As Turlock mayoral candidates enter the final countdown to the election, their last minute campaigning has paid off in donations. As of Friday, Gary Soiseth is leading in campaign contributions with $55,479, while Mike Brem is reporting a total of $49,902. These donations are a far cry from Mayor John Lazar's unopposed race in 2010, when he raised just over $3,300, but still less than Lazar's 2006 fundraising efforts that netted over $63,000.
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Turlock delivered 600 pumpkins to Cunningham Elementary on Friday. The service club has been donating the fall gourds to students at Cunningham for the past 26 years. This year, R.A.M. Farms donated half of the pumpkins, with the Kiwanis Club purchasing the rest. Each Cunningham student was allowed to choose a pumpkin to take home.
Human trafficking, an estimated $32 billion-a-year global industry, is not just found in countries like Mexico. According to the California Attorney General's office, 1,277 victims were identified and 1,798 individuals arrested in the state from mid-2010 to mid-2012. The predation of children and young adults for the purpose of sex trafficking is also a local issue, just ask Without Permission founder and CEO Debbie Johnson.
As news of the Ebola epidemic that continues to affect thousands in West Africa spreads, and health officials in Dallas, Texas work to contain the one confirmed travel-associated case in the United States, the Stanislaus County Public Health Department wants to reassure area residents that they are closely monitoring the situation.
Most of Wednesday night's candidate forum, held at City Hall and hosted by the League of Women Voters, was a love fest with each city council and mayoral candidate taking turns professing their affinity for and dedication to the community of Turlock. Amid the pro-Turlock rhetoric, however, the candidates did find time to address a few key issues facing the city and its citizens, mainly public safety, roads and water.
Fall marks a special time for local nursery The Greenery. It's the time of year when the business invites garden enthusiasts to learn more about everything from making a fairy garden to winter fruit tree care in a series of seminars that start Saturday and run weekly through the beginning of December.
World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor attack survivor Herb Miller was presented a commendation by Stanislaus County Supervisor Terry Withrow for his service to the country during a Veterans Advisory Commission meeting held Monday in Turlock.