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College radio station branches out

"Alternative" radio stations have nothing on KCSS, a radio station based at California State University, Stanislaus. The station plays everything from modern rock to hip hop, bluegrass, and even video game soundtracks. Until recently, the station had a modest listener base and broadcasted only in Turlock and the immediate area. Thanks to a new transmitter and antennae, however, the station will be boosting its signal to broadcast in Modesto, Merced and beyond.

December 02, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Food, gift program taking applicants

The team of non-profit organizations that comprise Turlock Together are hard at work collecting food and other items for their annual Christmas give-away. More families than ever are in need of assistance with record-setting unemployment rates soaring in Stanislaus County. Families in need of a Christmas meal or toys for the kids can sign up between now and Dec. 9 to receive a basket from Turlock Together.

December 02, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Play is blast from Turlock’s past

The Center for Urban Performance and Service and Westside Ministries will take a journey to Turlock Christmases past with their performance of "Old Tyme School Christmas," an original CUPS production. Over 200 dancers, actors and singers are involved in the Christmas production, which is set to a backdrop of downtown Turlock, complete with a bakery sign that looks very familiar.

November 29, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Theatre


Spa owner to blanket the homeless

The staff at A Beautiful Reflection Day Spa is hoping to make the holidays a little warmer for Turlock's homeless with their second annual Blanketing the Homeless drive. They are collecting new, wrapped blankets to be distributed as Christmas gifts to residents of two homeless shelters in town. This is the second year that Kerry Strickland and the staff of A Beautiful Reflection have collected blankets for homeless Turlockers.

November 29, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Fraternity helps prepare Thanksgiving meals

While most people are lounging around the house enjoying football and appetizers this Thanksgiving, the men of Eta Tau Chapter of Theta Chi fraternity will be hard at work.

November 22, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Local second graders get up close with season’s favorite bird

Students in Mr. Munoz's second grade class will have a much better understanding of their Thanksgiving turkey this year, thanks to a class field trip to Wellsford Ranch in Modesto. The class from Sisk Elementary School had the unique opportunity to tour a Foster Farms turkey ranch on Thursday.

November 18, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Education


What would happen if we stopped voting?

Did you vote on Nov. 8? If not, you weren't alone. According to Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan's office, there were 50,982 ballots counted in the final election results. In a county of 514,453 people, only 227,278 are registered voters, and only around 50,000 people actually voted in this election.

November 18, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Editorial


A long ride

Luke Nowlin and his horse "Geno" have traveled a long way to get to the Central Valley. The pair started out in Emerald Isle, N.C. around 150 days ago. Nowlin has traveled across the country on horseback, and is nearing his end destination of Eureka.

November 15, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Doing the most good

The Salvation Army lived up to its motto of "doing the most good" during the nonprofit's annual Kettle Kick-Off fundraising luncheon on Tuesday. The main highlight of the annual event is the Kettle Klash, a race to raise the most cash in a set time limit. Teams run around the room with Salvation Army kettles and collect donations from luncheon attendees. Donators ring small bells to alert the kettle teams that they have cash to donate. The Kettle Klash is loud, frantic, and it brings thousands of dollars to the Salvation Army every year.

November 15, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Luggage sought for foster kids

Children in foster care in California often leave their families in crisis situations. They take only a few personal items with them, maybe a change of clothes or two. Most of them don't have luggage, backpacks or even a tote bag to keep their things in.

November 11, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Local vets receive highest civilian honor

Several local veterans were presented the highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, for their outstanding efforts in World War II. Why honor war veterans with a civilian medal? These men faced discrimination at home and in the military because of their ethnicity. These soldiers are members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and 100th Infantry Battalion, World War II veterans, and Japanese Americans.

November 08, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Training mission long time coming for local man

A local man realized a dream over 40 years in the making when he had the chance to ride along on a United States Coast Guard training mission.

November 04, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Thorsen’s celebrates 100 years in business

Thorsen's Inc. is celebrating 100 years of history this month. Thorsen's Plumbing received a business license from the City of Turlock in 1911, and it has been owned by the Thorsen family since that time. Thorsen's is the oldest family owned business in Turlock, and the business grew with the town.

November 01, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Halloween fun

Turlock's annual Halloween event brought goblins, ninjas and princesses downtown for trick-or-treating and festive fun. The 12:10 Lions Club of Turlock and the Kiwanis Club of Turlock teamed up for their annual haunted maze. Alpha Xi Delta sorority of California State University, Stanislaus provided pumpkins for the maze and held a Halloween Carnival on Broadway.

November 01, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Assyrian Civic Club celebrates its long history in Turlock

The Assyrian American Civic Club of Turlock celebrated several milestones on last Saturday. They commemorated 100 years of Assyrian history in Turlock; they celebrated 65 years of AACCT membership; and they recognized the oldest living Assyrian in Turlock.

October 28, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


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