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Ten Pin Fun Center no longer a reality for Turlock

Locals dreaming of bowling a strike at a Turlock bowling alley won't have the opportunity to do so as the Ten Pin Fun Center project is officially, well, a gutterball.

September 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Grant money still available for local well repairs

Applications for the Emergency Domestic Water Well Financial Assistance Pilot Program became available on Friday and while the County has yet to receive a formal application for access to the $200,000 available in funds, the public is showing interest.

September 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Chamber PAC releases candidate endorsements

The Turlock Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee Chairman Andrew Wigglesworth announced the official endorsements of candidates in the upcoming November election with unanimous support for Mike Brem for mayor, Bill DeHart for City Council, Forrest White for City Council, Congressman Jeff Denham, State Senator Tom Berryhill, State Senator Anthony Cannella, and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen.

September 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Election


County budget still building towards pre-recession status

The economic recession that economically fragmented families, businesses, and local governments across the nation may have happened nearly a decade ago, but Stanislaus County is still in the process of building towards a healthier economic future as evidenced by the release of their finalized 2014-2015 Recommended Budget.

September 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Locals find mental, physical strength at Combat Zone Fitness

Name of Business: Combat Zone Fitness

September 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


PET PARADE PLANNED

Local dog owners will have an opportunity to wag and walk their way from Pet Extreme to the newest dog park in Turlock - Swanson Centennial Dog Park - on Sept. 20. The City will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new facility as well as stage several vendors through which locals can browse prior to playing with their pups at the new park. This event is open to the public and no registration is necessary.

September 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Local fumes over potential smoking ban

Every morning Larry Clinton walks his dogs to the park and lights up his morning cigarette. A smoker since 1956, Clinton's morning ritual is one of the few habits that he enjoys but the Turlock Girl Scouts of Troop 3289 are threatening to take that away.

September 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlockers exemplify stellar conservation efforts

Long before Gov. Jerry Brown declared the State of California to be in a drought emergency Turlockers have exhibited proactive conservation efforts evident by the fact that local residents use roughly the same amount of water as they did in 1997 - despite an increase in the population of nearly 20,000 residents.

September 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Local artisans find success both online and in store fronts

When Turlocker Laurie Salinas began selling her handcrafted jewelry online at the urging of her friends and family, she didn't anticipate that the founder and CEO of The Craftstar would purchase of piece of her jewelry.

September 09, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Denair prepares to host first corporate store

Those driving through downtown Denair likely get the feeling that things have been done the same way in the east county town for a long time. Just past the hometown football field, near the intersection of Main Street and Fresno Avenue, lays a dirt lot overgrown with weeds. The seemingly nondescript parcel of land will soon play a large role in determining the town's future as it prepares to play host to Denair's first commercial property - Dollar General.

September 05, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City, National Guard work out plan to share site of baseball field

The future of Little League baseball games at Soderquist Field is currently hanging in the balance as the site is the center of an ongoing discussion between the City of Turlock and the State Military Department from which the City leases the property.

September 05, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Two sisters, one Snazzy Boutique

Name of Business: Snazzy Boutique

September 04, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock beer scene stays ‘crafty’

One day John Freitas was drinking a beer poolside with a friend when a life-changing idea came to him.

September 04, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Event honors former Turlock shooter

When Turlocker Herman Cordray died from a hemorrhagic stroke at the age of 60 in 2011, his passing not only devastated his friends and family, but his disappearance from the shooting clubs at which he was a member was felt by many close friends.

September 02, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hilmar Cheese begins work on Turlock facility

With no formal groundbreaking ceremony slated, Hilmar Cheese Company has already begun moving dirt at its newest location in the Turlock Regional Industrial Park in preparation for its new milk processing facility.

September 02, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


The Studio brings a community centric approach to fitness

Name: The Studio

October 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Annual calendar raises funds for Friends of Turlock Animal Shelter

What turns a house into a home? Ask John Pinkerton and he might just say hanging a Friends of the Turlock Shelter calendar on the wall.

October 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock, region’s future dissected at Chamber’s Economic Trends Breakfast

Agriculture is a $3.6 billion industry in the Stanislaus County which is dependent upon one precious commodity: water.

October 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City to fill vacant administrative position

In a sign of recovering economic times, the City of Turlock will be hiring an Administrative Services Director, a position that has not been filled since 2009.

October 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Thousands seek employment at Hilmar Cheese hiring fair

A line of individuals stretching nearly one mile in length wrapped its way around Turlock's War Memorial on Canal Drive on Tuesday with people snaking beyond the skate park and around the Turlock Irrigation District building. While the people represented a diverse array of backgrounds and ages they were all in search of the same thing: jobs, at Hilmar Cheese Company specifically.

October 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Small businesses play integral role in local, national economy

There are 23 million small businesses in America, which account for more than 50 percent of U.S. sales according to the Small Business Administration, a national small business advocacy organization that hosted a national conference call on Wednesday to discuss the role of small business in the local and national economy.

October 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


County commission vacancies give locals opportunity to serve

There are approximately 100 boards and commissions to which the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors appoints community members and with several current vacancies for various unspecified boards as well as those unique to District 2 residents, locals interested in serving their community now have ample opportunity to do so.

October 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Lazar honored as elected official of the year by Latino Roundtable

Before his term in office comes to an end Mayor John Lazar will leave his post in Turlock and head to Modesto to be recognized by the Latino Community Roundtable as their elected official of the year.

October 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Romson’s offers restaurant-quality cuisine at a food truck price

Name of Business: Romson's Kebab

October 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Keyes to host first fall parade in 30 years

After more than three decades the Keyes community is joining together to reprise the fall traditions of decades past on Saturday with the Keyes Fall Festivities Parade which hasn't taken place in the town since 1981.

October 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Off Center thrift shop raises $500,000 for local nonprofits

On Wednesday afternoon Off Center Thrift & Gift was teeming with people, but they weren't the usual shoppers hunting for a good deal. They were the volunteers, contributors, and board of directors that have made the local thrift shop a philanthropic powerhouse in the Turlock community.

October 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hilmar Cheese to host hiring fair for Turlock, Hilmar sites

Hilmar Cheese is extending the roots of its operation into Turlock, looking to grow its production personnel and provide employment opportunities for Valley workers.

October 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


The final chapter: Candidates’ stories take shape as Election Day approaches

Elections are largely about the narratives candidates tell according to Stephen Routh, professor and chair of the Politics Department at California State University, Stanislaus.

October 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Former SF Giants manager to make an appearance at Dick’s in Turlock

Dick's Sporting Goods may have nearly 600 stores in the country but there is only one Dusty Baker who will be appearing at the grand opening of Turlock's newest athletic store during Halloween weekend.

October 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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