Tuesday was a night of firsts for Gary Soiseth and Matthew Jacob, who were both sworn in as mayor and council member, respectively, before taking their seats behind the council dais alongside Bill DeHart, who was sworn in for his second term.
While the final numbers won't be in for several months, the outlook is positive for the City of Turlock which doesn't anticipate needing to dip into reserves for the 2013-2014 fiscal year as revenues exceed expenses by just over $1.35 million.
The largest commercial real estate sale in Turlock in the last decade closed on Tuesday at $4.4 million as three doctors purchased the 4.48 acre Turlock Professional Office Park to pursue their dental, orthodontic, and oral surgery practices.
Turlock residents and visitors alike lined the streets of downtown Turlock on Friday for one of the community's most beloved holiday traditions: the 36th annual Downtown Christmas Parade.
Two new individuals will join the legacy of the Turlock City Council on Tuesday as mayor-elect Gary Soiseth and new council member Matthew Jacob will be sworn in alongside incumbent Bill DeHart, who was reelected to the council.
After ten years of evolving plans, steps are being taken again towards developing property in the southern part of Turlock known as the Morgan Ranch Master Plan that includes a public school, city parks, and residential housing.
Name of Business: Punjab Express
While the recent rain across the state has somewhat eased local farmers' and citizens' minds, legislators are still fighting for more short term relief for Californians in the nation's capital. On Tuesday Central Valley Congressman David Valadao (CA-21) introduced legislation to enact temporary measures to maximize water resources during the ongoing drought plaguing California.
When Kerry Corduck-Strickland started working in downtown Turlock four years ago she became acquainted with the homeless community in the downtown core. Feeling a need to help those around her, she set a lofty goal: to provide every homeless person in Turlock with a blanket.
When Gustin Scoto left the family farm and decided to open up a sports nutrition store amidst the recession, his friends and family told him he was crazy.
In the aftermath of a rash of lawsuits targeting Central Valley businesses for noncompliance with the American with Disabilities Act, Assembly member Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) introduced legislation to help businesses become ADA compliant without the fear of a lawsuit.
While most dog owners can attest to the culture of camaraderie at Turlock's two dog parks, at the November Parks, Art, and Recreation meeting one local dog owner vocalized concerns about park goers not respecting the rules.
Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, but this year the unofficial holiday was slightly less, well, crazy.
Name: The Rail
Ice skating is back and in full swing for the second year in a row at Fields of Ice, but now there is twice the ice. With a rink 120 feet by 80 feet, locals of all ages can rent some skates and hit the rink.
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.
Name of Business: Matt Anderson Electric and Solar
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Name of Business: California Cuts
Asiat Tamrazian has 32 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren. Thursday also marked her 104 birthday.
Dutcher Middle School teacher by day and Feather Raft inventor by night, Elias Ruiz, took home the grand price of $2,500 cash Wednesday evening as the winner of the first annual Stanislaus County Innovation Challenge.
What happens when you combine wind and rain? You get a hazardous combination. Just ask Turlocker Craig Mathews who found a dead tree uprooted on top of his truck Tuesday morning.
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