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Annual community effort brings Turlock Together

Locals will notice the slow disappearance of Turlock Together's hallmark blue barrels at schools and businesses as the collection and sorting of goods has begun and the countdown towards distribution ticks away.

December 12, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local

Loss of a legend: Steve Feaver passes at age 65

Turlock lost a legend Wednesday morning with the passing of longtime swim and water polo coach Steve Feaver.

December 12, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Local

TID expects better 2014

Budget season is never easy; especially for an organization like the Turlock Irrigation District, which provides electric service to over 99,000 customers and irrigation water to 4,900 area farmers. But after three months of reviewing reports from each TID department, a final budget was passed on Tuesday. The outcome? A brighter outlook for 2014 than originally expected.

December 12, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Local

Warming up with Coats 4 Kids

For over 20 years, Westside Ministries has been collecting and distributing coats in an effort to keep area kids warm during the cold winter months. This year, the Turlock ministry is hoping to provide 1,000 coats to children in need. Students are referred to the Coats 4 Kids program through local schools. To donate funds to purchase additional coats, visit

December 10, 2013 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local

Valley economy on the mend, finds report

Rising employment rates, and increasing consumer confidence and wealth are slowly bringing the Valley economy out of recession - and the positive trend is forecast to continue through 2015.

December 10, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Local

Gemperle Farms offers eggs-citing videos, holiday giveaway

Parents looking to focus children's rambunctious behavior during the winter break can turn to a kitchen staple: eggs. Gemperle Farms has initiated the latest component to their new and improved website -a video series on egg-related crafts, recipes and science experiments.

December 10, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local

Turlock student's art featured in air district calendar

As the New Year inches closer consumers across the country will be tossing calendars into their shopping baskets at drug stores and books stores, but locals have the option to hang a free and education calendar on their wall courtesy of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

December 10, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Air Force Airman Kyle M. Vaughn graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

December 10, 2013 | | Local

Three injured in collision

A car speeding along W. Christoffersen Parkway early Saturday morning went out of control and collided with a tree, injuring the driver and his two passengers.

December 10, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local

Vigil for families

The District Attorney's Office Victim Services Program is hosting the 16th Annual Homicide Victims' Candlelight Vigil and Memorial Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. Thursday. The ceremony will be held on the courthouse lawn located at 1100 I St., in Modesto.

December 10, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local

TID to present final 2014 budget

The final 2014 budget will be the focus of the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday morning, following several weeks of reviewing each department's individual financial plans. The meeting will also mark the final TID Board of Directors meeting for 2013.

December 06, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Local

Parade rocks downtown Turlock

Downtown Turlock was filled with the lights of the season on Friday - and thousands of holiday revelers - for the annual Christmas parade.

December 06, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local

Turlock company to restore U.S. Capitol Dome

A Turlock based company has been awarded the prestigious task of restoring one of America's greatest landmarks – the dome of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

December 06, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Local

Tenet purchase of EMC makes progress

The pending sale of Emanuel Medical Center to Tenet Healthcare moved a step closer to completion with the closing of an inquiry into the sale by the Federal Trade Commission.

December 06, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local

Annual CanTree Christmas raises thousands for locals in need

As Christmas approaches hundreds in the community of Turlock are reaching deep inside their pockets to contribute to local efforts that aim to help those in need this holiday season. Turlock's local base of real estate agents are no exception as they raised $20,000 at their annual Christmas CanTree Fundraiser on Wednesday.

December 05, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local

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Bar Bells ring in donations

The Salvation Army revived its tradition of asking for donations from bar patrons Wednesday night with volunteers ringing the signature bells in front of downtown ...

November 27, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Upcoming classes to help transform farms into tourist destinations

For over a decade, Riverdance Farms in Livingston has stood as a popular agritourism destination filled with guided farm tours, wine tastings and an annual ...

November 27, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local

Downtown event draws hundreds to kick off holiday season

Similar to the hoards of coat-clad celebrators around them, Turlock residents Marissa and Owen Cameron gathered in downtown Turlock on Friday to begin the holiday ...

November 27, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local

Latest Turlock film project moves into next phase

Filming has wrapped on the latest project to use Turlock as the backdrop, and as producers move into the post-production phase, they're already thinking ...

November 27, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local

Toy train show rolls into Turlock

The holidays in Turlock wouldn't be the same without the San Joaquin Toy Train Operating Society and their annual Toy Train Show. This will ...

November 27, 2015 | Natalie Winters | Local

Love Light: Remembering those who are gone

Sometimes the most meaningful way to memorialize a loved one is by simply remembering their name.

November 27, 2015 | Natalie Winters | Local

Starbucks partners with Aspiranet to provide Christmas for foster youth

Starbucks is doing more to share the joy of the holidays than just changing their notorious cups to red.

November 27, 2015 | Natalie Winters | Local

Prodigal Sons & Daughters takes part in Giving Tuesday

After the madness of Black Friday and the boom of Cyber Monday, a new trend has formed over the last four years that aims to ...

November 25, 2015 | Natalie Winters | Local

Disneyland awaits for one lucky family

For some children a trip to Disneyland is a rite of passage, while for others it is a far off dream.

November 25, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local

Fire erupts at Starr apartment complex, again

For the second time in five days, emergency crews were called to a Turlock apartment complex due to fire.

November 25, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

'Grandma's House' wins top prize in gingerbread house contest

Who better to win the Festival of Lights inaugural Gingerbread House Contest than a self-professed "sweet tooth?" Turlocker Kimberly Helm put her love of all ...

November 25, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Volunteers feed the hungry, comfort the lonely

The milk of human kindness is easy to find this time of year as individuals join together to provide for the lonely and less fortunate ...

November 24, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Annual Thanksgiving donation proves to be as easy as pie

Maybe Janice Virgo's family is making a mistake by not putting her in charge of baking the pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving this year as ...

November 24, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local

TID votes to expand Lateral 8 Regulating Reservoir in Hilmar

Whether or not Turlock Irrigation District would move forward in allocating over $900K to reservoir lining was a source of contention between the Board of ...

November 24, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local

Safe driving habits should include parking lots

It turns out the most dangerous place to be on Black Friday might not be in a toy store fighting with the other shoppers for ...

November 24, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local

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