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Tina Botill

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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:10

Dr. Joyce Marie Keyes Williams

Dr. Joyce Marie Keyes Williams was born in Corcoran, Ca. January 30, 1971, to May and Alfred Keyes Sr. While living in Lathrop, CA, with husband of 23 years, Tedd Williams, Joyce took ill on Aug. 25th, 2018. At the tender age of 47, Joyce was called home, Sept. 25th, 2018.
In 1989, Joyce graduated from CHS as one of the top students in her class. Joyce earned a plethora of academic scholarships.  In 1994, Joyce received her B.A. in History from UC Berkeley. In 1999, Joyce received her MPA in Public Administration and Policy, at CSU Hayward and in 2015, Joyce received her Ph. D in Public-Policy and Administration from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy in Albany, NY.
A profound woman of God, Joyce brought joy, inspiration, encouragement, spiritual uplifting, and love to all she knew. She touched the hearts and souls of many people as a wife, daughter, sister, educator, and friend.
She leaves behind parents, May and Alfred Keyes Sr., husband, Tedd Williams, siblings; Felicia (William) Dean, Alfred (Alana) Keyes Jr., and Takeera (Mahlon) Mack and a host of nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Friday, October 12, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Harvest Community Baptist Church, 144 North Dairy Ave. Corcoran, CA  93212 with a reception to follow at Church of Light, 750 Pickerell in Corcoran.

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In honor of its 35th Anniversary, Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino is hosting a Street Fair on Thursday, November 1 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tachi Palace south entrance. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

Also part of its 35th Anniversary celebration, Tachi Palace is giving away more than $2 million in cash and prizes, including a Tiny House, One-Ton Truck and more, with the drawing also taking place on Thursday, November 1. For those wanting to see the grand prizes in person, the house and truck will be on display at the casino starting Monday, October 15.

Fun for the entire family, the Street Fair will feature photo opportunities with Miss California, local midget race car drivers and their cars, The Grizzlies own Parker, Local TPF fighters, and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Elvis will be in the building with his pink Cadillac for a photo op. There also will be live entertainment, music, hot air balloon rides, face painting, plus games and raffles for those 18 years and older. Musical performances include Latin music by Heavy Weather and Afro Latin Psychedelic with Jungle Fire. Roaming the grounds will be costumed characters including Chewy & Darth Vader from Star Wars, stilt walkers and other impersonators.

In addition, local artisans will be on-hand selling crafts including an area dedicated specifically to Native American artists. Local charities will be joining the excitement with various raffle opportunities and fun games to educate attendees about their organizations. Food trucks will have a variety of options available for purchase and will be participating in a Food Truck Throw Down. Proceeds from the booth and food truck spaces, and the raffle, which includes a Trace Adkins autographed guitar, will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Throughout the year, Tachi Palace has been enhancing the property with more than 900 additional parking spaces, a paved outdoor entertainment center on the north lawn – home to a free comedy concert series with the last concert on October 14 – and a new outdoor Sprung structure providing 45,000 square feet of shade and exhaust fans for cooling for concerts and entertainment.

Also under construction is the new Tachi Palace Family Entertainment Center. Slated to open soon, the 88,350 square foot center will include a 30-lane bowling alley and eight screen movie theaters, plus an arcade with latest games and a 10-table billiards room. New food and drink concessions also will be part of the concourse at the Entertainment Center.

For more information about the Street Fair, 35th Anniversary Celebration and Tachi Palace, visit

About Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino

The Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino is owned and operated by Tachi-Yokut Tribe. Tachi Palace is located in Lemoore, CA, on the Santa Rosa Rancheria. Tachi Palace offers the finest gaming action with slots, bingo, various table games, and a poker room. They have five dining options and host national entertainment. The hotel features 255 luxurious rooms and suites. Bookings for weddings, special occasions and business functions are available.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 22:39

Manule Ronquillo

On September 10, 2018, Manuel Salas Ronquillo of Corcoran, California passed away peacefully at the age of 83, surrounded by his loved ones. He is preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Maria Leonidez Ronquillo. He is survived by his son, Jaime M. Ronquillo, and his two daughters, Lucia L. Solis and Bertha Martinez, along with five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Manuel Ronquillo will forever be remembered by his loved ones as a hero and a strong man who loved to make people laugh. He enjoyed road trips and listening to music. He also enjoyed watching his “novelas” on TV, as well as his favorite sport, boxing.

Services for Manuel were held Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, 1127 Letts Avenue, Corcoran CA 93212. Service was from 4-6 p.m., dinner from 7-9 p.m.

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Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino is proud to present multi-talented comedian, actor, singer and writer, Rodney Carrington on Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the bingo hall. Tachi Palace offers the premier entertainment experience in the area.

Carrington has been on the comedy scene since 1998 when he had his break through CD, Hangin’ With Rodney, which consisted of both standup comedy and original songs. Since then, he has released nine more albums, including Morning Wood, his first Top 20 album and first certified Gold album, and Laughter’s Good, a number one hit on the Billboard Comedy Charts. His 2004 Greatest Hits peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Comedy Charts and No. 11 on the Billboard Country Charts.

For two seasons he starred in his own ABC TV sitcom, Rodney, and he also co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the 2008 feature film, Beer For My Horses. Carrington won “Supporting Character of the Year” from the CMT Music Video Awards for his appearance on Trace Adkins’ music video, “I Got My Game On.”

Tickets for Rodney Carrington are on sale starting Friday, July 27 and are available online at or at the Hotel Gift Shop.  Tickets start at $40 per person. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

The Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino is owned and operated by Tachi-Yokut Tribe. Tachi Palace is located in Lemoore, CA, on the Santa Rosa Rancheria. Tachi Palace offers the finest gaming action with slots, bingo, various table games, and a poker room. They have five dining options and host national entertainment. The hotel features 255 luxurious rooms and suites. Bookings for weddings, special occasions and business functions are available.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:49

Matthew Edward Pearce

Matthew Edward Pearce, 49, died Aug. 12, 2018 in Visalia.
Born Jan. 19, 1970 in Corcoran, Matthew grew up and attended Corcoran schools but had been a resident of Visalia for the last seven years.
He worked as a mechanic and welder.
Matthew was preceded in death by his parents Bob and Annetta Pearce.
He is survived by two sisters and one brother, Haylee Pearce-Davis, John Pearce and Kimberly Pearce-Torres; his wife, Lisa Pearce; and two daughters, Katherine Pearce and Bernadette Pearce-Daleman; and four grandchildren, Juan, Serinity, Lilianna and Hazel Grace.
Matthew enjoyed working on cars and welding. He loved going to the beach and the mountains as well as camping and spending time with his family gathered around the fires at night. Matthew enjoyed going to gun ranges and practicing with firearms.
He was sweet, loving, strong and a strong believer in Jesus.
The family is planning a Celebration of Life however no date has been set. Family and friends will be notified in the near future.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:47

Gary L. Williams

Graveside services were held Saturday at Corcoran District Cemetery for Gary L. Williams, who died Sept. 4 in Visalia. Mr. Williams was born Dec. 27, 1960.
Survivors include his children, Michael Williams, Greg Williams and Courtney Wyllie; his parents, Loyd R. Williams and Glenda R. Jones Williams; his siblings, Debbie Williams Neve and Danny Williams.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:42

Cotton Festival Saturday, Oct. 6

There is still time to participate in the upcoming Corcoran Cotton Festival, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 6.
The event will begin with the Cotton Parade and this year’s Cotton Queen and her court will be center stage. The parade will kick off down Whitley Avenue and will end at the Recreation Association of Corcoran, where all the rest of the day’s activities will be held.
There will be a carnival, food and craft vendors, live entertainment by August, a beer garden and much more. Bingo will once again be held. Presale Bingo ticket packets are available at the chamber office for $10. Each packet contains nine games (three games on each card plus one soft drink). The same ticket packets will be $15 at the door on the day of the event. Bingo is open to adults ages 18 years and older. There will also be a snack bar with refreshments available for purchase.
The Chamber is currently accepting vendor applications. Vendor application forms are available at the Corcoran Chamber of Commerce office which is located at 1040 Whitley Avenue next to Christmas Tree Park. Vendor food booths are limited and it’s best to get applications in early. Food booths must be cleared by the Kings County Health Department.
Those who wish to enter the Cost Less Food Company Cotton parade can do so by filling out an entry format the chamber office. This year’s parade theme will be Cotton Under the Sea. Entry into the parade is free. Parade categories include floats both civic and non-profit, commercial and school; equestrian-single, pairs and group; bands both high school and elementary/Jr. High; antique car, comic and novelty, marching/walking groups, performing groups-dancers, twirlers, etc.; decorated motor vehicle, antique farm equipment, equipment and other. Parade entry forms are due Friday, Sept. 28.
For more information on the festival or with questions contact Lisa at the chamber office at 992-4514 or stop by the office at 1040 Whitley Avenue.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:40

Senior scam seminar

It’s a sad fact that one in five seniors will be a victim of fraud and criminals who target the elderly are always developing new scams to catch a vulnerable senior. Over the next several weeks Assemblyman Rudy Salas will be hosting multiple free educational Senior Scam Stopper Seminars in partnership with the California Contractors State License Board.
During the seminars, experts will provide tips on how to protect yourself against different types of scams, such as identity theft, elder financial abuse, insurance fraud and more. Seniors, families of all ages and caregivers are all welcome to attend.
The Corcoran seminar will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Recreation Association of Corcoran, 900 Dairy Ave. Additional seminars will be held in Lemoore, Bakersfield, Delano and Shafter for those who cannot attend the meeting in Corcoran. Check Salas’ website for the dates of the additional information sessions.

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 23:20

Road work on Whitley Avenue continues

Those who drove down Whitley Ave. last week most likely noticed the trench in the middle of the road. The four-inch deep trench was four-feet wide and extended from Dairy Ave. east to Wigdal Ave., just short of downtown and about 1,700 feet long.

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