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Firefighters paint the town pink

The firefighters will be wearing and selling specially designed pink T-shirts in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout the month of October. All the funds go to the Bill & Elsie Ahlem Cancer Endowment. Shirts will be available for purchase at the gift shop at Emanuel Medical Center. Last year's efforts brought in more than $20,000 for the endowment and over the years the fundraising campaign has netted more than $80,000 in funds.

September 29, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Local leaders question mayor’s ethics

Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth was under fire during Tuesday's City Council meeting when a civil rights leader and a fellow Council member brought up concerns about his leadership.

September 29, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Know Your Neighbor: Ali Cox

Allison Cox captured Turlock's heart when she was part of the U.S. Rowing team that won a silver medal in the 2004 summer Olympics. Since then, she has turned her experience in big city marketing firms to help the businesses and organizations in her hometown through her company, Ali Cox & Company Marketing. Cox also was fundamental in launching the HeyTurlock! Platform to help the community promote local events.

September 28, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Wild adventures await library visitors in October

Local branches of the Stanislaus County Library will offer a number of educational and fun activities throughout the month of October. Halloween themed craft days and a visit from "Python Ron" McGee highlight activities for children, while adults can learn to paint like Monet and take a computer basics class.

September 26, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Council says ‘Not in Our Community’ to hate-based crime

The Turlock City Council received a standing ovation Tuesday night, following their unanimous vote to adopt a resolution that opposes bigotry, hate-based groups and hate-based crime of all kinds in the community.

September 26, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Turlock honors active military with banner program

Turlock has always been proud of its military service members, and soon that community support will be highly visible through a new banner program.

September 19, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Construction continues at Turlock intersection

Detours around the intersection of Fulkerth Road and N. Golden State Boulevard will be up for at least another month, as crews continue to work on improvements to the roadway and railroad crossing.

September 15, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlockers implore Council to condemn hate groups after City papered with white supremacy propaganda

A group of Turlock residents implored the Turlock City Council Tuesday night to take a stand against what one woman called an "atmosphere of fear and intimidation" being created by white supremacy propaganda that has popped up around town.

September 12, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Planning approves new Sign Ordinance

Planning Commission newcomer Jim Reape may have summed it up best about the Commission's vote on Thursday to approve the new Sign Ordinance: "I've never had to get a permit for a sign, but I think I could figure it out now."

September 08, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Local legislators part of Valley Voice advocacy trip to D.C.

Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth and Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors Chair Vito Chiesa will join advocates from all eight San Joaquin Valley counties this week on a "Valley Voice" advocacy trip to Washington D.C.

September 05, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


City seeks public input on updated sign ordinance

For the past several years, the City of Turlock has been working on updating its sign ordinance, which was originally adopted in 1944. On Thursday, the public will be able to weigh in on the final draft of the ordinance before the Turlock Planning Commission sends it to the City Council for adoption.

September 05, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Turlock pumpkins make international debut

A farm-like setting decorated with hundreds of pumpkins is a common sight around Turlock in the fall, but this year a Central Valley harvest will be shared with families from around the world at a new exhibit featuring locally grown pumpkins at an international tourist destination.

September 05, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Proud to be a Husky

I am proud to be a Hamilton Heights High alumna. I know that most people who grow up in truly small towns -like I did in Cicero, Indiana, which had a population of 3,471 in 1990, compared to Turlock's 43,621 the same year -feel a fondness and loyalty to their alma mater long after they graduate, but I have reason to celebrate my Husky affiliation.

September 01, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Know Your Neighbor: Brad Bates

Brad Bates served two terms as Mayor of Turlock, from 1982-1990. Before heading the Turlock City Council, Bates served many years on the City's Planning Commission. He also has a long family history in Turlock. His​ ​grandfather​ ​came​ ​to​ ​Turlock​ ​as​ ​a​ ​​ ​child​ ​from​ ​the​ ​island​ ​of​ ​Pico​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Portuguese​ ​Azores.​​ ​In​ ​the​ ​1930s,​ ​his grandfather​ ​started​ ​the Harry​ ​P.​ ​Raymus​ ​Insurance​ ​Agency.​ ​​ His​ ​father,​ ​​​Louie,​ ​​ ​joined​ ​him​ ​in​ ​the​ ​agency​ ​after​ ​serving​ ​as a​ ​Captain​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Army​ ​during​ ​World​ ​War​ ​II.​ ​​ ​Brad ​went​ ​to​ ​work​ ​at​ ​the​ ​family agency​ ​​ ​immediately​ ​after graduating​ ​from​ ​U.C.​ ​Davis ...

September 01, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Local


A simple act of kindness

A small act of kindness can make a huge impact, and that was the case for one grieving family.

August 29, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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Articles By Author - Kristina Hacker


Business owners irate at prolonged road closures

As the City of Turlock's most recent completion deadline for the improvements to the intersection of Fulkerth Road and Golden State Boulevard came and ...

November 21, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Pumpkin Pie Challenge: Turlock edition

Think you've got what it takes to bake a winning pumpkin pie? If the answer is yes, then local chiropractor David Dubyak is looking ...

November 14, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Council declares November Sikh Awareness Month

The Turlock City Council recognized the city's diversity on Tuesday, proclaiming November as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month.

November 14, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Bates seeks mayoral return to City Hall

Former Mayor Brad Bates is once again hoping to serve the residents of Turlock, as he announced his intention to join the November 2018 mayoral ...

November 14, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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