Whenever I travel back to my hometown in Indiana, the first thing I notice as the airplane makes its decent into Indianapolis is the vast swath of green that seems to cover the entire state. You don't realize how few trees actually grow naturally in California's Central Valley until you see an aerial view of Midwest lushness.
Standing in front of a group of Kiwanis Club of Turlock members at the Hometown Buffet conference room was a volunteer from the Stanislaus County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This local teacher shared with the service club members her own personal struggle with mental illness - its affects on her work, her home life and social activities.
Like many people around the world, I am a fan of science fiction. The genre asks the question "what if?" and then allows for an infinite number of answers. What if is fun to ponder, but a new scientific development - and the implications of its usage - have me wondering, should we?
In 2011, Turlock native Hiroshi "Hiro" Asai was one of several local veterans presented the highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, for his outstanding efforts in World War II.
The year was 2009 and the Temporary Public Arts Committee had just obtained a $10,000 loan from the City of Turlock to launch the "Sunny Side Up" project.
Turlock Animal Services staff not only had their hands full dealing with the annual runaway pet season last week, they also had to house 75 goats and one calf after a report of animal cruelty.
The Carnegie Arts Center will be honoring one of the founders of impressionism with a West Coast premiere exhibit and a juried show open to all California artists.
The news that at least 12 people were killed and 59 wounded when a gunman opened fire in a crowded Colorado movie theatre during a showing of the new Batman film early Friday morning shocked the nation and local residents.
Turlock children's book author Debbie Brown and her two granddaughters Nicole and Caitlin will be sharing something special with the public on Saturday - something that usually only the three of them get to see - the Grandma Box.
The Central Valley has long been known as a land of bounty, with fertile agricultural land, temperate climate and a growing population. All of these factors also affect the region's environment, according to "The State of the Great Central Valley: Assessing the Region Via Indicators ¬- The Environment 2006-2011."
Every year at this time the county gets a little smaller. This phenomenon is not caused by a rip in the space-time continuum or is it a matter of geographical wonder - it's called fair time.
Summer can be sweet - especially when there's pie involved. A local tradition is coming up soon - the annual Apple Pie Contest.
At least once a month a well-meaning friend or acquaintance will take me aside and ask with a grim look on his or her face, "So, how's it going at the newspaper?" I assume my questioner is expecting a negative response and that's why he or she is talking to me like I just lost my favorite pet.
The Red Steer, which was once a staple of Turlock's dining scene and has sat vacant in the three years since it was ravaged by fire, was torn down by construction crews on Monday.
Diversity is the spice of life. The longer I live, the more truth I find in that saying. Growing up in rural Indiana, diversity was not that common. I can count on one hand the number of students I went to high school with who were not white Protestants from a nuclear family.
The Stanislaus County Fair saw a banner year for its 2014 run, bringing in more visitors and more money for youth livestock exhibitors at Fair auctions.
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