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Grewal takes town hall online in interactive campaign

The days of election candidates posting signs in yards may not be entirely gone but social media is gaining more traction in the political sphere as it offers candidates a way to connect with local voters. Just ask State Assembly candidate Harinder Grewal who hosted the first of two online town hall forums on Facebook Thursday evening.

August 08, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Election


Governor proposes $6 billion dollar water bond

The ongoing drought in California that is the third worst in the state's history shows no signs of letting up and has prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to propose a $6 billion water bond as part of the state's Water Action Plan.

August 08, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Local road projects aim to wrap up before school

Locals driving around Turlock have likely noticed the extensive roadwork being conducted across town as the City aims to near completion on several ongoing projects prior to the first day of school this month. On Tuesday Director of Development Services Mike Pitcock will provide the Turlock City Council a full rundown on four projects that are currently being completed or soon to begin across town.

August 08, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Assyrians remember martyrs

Just after hundreds of local Assyrians made their way to San Francisco on Saturday to join the ranks of 2,000 others in protest of the ongoing persecution of Christians in Iraq, local Assyrians gathered again Thursday evening to commemorate the loss of all Assyrians during Assyrian Martyr Day.

August 07, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlocker turned celebrity hair stylist ‘charms’ with new product

Turlock native Kiara Bailey has come full circle.

August 07, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


80-foot Verizon cellular tower will be added to industrial park

Local Verizon Wireless network phone users will be experiencing better reception in upcoming months as the City of Turlock Planning Commission has granted the telecommunications company a conditional use permit to install an 80-foot tower in the Turlock Industrial Regional Park.

August 07, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Goodwill industry moves to new, nearby location

Name: Goodwill

August 07, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Denham talks water crisis at Chamber event

Just hours before hopping on a plane to sign a bill alongside President Barack Obama, Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) spoke before his constituents and local dignitaries at the Turlock Country Club as part of the annual Turlock Chamber of Commerce's Eggs and Issues breakfast.

August 07, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Alliance equips local businesses with ADA compliance primer

After a rash of American Disabilities Act lawsuits stung San Joaquin business owners with hefty fines and even caused some businesses to close their doors in recent months, the Stanislaus Business Alliance is taking proactive measures to ensure local businesses can protect themselves from unwanted lawsuits.

August 05, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Mixer to help nonprofits with social media

Stanislaus County nonprofits looking for ways to begin or boost a social media campaign will now have an opportunity to attend a complimentary course on all things media marketing courtesy of Ali Cox and Company marketing agency.

August 05, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Neighbors step out for national event

Turlock neighborhoods joined communities across the country to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday with block parties and visits from local law enforcement.

August 05, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Salvation Army events highlight the joy of giving

Fundraising for the Salvation Army is taking a new turn in Turlock as the days of bake sales and car washes are being replaced with upcoming nights of drinks and dancing to support the several initiatives of the Turlock branch of the national organization.

August 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock mom's efforts prompt Save Mart to offer special needs shopping cart

Turlocker Carolina Alfaro used to run to the grocery store late at night once her husband got home from work. With two special needs children, the simple task of grocery shopping became a burden made easier only by using her sons' wheelchairs as a makeshift shopping cart when necessary.

August 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock Fitness and Racquet Club one-stop-shop for getting fit

Name: Turlock Fitness and Racquet Club

July 31, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Citizens for YES on Measure B promote road tax

Most locals are familiar with the ragged condition of Turlock roads characterized by cracked pavement and potholes in many areas, but there is now an official committee making a concerted effort to make better roads a reality in the community by spearheading the passing of the half cent road tax on the November ballot.

July 31, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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Shredded paper, plastic bags no longer recyclable in Turlock

Turlock residents may now need to take additional steps to sort their trash as locals will no longer be able to recycle shredded paper or plastic bags according to the City of Turlock.

August 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Council considers Taco Bell project

Locals protesting the establishment of a new Taco Bell in Turlock will meet before the City Council on Tuesday as the members will determine if the process to establish the fast food chain near Pitman High School will continue.

August 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City parks boost local neighborhoods, economy

With California in the midst of a drought and an ongoing statewide fight over water garnering national attention, much consideration has been focused on the landscape around Turlock - and City parks is no exception.

August 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Edith’s Taxi offers a ride with the ‘soulful taxi lady’

Name: Edith's Taxi

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Fit Body Boot Camp to come to Turlock Industrial Park

Turlock's 2,600 acre Industrial Park will soon play host to more than just food processing facilities as the City of Turlock recently approved a staff level minor discretionary use permit for a fitness facility to be built just east of Highway 99.

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock Young Professionals ‘bridge the gap’ in local business community

The younger generation of Turlock professionals looking to make a difference in the local business community now has the opportunity to formally convene through the new organization, Turlock Young Professionals, which aims to bring up and coming leaders in the community into the fold of the Chamber of Commerce.

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


County shows support for Turlock road tax initiative

At the behest of Stanislaus Council of Governments Board Chairman Vito Chiesa the regional transportation agency opted to support Turlock's initiative to approve a half-cent city wide road tax on the November ballot despite previous tension leading Turlock to consider abandoning support of the county's own future road tax initiative.

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Local veteran prepares for annual Red, White, and Blue 9-11 Run

While Turlocker and United States Army veteran Cory Smith may have returned home several years ago after witnessing the affects of war first hand, his patriotism has not waned evident by his decision to take to the streets of Turlock - literally - to increase locals' understanding of the sacrifice of soldiers.

August 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Sweet River Bar and Grill gives way to new restaurant Table 26

Although franchise-owned Sweet River Bar and Grill on Geer Road has closed its doors, locals will soon have a new restaurant at which to dine in town as Table 26 is slated to open at Sweet River's former location in as soon as two months time.

August 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City fosters outreach to cycling food vendors for safety, regulation concerns

Students used to walking to the park after school and purchasing an ice cream from vendors on bikes - affectionately referred to as the "palatero men" in Latin culture - may have to either walk further or find a new place to buy their sweet treat as the City of Turlock is taking steps to enforce its municipal code as it relates to vendors.

August 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Prodigal Sons and Daughters moves addiction counseling to new facility

The Prodigal Sons and Daughters may have moved to their new facility just three short months ago but for more than a decade the faith-based nonprofit has been changing the lives of locals by helping them 'get clean' through drug and alcohol counseling and prevention services.

August 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


California receives poor marks in small business friendliness

As students prepare to return to school it appears that the state of California is getting its report card early and the outlook is bleak.

August 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Alegria Ballroom Dance Academy ‘swings’ into full force

Name of Business: Alegria Ballroom Dance Academy

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Celebrating the Spirit of ‘45

This year marks the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II and with the individuals representing the Greatest Generation growing sparse, Paramount Court Senior Living chose to honor 12 World War II veterans at their annual Spirit of '45 event.

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Bipartisan water bond to appear on November ballot

Water has long been an agricultural and political issue in California but this week state Republicans and Democrats came together to craft a bipartisan water bond that will allocate $7.545 billion to protecting and conserving state water resources.

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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