Doyal's Store in Piedra, a popular stop for fishermen, boaters and cyclists along the Lower Kings River below Pine Flat Lake, has closed its doors.
Owner Mark Owens told The Bee in August that he was going out of business due to a dispute with family members who own the property. However, Owens changed his mind a few days later after holding a customer appreciation day.
The store's signs have since been torn down and the gas pumps removed. A sign on the front door indicates the space is available for lease.
Owens could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Doyal's Store opened in 1960 and moved to its current location near Trimmer Springs and Piedra roads in 1984.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Where: Fresno State Maple Mall
Three individual titles in the 2012 Valley Runner of the Year Series are up for grabs as the series moves into its final 30-point race.
Visalia's Matthew Morales has a 13-point lead over Fresno's J.K. Lundberg in the men's open division, Madera's Osvaldo Lopez leads Joe Amendt of Clovis by 20 points in men's masters (40-49) and Nestor Ayala Sr. of Coalinga has a 24-point cushion over Jose Gonzalez in men's seniors (50 and over). On the women's side, Fresno's Andrea Samansky (open), Reedley's Julia Johnson (40-49) and Fresno's Katherine Bilello (50 and over) have already clinched.
The men's 5-kilometer starts at 7:30 a.m., followed by the women's 5K at 8. There's also a 5K walk beginning at 10:30.
Register today (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Friday (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at Macy's at Fashion Fair Mall or on race day starting at 6:30 a.m. Details: komencentralvalley.org.
News & notes
- The seventh annual Valley Girls Ride is Saturday, starting and finishing at Wild Water Adventure Park in Clovis. Participants in the all-female noncompetitive cycling event can choose from five courses ranging from 10 to 75 miles. Register at active.com. Details: valleygirlsride.com.
- Waterfowl hunting in the Balance of the State Zone, which includes the central San Joaquin Valley, opens Saturday. Also, deer hunting season in zone D-8 (Kings River drainage) closes Sunday. The closure date for zone D-7 (San Joaquin River drainage) is Oct. 28.
- Visalia fitness coach Justin Levine on Tuesday began a 300-mile run from Visalia to Santa Monica to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Levine plans to finish Saturday. Track his progress at facebook.com/limitlesslifeinmotion.
- The annual Pear Lake Ski Hut Lottery is Nov. 1. Check sequoia- history.org for an application. All forms must be submitted by Oct. 31. The historic cabin is available to the public from Dec. 21 to April 28.