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Air deputies brighten holiday of children in crisis

Squeals of delight shot up Thursday afternoon when a bussed-in crowd of children from the Children's Crisis Center first spotted Santa Claus waving exuberantly from the top of an approaching black SWAT truck. The jolly Santa hopped out with a big toy sack slung over his shoulder to greet the giggly and wiggly group of 70 and led them into the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department headquarters in Ceres for a memorable visit and presentation of gifts.

December 15, 2009 | Jeff Benziger Special to the Journal | Local


TID changes requirements for solar power incentives

With only 88 residential units and nine non-residential units participating in the Turlock Irrigation District's Solar Incentive Program, the TID Board of Directors approved some changes to the program at Tuesday's meeting.

December 15, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Grocery employee receives a rewarding surprise

Christina VanDyle won a $10,000 lottery prize on Tuesday. Not the California Lottery, but the Save Mart Customer Connection Cash Giveaway. VanDyle was one of 10 Save Mart employees across Northern California who won the prize for excellent customer service. Her name was randomly drawn from 63,000 entrants who all performed well on quarterly mystery shopper visits. The winner was revealed by Save Mart CEO Bob Piccinini (pictured above, right) during his annual visit to the store.

December 15, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Grant money gives hope to those struggling to keep homes

Four local organizations came together to apply for federal funds to help the increasing number of people who find themselves, due to job loss or foreclosure, in need of housing assistance.

December 15, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Fair prices increase

Stanislaus County Fair attendees might get a surprise this summer when they reach for their wallets at the gate. Tickets prices have gone up for adults who purchase tickets at the gate during the fair.

December 15, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Santa makes a few special visits

"Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas!" echoed throughout the halls of the Elness Convalescent Hospital on Thursday when the Kiwanis Club of Turlock crew including Santa (Ken Hood) and his elves (Donna Oppelt, Lois Pinkney and Verna and Warren Riopel) passed out presents. The Kiwanis Club of Turlock delivered a total of 537 hand-knitted pairs of slippers to residents in long-term care facilities throughout Turlock.

December 11, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Dads make time for crafts

Over 300 people filled the halls of Wakefield Elementary School Friday to participate in the "Daddy and Me" holiday workshop. There were more than 15 activities for the fathers and their children to participate in ranging from taking pictures with Santa to making their own ornaments. The workshop lasted for two hours, ending in a dinner for all that attended.

December 11, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Holiday food program in need of donations

With less than a week left in their annual food and toy drive, Turlock Together organizers are making an urgent appeal for donations.

December 11, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Local


New TID board starts term with little fanfare

Without a trace of pomp or circumstance, the new Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors sat in for their first meeting on Tuesday morning.

December 08, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Holiday revelers sweep up awards

Children's Crisis Center Gingerbread House Competition Results

December 08, 2009 | | Local


Foster Farms applauded for environmental practices

The recycling efforts of Foster Farms has earned them a top award from the California Environmental Protection Agency.

December 08, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Workshop to help local service provides apply for emergency food, shelter

Local charitable agencies looking to boost their emergency food and shelter resources can learn the ins and outs of the application process and funding guidelines at an upcoming workshop.

December 04, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Local


‘Green’ is the thing this holiday season

'Tis the season to be jolly and, unfortunately with most revelers, create a lot of waste in the process. Going "green" during the holidays is not usually on most people's "to do" list with shopping, shopping and more shopping taking priority, but making a few small changes can have a big effect on the environment.

December 04, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Park named for former mayor

With over 40 people in attendance Friday, Cimarron Park was officially renamed as the Dale Pinkney Park in honor of Pinkney's support and service to the City of Turlock.

December 04, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Tom Berryhill to run for State Senate seat

State Assemblyman Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) announced Wednesday he will aim a bit higher in 2010 by seeking election to the California State Senate.

December 04, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Local


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Masonic tradition continues at Turlock's public safety building

An ancient ritual was performed at the newest home to Turlock's public safety departments on Friday, in the form of a Masonic cornerstone ceremony.

July 25, 2014 | BY CANDY PADILLA Turlock Journal | Local


United Samaritans Foundation celebrates two decades in community

Years ago there was an area of Hughson that was called "Lost City" – a housing development recognizable only by its dilapidated condition. In one of the two bedroom apartments lived a family with eight children and each day they would make their way to the United Samaritans Foundation food truck for lunch where they would see the friendly face of Maris Sturtevant.

July 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock ranked best place to live for fans of summer

The Modesto area, including Turlock, has once again found itself atop a national ranking, but this time it's for something good.

July 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Water conservation tips for the workplace

Inefficient use of water may be costing your business more than you think. Follow these simple, yet effective practices around the workplace to avoid unnecessary water waste and to conserve our precious resource.

July 25, 2014 | | Local


TID chief dam safety engineer nationally recognized

Turlock Irrigation District Chief Dam Safety Engineer Peggy Harding is gaining national attention as a female trailblazer in an industry dominated by men, evident by her recent "Women With Hydro Vision" award from the PennWell Hydro Group.

July 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Get inspired to dance on National Dance Day

Kid Time Fitness has an option for anyone looking to celebrate National Dance Day in Turlock.

July 24, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Grizzly Rock Café offers locals American cuisine off the beaten path

Name: Grizzly Rock Café

July 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Celebrate ice cream and all things dairy with Hilmar Cheese

If the cheese wasn't enough to lure guests to Hilmar Cheese Company already, the visitor center is now offering family tours and an ice cream making activity in honor of National Ice Cream Month.

July 24, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Fair draws more visitors in 2014

The Stanislaus County Fair saw a banner year for its 2014 run, bringing in more visitors and more money for youth livestock exhibitors at Fair auctions.

July 24, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


City water conservation measures lackluster compared to state regulations

While the State Water Resources Control Board recently approved an emergency regulation to allow local governments and agencies to fine citizens for excessive outdoor water use, local citizens will not be affected by the new measures since the City of Turlock instituted its own water conservation rules more than 20 years ago.

July 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Locals will take to the mud to help Hilmar girl

Muddy Balls, a local charity mud volleyball tournament, will take place at the Stanislaus County Fair starting at 8 a.m. Aug. 2, with all the proceedings benefitting 8-year-old Kaiden Pacheco, who was recently diagnosed with stage four Rhabdomyosarcoma.

July 24, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Local


New title, new positions at the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance

The Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance has undergone a makeover that has the organization sporting a new name with new leaders at the helm of what is officially now known as the Stanislaus Business Alliance.

July 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cyclist killed by train

A 39-year-old man died Saturday morning when he rode his bicycle in front of an oncoming freight train in Turlock.

July 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Memo’s Cocina and Tequila Bar opens Wednesday

Over the past few years Turlock's downtown scene has experienced a revitalization, forging a new identity for itself with a combination of craft beer and nightlife destinations. After nearly a year of anticipation, Downtown Turlock again adds to its newly formed reputation as a Central Valley hotspot with the opening of Memo's Cocina and Tequila Bar.

July 22, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


New security measures at EMC

Emanuel Medical Center is instituting a new check-in and visitor badge process to come in line with the recommendations from a safety task force.

July 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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