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A new year, a new Hughson

Just four years after three Hughson City Council members were recalled after being found in violation of the Brown Act, the town's municipal code and the Fair Political Practices regulations, the town of Hughson appears to be on the up and up.

January 02, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock Health Foods offers holistic approach to health

Name of Business: Turlock Health Foods

January 02, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock photographer creates a picture of hope

As a professional photographer Heather Marshall takes a lot of pictures, but there is one special session that is particularly rewarding: Faces of Hope, a series of complementary photo shoots Marshall performs for families with children facing a life-threatening disease.

January 02, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


2015 set to bring in a host of new laws

The New Year is a time where many plan people for change, but one thing guaranteed in store for citizens is several new laws.

December 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City to revamp zoning ordinance

The new year is fast approaching and so is the Turlock City Council's consideration of repealing the city's Zoning Ordinance in its entirety, meaning permitting requirements for uses, development standards and permitting processes in all zoning districts will be affected.

December 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Mental health board reflects on past year

In 2014, more than 40 percent of the Stanislaus County Mental Health Board members resigned, moved or passed away.

December 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


State parks offer free outings on New Year's Day

The holiday season is a time to relax and commune with family which can make the New Year an ideal time to step outside and get moving. With the National Parks and Recreation Department opening up the parks across the country for free guided tours through their First Day Hikes initiative, locals can kick off the New Year by exploring new territory with friends and family.

December 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


PRK Arms fires up new store in Turlock

Name of Business: PRK Arms

December 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock, Patterson experience industrial evolutions

Turlock has been experiencing significant economic growth in recent years and while it may be difficult to pinpoint exactly when the resurgence began, the Turlock Regional Industrial Park has certainly played a role.

December 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock man proposes on Christmas Tree Lane

It's a holiday tradition for Maci Williams to make her way to Christmas Tree Lane in Turlock, but this year was one for the books as her boyfriend Nick Smith got down on one knee to propose Sunday evening.

December 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Commission seeks 'Outstanding' women

The holiday season is the time to appreciate those near and dear, but it is also the time of year for the Stanislaus County Commission for Women to accept nominations to honor females in the community for their year-round exemplary service.

December 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


My first 49ers experience

Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones - neither should the people in the San Francisco 49ers press box at Levi's Stadium.

December 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Sports Professional


McDonald’s cancels plans to build downtown location

Jack in the Box will remain the reigning fast food option in downtown Turlock as McDonald's has decided not to open a location at the corner of Marshall and South Center Streets, the site of the present Bonander Buick GMC car lot.

December 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Family business puts energy into solar enterprise

Name of Business: Matt Anderson Electric and Solar

December 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Women's council makes funds available for local nonprofits

Stanislaus County nonprofits looking for additional funds to continue their good work can now apply for a grant through the Women's Leadership Council, an affinity group through the United Way of Stanislaus County.

December 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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47th annual event showcases a community with heart

Hundreds of people may have gathered at the Assyrian American Civic Club on Tuesday, but a handful of individuals stole the spotlight, and rightfully so. They were an Eagle Scout, a doctor, a future valedictorian, and a philanthropist to name a few, and now they are the 47th Annual Best of Turlock award winners.

January 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Seminars aim to equip small business owners with resources to succeed

In an effort to equip small companies with a range of techniques to optimize their business, the Strategic Legal Group law firm is hosting seminars on "Essential Information Every Business Owner Should Know" in collaboration with several local businesses including Hillberg & Company, G.D.I. Insurance and the Small Business Development Center.

January 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Council to talk budget, more aggressive smoking ban on Tuesday

Local smokers may soon find themselves at a loss for a place to light up in public as, after five months of discussion, the decision to ban smoking and electronic or vapor smoking devices will appear before the Turlock City Council on Tuesday.

January 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Dust Bowl expansion project draws protest from carpenters union

A haunting presence cropped up outside of Dust Bowl Brewing Company's downtown taproom on Friday as the Carpenters Local Union 152 constructed an enormous grim reaper to publicize opposition to the company's decision to use Huff Construction for its expansion project.

January 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock resident recognized as Save Mart Store Manager of the Year

When Save Mart Supermarkets honored its leading employees last week, Turlock resident Deborah Bookil stole the spotlight as Store Manager of the Year.

January 22, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


The Udder Place brings country with a twist to downtown Turlock

Name of Business: The Udder Place

January 22, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS THE DOLLARS BEGIN

In the past two months bright yellow signs have cropped up along West Main Street with two bold words: "Uneven Sidewalk."

January 22, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Amazon shows off state-of-the-art Patterson Fulfillment Center

Robots are usually reserved for children's imaginations, but at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Patterson they are very much a reality.

January 21, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Inaugural workshop offers overview of City’s concerns

Unlike most weekends, City Hall was an active site on Saturday with the inaugural Turlock City Council workshop taking place where the new mayor and council set out to discuss their strategic plan for the city.

January 20, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Applications sought for San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge

Driving to work, taking a shower, fixing a snack. Good ideas can be born at anytime and those individuals who have been struck with the creative impulse to invent now have an opportunity to showcase their idea at the San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge for a shot at $20,000 in cash and services.

January 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Anti ADA abuse legislation in national spotlight

Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) is addressing business owners' concerns with a recent increase in Americans with Disabilities Act compliance lawsuits at the national level.

January 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Save Mart and affiliates now offer Apple Pay

Now all you need to check out at the grocery store is your phone - that is if you're shopping at your local Save Mart, FoodMaxx or Lucky markets as each Northern California business now offers Apple Pay.

January 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock South County Corridor workshop just the beginning of multi-year project

Driving on a country road in foggy weather is dangerous and all the more reason to establish a road to connect Highway 99 and Interstate 5, at least according to Kendall Flint whose company Flint Strategies is in charge of public outreach for the project that will likely take between six and 12 years to complete.

January 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


NEVER TOO OLD TO LEARN

Although Evelyn Matney is technically a novice painter, but her works of art are far from elementary. In fact, she earned first, second, and third place with her oil paintings at the 2014 Stanislaus County Fair – she is also 96 years old.

January 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Creative primping for pooches at Lisa’s Pet Styles

Name of Business: Lisa's Pet Styles

January 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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