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Tough road ahead for local businesses in 2011

All four speakers at Wednesday's Turlock Chamber of Commerce Membership Breakfast offered a common message: 2010 was a rough year and much work remains for 2011. But all speakers also noted unexpected bright spots, which could point toward an earlier than expected recovery.

February 11, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Cigarette, oxygen tank blamed for fire

Two people were injured from a fire that officials say was sparked by a person smoking while using an oxygen tank.

February 11, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


New programs help keep families in their homes

The California Housing Finance Agency announced on Thursday the implementation of four programs intended to fight California's foreclosure crisis, and to keep families in their homes.The federally funded programs, made possible by the U.S. Treasury Department's Hardest Hit fund, will be operated under the umbrella title of "Keep Your Home California." "Our goal is to get the very most out of these federal dollars to assist California families," said Steven Spears, executive director of CalHFA. "With families struggling through a number of financial hardships and the disruption in the real estate market, these programs will help ...

February 11, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Local speed dating service gives singles second chance at love

Valentine's Day is often despised by singles who have not been struck by cupid's arrow by the big day. But local singles will have a new opportunity for meeting their dream date thanks to Turlock entrepreneur Amber Scabia and her business partner Enrique Mendoza. The two used their own experiences with dating in the area as inspiration for their new speed dating business, Two Minute Match.

The concept for speed dating is not a new one. Social clubs around the United States offer the pressure-free meet and greets to singles ready to mingle. Usually, ladies sit at a ...

February 11, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Rush of the roses: Local florists prepare for busiest day of the year

Valentine's Day is one of the busiest times of the year for florists nationwide. The same holds true for local flower shops as they gear up for the mad rush of flower deliveries and drop-in customers on Monday.

February 11, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Business development remains focus of downtown in 2011

The efforts to make downtown Turlock into a booming business district once again will continue through the new year as the Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association unveils a series of programs, events, and advocacy sessions to keep the seed of revitalization growing.

February 11, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


COMMUNITY: EAGLE SCOUT

Skyler Sexton will become an Eagle Scout at a ceremony scheduled for Feb. 26 at the First United Methodist Church. Skyler was a Cub Scout for five years, during which time he earned the Arrow of Light, the highest honor in the Cub Scouts. He has been a Boy Scout for six years with Troop #451 and has earned 29 merit badges, attended summer camp at Camp Mensinger and held various positions of leadership.Skyler attends John H. Pitman High School where he maintains a 4.0 G.P.A. He plays on both the varsity basketball and varsity tennis ...

February 09, 2011 | | Local


Grant allows small business development center to expand services

A new federal grant to the Small Business Administration's University of California, Merced Small Business Development Center Regional Network will provide additional resources to grow or start businesses – and create jobs in the process.

February 08, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Funding to promote prevention and early intervention of mental health issues

In the past, California public mental health services were limited to treatment, usually medication, for people with serious mental illness. The California Mental Health Commission is hoping to change that by promoting "help first" rather than "fail first" mental health treatment.

February 08, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock manager lovin’ her job reaps rewards

When Betsy Lazar moved to Turlock from Iran in 2001 she took an hourly job at McDonald's. She had no idea that she would someday be in the top 1 percent of McDonald's management.

February 08, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Llama hobo classic show brings the fuzzy to town

Llamas from all over the state – and their owners - converged on the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds this past weekend for the Llama Association of North America's (LANA) third annual hobo classic llama show. This winter event is an opportunity for owners to show their llamas as nature intended them, fuzzy, dirty and happy.

February 08, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


State budget cuts could deflate county fairs

Governor Jerry Brown's current budget proposal includes a 100 percent reduction in California county fair funding, slashing $32 million from fair budgets across the state. If the budget is approved, nearly 30 county fairs could permanently or temporarily close.

February 04, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Mayor saves historic church

Turlock's earliest Assyrian church, set for demolition, was saved this week by the efforts of Turlock Mayor John Lazar.

February 04, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Turlock City Fire Call Summary

The Turlock Fire Department responded to a total of 447 incidents in the month of January.

February 04, 2011 | | Local


County bus system begins fare changes

Exact fare is no longer required for rides on Stanislaus Regional Transit busses, following the implementation of a new fare system on Monday.

February 01, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


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Winter storm information

The City of Turlock provides several proactive and reactive approaches for dealing with storm related problems such as flooding, water storage and contingency planning. During storm events, many problems may occur. Some of these problems are merely inconveniences while others pose serious threats to safety or property. If you have a storm related problem, you can contact Municipal Services at 668-5590. To report problems after normal business hours or on holidays, call Police Services at 668-1200.

November 21, 2014 | | Local


Little change to county’s unemployment rate

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County rose slightly in October, but continued to remain at a low level not seen in the area since the Great Recession.

November 21, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Opening up the table this holiday season

When I think of Thanksgiving I think of communion. Not the formal process of partaking in the bread and wine at a place of worship, but rather the more colloquial use of the term: sharing a meal, breaking bread, eating. Thanksgiving is a time to commune with our friends and family and I found myself thinking of food differently after spending the afternoon in the kitchen of local chef Dana Johnson while cooking up a Thanksgiving spread for our most recent episode of Studio 209.

November 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Coat program helps children combat winter chill

As Turlock welcomes winter and the accompanying drop in temperatures, Westside Ministries is making sure that every child in the community is prepared for the chill with the organization's 29th annual Coats for Kids program.

November 21, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock native returns home with cameras rolling

Turlock will once again get to experience a bit of movie magic when a former resident returns to town to shoot portions of his independent film.

November 21, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock Gospel Mission plans block party, football game to fete Thanksgiving

The Turlock Gospel Mission is planning to celebrate Thanksgiving with a large block party complete with a traditional turkey meal and kickoff the event with what is expected to become an annual community flag football game.

November 20, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Cigar lovers find a home in Turlock

Name of Business: Ciganos Fine Cigars

November 20, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Church, city agencies partner up to clean alleys

The congregation of Turlock Covenant Church, along with staff from the City of Turlock's Neighborhood Services Unit and Parks, Recreation, and Public Facilities went to work Saturday on a project to spruce up some of the alleys on Turlock's Westside.

November 20, 2014 | | Local


SIRS pays tribute to area’s Korean veterans

The Turlock chapter of the Sons in Retirement gave a salute to the area's Korean War veterans with a special ceremony Wednesday that included the presentation of the Ambassador for Peace Medals.

November 20, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock girl to compete in pre-teen pageant

After a successful application and interview process, Turlock resident Zoe Cavanaugh has been officially selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Pre-Teen Stockton/Sacramento pageant competition on Saturday.

November 20, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Realtors feed the hungry

For the past 32 years, local Realtors and their affiliates have held a Can Tree Breakfast in an effort to raise money to feed hungry families during the holidays. Although the literal Christmas tree-shaped pyramid of canned food - that some years reached as high as 25 feet - no longer adorns the entrance to the long-since closed Albertsons grocery store, the spirit of giving has remained strong.

November 20, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


City, Stanislaus Business Alliance formalize 20 year partnership

While the City of Turlock has been a member of the Stanislaus Business Alliance since 1994, on Tuesday the two entities entered into an official agreement with the sanctioning of the Turlock City Council.

November 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock kicks off holiday season with Turkey Trot

While individuals across town will be rushing to the grocery store in upcoming days to purchase a turkey in time for Thanksgiving, a few lucky locals won't need to stress as the winner of the City of Turlock's annual Turkey Trot fun run will be granted the festive bird as a victory prize.

November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Ringing in season of giving

The only thing made more apparent than the Salvation Army's love of bells at the 18th annual Kettle Kick-Off Luncheon was the generosity of the community as they donated over $46,000 for the local Salvation Army Corps.

November 18, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock recycling company receives $1 million grant

Peninsula Plastics Recycling in Turlock was selected among more than 50 applicants to receive a $1 million grant which will bring new equipment and nine new positions to the company.

November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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