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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


Volunteers come together to help those in need this holiday season

A miracle happens every December in Turlock. People from every walk of life combine their efforts to make Christmas a little bit better for those neighbors in need. This annual labor of love, named Turlock Together, provides 2,000 families two full boxes of food and a toy for each child in those families.

December 17, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Heavy rains, strong winds hit Central Valley

While the official start of winter is still a few days away, the season's first big storm has arrived early. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued flood and wind advisories for Stanislaus County - and the entire Central Valley area - through today.

December 17, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


The art of satire is alive and well

I have created a new award in honor of comedian Jon Stewart - the Swiftee. This coveted honor goes to the person who most personifies the king of satire, Jonathon Swift. Stewart and "The Daily Show" writers were channeling the renowned Anglo-Irish essayist when they shined a light during their Monday night Comedy Central program on the U.S. Senate Republicans and their hypocritical nonsupport of health aid to 9-11 first responders.

December 14, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


TID approves short-term Gomes Lake agreement

Homes and businesses near the San Joaquin River are one step closer to having flood protection this winter season as the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors voted on Tuesday to enter into a short-term agreement with the Gomes Lake Joint Powers Agency.The JPA membership - made up of TID, the City of Turlock, Stanislaus County and Reclamation Districts 2063 and 2091 - is in flux, since the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors took issue with the distribution of costs and terminated their membership in August.As originally drafted in 1972, The JPA that maintains Gomes Lake included the TID, a ...

December 14, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Thrift store donates over $250,000 to area charities

Off Center Thrift & Gift in downtown Turlock is not a regular second-hand store. While Off Center does sell gently used clothing and gift items, unlike most other thrift stores, all of the employees are volunteers and all of the profits are donated back to the community.

December 14, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Season of hope

No matter how commercial the Christmas season gets, there is one pure thing the holidays always bring - hope.

December 07, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Retired engineer uses skills to create parade magic

This year's Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade theme is right up Richard Fantazia's alley. You see, Fantazia is a miracle worker. He takes abstract ideas and makes them into moving, lighted, bigger-than-life parade floats.

December 04, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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Passersby attempt to put out house fire

Multiple fire crews, including an engine from Ceres, battled to contain a Turlock house fire Thursday evening that broke out in the 2000 block of Royal Wood.

July 02, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


First annual Bacon Week serves up $1,600 for local charities

Bacon took center stage for four days in May, with downtown restaurants featuring the pork bellies in specialty dishes while also raising money for local charities.

June 26, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


HORSIN' AROUND

Triple digit temperatures didn't stop competitors from bringing their best to the final pre-fair horse event at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds Thursday evening.

June 25, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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