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Blaze damages RV

A fire inside a recreational vehicle parked in a Turlock neighborhood displaced a 66-year-old man.

January 07, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Citizens’ police academy

The Turlock Police Department will be hosting a Citizens' Police Academy starting Feb. 24. The program is designed to give the participants a working knowledge of the Turlock Police Department and the criminal justice system. The program consists of a series of 11 classes and discussions held once a week, on Thursday evenings typically from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is no cost to anyone who enrolls.

January 07, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Rape Aggression Defense class

The Turlock Police Department, in partnership with California State University, Stanislaus, is continuing to provide Rape Aggression Defense training to the community.

January 07, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Share your pregnancy story

Pregnancy and childbirth are very special times in life of parents. The Turlock Journal is looking for local expectant or new parents who would like to share their stories with our readers. The Journal will be publishing a special section on Jan. 29 titled "It's a New World Baby!" that will include personal experiences, along with stories about medical advances, technology, education and sports.

January 07, 2011 | | Local


World’s tallest model sprouts from Turlock

Turlock-grown model Amazon Eve has gotten used to looking down at others, literally. But her towering 6 feet, 8 inches of height, making her the tallest model in the world, didn't make her life very easy with others looking down at her, metaphorically.

January 07, 2011 | Maegan Martens | Local


Local dealer sells first electric car in Turlock

Rob and Kristen Santos are starting the new year - and new decade - out right. They are striving to leave a smaller carbon footprint on the planet, and to begin living that goal they leased the very first Chevrolet Volt electric hybrid car available in Turlock.

January 04, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock couples ring in 2011 with joy

Many welcomed the new year as a fresh start, a time to make major life changes. For two Turlock couples, the changes came hours after ringing in 2011 with the birth of their New Year's babies.

January 04, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Japanese New Year’s tradition alive and well in Livingston

Most believe in good luck charms and four leaf clovers, but the Japanese people believe in making mochi rice balls for the New Year as a sign of good luck.

January 01, 2011 | Maegan Martens | Local


Storms bring an abundance of water

Despite all the rain recently, there is no need to build an ark just yet. Turlock Irrigation District representatives have said the dam will hold and even though there is a huge supply of water, there is no fear of flooding.

January 01, 2011 | Maegan Martens | Local


Turlock boy born with multiple heart defects

James and Monica Woods were faced with a parents' worst nightmare. Their beautiful baby boy was born with health problems - and not just one or two problems, but a list of abnormalities that affect his ability to pump blood through his body.

January 01, 2011 | Maegan Martens | Local


Red Cross hosts military resource fair

Everyone knows the American Red Cross responds to disasters, providing emergency shelter, food and medical services to those in need. But few know the Red Cross is also a key support organization for America's servicemen and women and their families.

December 30, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


City water customers on metered billing as of Jan. 1

Beginning in January, all City of Turlock utility customers will be billed for water based on actual water consumption, as indicated by their water meter.

December 28, 2010 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Fair prepares for centennial celebration

Since 1911, the Stanislaus County Fair, formerly known as the Turlock Melon Carnival, has highlighted the county's agricultural heritage while providing traditional family fun throughout its 10-day run. In July, the fair will not only bring sweet summer relief with its cornucopia of events, but also a special celebration in honor of the fair's 100-year anniversary.

December 28, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Shoppers flock to stores day after Christmas

Nary a parking space was to be found near Turlock's Target, Wal-Mart, or Kohl's on Sunday. Some visitors to Modesto's Vintage Faire Mall found themselves driving in circles for 10 or 20 minutes, waiting with bated breath for an already-packed SUV to back away from a coveted spot.

December 28, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Saving animals second nature to Turlock angel

Brenda Sherwood said it all started when she was five years old. She was with her family when she noticed a 10-week-old kitten with a severe eye injury. She begged her family to help the kitten but they could not take the kitten in.

December 28, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


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Locals collect winter gear for Iraqi refugees

On a long table in a back room at the Assyrian American Civic Club volunteer Melinda Khubiar is busy sorting through winter wear that could soon prove to be life-saving equipment for the Christians seeking refuge in the mountainous regions of Iraq.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Mother spends first Thanksgiving with family after deportation

When the Chaparro family celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday, there will be a special thanks said by the Turlock family for the presence of their matriarch Maria Isabel Chaparro's presence at the table.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


It's all about the pie

Amelia and Xavier Bettencourt are used to being in the kitchen so perhaps it's no surprise that they took second place in the annual pumpkin pie contest to benefit the United Samaritans Foundation – except for the fact that they are nine and six years old, respectively.

November 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


TID proposes irrigation rate increase for 2015

No one likes to pay more - not for food, Christmas presents or irrigation water. The Turlock Irrigation District, however, is hoping to convince its irrigation customers that a proposed rate increase that will more than double irrigation rates for the 2015 season is necessary for the health of the district.

November 25, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Creating fruitcake fans one batch at a time

Those who claim to not like fruitcakes have probably never tried one of Betty Bradbury's delectable desserts.

November 24, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Feast breakdown

It is that time of year where savvy shoppers line the grocery store aisles looking for the best deals on everything from turkeys and green beans to pumpkin filling. However, this year even the average shopper won't have to worry about forking over too many dollars before grabbing their fork at the table since it costs less than $5 a person for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, according to the annual American Farm Bureau Federation's survey.

November 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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


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