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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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Governor touts bullet train, calls for bipartisan support on infrastructure

In a meditation on his father's time as governor- as well as his own three previous terms - Governor Jerry Brown took a long look back during his state of the state address on Monday while also expressing an optimistic approach towards the future.

January 06, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government

Kathryn Marie Treat

Kathryn was preceded in death by her father Curtis Chastain. She is survived by her husband Rick Treat; mother Ila Chastain; sister Yonona Roach; daughters Sarah Wass (Jason) and Laura Treat; and grandchildren Sadie (8), Kallie (5) and Rhett Wass (3). A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am Thurs. Jan. 8, 2014 at Merced First Assembly of God, 1350 Yosemite Pkwy, Merced CA 95341. A reception will follow immediately at the Elks Lodge 1910 "M" Street, Merced CA 95340.

January 06, 2015 | | OBITS

Mary Kokal

Mary Kokal was called by Our Father in Heaven. She left us with love, laughter and peace in her heart at Paramount Court Senior Living where she was surrounded with loving care.

January 06, 2015 | | OBITS

Gary G. Spurlin

Born and raised in Turlock CA. Volunteered at 17 to serve in US Armed Forces in the Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. He acquired his Master Degree at UOP and went on to work at San Quentin State Prison Stanislaus Sheriff Department, and later was a Director of Facilities in the hospital industry in Las Vegas, NV for 15 years. Gary is survived by his wife, Miko Spurlin of Stockton, CA., son, Zackary Spurlin of Stockton, CA., daughter, Christina Spurlin of Manteca, CA., and son, Nathan Spurlin of Turlock, CA., grandchildren: Clorissa Troche of Stockton, CA., Kristen Spurlin of ...

January 06, 2015 | | OBITS

Katherine Ann Martinez

Katherine is survived by her children Jennifer Martinez, Jamie Martinez and Frank Martinez; siblings Kristen Skinner, Kimberly King and Mike Nielsen; grandchildren Jayden Llimet, Jasmine Martinez, Hailey Wilson, Jacob, Chelsea and Natasha Harris; great-grandchild Markie Wilson and numerous nieces and nephews. Katherine is preceded in death by her parents John and Paula Nielsen.

January 06, 2015 | | OBITS

Katherine King

Kathy is survived by her adoring husband of 53 years, Floyd King; as well as her brilliant son, Brian King, of Columbia, Illinois and his son Justin and daughter Lauren; her obstinate daughter, Susan Carmon of Fair Oaks, California and her husband Joe and their children Samuel and Eric; her siblings Marv Anders of Fontana, California, Arlene Goldner and Vicky Draper of Clarkston Washington, Yvonne Roberts of Sheridan, Oregon, and Phil Bruni of Veradale, Washington (her baby brother Orlando Bruni was waiting for her at the Gates of Heaven); and enough extended family, friends, and fans to fill a good-sized ...

January 06, 2015 | | OBITS

Lionel Gomes

Lionel Gomes, 77, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Ceres. Lionel was born in Gustine, California to Henry and Mary Gomes, one of five children. He attended Monte Vista Grammar School and graduated from Turlock High School. He was a member of FFA and showed cattle while in high school. He joined the Marines in 1955 and served as a radio operator overseas during the Korean War. Lionel loved bowling. He managed the Divine Gardens Bowling Alley at one time. He owned the Olde Towne Bar in Ripon for 20 years. For the last 10 years he has hauled ...

January 06, 2015 | | OBITS

Reuben Harold Spitsen Jr.

Reuben Harold Spitsen, Jr. died Saturday, January 3, 2015 at his home in Turlock. He was born September 1933 in the family home in Hilmar on Riverside Rd. After he graduated from Hilmar High School in 1952 he was drafted into the United States Army and served from 1953 - 1955. He married Esther Tagge in 1956 and they lived on Riverside Rd. in Hilmar where they started a dairy with 15 cows. He then started a dairy on Crane Ave in Hilmar in 1963 where he started a pigeon hobby and joined Westside Pigeon Association. He and Esther belonged to ...

January 06, 2015 | | OBITS

Fireworks return to CSU Stanislaus

If there is one thing that tough economic times cannot stop, it is tradition.

January 06, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local

Births Dec. 25 to Dec. 31

• Alexandria Martinez of Turlock is the mother of a 5-pound-14-ounce girl born Dec. 25 at Emanuel Medical Center.

January 02, 2015 | | Births

Hughson woman dies in solo crash

An early morning collision Friday on Santa Fe Avenue between a vehicle and concrete barrier claimed the life of a 60-year-old Hughson woman, the California Highway Patrol reported.

January 02, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime

A new year, a new legislative session

Beginnings - whether it is the New Year or the new legislative session - traditionally bring a whirlwind of optimism, collegiality and excitement for the future. 2015 should be no exception. On Jan. 5, Governor Jerry Brown will be sworn in for a record 4th term and will lay out his vision for the state. Talk of common goals and working together to achieve good results are sure to be the topics of the day. I look forward to working towards making that talk a reality.

January 02, 2015 | BY TOM BERRYHILL | Editorial

Post Office Santa and Mrs. Claus thank community for generosity

Dear Editor:

January 02, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor

Humbled by your love and support

As I reflect on this past year, 2014, I am humbled by the outpouring of love and support for the ministry of the Turlock Gospel Mission. It has been a groundbreaking year with the beginning of the construction of 437 Broadway Street building for the year around shelter for men, women and children, which we hope to complete in 2015.

January 02, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor

RV center gives portions of sales to United Way during month of January

The holidays is often a time to give, but for those at Best RV in Turlock the giving has just begun.

January 02, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local

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