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Insurance man secures donation for homeless shelter

Christopher Freeberg was so moved by his Christmas Eve volunteer experience at the Turlock We Care homeless shelter program last year that he wanted to do more. So the local insurance man nominated the We Care program to receive a grant through Safeco's Agent Giving Program. Freeberg's petition was granted; and We Care was presented with a $2,000 check from Safeco last week.

September 18, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Local


New lights for old Turlock neighborhoods

Just five months ago, the Turlock City Council was considering turning out the lights in some areas of town in an effort to save money. Today, the City of Turlock is planning to replace 1,800 high pressure sodium street lamps with induction lamps, thanks to a $643,100 award from the Department of Energy.

September 18, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Our own town hall meeting

The nation-wide controversy over health care reform came to the Valley Friday afternoon when U.S. Rep. George Radanovich held his own town hall meeting in Oakdale. While there were no violent confrontations that led to arrests - as has happened in St. Louis, Mo. - booing and heckling were common during the question and answer time.

September 18, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Your eyes and ears

Lately, I feel a little bit like a shoemaker.

September 08, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Have you forgotten?

Even without movies like "Pearl Harbor" and "Saving Private Ryan," I know that on Dec. 7, 1941 - "a date which will live in infamy" - the Japanese pulled off a massive attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, that decimated the United States' Pacific fleet and pulled America into WW II as a full combatant. I also know that June 6, 1944 - D-Day - was the day that U.S. soldiers, along with the Allied forces, invaded the beaches of Normandy, France, and turned the tide of WW II.

September 04, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Good news, bad news

Almost every week I get a phone call from someone who asks, "Do you cover good news?" I always answer, "Yes, of course we do." These callers then proceed to give me a story idea about a local club event, interesting person or outstanding student.

August 29, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


FAMILY FUN DAY

The Kiwanis Club of Turlock hosted a Family Fun Day at Columbia Park on Saturday. The club gave out free hotdogs, brought games, had a bounce house and paid for every admission to the Columbia Pool on Saturday afternoon.

August 25, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Just doing our jobs

Local law enforcement agencies - namely, the California Highway Patrol and the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department - should take a lesson from the Turlock Police Department in media relations.

August 21, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Don’t worry, be happy

On Sunday, my pastor preached that "God will provide." He went on to say that since God has our needs covered, there is no reason to worry. I left church feeling good about the message and thinking, "You're right Pastor Dave. There's no need to worry, God has my back."

August 18, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


COMMUNITY: GIANT PUMPKINS

Members of Calvary Baptist Church celebrated the harvest season a little early with their first annual Giant Pumpkin Day.

August 18, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Local


The Original KISS Army glams for fans

A modest crowd gathered at Dale's Guitars in downtown Turlock Saturday afternoon hoping to get their picture taken with two men in make-up, black leather and spandex.

August 18, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Music


Hammocks away

Can you smell it in the air? Freshly sharpened pencils, Crayola crayons and Gucci backpacks - the smell of a brand new school year.

August 11, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


A shocking pattern

I am one of those people. You know, the ones who keep pictures of adored pets in their wallet and who think a family Christmas portrait isn't complete without Fluffy and Fido in the shot. I love my pets and animals in general.

August 07, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Cows, pigs and cavies — oh my!

I can't believe it's already that time of year again. The streets of Turlock are clogged with horse trailers. Local boot retailers are seeing an increase in sales and quad riders of all ages are suping up their engines. Yes, the Stanislaus County Fair is back in town.

July 28, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


COMMUNITY: HORSING AROUND

Despite the triple-digit temperatures, over 80 4-H and FFA members have been competing in the annual pre-fair horse show at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds.

July 21, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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Articles By Author - Kristina Hacker


Reader Request: Recent, upcoming stop signs installed around Turlock

Editor's Note: This is the first in a new series where the Turlock Journal staff will look into issues requested by our readers. To ...

January 16, 2018 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock encouraged to continue Dr. King’s ‘dream’

In Turlock's first-ever Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, the civil rights leader's life was honored and his example of non-violent protest against ...

January 16, 2018 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Community input sought on shuttle bus service

Turlock bus riders may soon have another option to get to popular stops not accessible under the current route system as the City is considering ...

January 12, 2018 | Kristina Hacker | Government


County awards program to honor outstanding seniors

The Stanislaus County Area Agency on Aging is once again looking to recognize the community service efforts of local seniors through the Senior Awards program ...

January 12, 2018 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Governor’s budget projects $6.1 billion surplus

Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $131.7 billion General Fund budget plan for 2018-19 on Wednesday that fills the state's Rainy Day Fund to ...

January 12, 2018 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Mayor’s award to fund public art project

For the past few years, Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth has donated his mayoral salary to fund a public policy award in an effort to get ...

January 09, 2018 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Council commends Flora for supporting state funding for regional water supply project

The Turlock City Council presented Assemblymember Heath Flora with a proclamation on Tuesday, recognizing the legislator's efforts in advocating for State funding for the ...

January 09, 2018 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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