Turlockers had a lot to talk about in 2014, from multiple mountain lion sightings to a high school talent show performance seen the world over. The following is a list of stories from the past year that received quite a few likes, shares, comments and clicks - along with some old-fashioned word of mouth.
As the Journal editorial team started to look back on 2014 for a year in review story, it became obvious that a few issues were recurrent themes throughout the year.
Turlock Junior High student Aunika Light got her Christmas wish. She didn't wish for an iPhone, video games or any other electronic gadget popular with the pre-teen crowd. No, all Light wanted was to feed the homeless.
Every Christmas, a miracle takes place right here in Turlock. Hundreds of community members from all walks of life put their combined efforts into providing a better holiday to those struggling to make ends meet.
The wonder of the season is sometimes easy to forget.
For the second month in a row the unemployment rate in Stanislaus County rose slightly in November, reaching back into double digits.
Turlock Police surrounded a house with weapons drawn for five hours Thursday night in an attempt to contact a man suspected of putting a gun to the head of a local woman. When police finally entered the Marshall Street home around midnight, the suspect was nowhere to be found, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.
During his regular work week, Turlock Police Officer Joe Dusel can be seen patrolling the streets of town atop his motorcycle. On Friday, however, Dusel traded in his usual two-wheeled motorized vehicle for a three-wheeler. Dusel wasn't off-roading, instead the traffic safety officer was patrolling the parking lots around Monte Vista Crossings shopping center atop one of the police department's Trikke Carving Vehicles, an electric powered personal transportation device.
Karen Anderson got quite a scare Monday afternoon. The south Turlock resident was labeling cans in her kitchen when she heard a "swish, swish" sound and then "a big bang" before her whole house shook. She ran outside to find a giant tree had fallen into her yard, a foot away from hitting her house.
Name of Business: Ciganos Fine Cigars
For the past 32 years, local Realtors and their affiliates have held a Can Tree Breakfast in an effort to raise money to feed hungry families during the holidays. Although the literal Christmas tree-shaped pyramid of canned food - that some years reached as high as 25 feet - no longer adorns the entrance to the long-since closed Albertsons grocery store, the spirit of giving has remained strong.
The Turlock Sunrise Rotary Club is fostering literacy in local students by giving each third grader a valuable learning tool - a dictionary.
Participants in the 4th annual Kettle Dash ran around downtown Turlock on Saturday for a good cause. The event, which included a kids' dash, 5K and 10K race, as well as this year's newly added dog walk through the help of sponsor Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital, included over 300 runners and dog walkers, said event chair Nick Hackler.
Three children and their babysitter were hit by a car while crossing W. Main Street at the West Avenue crosswalk just before 6 p.m. tonight.
I know that on Oct. 16 Turlock mayoral candidate Gary Soiseth was playing a ukulele with the Sunshine Strummers and mayoral candidate Mike Brem loves walking precincts and relaxing in the pool with his grandchildren. Did I learn this information from the Journal's dedicated election reporters who are spending every hour with the candidates on the campaign trail? I wish. Rather, I know these things because I read them on Facebook.
I'm ashamed to call myself a Hoosier. Not since Indiana native and then Vice President of the United States of America Dan Quayle used fictional television character Murphy Brown as an example of the evils of single motherhood have I felt so ashamed of my Indiana roots.
The first tentative spring blooms may just now be popping up in the Central Valley, but members and friends of the Turlock Garden Club are already putting tender loving care into their landscapes, as the club prepares to host its Third Annual Garden Tour with the theme "Our Hearts in our Gardens."
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