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For the love of lunch

Unlike most people I've met over the years, I have fond memories of eating lunch in my elementary, junior high and high school cafeterias.

January 18, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Organization aims to break child abuse cycle through parenting education

It can be scary for a high school student to find out she or he is going to be a parent. Besides the impact that becoming a parent will have on a teen's plans for their future, many realize they know nothing about taking care of an infant or raising a child.

January 14, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Finding hope in the jobless

Before my story interview with the Alliance Worknet about the services they offer for job seekers and local businesses, I had a picture in my mind of what the atmosphere at the Alliance office in Turlock would be like.

January 11, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Alliance Worknet puts county residents to work

As the number of unemployed residents in the county increases - approximately 41,000 as of November, according to the Economic Development Department -and the number of open positions decrease, a feeling of hopelessness can overwhelm job seekers.

January 11, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Time to get out the glue

The art of crafts is slowing dying. I realized this Thursday night at a service club meeting when our group discussed delivering Valentine's Day cards to residents of local nursing homes.

January 07, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Local dealer sells first electric car in Turlock

Rob and Kristen Santos are starting the new year - and new decade - out right. They are striving to leave a smaller carbon footprint on the planet, and to begin living that goal they leased the very first Chevrolet Volt electric hybrid car available in Turlock.

January 04, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock couples ring in 2011 with joy

Many welcomed the new year as a fresh start, a time to make major life changes. For two Turlock couples, the changes came hours after ringing in 2011 with the birth of their New Year's babies.

January 04, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


In the spotlight

More people across the nation than ever before have some idea where Turlock is located thanks to the national media attention our town and the surrounding area received in 2010.

December 30, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Red Cross hosts military resource fair

Everyone knows the American Red Cross responds to disasters, providing emergency shelter, food and medical services to those in need. But few know the Red Cross is also a key support organization for America's servicemen and women and their families.

December 30, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Avoid the 12 agencies conduct first ever ignition interlock device compliance check

Local law enforcement agencies are making a statement: If you drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you will be caught and convicted. And once convicted, you will be held accountable for the terms of your court-ordered probation.

December 28, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


USDA offers conservation funding to organic producers

The USDA's Organic Initiative will enter its third year of helping organic producers and those looking to transition into organic production in 2011 with up to $50 million in funding.

"Increasing consumer demand for organically grown foods is providing new opportunities for small and mid-size farmers to prosper and stay competitive in today's economy," Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said. "The 2008 Farm Bill calls for this assistance, and we want to help these farmers protect the natural resources on their land and create conditions that help foster organic production."

December 23, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Government


NORAD tracks Santa’s Christmas Eve journey

The wait is over. Santa has begun his journey delivering presents to children around the world. His one-day trek across the globe started at midnight and will continue through to the wee hours of the morning.

December 23, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


State receives dismal grades in serving California’s children

Just as children across the state receive grades based on their scholastic achievements, the State of California is graded by the Children Now organization on its work serving the needs of the state's youngest residents.

December 21, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Fellowship, CSUS volunteers bring holiday feast to homeless shelter

The daily life of most homeless men is all about survival. They must struggle to find shelter from the cold, adequate clothing to protect themselves from the elements and food for nourishment. One area organization decided their holiday gift to the homeless would be a vacation from want - a moment of plenty.

December 21, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Winter gas prices on the rise

Gas prices in California are rising higher, reported AAA Northern California, with a state average increase of 12 cents. While not as high as the state average, the Modesto area has seen an average increase of 10 cents at $3.21 per gallon.

December 17, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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Progress underway at Lander Crossings

A new 45-foot tall sign will soon greet motorists as they travel past the Lander Avenue exit of Highway 99, a portent of what's to come at the Lander Crossings center.

July 24, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


City works to save trees while wells are down

Although the City of Turlock has adopted the motto 'brown is the new green' when it comes to outdoor water conservation efforts, city parks and landscaped areas in the north end of town are having trouble getting any water at all due to breakdowns at two non-potable wells.

July 23, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Tuolumne River water sales agreement approved for regional project

A regional solution to the need for drinking water is one step closer to reality as the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority voted Thursday morning to accept a water sales agreement with the Turlock Irrigation District.

July 23, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Election season begins for local races

There are quite a number of seats up for election in local school districts, community service districts and municipal advisory councils this November - along with two Turlock Irrigation District Board of Director positions.

July 21, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Entrepreneurs wanted for 2015 Innovation Challenge

The Stanislaus Innovation Challenge is once again looking for local entrepreneurs who want to take their great idea to the next level.

July 17, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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