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Turlock police union offers free pool passes

The Turlock Association of Police Officers is planning on helping kids get through the dog days of summer with free pool passes.

July 28, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local

Turlock landlord charged with arson, attempted murder of tenants

A dispute between a Turlock landlord and his tenants erupted into a fiery encounter Sunday as the tenants watched helplessly as their home burned and the landlord was arrested on multiple charges, including attempted murder and arson.

July 28, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime

Babe Ruth moving on to semifinal

With back-to-back mercy-rule wins to open the Pacific Southwest Regional tournament, the Stanislaus Cardinals Babe Ruth 18-year-old team has ensured its ticket to the semifinal game where they will square off against San Gabriel from Southern California today.

July 25, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Youth

Keep on fishing with proper life jackets

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat. A lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items on their boats. When it comes to life jackets though, a lot of times they couldn't tell you what sizes they have and some of them even keep them stowed away under a seat compartment somewhere.

July 25, 2014 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Masonic tradition continues at Turlock's public safety building

An ancient ritual was performed at the newest home to Turlock's public safety departments on Friday, in the form of a Masonic cornerstone ceremony.

July 25, 2014 | BY CANDY PADILLA Turlock Journal | Local

United Samaritans Foundation celebrates two decades in community

Years ago there was an area of Hughson that was called "Lost City" – a housing development recognizable only by its dilapidated condition. In one of the two bedroom apartments lived a family with eight children and each day they would make their way to the United Samaritans Foundation food truck for lunch where they would see the friendly face of Maris Sturtevant.

July 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local

Home repair scams on the rise

A rash of complaints regarding home improvement projects has prompted the California Contractors State Licensing Board to issue a warning about deceptive practices.

July 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime

Jim Virgo

James E. Virgo left us on July 22 doing what he loved, working in his yard and garden. Jim was born July 24, 1934 in Modesto, CA. He lived his entire life in Turlock and Delhi, attending Turlock High School. He retired from Turlock Irrigation District as a line supervisor in 1994. He also worked for a time at Leedom Tire Shop. Jim's served in the National Guard.

July 25, 2014 | | OBITS

Mary Valle

A beloved Matriarch of our family has left us but her twinkling eyes and vibrant smile will remain in our hearts forever. Mary Valle was a life-long resident of Turlock. She was the youngest of 10 children and the last surviving child. Mary met and married Raul Valle while they were in high school. They were married 66 years and welcomed two daughters, Loretta and Jeannie. Mary and Raul were small business owners. Mary later worked for Lela's Dress Shop where she loved helping young brides prepare for their weddings. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren ...

July 25, 2014 | | OBITS

William John Smith, Jr. ‘Billy from Philly’

William John Smith, Jr. was better known by his friends as 'Billy from Philly'. Billy's journey started June 26, 1954 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Born to William and Margaret Smith, Bill went on to be raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bill called the Central Valley home for over 20 years and is survived by his wife Marcia Fowle, step-son Kevin Adler along with his wife and son of San Francisco, his brother, Michael B. Smith of Delaware, sister, Deborah L. Dangler of Virginia, brother, Daniel T. Smith of Virginia and sister, Cheryl A. Lentine of Pennsylvania and many aunts ...

July 25, 2014 | | OBITS

Turlocker celebrates international education in China

Turlocker Matthew Jacob recently traveled far beyond city limits to the Great Hall of the People in China to talk international education at the Commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the re-establishment of educational exchanges between the U.S. and China.

July 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education

Dispute over cab fare leads to three arrests

Three women had the right idea in taking a taxi home after a night of drinking, but the wrong idea when they decided to not pay the driver.

July 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime

Turlock ranked best place to live for fans of summer

The Modesto area, including Turlock, has once again found itself atop a national ranking, but this time it's for something good.

July 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local

Water conservation tips for the workplace

Inefficient use of water may be costing your business more than you think. Follow these simple, yet effective practices around the workplace to avoid unnecessary water waste and to conserve our precious resource.

July 25, 2014 | | Local

Delhi welcomes new volleyball coach

Delhi High has a new volleyball coach for the 2014 season. Valley local, Lauren Ruell, who graduated from Buhach Colony in 2005 and then went on to play volleyball at Merced Junior College, is the Hawks' new head coach.

July 25, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | High School Sports

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Demolition Derby: Two-day event ends well for locals

The mayhem of the Turlock Lions Destruction Derby at the Stanislaus County Fair began on Monday and concluded on Tuesday as many locals fared well in the two-day event at the Food Maxx Arena with thousands of spectators present to watch cars smash into each other until only one was left standing.

July 15, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Community

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

Cause of death known, but unreleased for two people found at Turlock murder-suicide scene

The Turlock Police Department, in conjunction with the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office, officially released the names of the four individuals found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in a Turlock home.

July 15, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime

Attorney changes course and decides to continue representing Turlock defendant

The second phase of the murder trial for Turlock resident Nicholas Harris, in which jurors will decide if he was sane or not when he stabbed to death a 25-year-old man, will begin in about a month's time with his defense attorney continuing to helm his case.

July 15, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime

Local resident visits homeless with Water on Wheels

By mid-afternoon Saturday the sun was beating down on Turlock and most people were hiding from the heat in the comfort of their homes, relaxing on couches with their air conditioners pumping.

July 15, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local

Turlock American 11s All Stars fall in Section semifinal

The 2014 11-year-old Turlock American All-Stars' Section tournament run is over.

July 15, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Youth

Hughson grad wins Kansas guitar

Juliette Guiliacci and her father Dale left the Stanislaus County Fair on Saturday night with more than just memories. Juliette was the winner of the Kansas concert text contest, her prize: a signed guitar from the band.

July 15, 2014 | BY CANDY PADILLA Turlock Journal | Local

Turlock American 12s All Stars homer into Section finale

The Turlock American 12-year-old All-Stars leaped into the Section finale after winning two straight contests this past weekend against Amador West and Hoover Tyler at Soderquist Park.

July 15, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Youth

Babe Ruth 15s end District tourney with loss in final

The Stanislaus Cardinals 15-year-old Babe Ruth team capped off a winning season in the District finale by playing in the big game, but unfortunately, the team was not nearly perfect enough to surpass the San Benito squad as they fell 4-2 in Sunday at Modesto Christian.

July 15, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Youth

Judge hears arguments against Ceres Supercenter approval

A Stanislaus Superior Court judge heard arguments Friday in the matter of the challenge against the 2011 approval of the Ceres Walmart Supercenter project.

July 15, 2014 | | Government

LCR to give away packs, host cactus festival

The Latino Community Roundtable will be distributing free backpacks for needy children of Stanislaus County at an Aug. 3 giveaway at the Ceres Flea Market on Whitmore Avenue, said Maggie Mejia.

July 15, 2014 | | Local

Lamps spark two house fires

Unattended lamps were responsible for igniting two house fires in Turlock over the last week.

July 15, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | 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

Turlocker gets shot at dream job with NASA

Every July 2 Edwin Betady celebrates his birthday and this year was especially meaningful as he had other news to celebrate - his first paid position interning for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, commonly known as NASA.

July 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education

Police search for suspect

The Turlock Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a man believed to have committed a fraud.

July 14, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime

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