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Neighborhood train hauls in Christmas spirit

For residents of Oxford Court, construction of the court's famous 16-year-old Christmas train begins on the first day of November.

December 18, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local

Elimination of final exam schedule leaves students, teachers reeling

Winter break cannot come soon enough for students and teachers at Pitman and Turlock high schools who are undergoing the aftermath of a district decision that saw the elimination of a final exam schedule, resulting in multiple final tests in one day.

December 18, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education

Lawrence “Carl” S. Carlton

Lawrence Sylvester Carlton entered his heavenly home after a 7-month battle with cancer.

December 18, 2014 | | OBITS

Pitman ends Godinez in winner’s circle

After starting off the 38th annual Frank Godinez basketball tournament on a slow pace, the Pitman High boys' varsity team turned things around at the end as they finished in the winner's column after topping Ceres High, 65-46 on Saturday.

December 16, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | SPORTS

Turlock wins third Godinez title

For the third straight year the Turlock High boys' basketball team won the 38th annual Frank Godinez tournament after sweeping their opponents, Ceres, Ripon and Beyer in the finale.

December 16, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | SPORTS

Local veteran organizes four-wheeling trips for vets

Local veteran Adam Britton sold half of his belongings to purchase a Jeep Rubicon. This wasn't the purchase of a car aficionado; it was a choice vehicle in which to drive veterans around on four-wheeling trails, a cause Britton has spearheaded for over a year.

December 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local

Turlock's Quakes leaves for the Bay

After just one year in Turlock the Premier Development League partnership with the San Jose Earthquakes under-23 team has been bought, renamed and moved to Burlingame.

December 16, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | SPORTS

New electric service rules approved by TID

Turlock Irrigation District once again met to discuss a number of electric service rules, as well as approve a new rule that will address self generation.

December 16, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local

Stitching together for those in need

For many girls, a new dress is all it takes to get into the holiday spirit.

December 16, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education

Joel Allen Burnett

Joel Allen Burnett passed away Thursday after a long illness. One of five children and born in Turlock, CA to John and Joan Burnett, Joel lived his entire life in the Central Valley. Joel started his career off as a carpenter in the construction trade. He was a strong individual with a fun-loving nature. Joel would give anyone the shirt off his back even if it was his last shirt. He helped many people through the lowest points in their lives. He was a good friend to all and a wonderful uncle and grand-uncle. Joel enjoyed riding his bike and ...

December 16, 2014 | | OBITS

Man threatens victim with Taser

A dispute between two men led to the arrest of one after he threatened to use a Taser on the other.

December 16, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime

Man robbed at Turlock motel

A man was beaten and robbed by a couple while visiting a friend at a Turlock motel.

December 16, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime

Lonnie Joseph Brunson

Lon Brunson was not so much a man of great faith…. as he was a man of faith in a GREAT GOD! He was ushered into the presence of his Lord and Savior on December 5, 2014 and is remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend and a humble servant of Jesus Christ.

December 16, 2014 | | OBITS

Arlene Annie Huber

Arlene was preceded in death by her husband Virgil Huber. Arlene is survived by her children: George Huber, Gloria McCormick, Linda Stopher, William Huber, Robert Huber, Mary Vieira; and 19 grandchildren. She has one surviving sibling, Kenneth Troutman, whom she loved dearly.

December 16, 2014 | | OBITS

Anne Shaw

Anne Shaw, 80, of Turlock, CA passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Born in Oronogo, Missouri August 27, 1934 to Carroll and Maude Weathers, she spent much of her childhood in Bisbee Arizona before her family moved to Los Angeles following the death of her father. There, She graduated from Manual Arts High School, and attended college at Bob Jones University in South Carolina, where she began dating Donald Shaw. They married in 1955, and settled in Turlock in 1962 after Donald had completed his Masters at UCLA .

December 16, 2014 | | OBITS

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Pitman falls short in state final

Pitman High volleyball has been synonymous with dominance in 2014. The Pride steamrolled nearly every opponent they faced this season with its combination of size, power and speed. And when a team rose to the occasion to provide Pitman with a challenge, its girls seemed to persevere through sheer force of will.

December 08, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports

Eagles set sights section title

The Turlock Christian High girls basketball team was seven points away from capturing a CIF Division VI Sac-Joaquin Section title last year, after losing in the championship game to Valley Christian 47-54.

December 05, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | High School Sports

Young 'Jackets eye postseason

When Don Inman took over the Hilmar High girls basketball program back in the 2010-11 season, the Yellowjackets made the playoffs in his first year at the helm. Four years later, the 'Jackets have made it to the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, however, have fell in all their respective opening rounds.

December 05, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | High School Sports

Patience one of fishing's greatest gifts

Last Thursday, while celebrating Thanksgiving, I mentioned to a family member that I was excited about my upcoming fishing trip. He responded by saying "most guys can't handle waiting six or more hours without getting a bite." I responded by saying, "I've waited days for a bite in the past."

December 05, 2014 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Denair girls turn over new leaf with new head coach

The Denair High girls basketball program has been in a decade-long downslide, accumulating zero winning seasons in that 10 year span. Enter Mike Turpin as the Coyotes new head coach. The future already looks bright for the Coyotes after the team's best start since before the 2004-05 season.

December 05, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | High School Sports

Births Nov. 27 to Dec. 3

• Diana Davis of Modesto is the mother of a 7-pound-4-ounce girl born Nov. 27 at Emanuel Medical Center.

December 05, 2014 | | Births

Stanislaus inducts seven Warriors into Athletics Hall of Fame

To celebrate history and tradition, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has revived the Hall of Fame as Warrior Athletics announces the induction class of 2015.

December 05, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | College

A 'real' letter from Santa — priceless

For more holiday seasons than I can remember, I've written about a most vivid memory confirming the Christmas season had arrived. It was the TV commercial showing Santa Claus riding down a snowy hill on a sled that was actually a Norelco electric razor. Yes it's patently commercial. But, as a kid, it stuck out and continued to do so for years afterward.

December 05, 2014 | BY PETER REXFORD Creators Syndicate | Editorial

Desalination just makes plain sense

Desalination isn't just an obvious solution for the state's record drought; it's actually the only solution that will produce a reliable, drought proof water source. And while a comprehensive water management strategy is crucial in California, you can't manage what you don't have. The best most reliable measurement of California's water supply is the Sierra snowpack. In the 1960s one could find snow pack in the Sierra's at 10,000 feet year around. Today you're lucky if you can find snow at 14,000 feet, and the April 2014 rains didn't ...

December 05, 2014 | | Letters to the Editor

Turlock High students test their skills in cyber security

As the Turlock High School Naval Science instructor, Carlos Montanez wants to equip his students with real-life skills that will prepare them for their futures upon graduation. On Friday, he helped facilitate a six-hour competition, CyberPatriot, which he believes will do exactly that.

December 05, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education

Panel will address Ebola threat, local response

Despite the fact that the United States currently has no active Ebola cases, Modesto Junior College hopes to remind the community that the Ebola epidemic is still thriving in West Africa with a panel discussion on Wednesday.

December 05, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education

Mayor-elect welcomes new student council members

Crowell Elementary School found the perfect way to congratulate their newly appointed student council members by inviting a prominent figure who was recently elected himself: mayor-elect Gary Soiseth.

December 05, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education

Christmas parade lights up downtown for 36th year

Turlock residents and visitors alike lined the streets of downtown Turlock on Friday for one of the community's most beloved holiday traditions: the 36th annual Downtown Christmas Parade.

December 05, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local

New mayor, council members tackle road repairs at first meeting

Two new individuals will join the legacy of the Turlock City Council on Tuesday as mayor-elect Gary Soiseth and new council member Matthew Jacob will be sworn in alongside incumbent Bill DeHart, who was reelected to the council.

December 05, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government

Dena Renee Lujan

She is survived by her parents, Elaine and Gene Bond of Turlock; father, Arthur (Terry) Lujan of Madera; fiance, Darrell Graves; and five children, Leandra, Mariah, Monique, Matthew, and Gabriel. She also leaves behind her siblings, Eric Bond of Turlock, Art Lujan of Kansas, Sheri Aguirre of Clovis, Nicole White of Clovis, Kristy Lujan and Cody Lujan of Madera.

December 05, 2014 | | OBITS

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