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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


Guilt isn't always a bad thing

I'm not usually one to prattle on about the supposed deterioration of society. It's my belief that only those over 40 exhort the "good old days" and they do so in an effort to avoid any change. I don't know if it's because I turned 40 last month, or that society has actually started its downward fall, in either case, I'm going to give my first "good old days" tirade.

December 05, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Kennel club hosts top dogs in annual shows

The competition is tough. Hundreds come from across the country for a chance at a blue ribbon. The two-day event is a November tradition in Turlock and brings out the top dogs, literally, as the Golden Valley Kennel Club prepares to host its annual shows.

November 21, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Food trucks are not a passing fad

When I was growing up, food trucks (excluding the ice-cream man, of course) were only seen at construction sites, county fairs and in TV shows and movies based in New York City. Today, they are a staple of the culinary scene for most cities - and are spreading to smaller communities just like ours.

November 16, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


University students give back through work at Turlock Family Network

Families with young children struggling to make ends meet can receive assistance paying for housing and food through different welfare programs, but there remains one need that can only be met through donations.

November 14, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Veterans Memorial Lane in need of sponsors

Every May for the past 50 years, Turlock Memorial Park has honored the area's fallen soldiers through its Veterans Memorial Lane flag tribute. The stars and stripes, proudly displayed, were a visual reminder of the sacrifices made by the service members, and their families.

November 08, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Common language of art

Juliet Moradian is hoping to bridge the gap between generations - and cultures - with the universal language of art. She advocates for art education starting with preschool age children, and has found that language barriers seem to fade away when people gather to appreciate visual art.

November 07, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Steppin Pards celebrate 60 years of do-si-do

Some come for the fellowship. Others want to continue a long family tradition. A Pitman High School freshman was pulled into it by neighbors, and has stayed for the fun. No matter what the reason, every member of the Turlock Steppin Pards wants to share their passion for square dancing.

October 31, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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Fair draws more visitors in 2014

The Stanislaus County Fair saw a banner year for its 2014 run, bringing in more visitors and more money for youth livestock exhibitors at Fair auctions.

July 24, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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