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Archive By Author - Kristina Hacker


The courage to dream

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.

January 06, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Ball Haulers take fetch to the next level

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.

January 05, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


New Year's baby

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.

January 05, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Ministries meet the unique needs of the Westside

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.

January 02, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Swine flu fears and record high unemployment dominate 2009

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.

December 29, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Every time a bell rings...

As the holiday season starts to wind down - except in Russia where they celebrate through Jan. 10 - I find myself feeling a little blue.

December 25, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Westside churches stay true to mission while changing outreach

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.

December 25, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Local


The art of contradiction

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.

December 18, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


We can make it happen

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.

December 11, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Holiday food program in need of donations

With less than a week left in their annual food and toy drive, Turlock Together organizers are making an urgent appeal for donations.

December 11, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Local


In God Turlock trusts

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.

December 08, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


A journey to the Christmas spirit

After living in the Valley for the past 11 years, I have finally made the journey to Bethlehem.

December 04, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Education is key

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.

December 01, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Arts center foundation plans for the future

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.

November 27, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Giving thanks

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.

November 24, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


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Castle flies again

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.

August 21, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Ryan White: A legacy of hope

The older I get the more I think about what I will leave behind when my days here on Earth are done.

August 19, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Walnut teacher wins national Environmental Education award

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.

August 12, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Education


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