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Merced fair grows attendance, sees drop in ticket sales

More people visited the Merced County Fair this year, a 7 percent increase over 2013, however, paid attendance was down 11 percent from the previous year.

June 19, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Real estate agents get dirty to clean up

A crew of real estate agents descended on Donnelly Park Thursday morning, not because the iconic lake in the park was suddenly put on the market, but instead to give the area a good cleaning.

June 19, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


No injuries in Turlock house fire

No injuries were reported in a house fire on Porsche Strasse Wednesday evening.

June 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Legislature approves largest spending plan in state history

Local legislators had mixed reactions to the $108 billion budget approved by the state Legislature in an unusual Father's Day session.

June 16, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Don't wait to tell dad how you feel

Father's Day is a sad time for me. It's been almost 15 years since my dad passed away and I can't help but think about all the things I never got to tell him.

June 13, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Child falls from second story

A 3-year-old Turlock boy was rushed by air ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center Thursday night after toppling out of a second story window

June 12, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Valley lawmakers fight to keep pollution cleanup funds

Local legislators are opposing a proposal that would eliminate funds promised to help reduce pollution in the Central Valley.

June 09, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Valley to heat up this weekend

It may only be the first week in June, but the Central Valley is about to heat up fast. The National Weather Service is forecasting record-high temperatures by Sunday.

June 06, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Neighbors protest building of new Taco Bell

Despite impassioned pleas against its construction, a new Taco Bell is one step closer to being built on N. Golden State Boulevard near the Pitman High campus.

June 05, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Parade celebrates 'Country Pride'

There's no better time to put pride of country on display than the Fourth of July, and this year the Turlock Downtown Property Owners and Turlock Chamber of Commerce are hoping to see lots of "Country Pride" in the annual holiday parade.

June 05, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Electoral districts: Public picks Plan A

The Turlock City Council will consider two big issues at Tuesday's post holiday meeting - the City's road tax initiative and electoral district boundaries.

May 23, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


New life for Old Glory at Memorial Day service

Old Glory will look just a little more glorious this weekend as the hundreds of American flags that line the path through Turlock Memorial Park in honor of the community's fallen service members have been given new life, thanks to the Adopt a Flag campaign.

May 22, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Scholarships benefit graduating foster youth

During her life, Grace Bishop was not only a founding board member of local foster youth agency Creative Alternatives, she was also one of the most passionate advocates for helping the hundreds of kids served by the agency.

May 15, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Another reason to read your local newspaper

Being a newspaper editor, I am always interested in new reports on how the media industry and journalism in general is faring in today's economy. I am used to reading headlines on the 'downfall' of newspapers and thinking the reports of our death "have been greatly exaggerated," in the words of Mark Twain. But I was a little taken aback by a recently released survey from Indiana University that found journalists are generally angry, white, old men.

May 13, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Community invited to baby animal shower

All babies need tender loving care to survive and thrive in life, including native wildlife like barn owls, ravens, red foxes and red-tailed hawks. Often, orphaned or injured baby animals' only chance of survival is the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center.

May 08, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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Articles By Author - Kristina Hacker


Ryan White: A legacy of hope

The older I get the more I think about what I will leave behind when my days here on Earth are done.

August 19, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Walnut teacher wins national Environmental Education award

Walnut Elementary teacher Bret Sutterly has taken the 'Go Green' message to heart in his classroom and his efforts have been recognized on a national level.

August 12, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Education


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