Donna Oppelt doesn't consider herself an angel among us. She just does what she feels is the right thing to do. The Kiwanis Club of Turlock, however, considers Oppelt an outstanding volunteer worthy of recognition.
In these times of economic hardship, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors has had to pull the budget belt of various departments tighter and tighter and the county's library system has felt the heavy burden of serving a greater number of people while the financial support trickling in gets thinner.
The Stanislaus County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Local Board will begin the application process for anticipated funding through the National EFSP Board, a program chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support non-disaster related emergency shelter, rent/mortgage, utility assistance and food programs at the local level. During 2009-10, Stanislaus County emergency service providers were awarded $566,683 to provide for local emergency food, shelter and utility needs.
As more and more people find themselves without a job - and the health insurance they were used to having - doctor's visits and general wellness care drop to the bottom of the priority list.
Does your house look like Santa's village came to town or does your tree give the one in Rockefeller Center a run for its money? If so, then we want to see it. Send us photos of your holiday displays and look for them in print and online after Dec. 11. E-mail photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 634-9141 ext. 2002.
Back in his youth, Jazzman, a 144-pound Newfoundland, took champion titles all over the country with his beautiful coat, lovable personality and his ability to ham it up for everyone around him.
The holiday season officially began Friday with the Festival of Lights. Hundreds gathered in downtown Turlock to watch the lighting of the city's Christmas tree in Central Park, while enjoying free activities such as pictures with Santa Claus and horse-drawn carriage rides.
For most people, Thanksgiving is a time for family, food, and festive gatherings.
Thanksgiving is a true American holiday. It is celebrated by everyone, regardless of religious affiliation or ethnic background. And many times it is the first American holiday embraced by emigrants. This is true for the Aydenian family.
Across the nation there were 17.4 million families, or approximately 15 percent of the country's households that struggled to put food on the table during 2009, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
After the turkey is settling in the tummy and long before the sun rises, shoppers will be making their way to the area's shopping malls and centers for all the deals they can handle. Joining this dedicated lot will be a criminal element looking to capitalize on the hustle and bustle of the shopping frenzy.
While most experience the taste of a slowly roasted turkey every Thanksgiving, those without homes rarely get the privilege of partaking in a holiday feast.
Practice makes perfect. Dave Hillenga and his 5-year-old grandson Braydon Johnson found that old adage to be true on Monday, when they won first place in the pumpkin pie contest that they took second place in last year.
California State University, Stanislaus administration, faculty and staff bid a fond farewell to the university's assistant vice president for communications and public affairs on Friday. Kristin Olsen (pictured center) will soon be leaving her post at the university to tackle the challenges of the California State Assembly.
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The 12th season of the Central Valley's Check Before You Burn program begins Saturday
Turlock Irrigation District is looking to conserve as much water as it can with its Lateral 8 Total Control Channel Pilot Project. This pilot, in conjunction with the Lateral 8 Regulating Reservoir Project, will capture spillage and deliver only the amount of water that is needed for customers.
What turns a house into a home? Ask John Pinkerton and he might just say hanging a Friends of the Turlock Shelter calendar on the wall.
Agriculture is a $3.6 billion industry in the Stanislaus County which is dependent upon one precious commodity: water.
It was the final day of the Central Valley Honor Flight, a three-day trip aiming to take World War II veterans to the nation's capital to tour its many war memorials. Turlock veteran David Sargis, 89, was walking through the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery before he bumped into a fellow veteran.
A 30-year-old Turlock woman was killed Tuesday morning in a traffic collision in Patterson.
In an effort to continue a mutually beneficially arrangement with nature's yellow and black pollinators, the Almond Board of California earlier this month unveiled Honey Bee Best Management Practices for the state's Almond Industry.
The owners of Lightly Used Books in downtown Turlock had an unwelcome surprise Tuesday morning when a car came crashing into their storefront.
There are no confirmed cases of Ebola in California, but state and local entities, from health care workers to funeral directors, are instituting new protocols designed to help keep the public safe.
It is sometimes referred to as the "forgotten war" but on Tuesday the sacrifices of those that served during the Korean War was brought front and center for a special recognition and the awarding of Ambassador for Peace Medals to almost a hundred local veterans.
A line of individuals stretching nearly one mile in length wrapped its way around Turlock's War Memorial on Canal Drive on Tuesday with people snaking beyond the skate park and around the Turlock Irrigation District building. While the people represented a diverse array of backgrounds and ages they were all in search of the same thing: jobs, at Hilmar Cheese Company specifically.
The final preparations are being made for Monday's take off of the fifth Central Valley Honor Flight that will escort area World War II veterans to the nation's capital for a special reception and tour of the World War II Memorial.
Friday marked the end of this year's season for the Turlock Certified Farmers Market and even though vendors spent the end of the day packing up what was left of their produce, market manager Derek Griffin is already planning next year's market.
There are 23 million small businesses in America, which account for more than 50 percent of U.S. sales according to the Small Business Administration, a national small business advocacy organization that hosted a national conference call on Wednesday to discuss the role of small business in the local and national economy.