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47th annual event showcases a community with heart

Hundreds of people may have gathered at the Assyrian American Civic Club on Tuesday, but a handful of individuals stole the spotlight, and rightfully so. They were an Eagle Scout, a doctor, a future valedictorian, and a philanthropist to name a few, and now they are the 47th Annual Best of Turlock award winners.

January 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local

A tale of two halves

The Pitman High Pride began Friday's home matchup against Central California Conference and crosstown foe Turlock on a roll. That roll turned south, however, after the Pride lost their leading scorer in the second half.

January 23, 2015 | Eddie Ruiz | High School Sports

Olympic wrestler visits Turlock

United States Olympic wrestler Ken Chertow came into town on Friday to host a wrestling clinic at Turlock High School's wrestling room and share his experiences as an elite athlete as well as teach the youth a few things on the mat.

January 23, 2015 | Eddie Ruiz | Youth

The county had an estimated labor force of 233,800 people, with approximately 209,400 employed and 2

One of Denair High School's best baseball players in the past decade will return this spring to take over as varsity coach.

January 23, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | High School Sports

County closes year with dip in unemployment

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County saw just a slight decline at the close of 2014, according to the latest report from the Employment Development Department.

January 23, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local

Sentence handed down for 2008 murder

The man previously convicted of stabbing to death a 25-year-old Turlock resident and setting his car on fire was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison on Wednesday.

January 23, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime

Births Jan. 14 to Jan. 21

• Paige Awai of Patterson is the mother of twin boys - 6-pounds-7-ounces and 5-pounds-11-ounces - born Jan. 14 at Emanuel Medical Center.

January 23, 2015 | | Births

Seminars aim to equip small business owners with resources to succeed

In an effort to equip small companies with a range of techniques to optimize their business, the Strategic Legal Group law firm is hosting seminars on "Essential Information Every Business Owner Should Know" in collaboration with several local businesses including Hillberg & Company, G.D.I. Insurance and the Small Business Development Center.

January 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local

County education office receives settlement from Office Depot

A recent settlement approved by a California judge has rewarded the Stanislaus County Office of Education with $164,271 from Office Depot, after the store was found to have violated the California False Claims Act by overcharging California government entities for office and classroom supplies.

January 23, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Education

Modernization projects exhaust school bond funds

Modernization has been the buzzword throughout Turlock Unified School District as numerous school sites have undergone construction in one way or another, all thanks in part to bond funding from Measure Y and Measure Z.

January 23, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Education

Council to talk budget, more aggressive smoking ban on Tuesday

Local smokers may soon find themselves at a loss for a place to light up in public as, after five months of discussion, the decision to ban smoking and electronic or vapor smoking devices will appear before the Turlock City Council on Tuesday.

January 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government

Denair charts new path for elementary education

The Denair Unified School District is looking to pull from the strengths of its existing traditional elementary school and Denair Academic Avenues, a charter school formed in 2010, by creating a brand new primary charter program.

January 23, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Education

Dust Bowl expansion project draws protest from carpenters union

A haunting presence cropped up outside of Dust Bowl Brewing Company's downtown taproom on Friday as the Carpenters Local Union 152 constructed an enormous grim reaper to publicize opposition to the company's decision to use Huff Construction for its expansion project.

January 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local

BOOKS ABOUND

Anamarie Orozco peruses the books for sale at the annual Friends of the Turlock Public Library book sale. The sale features more than 10,000 books, both hardcover and paperback, to choose from, with prices ranging from 25 cents to $1. All proceeds are donated to the library to help pay for programs and materials. The sale continues from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

January 22, 2015 | | Local

University to unveil two new exhibits

The Art Department at California State University, Stanislaus is unveiling two new art exhibits in the coming week, with the works focusing on bronze and mixed materials.

January 22, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | ARTS/LEISURE

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Area dairy puts cow manure to work

A little over 2,600 cows inhabit John Fiscalini's Modesto dairy providing a source of milk - and electricity. Surprised? The cow's manure is collected and harvested into a source of electricity as a nutrient fertilizer to create carbon offsets.

January 22, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Local

Denair students prepare for Super Bowl of academics

Months of preparation will soon be put to the test as students from Denair High School compete in the 2013 Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon.

January 22, 2013 | Nancy Angel | Education

Benefit yard sale set for family of Aaron Powers

Shortly before Christmas, a local family was forced to say good-bye to a beloved son, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend. Aaron Darrel Powers, 18, passed away Dec. 14, 2012, following a vehicle accident with extended family members.

January 22, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Local

Fire Department honors outstanding employees

The Turlock Fire Department held their employee recognition ceremony recently and selected two veteran firemen to honor with their annual awards.

January 22, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local

Gutierrez — Tovar

Rudy Gutierrez, Jr., and Erica Diana Tovar, both of Turlock, are engaged to be married.

January 22, 2013 | | Engagements

Stanislaus County has ground to make up in tobacco prevention

When it comes to deterring tobacco use the majority of Stanislaus County cities are failing to make the grade, according to a new report from the American Lung Association.

January 22, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local

High-speed rail opponent Jeff Denham to chair House railroad panel

The California high speed rail plan may see detours in the future, as Republican Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) was named chairman of the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee for the 113th Congress.

January 22, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government

Carnegie draws 15,000 visitors in first year; seeks more memberships, classes in 2013

In its first 15 months of operation the Carnegie Arts Center brought in nearly $2 million in endowment pledges, hosted multiple exhibits that drew in more than 15,000 visitors, and ended the year with a revenue surplus, according to the Center's first annual report.

January 22, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Fine Arts

TUSD taking steps to improve school safety

Parents who were outraged at the lack of security at their child's elementary school site in December are now working with the district to create a school safety plan.

January 22, 2013 | Nancy Angel | Education

Thomas Howard Bill

Tom passed away peacefully after a long illness. He was surrounded by his family during his last illness and his death.

January 22, 2013 | | OBITS

Arby Eugene Harry, Jr.

Arby Eugene Harry Jr. was born in Tulsa, OK., on December 14, 1938 to parents Arby Eugene Sr. and Virginia Harry. Arby was a student at Modesto Seventh Day Adventist Academy and transferred to Turlock High his senior year where he sang in several assemblies and graduated in 1957. He was loved by many throughout his life for his witty humor and was widely known for his singing and playing guitar. Arby won 1st place in the Modesto Union Adventist Academy Talent Competition making him Guest of Honor his senior year at the Modesto Academy Banquet. Arby served in the ...

January 22, 2013 | | OBITS

Lorraine Marie (Starn, Lindquist) Baumgart

Daughter of Albert E. Starn and Edith E. Starn. Lorraine was raised in Hughson, California where she attended and graduated (1947) from Hughson Schools. She married Robert Lindquist (deceased) in 1947 and raised three children.

January 22, 2013 | | OBITS

Carlos Baltazar

Carlos Baltazar, 70 passed away at Emanuel Medical Center on Friday. Carlos was born to Juan and Sarah Baltazar in Pocatello, Idaho, and has lived in Turlock for 43 years. Many know him best from the 45 years he spent serving his community as as a Barber; 43 of those years were spent as the owner/barber of his own barber shop on West Main. When he wasn't working he loved being outdoors, he enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing, participating in outdoor sports, dancing and socializing. His big personality lit up a room; his generous heart and love of ...

January 22, 2013 | | OBITS

Richard Coker

Richard was born at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida on Dec. 8th 1954. He passed away suddenly at the age of 58 on Jan. 10th 2013. Richard has left behind his wife of 37 years, Laura. Children Lisa Metcalf (Rick), Phillip Coker (Alexis) and Brent Coker (Alyssa). Grandson Devon & granddaughter Lily. He worked for Robic Refrigeration for 35 years and was a life long friend to the owner Kevin Roton and a long time friend to Roy Airington who he has enjoyed fishing and golfing with. He also leaves behind a mother, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He loved ...

January 22, 2013 | | OBITS

Thomas D. Clarke

Thomas (Tom) Clarke, age 79, was born in Colorado on June 27, 1933 and passed away at home on Saturday January 19th. Tom was a resident of Turlock for 40 years and worked at Gallo winery for many of those years. Tom was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

January 22, 2013 | | OBITS

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