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Year in Review: 2013 brings economic progress, increasing concerns over water

It's always hard to look back at an entire year and sum it up in a few hundred words. While Turlock remains a "small town" in the eyes of most of its long-time residents, the truth is the city is the second largest in the county and an important agricultural engine for the region and country. There is no way to succinctly summarize all of 2013 (without inducing a post-holiday lethargy), so instead I have poured over the year's headlines and found two reoccurring issues -economic development and water.

December 27, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local

'Nutcracker' brought to life by Backstage Academy of Dance

The holidays are all about tradition, and one of the most beloved is "The Nutcracker Ballet."

December 13, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Theatre

Guilt isn't always a bad thing

I'm not usually one to prattle on about the supposed deterioration of society. It's my belief that only those over 40 exhort the "good old days" and they do so in an effort to avoid any change. I don't know if it's because I turned 40 last month, or that society has actually started its downward fall, in either case, I'm going to give my first "good old days" tirade.

December 05, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial

Kennel club hosts top dogs in annual shows

The competition is tough. Hundreds come from across the country for a chance at a blue ribbon. The two-day event is a November tradition in Turlock and brings out the top dogs, literally, as the Golden Valley Kennel Club prepares to host its annual shows.

November 21, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Food trucks are not a passing fad

When I was growing up, food trucks (excluding the ice-cream man, of course) were only seen at construction sites, county fairs and in TV shows and movies based in New York City. Today, they are a staple of the culinary scene for most cities - and are spreading to smaller communities just like ours.

November 16, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial

University students give back through work at Turlock Family Network

Families with young children struggling to make ends meet can receive assistance paying for housing and food through different welfare programs, but there remains one need that can only be met through donations.

November 14, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Veterans Memorial Lane in need of sponsors

Every May for the past 50 years, Turlock Memorial Park has honored the area's fallen soldiers through its Veterans Memorial Lane flag tribute. The stars and stripes, proudly displayed, were a visual reminder of the sacrifices made by the service members, and their families.

November 08, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Common language of art

Juliet Moradian is hoping to bridge the gap between generations - and cultures - with the universal language of art. She advocates for art education starting with preschool age children, and has found that language barriers seem to fade away when people gather to appreciate visual art.

November 07, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Steppin Pards celebrate 60 years of do-si-do

Some come for the fellowship. Others want to continue a long family tradition. A Pitman High School freshman was pulled into it by neighbors, and has stayed for the fun. No matter what the reason, every member of the Turlock Steppin Pards wants to share their passion for square dancing.

October 31, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Turlock LDS celebrates 100 years of scouting

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America have a long history together - 100 years, to be exact.

October 24, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Losing for a cause

Bob Gilchrist recently got rid of 41 pounds - of weight and food. The weight he lost over the past nine months through the Turlock branch of Weight Watchers. The food he donated to the Turlock Gospel Mission, as part of Weight Watchers' annual Lose for Good program.

October 15, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Habitat for Humanity dedicates first home in Turlock through Bank of America partnership

The first thing Ernestina Diaz said as she walked up to the Baywood Lane home in Turlock Saturday morning was "Es bonita" - which translates to, "It's beautiful."

October 15, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Silva recovers from battle with breast cancer

If Turlock Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sharon Silva had one message to give women in the community, it would be this: Stay on top of your health. Getting regular mammograms, annual physicals, and doing self breast exams are all part of Silva's preventative health routine. This year, that routine likely saved her life.

October 10, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | TOP STORIES

Patriotism alive in Turlock DAR

Patriotism, education, and historic preservation. These are the traditions that guide the Daughters of the American Revolution, a volunteer service organization that was founded over 100 years ago and has seen a recent rebirth in Turlock.

October 10, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Elvis is in the building

Over the past week, I've had a lot of fun watching the reaction on people's faces when I tell them the Journal just went up a day in print publication. Many people react as if I told them Elvis Presley is alive and well and will be performing at the Turlock Community Theatre next week. While the extreme surprise is a little offensive, I also understand.

October 10, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial

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The Turlock Journal is challenging local businesses, nonprofit organizations, church groups, service clubs and families to purchase the Turlock Fire Fighters' benefit pink T-shirts for ...

October 02, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

October library events could cause 'Goosebumps'

Local libraries will embrace all things spooky this October, from monster bookmarks to Goosebumps-related crafts and even one Spooktacular Halloween Celebration.

October 01, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Young Eagles fly Turlock skies

When Seth Boice heard of the Young Eagles event at the Turlock Municipal Airport, he was excited. The Hughson 7th grader had always wanted to ...

September 29, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

City adopts new Traffic Calming Program

Pieter Hoex described to the Turlock City Council on Tuesday the traffic in front of his home near the Pitman High School campus as being ...

September 26, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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