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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


Largest community yard sale benefits locals, nonprofits

Locals who enjoy spending their Saturdays frequenting yard sales will now have an opportunity to browse the goods of more than 70 sellers in one place next Saturday at the annual Cornerstone Covenant Church Community Yard Sale.

August 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


University to open its downtown art gallery

Turlock's downtown scene will officially welcome California State University, Stanislaus on Friday through a ribbon cutting ceremony for the university's new art gallery and a CSUS themed Night Market.

August 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock residents try for street parking permit

In larger cities parking spots are considered a valuable commodity, but parking is not usually an issue in Turlock, except perhaps for the residents near Donnelly Park.

August 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Encore Dance Apparel taps into needed market

Name of Business: Encore Dance Apparel

August 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Candidates ready for election season with city briefing

As election season heats up Turlock's mayoral and city council candidates are becoming increasingly well versed in the nuances of Turlock's city government and all of its moving parts.

August 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Grocery Outlet owners relocate to open new store

It took three continents and four moves but Victor Soares made his way to Turlock and he didn't come alone. He brought Grocery Outlet.

August 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Taco Bell one step closer to opening

A third Taco Bell will soon be calling Turlock home as the Turlock City Council on Tuesday denied local citizens' appeal to reject the fast food franchise's minor discretionary permit location.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


County approves $200,000 for well repairs in unincorporated communities

While Stanislaus County has developed multiple strategies to resourcefully combat issues caused by the ongoing drought in the state of California, the Board of Supervisors took one step further on Tuesday by unanimously voting to adopt a financial assistance pilot program for a select group of local water well users.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


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


Denham addresses potential impact of health insurance tax on small businesses

The 3.4 million small businesses in California that employ more than half the state's workforce could be facing a health insurance tax per the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday Congressman Jeff Denham left Washington to make a local appearance and address small business owners' concerns regarding the tax at the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, an event hosted by the Stop the HIT coalition.

October 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Planning approves new hotel on Lander Avenue

Visitors to Turlock will soon have another place in which to lay their heads after a request to modify and extend the construction of an 85 room Hampton Inn hotel on property adjacent to the Highway 99 Lander exit received anonymous approval from the Turlock Planning Commission on Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Jobs return to Turlock with new developments

City Hall was teeming with people recently but there wasn't a contentious public meeting or protest, rather hundreds of Turlockers seeking employment were attending a hiring fair.

October 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Future of Larsa Hall hangs in the balance; nearby residents sued for $500,000

The longstanding tension between representatives of the Larsa Banquet Hall and neighboring Amethyst Way residents over the noise emanating from events at the hall is far from over as the next step to decide if the county planning commission will revoke the event center's license won't be taken for three to six more months.

October 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


20-30 Club’s annual wine tasting event to help keep kids warm this winter

While the local chapter of the 20-30 Club is devoted to raising funds for children in need that doesn't mean they don't have fun doing it.

October 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Several Turlock roads slated for speed limit changes

Drivers may want to pay extra attention to the speedometers on their vehicles in upcoming weeks as the posted speed limits may be changing on several streets in Turlock.

October 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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