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Barbara Lundell Strom

Barbara was born on the Lundell homestead in May 1919, to Henry and Lydia Lundell. She and her three brothers, Kenneth, Jerry and Glenn grew up on the ranch, riding in horse and buggies to and from school and church. They also formed a small band, since music was such an important part of their youth.

April 07, 2015 | | OBITS


Don't be a just fair weather fisherman

Why is it that every time the weather is absolutely perfect for fishing, I have something else planned or I'm working? Then of course, when I finally get some time to get out fishing, a wind storm or some other type of change in the weather occurs.

April 03, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


New program encourages affordable housing development

Affordable housing projects could be on the uptick in California as the state's Housing Finance Agency announced a new program on Wednesday aimed at making it easier for developers to establish less expensive housing options.

April 03, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Births March 27 to April 1

• Sabrina Morales of Turlock is the mother of an 8-pound-2-ounce boy born March 27 at Emanuel Medical Center.

April 03, 2015 | | Births


Our water future is at a critical crossroads

Arguments between local governments and individual farmers over the sale, transfer, and local usage of water are all too familiar. Some districts oppose efforts to transfer water out of basins or across county lines. Some irrigation districts oppose city plans to sell wastewater to other irrigation districts. But regardless of where you stand on these specific disputes, all of us in the Valley must work together in unity to confront the single largest threat to our economy, our farms, and our way of life since the dams were constructed.

April 03, 2015 | By Assemblyman Adam Gray | Editorial


California’s drought calls for continued conservation efforts

Our state is now facing its fourth year of severe drought. Many communities are suffering as a result. Water, one of our most important resources, is in trouble, and we need to continue to do everything we can to protect it - today and into the future.

April 03, 2015 | | Local


Art showcase winners selected

The Central California Arts Showcase, a collaborative art exhibit between the Carnegie Arts Center and the Mistlin Gallery in Modesto, have selected their winners.

April 02, 2015 | | ARTS/LEISURE


Man facing felony charges for Hughson bee hive theft

Pedro Villafan Magallon, 46, of Newman, was held to answer on a felony charge of grand theft stemming from his theft of nine bee colonies on Jan. 3.

April 02, 2015 | | Crime


Poetry, kids and recycling highlight April library events

If prayers are answered and the Valley sees April showers, there are a variety of free events offered this month at local libraries to help children and adults get out of the rain.

April 02, 2015 | | Local


Soares — Azevedo

Adriana Soares and Garrett Azevedo are engaged to be married. The couple met in 2008, while attending Central Valley High School in Ceres.

March 31, 2015 | | Engagements


Pascoe — Bonifacio

Courtney Lynn Pascoe and Darwin Lawrence Bonifacio are engaged to be married. The couple plan to wed on Sept. 12, 2015, in Monterey, California.

March 31, 2015 | | Engagements


State board should support responsible plan for New Melones, Stanislaus River

There is no way to get around the human, environmental and financial consequences of a fourth consecutive drought year in water-starved California. We have seen it in the fallowed fields on the west side of the Southern San Joaquin Valley and the economic devastation in that region. We have seen it in the reduced flows in rivers and historically low levels of many of the state's reservoirs.

March 31, 2015 | By STEVE KNELL AND JEFF SHIELDS | Editorial


96 years of supporting veterans

Members and guests of the Turlock American Legion Post celebrated the organization's 96th anniversary on Friday with a dinner hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary. Founded in 1919, the American Legion Rex Ish Post 88 is named after Rex Ish, the first World War I causality from Turlock. Over the decades, the American Legion members have been dedicated to serving military veterans, service members and the community at large.

March 31, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Sadie Butler

Sadie outlived her two husbands Orville Lee and Boyd Butler, her son Jerry, and all of her siblings. She is survived by her daughter Ruthann Sisk of Denair, son Gary (Charlene) Lee of No. Highlands, CA, step-son Glenn (Hui Yop) Butler, 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 4 great, great-grandchildren.

March 31, 2015 | | OBITS


Joyce Anne Graham

Joyce is survived by her husband, Archie Graham of Delhi; two sons, Jim (Jeanne) Graham of Paradise and Jerry Graham of Delhi, CA; three siblings, Dolores West and Dale West both of Delhi, and James West of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and six grandchildren, Justin Graham, Kendall Graham, Kylie Graham, Brooklyn Graham, Jade Shadrick, and Amanda Graham.

March 31, 2015 | | OBITS


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Two men, one boat equals one great day

These past few weeks my older sister, her husband, and two boys were visiting all the way from England. I was able to take my brother-in-law out fishing with me twice. Both times we limited out and really had a great time.

April 17, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Trustees approve new Denair Charter Academy

The Denair Elementary Charter Academy is one step closer to reality after the Denair Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the school's creation on Thursday.

April 17, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Education


Births April 9 to April 15

• April Wheeler of Atwater is the mother of an 8-pound-6-ounce boy born April 9 at Emanuel Medical Center.

April 17, 2015 | | Births


About those 'evil' free range parents

There is a fine line between being cautious and paranoia.

April 17, 2015 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


MJC programs to enhance irrigation systems, provide drought relief training

As the drought continues to parch the state for the fourth year in a row, Modesto Junior College is instituting new courses and programs that focus on irrigation and drought relief.

April 16, 2015 | | Education


Bill Green

Bill Green passed away in Marysville, Washington after a long battle with Cancer. Completing his Vietnam tour with the United States Army in 1969, he began a 30 year career in the electronics distribution industry. His work took him to Michigan, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon and California. He spent 12 years in Turlock. While living there he held the position of Business Manager for The Turlock Salvation Army.

April 16, 2015 | | OBITS


Emogene Elmquist

Longtime Turlock/Hilmar resident Emogene Elmquist passed away peacefully at her home on April 12, 2015 at the age of 86, following a short illness.

April 16, 2015 | | OBITS


Turlock High grad to head Patterson police

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department has named Lt. Jeff Dirkse as the new Patterson Police Services Chief.

April 14, 2015 | | Local


Local law enforcement joins state efforts to help at-risk youth

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson and Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II traveled to the state capital last week to join numerous other law enforcement officials in support of funding aimed at helping at-risk youth.

April 14, 2015 | | Local


Violet Ann Mc Laughlin

Violet was born in Idaho Falls, ID and moved to Arkansas as an infant where she spent her childhood before settling in California at the age of 13. On December 15, 1951 she married William "Pat" McLaughlin. She and Pat worked and lived in the Turlock and Denair areas for many years where she worked on the dairy and also for a hatchery. She enjoyed caring for her husband and four children and always treasured time spent with family. Violet worked for many years at Emanuel Medical Center until her retirement. After retiring, she enjoyed spending time with her dear ...

April 14, 2015 | | OBITS


Jack A. Moore

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and one son Dennis Moore. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Ellen Moore of Hilmar, 3 children: Darrell (Donna Bethel) Moore of Modesto, Marlinda (Joe) Inglima of Modesto, and Melissa (Glenn) Miller of San Antonio, TX, 4 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

April 14, 2015 | | OBITS


Betty Van Norman

Betty is survived by partner Esther (Rocky) Nelson, sister Bertha Tedsen and numerous nieces and nephews. Betty is preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Lily, and brothers Clarence R. Van Norman and Hiram O. Van Norman.

April 14, 2015 | | OBITS


James (Jamie) Mason

Jamie is preceded in death by his parents, Kay Mason Hammerquist and Bill Mason. Jamie is survived by a daughter Cherie (Brent) Charmbury and 3 grandchildren: Lindsey, Landon, and Elin Charmbury, all of Sacramento; two siblings: Jeffrey (Teresa) Mason of Napa and Kristine (Travis) Ledford of Turlock and his best friend Joey Novack II.

April 14, 2015 | | OBITS


Verne Crowell

Verne Crowell died peacefully at home on April 3, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was born on July 8, 1916 at home on the corner of Monte Vista and Walnut Rd. and died in the home he built on the corner of Monte Vista and Crowell Rd.

April 14, 2015 | | OBITS


Kevin Richard Stach

Kevin Richard Stach, 75, of Turlock, passed away at his home on April 12, 2105. He was born July 4, 1939 in Nezperce, Idaho. After graduating from high school in Olympia, Washington he came to California and worked at the General Motors plant in Fairfield. When the plant closed and moved to Missouri he relocated there and finished his career with GM. After retiring Mr. Stach moved to Turlock. Kevin was a dune buggy enthusiast and loved working on Volkswagens. He volunteered at the Turlock V.F.W. and enjoyed cooking for their dinners and events.

April 14, 2015 | | OBITS


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