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Local cheerleaders win big at national competition

For five local teens cheerleading is serious business. The group, which includes cheerleaders from both Turlock and Pitman high schools, showcased their dedication and skill at a national competition last month and came away champions.

March 06, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Chatom student makes video to help school cafeteria win makeover

Luke Mancebo is only in second grade, but the Chatom Elementary student has already starred in his very own cooking video.

March 06, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Education


Carol Ford named Hospice of Emanuel Volunteer of the Year

For the past four years Carol Ford has been helping others deal with the grief that comes with losing a loved one. The Turlock resident volunteers her time to facilitate grief support and education groups at Hospice of Emanuel. Her dedication to helping those suffering with loss was recognized this month as she was named Hospice of Emanuel Volunteer of the Year.

March 06, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Film Commission fundraiser rolls out the red carpet

Flashing cameras welcomed VIPs as they stepped out of their limousines Sunday night and onto the red carpet. After fielding questions from "paparazzi" guests were ushered into an elegantly decorated ballroom by Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe.

March 02, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Business owner talks gunman out of robbing store

Local business owner Dale Falkenberg was almost the victim of an armed robbery Friday night. By staying calm and reasoning with the would-be robber, what could have been a violent situation ended peacefully.

March 02, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


Life-changing moment

It seems like you go along in your everyday life working, sleeping, and playing a little when there's time and energy. Then something happens that changes everything.

February 29, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Denair teen celebrates fourth birthday

Today, at long last, Turlock Christian High sophomore David Thompson is celebrating his fourth birthday. He isn't some sort of child prodigy - he's a leap year baby.

February 29, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Investigation continues into largest case of animal cruelty county has ever seen

The investigation is still ongoing into what Stanislaus County Animal Services Executive Director Annette Patton called the worst case of animal cruelty the county has ever seen.

February 24, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock Chamber wins big at Western conference

The Turlock Chamber of Commerce made quite an impression last weekend at the Western Association of Chamber Executives' annual management conference in Las Vegas. Turlock Chamber President/ Chief Executive Officer Sharon Silva was named the Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year and the Business News was awarded first place in the Magazine competition for chambers with under 1,000 members.

February 14, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


What’s love got to do with it?

Entire aisles at grocery stores are decked out in red and pink. Every other television advertisement is for diamonds and local flower shops have increased the size of their storefront banners by 200 percent. It's Valentine's Day once again.

February 10, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Keyes craftsman creates no-man bands for celebrities, businesses around the world

What happens when you combine a love of music with engineering know-how and an innovative spirit? The unique creations of Keyes craftsman Ken Caulkins.

February 07, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Emanuel earns accolades at healthcare conference

Emanuel Medical Center received an award for providing innovative patient service at a recent national healthcare conference - and local patients have also noticed the positive changes at Turlock's community hospital.

February 07, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


‘Mr. Bulldog’ lives on

When taking on a new job, it's inevitable that you will be compared to the person who last held the post. Sometimes this can be a positive thing, especially when hearing a complaint. It's easy to say that being the new person you can't speak to practices of the past, but in the future it will be your mission to make things right. Sometimes, however, filling the shoes left by a predecessor can be impossible.

February 03, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Kaepernicks share own experiences, support camp for children with congenital heart defects

Over 30 years ago Rick and Teresa Kaepernick became one of the thousands of parents who suffer the loss of a child due to congenital heart defects - not once, but twice in a two year span.

February 03, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Planting time

When Ed Sai started farming 40 years ago, the process of planting almond trees was labor intensive. It involved manually marking out the field in evenly spaced rows, then using an auger to drill thousands of holes before placing each and every tree into the ground by hand and filling in the dirt and patting it down.

January 31, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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Community rallies to find missing tortoise

Tortoises aren't known for their speed, but one Turlock tortoise seems to have made a quick getaway. George the California desert tortoise has been ...

May 24, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Local


New downtown eatery donates $8,500 to local athletic programs

The opening of Hauck's earlier this month generated a lot of buzz from Turlockers excited to see the historic downtown building and one-time pharmacy ...

May 24, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Despite conservation efforts, Turlock water resources diminishing

While Turlock has experienced a rare wet spring, the City's water woes are far from over. In fact, Turlock has seen a significant reduction ...

May 24, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Planning approves TC elementary project

Turlock Christian School can now move forward with plans to convert the old MedicAlert offices into an elementary school campus, following the Turlock Planning Commission ...

May 20, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


TID continues fish passage discussions on Tuolumne River

Local irrigation districts held a meeting on Thursday to discuss a number of fish passage field studies planned in the Tuolumne River as part of ...

May 19, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Local


County sees upswing in voter registration as election nears

More and more local residents are registering to vote, either online or by paper registration form, as the June 7 Presidential Primary Election draws near ...

May 19, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Denair announces new principals for high school, middle school and elementary campuses

When school starts again in Denair, students and staff will welcome new principals at three campuses. Kara Backman will take over at Denair High School ...

May 19, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Education


Neighbors raise traffic concerns with new Turlock Christian campus

While Turlock Christian School families have been anxiously awaiting the opening of the private school's first stand alone campus, school officials must first convince ...

May 17, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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