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Festival of Lights officially begins local holiday season

Hundreds gathered in downtown Turlock on Friday to start the holiday season off with the annual Festival of Lights celebration. Vendors offered a variety of wares for holiday shopping, while community dance troupes entertained and nonprofits handed out free hot chocolate.

November 25, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


A look at the season’s most popular toys

Every year there are popular toys that seemingly every kid wants. For those who haven't already been instructed by your youngsters, here are some tips on the must-have toys of the season.

November 25, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


First breed makes big splash at annual dog show

Upon first glance it is easy to confuse a Portuguese water dog with a poodle - but thanks to the President Barack Obama and his family pet -the first dog's breed is growing in popularity.

November 25, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Red Cross honors local volunteers

The American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter - which includes Stanislaus County - thanked volunteers for their service at a recognition dinner held at the McHenry Museum in Modesto on Oct. 20. The event was an opportunity to say thank you for the thousands of combined hours donated by Stanislaus County volunteers. Special recognitions were awarded for excellence in the following categories:

November 25, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Funding secured for Valley high-speed rail

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has finalized an agreement to secure the nearly $1 billion in federal funds needed to begin construction on the Central Valley segment of the planned statewide 220-mile-per-hour train system, the CHSRA announced this week.

November 25, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


U.S. tree nut sales to remain strong in coming years

U.S. tree nut growers are receiving good news just in time for the holidays. A report issued recently by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group projects nut prices will remain competitive in the coming years. The information arrives as operations are wrapping up another banner harvest for most tree nut varieties.

November 25, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Protecting our children

Kaley has shown up at school wearing the same clothes for five days in a row. She looks dirty and keeps falling asleep during class. Lisa's teacher has seen enough and makes a call to the Stanislaus County Community Services Agency - Child Welfare Services office.

November 25, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Black Friday comes early for local shoppers

Turlock's nightlife took on a frenzied feel Thursday, as thousands of area residents ended their Thanksgiving celebrations with midnight shopping.

November 25, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


How to stop worrying and buy the perfect tech gift

With unfamiliar terms like megapixels, gigabytes, and "4G" clogging arcane and nonsensical product designations which feature more acronyms than the U.S. military, shopping for the geek in your life is no easy task.

November 22, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


More Californians expected to travel for Thanksgiving

In recent years tight budgets have forced countless California families to skip their annual Thanksgiving trips to see friends and family.

November 22, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Pecan streusel pumpkin takes top prize in annual pie contest

While not a chef herself, the years Janice Virgo has spent working with the Institute of Technology's culinary program students as a career advisor must have rubbed off.

November 22, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Fraternity helps prepare Thanksgiving meals

While most people are lounging around the house enjoying football and appetizers this Thanksgiving, the men of Eta Tau Chapter of Theta Chi fraternity will be hard at work.

November 22, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Long road to economic recovery, states report

The Central Valley's progress out of the Great Recession is going to be a sluggish process that will take a few years, according to a recently released economic forecast from the University of the Pacific.

November 22, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Toy drive looks to double efforts

Bradley Pacheco developed meningococcal (spinal) meningitis when he was just five months old and he spent much of the rest of his life in and out of hospitals before passing away on Thanksgiving Day 2007 at eight years old.

November 22, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Search for lost hikers called off

The search for two hikers swept over a Yosemite National Park waterfall in July has officially ended for the time being, park officials announced last week.

November 22, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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Water conservation in the workplace: Commercial, industrial & institutional water use reduction stra

Conduct a facility audit to quantify water use.

July 02, 2015 | | Local


Philanthropist and businessman Don Smith leads Turlock's Independence Day parade

The annual Fourth of July parade in downtown Turlock wouldn't be complete without a Grand Marshal, an honorary title bestowed to a notable individual in the community. This year that honor was given to Don Smith, who will be leading the parade in a brand new red convertible Camaro.

July 02, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Former Turlock City Council member to head United Samaritans Foundation

Barbara Bawanan, a long-time champion of the United Samaritans Foundation, will be leaving her position as executive director in August and former Turlock City Council member Beverly Hatcher will be stepping into the role.

July 02, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Foster Farms to open turkey hatchery in Turlock

For the past eight years Foster Farms has had a chicken hatchery in Turlock that has not been utilized, but that is about to change.

July 02, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Lemonade for London

A baby battling leukemia in Minnesota will be honored in Turlock on Saturday with "Sweet London's Lemonade," a lemonade stand and bake sale fundraiser that aims to raise $1,000 for cancer research.

July 02, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Passersby attempt to put out house fire

Multiple fire crews, including an engine from Ceres, battled to contain a Turlock house fire Thursday evening that broke out in the 2000 block of Royal Wood.

July 02, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Local companies prepare to exhibit new products at Fresno Food Expo

The fifth annual Fresno Food Expo is fast approaching meaning several local companies are eager to introduce their new and improved products to the public for the first time.

July 01, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


68 local candidates achieve citizenship in time for Independence Day

This Fourth of July marks the 239th year of the United States of America's independence, but for many individuals the holiday will also mark their first national holiday as an American citizen.

July 01, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Officials warn of West Nile presence

With all the holiday activities sure to bring people outdoors, the East Side and Turlock Mosquito Abatement Districts want to remind people to be mindful of taking steps to avoid contracting West Nile Virus.

July 01, 2015 | | Local


New civil grand jury selected

The Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury for 2015-16 has been selected by the Superior Court and started their term Wednesday.

July 01, 2015 | | Local


Turlock Police Department promotes two and welcomes new officer

The Turlock Police Department welcomed a new officer and promoted two of their own this week during two separate ceremonies.

July 01, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Dinner brings consumers, growers to the table

It is not often that consumers get to share the dinner table with the growers who are responsible for the meal in front of them.

July 01, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Country business offers funky take on home and garden goodies

Name of Business: Ebb n' Flow Patio Home and Gardens

July 01, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Marshmallows, real-life heroes part of July library events

Summer reading is in full swing at Stanislaus County Libraries and this month children will learn about real-life heroes during special book readings and craft projects. Other activities include ocean and marshmallow crafts, along with a monthly LEGO building time.

July 01, 2015 | | Local


Mini-grants to cultivate community gardens

In an effort to increase access to healthy foods in low-income neighborhoods throughout Merced County, the Merced County Department of Public Health CalFresh Champions for Change Program is looking to award mini-grants to either start a community garden or improve an existing community garden.

June 30, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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