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Kiwanis make a difference

Each year, Kiwanis Clubs around the world join in a day of service. This year it was April 21, and the Kiwanis Club of Turlock along with the Key Clubs from Turlock and Pitman high schools, came together to make a difference in the community. The clubs made over 40 flannel blankets to donate to local organizations. Last year, blankets were donated to the Turlock Police Department to hand out to families in crisis and Verda's House, the Turlock branch of the Children's Crisis Center. The Key Clubs had not yet decided which organizations to donate the blankets ...

April 24, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Mad cow disease discovered in Central California dairy cow

A dairy cow from Central California was confirmed as the nation's fourth case of mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday.

April 24, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Raising awareness one step at a time

As we head full-steam into Relay for Life season, it's hard to miss the purple ribbons strung on lampposts down Main Street and the car wash, barbecue, and candy fundraisers Relay teams all across town are holding almost every other day.

April 20, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Hilmar’s first-ever Relay for Life raises over $181,000

When the community of Hilmar decides to support a cause, they go all in. And that's exactly what happened on Saturday, said Kelly Fultz, chairperson of Hilmar's first-ever Relay for Life event.

April 17, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Spring brings change to Journal

Spring has always been a time of change - in weather, the end of daylight savings, and the blooming orchards that line the Valley. This year spring has also brought changes here at the Journal.

April 13, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Local runners find fulfillment in crossing the finish line

Shelley Francesconi has been a runner most of her adult life. The Turlock resident put on a pair of running shoes at the age of 21 as a way to tone her body and build muscle. Thirty-five years later, she's still hitting the pavement three days a week.

April 13, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | TOP STORIES


Juried Art Show draws 175 entries

Nature took top honors in the 2012 Spring Juried Art Show, with David Bienkowski and his painting "Arboreal Journey," being awarded Best in Show.

April 10, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Fine Arts


Vander Veen takes helm at Journal

A veteran of the newsroom, Hank Vander Veen, has joined the Turlock Journal as its new general manager.

April 06, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Congress comes to the Valley

Four local veterans gave one more sacrifice to their country on Thursday, as they testified before a field hearing of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Health.

April 06, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Volunteers rescue puppies from drainage pipe

Three abandoned puppies that had quite an adventure recently are now safe in foster homes and awaiting adoption thanks to local animal rescue volunteers and the efforts of Turlock and Merced vet clinics.

April 03, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Biggest Loser Turlock offers weekly weigh-ins, big pay off

Kristin Cooley was tired of looking at herself in the mirror. The wife and mother of two young children had dropped off in her fitness routine and did not like the results. She remembered what it felt like to be physically fit and the former college soccer player decided it was time to do something about it.

March 30, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock church brings Easter story to life

Enclave Community Church in Turlock doesn't want to just preach the Easter story - the congregation believes to really understand Jesus' last days walking among men and women, a multi-sensory experience is needed.

March 30, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | LIVING IN 209


Groveland tea cottage serves up English tradition, with foothills flare

It was summertime and the peak of the tourist season for the Sierra foothills town of Groveland. Two men dressed in shorts and hiking boots, and carrying serious backpacks, entered Dori's Tea Cottage causing co-owner Greg Jones to be a little apprehensive.

March 30, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | LIVING IN 209


Local woman leads social media workshop for bands at South by Southwest festival

Every March for the past eight years, Kyra Reed has made the trip to Austin, Texas for the unique convergence of music, film, media, and technology that is the South by Southwest festival.

March 27, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Music


A new wave of protest

I remember growing up in the 1980s and having my elders say things like, "Kids nowadays don't care about anything." After commenting on the apparent apathy of my peers, I would then be treated to a detailed recounting of epic protests against the Vietnam War, nuclear proliferation and segregation that took place in the 1960s and 70s.

March 27, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


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