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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite the down economy - or maybe because of it - Turlockers seemed to find a couple of extra dollars this holiday season to give to those in need.
AAA will offer its Tipsy Tow service to drinking drivers from 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 6 a.m. on New Year's Day in Northern California, Nevada and Utah. Drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call (800) 222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home of up to ten miles. Just tell the AAA operator, "I need a Tipsy Tow," and a truck will be on its way. You do not need to be an AAA member. The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver ...
Army Sgt. Brian Evans, 25, knew something was afoot when his parents told him to put on his uniform Thursday morning.
When Christmas morning dawns at the Lairson's home, the greatest gift won't be nestled under the tree. Instead he'll be sleeping in a crib in a room down the hallway with a ventilator rhythmically rising and falling and a nurse watching over him.
The wait is over. Santa has begun his journey delivering presents to children around the world. His one-day trek across the globe started at midnight and will continue through to the wee hours of the morning.
A sink hole has caused the temporary closing of Jennings Road between Monte Vista and West Main Street.
For the second month in a row the unemployment rate in Stanislaus County rose slightly in November, reaching back into double digits.
Monday will mark a historic anniversary for Turlock. On Dec. 22, 1871, the town was founded by John William Mitchell, a prominent grain farmer who owned 100,000 acres of land from Keyes to Atwater (encompassing what is now the City of Turlock), with the placement of the first flag station (train stop) at Henderson's crossing (Golden State Boulevard and Berkeley Avenue).
After the successful revival of the Keyes Fall Festival Parade-a tradition the town has not seen in 30 years-back in October, it only seems natural for the Keyes community to host a nighttime Christmas parade for the first time.
For many people, Christmas lists usually hold wishes for new iPhones, clothes and toys. However, for Jody Jorge, her only wish was to see her daughter Hannah Pointon for the holidays.
Jack in the Box will remain the reigning fast food option in downtown Turlock as McDonald's has decided not to open a location at the corner of Marshall and South Center Streets, the site of the present Bonander Buick GMC car lot.
Altamont Corridor Express trains could be stopping in downtown Turlock within the next 10 years if Stanislaus County voters approve their own version of San Joaquin County's half cent Measure K transportation sales tax during the next election cycle.
Name of Business: Matt Anderson Electric and Solar
Stanislaus County nonprofits looking for additional funds to continue their good work can now apply for a grant through the Women's Leadership Council, an affinity group through the United Way of Stanislaus County.
Lights won't only be glowing on houses this season as the roadways are likely to be lit up with an estimated 12.1 million Californians traveling by car to friends and loved ones this holiday season.
As a kid Ron Detwiler considered it a festive Christmas if his family put up a tree, but now the Turlock resident is the steward of a holiday lights spectacular that has been thrilling young and old alike in Turlock for the last three years.
For residents of Oxford Court, construction of the court's famous 16-year-old Christmas train begins on the first day of November.
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.
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.
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.
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.