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StanCOG, Turlock to explore feasibility of South County Corridor

Local business owners, truckers and frequent travelers are likely familiar with a quandary unique to Turlock and its surrounding towns: the lack of a direct connection between Highway 99 and Interstate 5.

January 08, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Summit aims to inspire culture of mentoring

The influence of a role model is powerful in the life of a youth, especially for those facing adversity. This is why the Sierra Vista Resource Center has begun an annual mentoring summit to educate local adults on ways they can become mentors to affect positive change for youth in the community.

January 08, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Local organizations to host fundraising feasts

New Year celebrations have come and gone which means one thing in Turlock: it's crab feed season.

January 06, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Emanuel Medical Center, Chamber talk insurance options for small businesses

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the entire insurance industry is working to become compliant with new rules and guidelines.

January 06, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Assyrian American Civic Club, Chamber to honor former mayor

John Lazar's eight year term as mayor of Turlock may have come to a close, but his imprint on Turlock is long enduring which is why the Assyrian American Club is partnering with the Turlock Chamber of Commerce to spend an evening recognizing his contributions to the community.

January 06, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Governor touts bullet train, calls for bipartisan support on infrastructure

In a meditation on his father's time as governor- as well as his own three previous terms - Governor Jerry Brown took a long look back during his state of the state address on Monday while also expressing an optimistic approach towards the future.

January 06, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


RV center gives portions of sales to United Way during month of January

The holidays is often a time to give, but for those at Best RV in Turlock the giving has just begun.

January 02, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Local businessmen, dignitaries don heels for Haven Women’s Center

It's the new year which means the Haven Women's Center of Stanislaus' second annual calendar featuring local officials and industry leaders, in high heels no less, is available for purchase.

January 02, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


Minerva’s expands with West Main Street showroom

While a couple shops in downtown Turlock have closed their doors in recent months, just as quickly new tenants have filled them, such as Minerva's Furniture which seized the opportunity to establish an additional showroom in the former Ritzy Ragz and Thingz location.

March 03, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Chamber to kick off Toastmasters club

Those looking to improve their public speaking and leadership skills now have an opportunity to be a part of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Toastmasters International Club, which is launching this Thursday.

March 03, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock company brings electric bikes, vehicles to the region

When Volkmar Kunerth attended Eurobike in Germany, the biggest bike show in the world, he did not just admire the sleek design of the electric bikes before him. He saw the potential to contribute to the worldwide shift towards sustainable transportation.

February 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Nonprofit highlights physical, mental crossroads of eating disorders

The multifaceted nature of eating disorders - with nearly 50 percent of people with eating disorders also meeting the criteria for depression according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders - is the reason that the nonprofit Mental Fitness evolved from being an organization that focused on solely eating disorder education to include other pertinent aspects such as body image, self esteem and nutrition. The expansion of the nonprofit's focus has allowed Mental Fitness to "really broaden our horizon" and address the complex disorder, said outreach director Jacob Burman.

February 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


21-year old boutique owner offers glam gifts at OneSixteen Bijou

Name of Business: OneSixteen Bijou

February 26, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Dialysis center could be newest addition to Turlock industrial park

Those needing dialysis treatments may now have a closer location to go as the City of Turlock Planning Department is presently reviewing plans for a nearly 10,000 square foot building in the Turlock Regional Industrial Park.

February 26, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Civil Justice expert highlights Chamber’s ADA compliance forum

In the spirit of protecting small businesses in Turlock the Turlock Chamber of Commerce hosted the president of the Civil Justice Association of California to speak specifically about one issue plaguing businesses across the state: noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

February 26, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City to increase free bus passes to those in need

Transit services for those in need in the community are becoming much more comprehensive due to the Turlock City Council's approval of an agreement with a new firm to sell advertising on local buses, the revenue of which allows the City to provide transit tickets to local nonprofits and the Turlock Unified School District.

February 26, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Golf Link Road closed due to weakened overpass

Drivers who typically travel along the well traversed Golf Link Road will need to find an alternative route as the portion of the road that passes over Highway 99 is deteriorating prompting City staff to seek an emergency declaration.

February 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hughson State of the City focuses on high reserves, need for technology

When Mayor Matt Beekman took the microphone Monday evening to deliver his State of the City address at the Hughson City Council meeting, he had one piece of news of which not all mayors can boast: the City's General Fund reserves are at 83 percent.

February 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Colors of kindness

While the Lancaster Painting team is well versed in catering to customers' needs year-round, there is one special client each year that the company especially looks forward to: the Paint it Forward winner.

February 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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