grand-opening celebration today for its new West Street Community Health Center. 

Fresno First Bank reports its best quarterly results ever

Communities First Financial Corp., parent company of Fresno First Bank, announced net income of $646,000 for the first quarter, up nearly 9 percent from last year.

Local man who clubbed 925 chickens sentenced to jail

(AP) — A judge has sentenced an 18-year-old man to 120 days in jail for clubbing 925 Foster Farms chickens to death in Fresno last year.