Turlock is not starting out 2010 in the way that I had hoped. In fact, after reading Journal reporter Sabra Stafford's article on the mini-crime spree that rang in the new year and reading the police call log for the past weekend, I'm thinking about moving.
The athletes stood at the starting line, their bodies tense with anticipation. When the whistle blew, their pent up energy suddenly exploded into action as they leaped over hurdle after hurdle with one goal in mind - get the ball. With prize in hand - or mouth, actually - they raced back through the hurdles to tag the next member of their relay team. After the race was finished, each team member received a well-earned "good boy" or "good girl" and a rub behind their ears.
Crystal and Reese McCartney are the proud parents of the first baby of 2010 born in Turlock. Jayden Xavier Delatore-McCartney arrived at 5:02 p.m. on Friday, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces.
This is the second installation in a five-part series on the area of town known as the Westside. Today's article is the second in a two-part look at the faith community and its role on the Westside. Coming articles will focus on crime, business and the people of the Westside.
Another year has come and gone. A year which many may be happy to see go, as 2009 saw a record high in unemployment, budget cuts and H1N1-related deaths.
As the holiday season starts to wind down - except in Russia where they celebrate through Jan. 10 - I find myself feeling a little blue.
This is the beginning of a five-part series on the area of town known as the Westside. Today's article is the first in a two-part look at the faith community and its role on the Westside. Coming articles will focus on crime, business and the people of the Westside.
I have come to the conclusion that we, as a society, are pretty hypocritical. I know this is a somewhat harsh statement to make, but the evidence continues to mount for its authenticity.
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with JoLynn DiGrazia of Westside Ministries, Major Debi Shrum of the Salvation Army and Pastors Samuel Galdamez, Steve Carlson and Tim Hawkinson of Turlock Covenant Church.
With less than a week left in their annual food and toy drive, Turlock Together organizers are making an urgent appeal for donations.
If anyone still believes that nothing big ever happens in Turlock, then they haven't been to a city council meeting in a long, long time. Although Turlock can only be considered a small city or big town in population terms, it often has big city political issues.
After living in the Valley for the past 11 years, I have finally made the journey to Bethlehem.
Although the 1980s occurred three decades ago, it seems like just yesterday I was pondering the genius of the Rubik's Cube and wearing parachute pants. While the '80s were the dawn of the personal computing and cellular phone boom, they were also the years in which a new fear was introduced into Western civilization: HIV.
After six months of negotiations with the City of Turlock through the changing will of the City Council and obstacles of a down economy the Carnegie Arts Center Foundation can finally look ahead.
It is that time of year again; a time to count your blessings and give thanks. Many of you might read that and say "Give thanks? What for?" I understand why giving thanks may be a little bit harder this year.
Castle Air Force Base will be put back in service this fall, providing a historic runway for a flight of local World War II veterans making a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.
The older I get the more I think about what I will leave behind when my days here on Earth are done.
Walnut Elementary teacher Bret Sutterly has taken the 'Go Green' message to heart in his classroom and his efforts have been recognized on a national level.
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