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Bees-iest time of the year

In the coming weeks millions of honey bees will be hard at work in Turlock area almond orchards, that is if Mother Nature cooperates with sunshine and mild temperatures. Earlier this month a week-long warm streak got some varieties of almond trees beginning to bloom, only to be halted again by a winter storm.

February 22, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


County island residents look at lighting tax

A dark county island in the heart of Turlock, rife with crime and safety issues, could soon be home to a new system of streetlights.

February 22, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Relay for Life teams get a head start on fundraising

Turlock Relay for Life teams won't be walking for a cure until April, but fundraising for the event is in full swing. Teams are independently fundraising for the walk and Lisa Vorse, 2011 Relay chairperson, said the total fundraising goal is $200,000 this year.

February 22, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


USDA Farm Forecast predicts strong 2011

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) predicted the nation's net farm income will increase by about 20 percent in 2011.

February 18, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Photographers capture precious memories in midst of sorrow

One of the most miraculous events on earth is the creation and birth of a human life. Nearly everyone has pictures or video of when their children were born and those precious moments are celebrated with wonder, happiness and hope for the future.

February 18, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


More Californians could be eligible for health insurance under reform, study finds

An estimated 4.7 million uninsured Californians will become eligible for insurance coverage when health care reform expansion laws take effect in 2014, according to a new report from the UCLA Center for Health

February 18, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Foreclosures effect downtown owners’ association funding

Since its inception in 2003, the Turlock Downtown Property Owner's Association has facilitated programs geared toward revitalizing and improving the downtown area that have helped bring in new businesses and customers. But, with an uncertain economic future on the horizon, property and business owners alike will have to consider if they can continue to fund the association that has helped them grow.

February 18, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Community discusses return of Hughson Chamber of Commerce, Fruit and Nut Festival

In 2008 the Hughson Chamber of Commerce held their last Fruit and Nut Festival, and shortly after they shut their doors. The chamber has been completely inactive since that time.

February 18, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Freeway crash injures Turlock woman

A Turlock woman was seriously injured in a multiple vehicle collision on Highway 99 in Ceres on Thursday afternoon.

February 18, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Celebrating Indian dance, culture

A kaleidoscope of color and movement filled the Main Stage Theatre at California State University, Stanislaus on Saturday during the Indian Student Association's (ISA) Culture Show.

February 15, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


TID to pay over $38,000 for damaged train

It was a train wreck of a happy ending for the Turlock Irrigation District on Tuesday.

February 15, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


A new face for Henry

The day after his eighth birthday, Henry Johnson was in surgery. This was not just the latest of a lifetime of reconstructive facial surgery, but a surgery that would give him a whole new face.

February 15, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Acts of kindness restore memorial to fallen soldiers after vandalism

February is a tough month for the Gonsalves family. It was on Feb. 13, 2006, that their beloved son Chad Gonsalves, an Army Green Beret, was killed in action while fighting in Afghanistan.

February 15, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Gas prices on the rise

The average price of gasoline in California surged six cents from January to February, mainly due to political concerns, according to AAA Northern California.

February 11, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


COMMUNITY: ART AND BAGPIPES

Downtown Turlock was serenaded by the sweet sound of bagpipers on Thursday evening. The musicians were part of the entertainment at a wine and chocolate event hosted inside of the Community Art Gallery on Center Street. The kilt-clad men and women played out on the sidewalk and confused more than a few passers-by.

February 11, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


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Local veteran organizes four-wheeling trips for vets

Local veteran Adam Britton sold half of his belongings to purchase a Jeep Rubicon. This wasn't the purchase of a car aficionado; it was a choice vehicle in which to drive veterans around on four-wheeling trails, a cause Britton has spearheaded for over a year.

December 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


New electric service rules approved by TID

Turlock Irrigation District once again met to discuss a number of electric service rules, as well as approve a new rule that will address self generation.

December 16, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


New year to offer a host of employment opportunities in Turlock

If the more than one thousand people that lined up for the Hilmar Cheese hiring fair in October is any indicator, Turlockers are ready and willing to work. Fortunately, the outlook is bright with numerous new businesses slated to open their doors in 2015.

December 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Mayors compete in bell ringing to raise money for Salvation Army; local high schools follow suit

While it's no surprise to see Salvation Army bell ringers outside of stores this time of year, on Saturday Turlock citizens saw their mayor and council members braving the cold to bring a few extra dollars – $459.50 to be exact – to the kettles through a friendly county-wide competition.

December 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Locally grown products fulfill every Christmas wish

It is time to forget department stores and parking chaos, because fresh and locally grown products can make for the perfect gift for any and everyone during the holiday season.

December 16, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Rain topples pine giant

Karen Anderson got quite a scare Monday afternoon. The south Turlock resident was labeling cans in her kitchen when she heard a "swish, swish" sound and then "a big bang" before her whole house shook. She ran outside to find a giant tree had fallen into her yard, a foot away from hitting her house.

December 15, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock teacher rescues man from Tuolumne River

A Turlock teacher is being credited with saving a man's life after pulling him from the cold waters of the Tuolumne River Sunday morning.

December 14, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


IN SERVICE

Army Pvt. Jared J. McDonald has graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo.

December 12, 2014 | | Local


Longtime Turlocker makes Swedish potato sausage an annual tradition

In the meat section of Village Fresh Market there is a laminated paper posted on the back wall with Scandinavian dancers holding a Swedish flag that reads: "Swedish Potato Sausage." While it is unclear how long the paper has been there, Jim Stevens might be the person to ask.

December 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Fallen trees, flooding worst of storm for Turlock

The storm that dropped a deluge of rain on Turlock Thursday night may have felled some trees and caused localized street flooding in multiple areas of town, which kept city crews busy throughout the night, but on the whole left Turlock fairly unscathed, according to city officials.

December 12, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


California Cuts is a cut above

Name of Business: California Cuts

December 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Recent US citizen celebrates 104 birthday

Asiat Tamrazian has 32 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren. Thursday also marked her 104 birthday.

December 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock teacher’s Feather Raft invention wins regional challenge

Dutcher Middle School teacher by day and Feather Raft inventor by night, Elias Ruiz, took home the grand price of $2,500 cash Wednesday evening as the winner of the first annual Stanislaus County Innovation Challenge.

December 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


A BLUSTERY BLUNDER

What happens when you combine wind and rain? You get a hazardous combination. Just ask Turlocker Craig Mathews who found a dead tree uprooted on top of his truck Tuesday morning.

December 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


TID approves 2015 budget with electric rate increase

While Turlock Irrigation District customers can expect an increase in electrical service rates at the beginning of the new year, one thing that will not change is the district's currently implemented solar program.

December 09, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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