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University honor society shines light on censorship during Banned Books Week

The California State University, Stanislaus chapter of the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Mu Xi, is hoping to raise awareness and draw public attention to the issue of censoring books with a series of events planned during Banned Books Week.

September 19, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education

Pumpkins still aplenty

Farmers around the region have been taking drastic measures to deal with the ongoing drought, but fortunately for local children, there will still be plenty of pumpkins to choose from at Turlock's R.A.M. Farms.

September 19, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local

Turlock fire fighters ready to turn town pink

As the fall season arrives more people will be adding warm golds, maroons, and oranges to their wardrobes, but in Turlock the color of the moment will be pink.

September 19, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local

Jay Jensen

Jay Jensen was born on January 28, 1933, in Luck, Wisconsin, and passed away surrounded by his family on September 17, 2014, in Turlock, California. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, but to many others he was known as the owner of the 7-Eleven on Geer Road in Turlock. He was a proud veteran who served in the Air Force in Tripoli from 1952 - 1956. After his military service, he moved to Michigan where he became a senior product designer for Hamill Manufacturing where he held two patent designs, most notably the retractable seatbelt. In 1978 ...

September 19, 2014 | | OBITS

Marie Livingston

Marie Livingston, 89, of Turlock, passed away peacefully at Brandel Manor. Marie was born in Martin, South Dakota to Neil and Bessie O'Blenness. She grew up in Wenatchee, Washington, graduating from Wenatchee High School. Marie married the love of her life, Oliver Livingston, in December of 1943 while he was in the Army Air Corps. She cared for their first-born daughter, Barbara, during Oliver's tour of duty in Europe during World War II. Her family grew to five lovely children who celebrate her life.

September 19, 2014 | | OBITS

Janet Mona Cravens-Prather

In loving memory of Jan Prather who peacefully passed away early Saturday morning in her home. She went to join her husband Hank Prather who had passed just a year ago. She grew up in Modesto and lived most of her life in the area. She had worked at Payless Market in Lockeford for several years. She started as a cashier where people would stand in long lines just to see her. She became the head of the bakery department there where she loved to bake. She is survived by her brother Jeff Cravens in Modesto, her sister Joy Castillo ...

September 19, 2014 | | OBITS

Douglas J. Lee

Douglas Lee, age 52, passed away after a brief illness in Aptos, CA. A native of Turlock, Doug was a 1980 graduate of Turlock High, and received his BS degree in Geology from Stanislaus State University.

September 19, 2014 | | OBITS

Kathryn Louise (Hendryx) Holder

Kathryn was born on May 6, 1927 to George and Bessie Hendryx in Salisaw OK. She came to Turlock, CA with her parents and brother, Jacob in 1942. She went to work for California Frozen Foods where she met Robert "Bob" Holder, the one and only love of her life. They were married on June 22, 1945 and spent 69 wonderful years together.

September 19, 2014 | | OBITS

Unemployment rate drops in August

Stanislaus County's unemployment rate saw a welcome drop in August as more food manufacturing jobs opened up with the arrival of harvest season.

September 19, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local

Air officials issue health alert

The King Fire burning in El Dorado County has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for smoke impacts in surrounding counties, including Stanislaus and Merced, for as long as the fire continues to burn.

September 19, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local

Falcons top Pride on the tennis court

Pitman High's girls' tennis team fell, 3-6, to Central California Conference foe Atwater for the first time in Doug Reimers stint as the head coach.

September 18, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | SPORTS

Missed shots prove costly for Pitman

Two failed penalty kicks cost the Pitman High boys soccer team an opportunity to go up two-games in the Central California Conference, after Atwater came into town and beat out the Pride in a 2-0 shutout on Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | SPORTS

Pitman up 2-0 in league after topping GV

This year's Pitman High volleyball squad is already in the history books after a perfect start to the season with a 13-0 overall record that includes an early 2-0 start in the Central California Conference after topping out Golden Valley High at home on Wednesday in a 3-0 win, (25-15, 25-12 and 25-6).

September 18, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | SPORTS

Lady Bulldogs take second in first CCC center meet

Central California Conference cross country competition began Wednesday afternoon as runners from six schools braved a three-mile course through Merced's Applegate Park in the first CCC center meet of the season.

September 18, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS

Young Eagles Day lets local kids fly high for free

The Young Eagles Day at the Turlock Airport is approaching meaning children can abandon their toy planes for the day in order to tour real aircrafts at the City of Turlock's municipal airport.

September 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local

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Organization seeks Korean War vets

The Sons in Retirement organization are looking for local Korean War veterans to participate in a service tribute in November.

September 09, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local

Journal video catches eye of Tru TV

Who is equal parts cute and funny? Aspiring roller derby girl Keeley Parker.

September 09, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local

Local pastor shares experiences at Ground Zero

Roughly 10 years before Tim Guerino became the executive director of the Turlock Gospel Mission he ministered to first responders at Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.

September 09, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local

Robber strikes at downtown Turlock bank

A downtown Turlock bank was robbed by a lone suspect Tuesday morning.

September 09, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime

Margaret Vasconcellos

Margaret Vasconcellos, age 93, passed away peacefully at her home in Turlock on September 1st.

September 09, 2014 | | OBITS

Gus Coutrakis

Gus Coutrakis, 75, entered into rest August 31, 2014 at his self constructed hillside home near Lake Don Pedro. His beloved wife and best friend of 30 years, Vicki (Seagraves) Coutrakis was embracing him as he left his finger prints on our world. Also by his side, his devoted dog of 12 years Tula, who protected him, followed him and unbelievably understood him when others had no idea what he was saying…..

September 09, 2014 | | OBITS

Hilda Rose Ventura

Hilda Ventura, age 79, passed away peacefully at Alexander Cohen Hospice House with her family by her side. She was born in Modesto to Frank and Rose Oliveira and lived most of her life in Turlock. She was married to her husband Louie Ventura for 60 years. Hilda worked for American Thread Company for 20 years until they closed. She retired from Emanuel Medical Center as a cook. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed cross stitching as well as taking family outings to Black Oak Casino. Hilda and her husband, Louie, loved camping with their friends Lorene and Howard ...

September 09, 2014 | | OBITS

Kenneth T. Sanders

Cmdr. Kenneth T. Sanders (1919-2014), pilot US Navy (retired), passed away peacefully on August 31, 2014 in Pensacola, FL. He was born in San Francisco as a 5th generation Californian whose family had migrated to CA in the late 1770's as part of the first overland expedition to the small hamlet of San Diego commanded by Juan Bautista de Anza travelling across the desert from Mission San Javier near Tuscon.

September 09, 2014 | | OBITS

Dennis Lee Lewallen

In loving memory of Dennis Lee Lewallen, 71 years of age. He served in the US Army from 1965-69, in the 7th infantry division during the Vietnam war and was awarded a Marksmanship medal. He was a truck driver for over 54 years and earned the California Truck Driver of the Year award for over 3 million miles accident free. He was currently working for G&G Trucking in Turlock; he loved his job. Dennis never knew a stranger and everyone that met him loved him. His personality accompanied by his smile was a blessing to everyone. He loved hunting ...

September 09, 2014 | | OBITS

Pitman volleyball dominates preseason opponents

For the first time in school history, the Pitman High volleyball team won the Golden Valley tournament. The Pride continued their success on Monday after trouncing Oakdale in straight sets (25-9, 25-14, 25-15).

September 09, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | High School Sports

Rushed groundwater measures hurt Valley economy, communities

We represent the San Joaquin Valley, one of the most productive farming regions in the country. Agriculture is a major reason why California is now the world's eighth largest economy. But the Legislature recently passed legislation that puts our ag economy and local jobs at risk.

September 09, 2014 | | Letters to the Editor

Communication key goal for TUSD in 2014-15

Turlock Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Sonny Da Marto is striving for increased student development, continued community communication, and the provision of the resources students and staff need to succeed in the 2014-15 academic year.

September 09, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education

AG, school district tackle truancy crisis

While all local school districts are back in session, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris is hoping new legislation will keep students in class.

September 09, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education

Local artisans find success both online and in store fronts

When Turlocker Laurie Salinas began selling her handcrafted jewelry online at the urging of her friends and family, she didn't anticipate that the founder and CEO of The Craftstar would purchase of piece of her jewelry.

September 09, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local

Workshops put focus on understanding mental illness

Turlock Unified School District, in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will present a series of workshops that will highlight mental illnesses and start a discussion on complex mental health issues. The first one, titled "In Our Own Voice," will provide an introductory understanding of mental illness by featuring speakers who have dealt with or are currently dealing with mental illnesses themselves.

September 09, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education

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