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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.