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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


More travelers expected on roadways this holiday season

Lights won't only be glowing on houses this season as the roadways are likely to be lit up with an estimated 12.1 million Californians traveling by car to friends and loved ones this holiday season.

December 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Local veteran organizes four-wheeling trips for vets

Local veteran Adam Britton sold half of his belongings to purchase a Jeep Rubicon. This wasn't the purchase of a car aficionado; it was a choice vehicle in which to drive veterans around on four-wheeling trails, a cause Britton has spearheaded for over a year.

December 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


New year to offer a host of employment opportunities in Turlock

If the more than one thousand people that lined up for the Hilmar Cheese hiring fair in October is any indicator, Turlockers are ready and willing to work. Fortunately, the outlook is bright with numerous new businesses slated to open their doors in 2015.

December 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Mayors compete in bell ringing to raise money for Salvation Army; local high schools follow suit

While it's no surprise to see Salvation Army bell ringers outside of stores this time of year, on Saturday Turlock citizens saw their mayor and council members braving the cold to bring a few extra dollars – $459.50 to be exact – to the kettles through a friendly county-wide competition.

December 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City seeks public input on transportation plan

Alta Planning and Design has created over 100 active transportation plans for communities across the state and is presently working on the City of Turlock's first plan with the vision of creating "a seamless walking and bicycling network" in the town.

December 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Longtime Turlocker makes Swedish potato sausage an annual tradition

In the meat section of Village Fresh Market there is a laminated paper posted on the back wall with Scandinavian dancers holding a Swedish flag that reads: "Swedish Potato Sausage." While it is unclear how long the paper has been there, Jim Stevens might be the person to ask.

December 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


California Cuts is a cut above

Name of Business: California Cuts

December 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Recent US citizen celebrates 104 birthday

Asiat Tamrazian has 32 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren. Thursday also marked her 104 birthday.

December 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


Public restrooms pose issues for City, users alike

Where can local residents, away from home, head when Mother Nature calls? Not too many places as a scarcity of public restrooms in Turlock has proved difficult for some, even prompting one local resident to approach the City Council.

January 30, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Midyear budget review shows Turlock on track

As the strenuous years of the economic recession trail further away in the rearview mirror, the outlook is bright for the City of Turlock which is generally performing within its fiscal boundaries according to the mid-year budget review.

January 30, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Second phase of transit plan set in motion

The second phase of the Turlock Regional Transit Center is beginning to take shape as plans for a 6,000 square foot building have been submitted to the City of Turlock.

January 30, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


More than just waffles at the Waffle Shop

Name of Business: Waffle Shop

January 29, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Inaugural Valley Hackathon highlights local techies

The nearby Bay Area may be the global epicenter of technological innovation, but the Central Valley is host to its own scene where tech-savvy individuals are gathering to not only work but play too, like at the first ever Valley Hackathon.

January 29, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Art and Ales

While Dust Bowl Brewing Company is no stranger to pouring beer at brew festivals, it is not every day that it is requested that the brewery bring artwork along with them to the event.

January 29, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock City Council bans smoking in parks

The Turlock City Council unanimously voted to ban tobacco and electronic smoking devices in parks Tuesday night, but enforcing the new resolution could prove difficult.

January 28, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council to vote on CVB contract termination at next meeting

The Turlock Chamber of Commerce's stake in the Turlock Convention and Visitors Bureau could be coming to an end pending a vote from the Turlock City Council on Feb. 10.

January 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Gas prices drop below $2

Drivers entering the AMPM shop at the Arco gas station on Lander Avenue on Tuesday were probably spending more on their bottle of soda than a gallon of gas as the well traversed station was the only one in town to boast unleaded gas at $1.99.

January 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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


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