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Local man part of Haiti relief efforts

Turlock resident Brad Brewster is used to caring for people in emergency situations. As a respiratory therapist at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, he often sees patients who are struggling with serious breathing problems. Since being deployed to Haiti as part of an International Medical Surgical Response Team, however, Brewster has been putting his medical skills and ability to remain calm in an emergency to the test.

February 06, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Sign of the times

Another sign of the Apocalypse was recorded last week when the one and only book store in Laredo, Texas - which has a population of 250,000 people - closed its doors. People in Laredo now have to drive 150 miles away to San Antonio, Texas to buy a "Twilight" book. When news of this literary nightmare reached me, I imagined a "Book of Eli" -esque scene where culture-starved Laredoians set up ambush sites for travelers in an effort to steal reading material.

January 29, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Connections make Westside a tight-knit community

Three-year-old Saul Franco squealed with joy Wednesday afternoon as his mother, Martha Franco, pushed him around and around on a vertical swing at Columbia Park. Saul's 3-month-old sister, Brianna, watched her mother and big brother play with wide eyes from her cozy stroller a few feet away. Franco said that she brings her children to Columbia Park every day - well, every day that the sun is out.

January 29, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


A mix of new and old keeps business alive on Westside

This is the fourth installation in a five-part series on the area of town known as the Westside. Today's article is about business on the Westside. Previous articles looked at the role of the faith community and crime on the Westside. The final article in this series will focus on the people of the Westside.

January 22, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


We’re all on the same team

Cheerleaders and coaches have very different roles on a sports team.

January 19, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


It’s called the Brown Act, Parks Commission

Attention all local elected officials and members of public boards: You are responsible for knowing and adhering to the provisions in the Ralph M. Brown Act.

January 16, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Events aim to foster community relationships

Creating a forum for community conversation is the goal of three local organizations.

January 12, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Westside residents see more crime than rest of city

This is the third installation in a five-part series on the area of town known as the Westside. Today's article is about crime in the Westside. Previous articles looked at the role of the faith community in the Westside. Coming articles will focus on business and the people of the Westside.

January 08, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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


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Merced County reports first human cases of West Nile

The threat of West Nile Virus remains high across the area as Merced County reported its first confirmed human cases of the virus this year.

September 26, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Vongsaly brings passion for Thai cuisine to new downtown restaurant

Name of Business: Ju Ju Thai Cuisine

September 25, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Safety, childhood cancer awareness focus of weekend events

Two events will highlight children this weekend, the MedicAlert Health & Safety Fair and Lil Scotty's Soldiers of Hope Survivor Boot Camp.

September 25, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


American Legion Riders hit the road for good causes

Although their motorcycles and leather jackets may look tough, the mission of the American Legion Riders is all heart.

September 25, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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