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Farmers plow through paperwork, not fields

Buying produce or nuts at the grocery store or local farmers' market is a typical day-to-day activity for most consumers. What most shoppers don't know is that farmers jump through regulated hoops just to put that food on the shelves.

July 06, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Firefighters keep blazes at bay during busy holiday weekend

Turlock's two fire departments were kept busy over the Fourth of July weekend as flames flared up around town.

July 06, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Grant to fund replacement, retrofit of older diesels

Truckers traveling through Turlock and other areas of the San Joaquin Valley may be eligible to receive part of a $45.5 million grant from the California Air Resources Board.

July 02, 2010 | Staff Reports Turlock Journal | Local


County needs new jail, says Civil Grand Jury

For two decades, the Stanislaus County Main Jail has been deteriorating and slowly developing into a hazardous environment for everyone housed there. On Wednesday, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury recommended a new jail be built after their mandated inspection of the facility.

July 02, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Macedo, Arellano appointed to Stanislaus County Fair Board

Two new directors will join the Stanislaus County Fair's 38th District Agricultural Association Board of Directors after being appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier this week. Ron Macedo and John Arellano, both of Turlock, will join the seven directors currently on the board.

July 02, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


VFW Auxiliary receives U.S. flag from Afghanistan

The Turlock Post 5059 Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary received an unforgettable – and unexpected – Independence Day present this year, when an American flag and certificate arrived as a thank you gift from soldiers in Afghanistan earlier this week.

July 02, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Grand jury refuses to take position on TASER policy

After a limited investigation on the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department TASER policy and procedures, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury released a report on Wednesday stating that it is inappropriate for them to take a position on the TASER policy due to pending lawsuits.

July 02, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Changes in store for city fire as chief retires after 30 years of service

Turlock Fire Chief Mark Langley retired Wednesday, ending a 30 year career with the City of Turlock.

July 02, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Grand jury finds money misuse at Turlock Rural Fire

The Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found merit in a complaint that Turlock Rural Fire Chief Rick Fortado over-compensated himself for work related to state wild fire relief efforts.

July 02, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Beating the summer heat

Since its opening in May, the new water feature at Columbia Park has been a popular Turlock attraction. On Monday, temperatures reached 103 degrees, making the water park a welcome relief for Westside residents.

June 29, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Fire chars Hughson auto, tire shops

A Monday afternoon fire charred a Hughson auto repair shop and an adjoining tire business with one employee sustaining serious burns to his hand and another treated for smoke inhalation.

June 29, 2010 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Special to the Journal | Local


Independence Day Events

• Turlock American Legion Rex Ish Post 88 and Turlock Downtown Property Owners' Association will host an Independence Day parade, street festival, and car show on Saturday. The opening ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m., the Patriotic Parade will begin at 10 a.m., and the Independence Celebration Car Show will be ongoing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., all in downtown Turlock on Main Street near Golden State Boulevard. The street fair will include vendors, food, alcohol, and a kids' play area. Children can enjoy bounce houses and water play activities. For more information, visit ...

June 29, 2010 | | Local


Help for struggling homeowners on its way

A new government program will offer help to California homeowners facing foreclosure, following a U.S. Treasury Department decision last week.

June 29, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


American Legion commander to serve as Parade Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal of the Turlock Independence Day parade is elected every year by members of the community. This year Bob Russell, commander of the American Legion Rex Ish Post 88, was nominated by his fellow Legion members to serve in the honorary position at the head of the parade.

June 29, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Fire officials crack down on illegal fireworks

"Safe and sane" are the keywords this year when it comes to fireworks. Stanislaus County and Turlock City Fire Department officials will be on the lookout for anyone using or selling fireworks that do not carry the State Fire Marshal's "safe and sane" seal. Stanislaus County will continue to enforce a zero tolerance policy for illegal fireworks.

June 29, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


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Almond growers seek to protect bees

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.

October 28, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


SURPRISE VISIT

The owners of Lightly Used Books in downtown Turlock had an unwelcome surprise Tuesday morning when a car came crashing into their storefront.

October 28, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


State, local agencies prepare for Ebola

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.

October 28, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Local Korean veterans honored with Peace medal

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.

October 28, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Thousands seek employment at Hilmar Cheese hiring fair

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.

October 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock WWII veterans join honor flight

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.

October 24, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Farmers market ends season; vendors seek change to Saturday

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.

October 24, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Small businesses play integral role in local, national economy

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.

October 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Lazar honored as elected official of the year by Latino Roundtable

Before his term in office comes to an end Mayor John Lazar will leave his post in Turlock and head to Modesto to be recognized by the Latino Community Roundtable as their elected official of the year.

October 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Here come the pumpkins

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Turlock delivered 600 pumpkins to Cunningham Elementary on Friday. The service club has been donating the fall gourds to students at Cunningham for the past 26 years. This year, R.A.M. Farms donated half of the pumpkins, with the Kiwanis Club purchasing the rest. Each Cunningham student was allowed to choose a pumpkin to take home.

October 24, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


America says no to cappuccino potato chips

Turlock native Chad Scott has lost his bid to become America's latest taste maker and along with it his hopes for the million dollar prize.

October 23, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Romson’s offers restaurant-quality cuisine at a food truck price

Name of Business: Romson's Kebab

October 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Keyes to host first fall parade in 30 years

After more than three decades the Keyes community is joining together to reprise the fall traditions of decades past on Saturday with the Keyes Fall Festivities Parade which hasn't taken place in the town since 1981.

October 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Off Center thrift shop raises $500,000 for local nonprofits

On Wednesday afternoon Off Center Thrift & Gift was teeming with people, but they weren't the usual shoppers hunting for a good deal. They were the volunteers, contributors, and board of directors that have made the local thrift shop a philanthropic powerhouse in the Turlock community.

October 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hilmar Cheese to host hiring fair for Turlock, Hilmar sites

Hilmar Cheese is extending the roots of its operation into Turlock, looking to grow its production personnel and provide employment opportunities for Valley workers.

October 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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