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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


Local racing fans prepare for Kentucky Derby

It's called the greatest 2 minutes in sports. For the Turlock Turf Club, however, the Kentucky Derby is a whole day event.

May 01, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Special needs prom magical night for local students

Prom is a special event for many high school students, but for the 200 individuals who will be attending the Society for Handicapped Children and Adults' 3rd annual Special Needs Prom, it is close to magical.

May 01, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Record high temps expected this week

Break out the flip-flops and sun block, summer has come early. Significant warming will take place across the region over the next couple of days as strong high pressure builds, according to the National Weather Service.

April 29, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


100 years of Cooperative education, resources

One hundred years ago the Cooperative Extension was started to help farmers, homemakers, and youth use the latest university research to improve their lives. Today, the Cooperative Extension continues to be a vital partner in the agriculture industry while providing education to youth and families.

April 24, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Remembering the fallen

"In Flanders Fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row..."

April 17, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Abe Rojas earns Senior award

Generations of Turlock youth have had the opportunity to swing for the bleachers thanks to the efforts of Abe Rojas. His vision in creating the Pedretti Sports Complex is just one way Rojas has left a lasting legacy in the area and has earned him the 2014 Senior Award for Stanislaus County Supervisorial District 2.

April 03, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Red Cross efforts celebrated in March

Following the legacy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943, President Barack Obama proclaimed March as Red Cross Month across the United States. The non-profit organization that provides humanitarian aid domestically and around the globe has a special connection here in Turlock. The first Stanislaus County chapter of the Red Cross was established in Turlock in 1917. Ninety-seven years later, the organization is still providing support during emergencies and helping to prepare residents before disaster strikes.

March 27, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


3 girls accosted by same man

Police officers are searching for a man suspected of assaulting three teen girls in three separate incidents in the past 24 hours.

March 25, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


Crash flips vehicle near school

A collision near Dutcher Middle School left one vehicle flipped upside down, but no one seriously injured on Thursday afternoon.

March 20, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


Duty to inform, not inflame

In the past 10 years there's been a shift in news media. Many news organizations went from striving to be the watchdogs of the community to doing everything possible to increase the number of "Likes" they get on a Facebook post, ethics be damned. What's wrong with being liked, you may ask? Aren't media companies in the business of increasing their audience?

March 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Turlock Chamber named one of best in state, again

It's not easy running a business in today's economic climate. The Turlock Chamber of Commerce knows this and strives to help businesses of every size not only keep their doors open through this slow economic recovery, but to also thrive. In 2013, the Turlock Chamber was recognized as one of the top 10 Chambers in the state and received, for the fifth year in a row, the Cal Chamber President's Award.

March 13, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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Fair draws more visitors in 2014

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.

July 24, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Kids learn about salmon at the fair

Sawyer Wilson, 3, and his sister Emily Wilson, 5, were just two of the many children who learned about the lifecycle of the salmon while making paint prints at the Stanislaus County Fair on Friday. Patrick Cuthbert of Fishbio helped the siblings with their craft project as part of a booth featuring the Salmonids in the Classroom program, a kindergarten through 12th grade program run through the Turlock Irrigation District and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

July 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Baking not my forte

My fondest olfactory memories of childhood are of when my mom would bake cinnamon and sugar stuffed apples - yum! So when local chiropractor Dave Dubyak called me with a desperate need for apple pie contest entries, I decided it was time for my own house to be filled with the mouth-watering smells of cooked apples and my most favorite spice, cinnamon.

July 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Candidates talk new water fines, state control of resources at public forum

Water resources and the best way to manage them brought out the most impassioned responses from local State Assembly and Senate candidates at a debate held at California State University, Stanislaus on Wednesday.

July 17, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Raise a glass for a good cause

Buying a margarita from the Active 20-30 Club booth at the Stanislaus County Fair offers customers more than just a cold and delicious treat. The profits from the fair booth help the club give back to the community in a variety of ways, with their biggest project a Christmas shopping trip for underprivileged children.

July 17, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Study highlights drought's severe impact on ag, economy

"Pray for Rain" signs are a common sight on the country roads in Turlock and around the region, a visual reminder of local farmers' fears about the continued lack of precipitation. Although many are aware that California is in the midst of a drought - the third most severe on record - the consequences have not yet been fully realized here locally. A new report from the University of California, Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, however, paints a gruesome picture that cannot be ignored.

July 17, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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