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Court ruling says school can ban US flag shirts for safety

When Denair Middle School student Cody Alicea was asked in 2010 to take an American flag off his bike due to safety concerns, it sparked a nationwide response that flooded the small Valley town with patriotic supporters of Old Glory and a debate on students' right to free speech.

February 27, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


IRC brings refugees from harm to home

More than two decades ago, Vivien Jacob came to America from Iran looking for a better life. The International Rescue Committee was there to help her resettle in her new country and now she is part of the 80-year-old organization's mission to bring refugees from harm to home.

February 27, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


AAUW empowering women in education, leadership

Since its establishment in 1881, the American Association of University Women has been advancing equity for women and girls through education, advocacy, philanthropy and research. The Turlock chapter of the AAUW is continuing this tradition through scholarships, leadership training, and recognition programs.

February 06, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Power line falls near Turlock park

Nette Silva was at the Crane Park playground Thursday morning with her kids when a large tree branch suddenly fell, taking with it a power line.

January 30, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Trevethan wins Rotary speech contest

Being able to speak passionately and persuasively about topics that can make a difference in the lives of those in need is a valuable asset to community leaders - and leaders in training.

January 30, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Lack of funding closes parenting resource

For the past 15 years, the Turlock Family Network has been a resource for families dealing with drug or alcohol addictions, behavioral problems or teen pregnancy, providing parenting training and in-home support. Despite a rising demand for services, however, the organization will close its doors at the end of the month due to lack of funding.

January 23, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Friends group gives library vital support

The Turlock Library holds special memories for many area residents. From first trips to the library for story time and getting that first library card, to finding the perfect resources for a finals paper or SAT test prep, the library often plays an important role in the literary development in a person's life.

January 16, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Community leader, volunteer Tom Truax succumbs to cancer

The Central Valley lost a community leader in Tom Truax on Tuesday. Truax passed away at age 55 after a year-long battle with cancer.

January 16, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Hilmar Cheese to open new facility in Turlock

Turlock's economic development efforts just got a big boost today, as Hilmar Cheese announced it will be building a milk processing facility in the Turlock Regional Industrial Park.

January 16, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Goals, not resolutions, for 2014

It's been a full week of 2014, and I finally made my New Year's resolutions list. Actually, I don't believe in resolutions, as it's too easy to say, "well, I failed so there's no point in keeping it," so I made a 2014 goals list. A goal is something you strive for on an ongoing basis, not a pass-fail concept like a resolution.

January 10, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Seniors quilting class offers motivation, inspiration

Chieko Ingham remembers the first meetings of the Turlock Senior Citizens quilting class, about four years ago.

January 09, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


NEW YEAR'S BABY

Nereyda Felix's New Year's wish for a baby girl was granted on Wednesday, as she gave birth to Turlock's first baby of 2014 at 3:43 a.m. Baby girl Felix came into the world weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces and 19 and half inches long. She is Nereyda's fourth child, but first girl. As of mid-day Wednesday, she had not yet chosen a name for her new daughter. As the first baby of the year, Emanuel Medical Center gifted the new arrival with a basket full of blankets, bottles, teething rings and other goodies.

January 02, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Church pounds out New Year's tradition

A Japanese New Year's tradition was continued on Saturday at the Livingston United Methodist Church, with the annual mochitsuki -or pounding of the rice cakes.

December 30, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Year in Review: 2013 brings economic progress, increasing concerns over water

It's always hard to look back at an entire year and sum it up in a few hundred words. While Turlock remains a "small town" in the eyes of most of its long-time residents, the truth is the city is the second largest in the county and an important agricultural engine for the region and country. There is no way to succinctly summarize all of 2013 (without inducing a post-holiday lethargy), so instead I have poured over the year's headlines and found two reoccurring issues -economic development and water.

December 27, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local


'Nutcracker' brought to life by Backstage Academy of Dance

The holidays are all about tradition, and one of the most beloved is "The Nutcracker Ballet."

December 13, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Theatre


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Kids learn about salmon at the fair

Sawyer Wilson, 3, and his sister Emily Wilson, 5, were just two of the many children who learned about the lifecycle of the salmon while making paint prints at the Stanislaus County Fair on Friday. Patrick Cuthbert of Fishbio helped the siblings with their craft project as part of a booth featuring the Salmonids in the Classroom program, a kindergarten through 12th grade program run through the Turlock Irrigation District and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

July 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Baking not my forte

My fondest olfactory memories of childhood are of when my mom would bake cinnamon and sugar stuffed apples - yum! So when local chiropractor Dave Dubyak called me with a desperate need for apple pie contest entries, I decided it was time for my own house to be filled with the mouth-watering smells of cooked apples and my most favorite spice, cinnamon.

July 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Candidates talk new water fines, state control of resources at public forum

Water resources and the best way to manage them brought out the most impassioned responses from local State Assembly and Senate candidates at a debate held at California State University, Stanislaus on Wednesday.

July 17, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Raise a glass for a good cause

Buying a margarita from the Active 20-30 Club booth at the Stanislaus County Fair offers customers more than just a cold and delicious treat. The profits from the fair booth help the club give back to the community in a variety of ways, with their biggest project a Christmas shopping trip for underprivileged children.

July 17, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Study highlights drought's severe impact on ag, economy

"Pray for Rain" signs are a common sight on the country roads in Turlock and around the region, a visual reminder of local farmers' fears about the continued lack of precipitation. Although many are aware that California is in the midst of a drought - the third most severe on record - the consequences have not yet been fully realized here locally. A new report from the University of California, Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, however, paints a gruesome picture that cannot be ignored.

July 17, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


TID proposal sparks debate on local water use

The drought that has encompassed the state in the past three years triggering heated discussions on the use of water resources was brought close to home on Tuesday at the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors meeting.

July 15, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Task force fine tunes strategic plan to make Turlock economic powerhouse

One year ago, the Turlock City Council voted to establish the Mayor's Economic Development Task Force. This team of over 20 business and community leaders was tasked with identifying strategies to make Turlock a stronger economic competitor.

July 15, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


TID to talk water transfer changes at first night meeting

The Turlock Irrigation District is hoping to change the way the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority, which is comprised of the cities of Turlock, Ceres and Modesto, manages its water resources.

July 12, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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