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Students receptive to more flexible nutrition in schools

Turlock Unified School District junior high and high schools students are enjoying larger and healthier meals at school after a decision by the U. S. Department of Agriculture to give school districts the flexibility to permanently increase the portion of lean protein and whole grains served.

January 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Wynonna Judd to kick off 2014 Stanislaus County Fair

This summer five-time Grammy award winner Wynonna Judd will grace the free stage to kick off the 2014 Stanislaus County Fair.

January 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Russell Olvera: From sports to board games, an active achiever

High school is often the time in a student's academic career when he or she explores extracurricular activities, usually in hopes of enhancing their transcripts for college. Russell Olvera is far ahead of the trend with a long resume of activities that most teenagers aspire to - and he is only in the third grade at Walnut Elementary.

January 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


MEDICAREERS CLUB: SAVING LIVES

Each year the Turlock High School MediCareers Club partners with Delta Blood Bank to sponsor a blood drive in an effort to save lives. This year over 100 students signed up to donate, including Tanner Clark and Spencer Boyd, and Nicholas Chartrand.

January 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Walnut students' video in top 12 for national contest

Third graders at Walnut Elementary School put their arbor knowledge to the test by creating a video essay on the importance of trees - and then entering it into a national contest with $10,000 on the line.

January 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Foster Farms closes Livingston plant, again

After being approved to reopen by the United States Department of Agriculture following a cockroach infestation last week, Foster Farms has voluntarily suspended poultry processing at its Livingston plant to expand USDA-approved manufacturing procedures.

January 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Foster Farms resumes production at Livingston plant

After a two and half day closure due to cockroach infestation, the Foster Farms Livingston plant is set to resume production Saturday, after being approved by the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Services.

January 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Lack of water, hope for rain remain constant

"Drought" is becoming a far too familiar term in the state of California, where Central Valley farmers are no strangers to the chronic concern as they have felt firsthand the negative effects of a lack of water.

January 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


TUSD offers speech workshop for parents

Understanding and meeting the communication needs of children is paramount to their development. While in school, most children receive support they need by teachers, but parents often also need guidance to make sure that their child is thriving at home.

January 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


DUSD chooses new superintendent; negotiations continue

The Denair Unified School District has had its fair share of turbulence in the past year, but as the District turns the corner into a new year they are also turning over a new leaf to welcome a superintendent and a fact finding report.

January 09, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Open heart, open mind

Ethan Millerick is a student at Turlock Junior High School who has undergone five open heart surgeries in his 12 short years. It's for students like Ethan that the Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to make Feb. 12 TUSD Heart Day.

January 09, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Foster Farms cockroach infestation causes indefinite closure

Despite Foster Farms cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture since a Salmonella outbreak was traced back to three Central Valley plants last October, the outlook remains bleak as processing was indefinitely terminated at the company's Livingston plant on Wednesday due to findings of live cockroaches.

January 09, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock student makes Yosemite an experience for the books

Not every student can claim to be a published writer at 11 years old, but Carolyn Boster is an exception.

January 07, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Denair Unified remains divided; January report may induce change

As the contentious Denair Unified School District turns the corner into a new year, one thing remains the same: The Denair Unified Teachers Union and the District do not agree on the fundamental facts of the District's fiscal crisis.

January 02, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Come one, come all: Crab Feed season is upon us

The New Year is a time for resolutions and champagne toasts, but it can also be the sign of expanding waistlines as people across town tuck into annual all-you-can-eat crab feeds.

January 02, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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