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Three Turlock educators up for Teacher of the Year

Three local educators from three different Turlock schools were named finalists for the 2012 Stanislaus County Teacher of the Year award.

May 01, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Humane Farming Association launches campaign to stop egg bill

In 2008 California voters passed Proposition 2 to increase cage sizes and living conditions for hens in egg-laying production facilities. Since then the law has been taken for a wild ride.

May 01, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Denair uses federal funding to give principals one-time bonus

The decision of the Denair Unified School District to spend federal Jobs Bill funding on giving three principals one-time bonuses of $10,000 each was met with questions by some in the community, but DUSD officials say the money was put to good use.

April 27, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Farmers beat back child labor legislation

California farmers, as well as farmers nationwide, are letting out a collective sigh of relief as the U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that it will no longer pursue a controversial set of legislations related to child labor on America's farms.

April 27, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Government


Newman Swamp Rats keep trapshooting tradition alive

Trapshooting - which began in the early 1790s as a sporting event where gunmen would shoot passenger pigeons - is one of the country's oldest sports.

April 27, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | LIVING IN 209


Walnut students rock Science Olympiad

Walnut Elementary Education Center's Discovery Green and Gold teams had strong showings last Saturday at the Stanislaus County Office of Education's 2012 Elementary Science Olympiad.

April 26, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Local students shine at Science Olympiad

Julien Elementary School students Parker Boom and Megan Van Hoogmoed took home the top spot in the "Rock Hound" category at the 2012 Stanislaus County Office of Education Elementary Science Olympiad, held Saturday in Modesto. In Rock Hound students must identify types of rocks and minerals.

April 24, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


German students make ‘life-long friends’ in Turlock

Four years ago Bryan and Dorianne Long hosted German exchange students when their son Garrett, then a senior at Turlock High School, told them about the opportunity. In exchange Garrett was able to visit Germany. Since then the family has continued to host students every other year, something Bryan Long called "nothing but a wonderful experience."

April 24, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Turlockers turn out to support Relay for Life

More than 1,000 people participated in the 2012 Turlock Relay For Life, held Saturday at Dutcher Middle School. Seventy different teams, including participants from local schools, businesses and churches walked with a goal to raise $250,000. The preliminary fundraising tally was $169,017 on Tuesday, but the final numbers won't be in until later this week, according to event organizers. Last year the Turlock Relay For Life raised $237,000.

April 24, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Hundreds of Boy Scouts take over Turlock fairgrounds

An estimated 800 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts and parents called the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds home last weekend during the Boy Scouts of America's Greater Yosemite Council annual Jamboree.

April 23, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Local kids to compete at State Spelling Bee

A pair of Turlock Unified School District students will represent Stanislaus County at the 2012 California State Elementary Spelling Bee, scheduled to be held Saturday in Stockton.

April 19, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Parents accuse Pitman coach of drinking, screaming at players

A group of Pitman High School parents have had enough of what they say is abusive behavior from one of the school's athletic coaches.

April 17, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Cookies for troops

Local Girl Scout Daisies from Troop 399 donated 300 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to staff at the Army National Guard station in Turlock. Guardsmen from the 149th Chemical Company in Turlock will be forwarding the cookies to sister Chemical Companies 140th and 132nd, which are currently deployed to Afghanistan.

April 17, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Astronaut visits local school, delivers ‘soil to stars’ message

National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut and U.S. Congressional candidate Jose Hernandez visited Denair Middle School to bring hundreds of students an inspirational message of hope and to deliver his father's recipe for success.

April 17, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Crowell students spring into mathematics

While most children spend their spring break doing anything but thinking about school work, 90 students from Crowell Elementary are in school perfecting their math skills during a one-week math camp.

April 13, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


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