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Unemployment on slight upward trend for county

For the second month in a row the unemployment rate in Stanislaus County rose slightly in November, reaching back into double digits.

December 19, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Police surround Turlock home after gun threat call

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.

December 19, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


Turlock police patrol busy shopping centers atop Trikkes

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.

December 19, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


Rain topples pine giant

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.

December 15, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Cigar lovers find a home in Turlock

Name of Business: Ciganos Fine Cigars

November 20, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Realtors feed the hungry

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.

November 20, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Rotarians offer the gift of learning

The Turlock Sunrise Rotary Club is fostering literacy in local students by giving each third grader a valuable learning tool - a dictionary.

November 13, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Running for the Army

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.

November 11, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Children, babysitter hit by car in crosswalk

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.

November 11, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


Candidates vie for 'likes' and 'shares,' along with votes

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.

November 01, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Mayoral candidates raise over $100K for campaigns

As Turlock mayoral candidates enter the final countdown to the election, their last minute campaigning has paid off in donations. As of Friday, Gary Soiseth is leading in campaign contributions with $55,479, while Mike Brem is reporting a total of $49,902. These donations are a far cry from Mayor John Lazar's unopposed race in 2010, when he raised just over $3,300, but still less than Lazar's 2006 fundraising efforts that netted over $63,000.

November 01, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Have we become too complacent with crime?

On Oct. 10, two intruders entered Herschel "Bud" Moore's home. They beat up the 94-year-old veteran, ransacked his home and made off with around $2,500 in cash and other stolen items.

October 24, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Here come the pumpkins

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Turlock delivered 600 pumpkins to Cunningham Elementary on Friday. The service club has been donating the fall gourds to students at Cunningham for the past 26 years. This year, R.A.M. Farms donated half of the pumpkins, with the Kiwanis Club purchasing the rest. Each Cunningham student was allowed to choose a pumpkin to take home.

October 24, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


ABC Fitness celebrates six years of outdoor workouts

Name of Business: ABC Fitness Co.

October 09, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Library program makes math fun

Local libraries are hoping to ignite creativity and show the fun side of math in a series of free events throughout the month of October.

October 09, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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Articles By Author - Kristina Hacker


Turlock teams ready for Relay for Life events

Every spring hundreds of community members rally together for one cause: Relay for Life - The American Cancer Society event that raises money for cancer research while honoring cancer survivors and remembering lost loved ones is close to the hearts of many Turlockers.

April 23, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Police use multiple less than lethal methods to subdue man at City Hall

Turlock Police officers used pepper spray and a Taser in an attempt to subdue a man who was cutting himself in front of City Hall Tuesday morning.

April 21, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


Fruit & Veggie Contest aims to get kids eating healthy

The Stanislaus County Fair is partnering with Turlock schools to encourage kids to make healthier choices at lunch time. The 20/20 Fruit & Veggie Contest will reward elementary students who make healthy eating choices with the chance to win free tickets to the fair, a bicycle or other prizes.

April 17, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Education


Safety Saturday free community event returns to Turlock

GDI Insurance will once again help families learn how to keep their children safe during a free community event on May 16. The 5th Annual CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at GDI Insurance Agency's Turlock office at 801 Geer Road, Turlock.

April 16, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Deadly lesson: Denair students experience impact of drunk driving

Emergency crews were unable to save the life of Denair High student Ashley Ramaley on Thursday, a victim of a drunk driving accident. While Ramaley's death was not real, as she was a student actor in the Every 15 Minutes program, the emotional impact of her death was still felt.

April 16, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Education


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