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Local jazz programs entertain national artist

Most successful people can identify a moment or person that inspired them and propelled them towards success and for many people that moment occurs in school.

November 22, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


District Ag Farm cultivates opportunities for youth

When most students perform field work it typically means they are gaining experience in a particular area of study, but for Turlock agriculture students this is a literal term.

November 21, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Coat drive warms up for donations

It is not until that first winter chill hits that causes most people to throw on a coat as they head out the door, not stopping to consider the importance of this basic winter necessity. Many children are sent to school without coats and jackets in the wintertime and Westside Ministries of Turlock aims to remedy that with their annual coat drive.

November 21, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Blue Diamond celebrates fruitful year, prepares for next

Almonds are a trendy and healthy snack that can be found everywhere from grocery stores to gas stations, but the success of this small nut is the result of an industry wide effort to educate consumers on the benefits of almonds with Blue Diamond Growers co-operative leading the charge.

November 21, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Denair Unified prepares for new superintendent, continues fiscal battle

The Denair Unified School District continues to cope with their fiscal crisis as they wait for fact-finding developments to play out and continue their search for a new superintendent.

November 21, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Wal-Mart rewards local teachers

Wal-Mart awarded 20 Brown Elementary teachers with a total of $1,000 in gift cards last Friday morning as part of the Wal-Mart Teacher Rewards Program. The program aims to thank teachers for their dedication and sacrifice as well as help them purchase school supplies for their classroom since teachers often buy materials out of their own pocket.

November 19, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Brandon Shively flies high as an Eagle Scout

Brandon Shively recently joined the ranks of a select group of gentlemen: Eagle Scouts. Brandon is a recent graduate of Pitman High School who joined Boy Scouts in the 2nd grade with his two longtime friends. After performing numerous hours of community service to earn his 21 merit badges, Brandon was awarded his Eagle Award, the highest rank attainable in the program, in a ceremony on Sunday.

November 19, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Kettle Kickoff rings in the season

The Salvation Army Kettle Kickoff luncheon is a yearly testament to the community-driven compassion Turlock residents possess, evident by the thousands of dollars donated in a matter of minutes to help serve the underprivileged in the area. The Kettle Kickoff is centered on the Kettle Klash -seven minutes of organized chaos as volunteer teams race around the room with Salvation Army kettles aiming to collect as many cash donations as possible to kick off the Salvation Army's holiday fundraising campaign.

November 19, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Gerry Shippee: Passion for veterans, heart for service

Gerry Shippee is a longtime Turlock resident and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary.

November 16, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


The Gemperle giving spirit

Here in Turlock, the Gemperle name is synonymous with eggs. Ernie Gemperle immigrated to the United States from Switzerland in 1949, and with a determination to succeed and unerring work ethic, he turned a small egg ranch in Turlock into an enterprise that is recognized as one of the most successful egg companies in the western United States. Gemperle Farms was one of the first to market organic and specialty eggs and remains a hormone and antibiotic free farm.

November 16, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


CSU Chancellor visits Stanislaus campus

The California State University employs thousands of people and hosts even more students, which often makes it difficult to bridge the gap between those who govern the universities and those who attend them. CSU Chancellor Tim White aims to minimize that gap by touring every CSU campus this year to connect with students face to face as he did on Thursday at CSU Stanislaus.

November 14, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TUSD to become more energy efficient

Progressive environmental efforts continue to enter the mainstream as California aims to improve energy efficiency at its schools.

November 14, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Foster Farms aims to reclaim public confidence

Whether the product is an item of clothing or food, brand identity plays a major role in consumers' comfort and willingness to invest in products. Foster Farms has recently faced the fickle nature of consumers confidence after a strain of Salmonella Heidelberg was traced to three nearby Foster Farms chicken plants.

November 14, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Bianca Urbano speaks the language of success

Bianca Urbano has an almost ironic relationship with school: she dislikes tests, yet her ability to test well has awarded her national recognition. As a 16-year-old junior at Turlock High School, Bianca scored the highest possible score on her Advanced Placement Spanish test. This achievement, in conjunction with her community involvement, has resulted in her induction into the esteemed National Society of High School Scholars. As a member of NSHSS, Bianca is offered benefits such as scholarship opportunities, member-only resources, and academic competitions.

November 12, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


University employees hold flash mob protest

Those who were on the CSU Stanislaus campus at noon on Tuesday were probably wondering what the group in front of the Mary Stuart Rogers administration building were rallying against with their signs and group chants. It wasn't students protesting global warming or the government shutdown, but rather the California State University Employees Union hosting a flash mob protest to voice concerns about what they consider unfair compensation.

November 12, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


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