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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


Tough road ahead for local businesses in 2011

All four speakers at Wednesday's Turlock Chamber of Commerce Membership Breakfast offered a common message: 2010 was a rough year and much work remains for 2011. But all speakers also noted unexpected bright spots, which could point toward an earlier than expected recovery.

February 11, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Cigarette, oxygen tank blamed for fire

Two people were injured from a fire that officials say was sparked by a person smoking while using an oxygen tank.

February 11, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


New programs help keep families in their homes

The California Housing Finance Agency announced on Thursday the implementation of four programs intended to fight California's foreclosure crisis, and to keep families in their homes.The federally funded programs, made possible by the U.S. Treasury Department's Hardest Hit fund, will be operated under the umbrella title of "Keep Your Home California." "Our goal is to get the very most out of these federal dollars to assist California families," said Steven Spears, executive director of CalHFA. "With families struggling through a number of financial hardships and the disruption in the real estate market, these programs will help ...

February 11, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Local speed dating service gives singles second chance at love

Valentine's Day is often despised by singles who have not been struck by cupid's arrow by the big day. But local singles will have a new opportunity for meeting their dream date thanks to Turlock entrepreneur Amber Scabia and her business partner Enrique Mendoza. The two used their own experiences with dating in the area as inspiration for their new speed dating business, Two Minute Match.

The concept for speed dating is not a new one. Social clubs around the United States offer the pressure-free meet and greets to singles ready to mingle. Usually, ladies sit at a ...

February 11, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Rush of the roses: Local florists prepare for busiest day of the year

Valentine's Day is one of the busiest times of the year for florists nationwide. The same holds true for local flower shops as they gear up for the mad rush of flower deliveries and drop-in customers on Monday.

February 11, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Business development remains focus of downtown in 2011

The efforts to make downtown Turlock into a booming business district once again will continue through the new year as the Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association unveils a series of programs, events, and advocacy sessions to keep the seed of revitalization growing.

February 11, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


COMMUNITY: EAGLE SCOUT

Skyler Sexton will become an Eagle Scout at a ceremony scheduled for Feb. 26 at the First United Methodist Church. Skyler was a Cub Scout for five years, during which time he earned the Arrow of Light, the highest honor in the Cub Scouts. He has been a Boy Scout for six years with Troop #451 and has earned 29 merit badges, attended summer camp at Camp Mensinger and held various positions of leadership.Skyler attends John H. Pitman High School where he maintains a 4.0 G.P.A. He plays on both the varsity basketball and varsity tennis ...

February 09, 2011 | | Local


Grant allows small business development center to expand services

A new federal grant to the Small Business Administration's University of California, Merced Small Business Development Center Regional Network will provide additional resources to grow or start businesses – and create jobs in the process.

February 08, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Funding to promote prevention and early intervention of mental health issues

In the past, California public mental health services were limited to treatment, usually medication, for people with serious mental illness. The California Mental Health Commission is hoping to change that by promoting "help first" rather than "fail first" mental health treatment.

February 08, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock manager lovin’ her job reaps rewards

When Betsy Lazar moved to Turlock from Iran in 2001 she took an hourly job at McDonald's. She had no idea that she would someday be in the top 1 percent of McDonald's management.

February 08, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Llama hobo classic show brings the fuzzy to town

Llamas from all over the state – and their owners - converged on the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds this past weekend for the Llama Association of North America's (LANA) third annual hobo classic llama show. This winter event is an opportunity for owners to show their llamas as nature intended them, fuzzy, dirty and happy.

February 08, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


State budget cuts could deflate county fairs

Governor Jerry Brown's current budget proposal includes a 100 percent reduction in California county fair funding, slashing $32 million from fair budgets across the state. If the budget is approved, nearly 30 county fairs could permanently or temporarily close.

February 04, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Mayor saves historic church

Turlock's earliest Assyrian church, set for demolition, was saved this week by the efforts of Turlock Mayor John Lazar.

February 04, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Turlock City Fire Call Summary

The Turlock Fire Department responded to a total of 447 incidents in the month of January.

February 04, 2011 | | Local


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Turlock library’s friends in need of some support

Any book lover can attest to the fact that there never seems to be enough book shelf space. The Friends of the Turlock Public Library are facing this problem about a hundred times over.

March 27, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Teens plagued by distracted driving

The likelihood of a teen driver getting into a collision because of distractions from cell phones, music players, and the like, is far greater than previously believed according to a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

March 27, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


State campaign aims to stamp out e-cigarette use

In the wake of a new report that found e-cigarettes pose serious health risks and are just as addictive as conventional cigarettes, the California Department of Public Health is launching a campaign to put a damper on the vapor devices.

March 27, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Assyrian New Year celebration postponed

The flags in front of the Turlock Assyrian American Civic Club are flying at half mast and the club's Resha'D Nisan Celebration, planned for today, has been postponed due to the passing of His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East.

March 27, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Turlock's growing food processing niche

When former mayor John Lazar expressed a vision of making Turlock the "Silicon Valley of Food Processing," it was with companies like Certified Laboratories in mind.

March 27, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Bus drivers seek city help to address insufficient wages

The public participation portion of Tuesday's Turlock City Council meeting quickly turned into a plea for help as a legion of Turlock bus drivers took to the podium to voice their frustrations regarding what they regard as less than adequate wages.

March 26, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


The Double T opens its doors to the public for the first time with open house

Name of business: The Double T

March 26, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Honoring women who make a difference

March is Women's History Month and the American Association of University Women could not think of a better way to celebrate than by honoring local women who are making history today.

March 26, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Emanuel Cancer Center earns national accreditation

The Emanuel Cancer Center has earned a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

March 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Merced County rolls out Bookmobile

A library is a treasure trove of adventures, romances, mysteries, fantasies and now the Merced County Library is bringing that treasure out on the road and to their patrons.

March 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Eggs-plosive trend in backyard chicken farming

The enactment of Proposition 2 earlier this year not only spurred the literal movement of chickens in enriched cages throughout the egg industry, but another movement entirely: owning backyard chickens.

March 26, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Farmers’ market moves to E. Main Street

More change is coming to the Turlock Certified Farmers' Market this season. Not only will the farmers' market move from Friday mornings to Saturday mornings this season, but it will also move location.

March 26, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock’s vintage scene

Vintage shops are far from rare in downtown Turlock and come April one more will be joining the scene: Farm House.

March 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Caroline Monroe honored as Distinguished Young Woman of Turlock

Since Caroline Monroe's two older sisters, Olivia Monroe and Meredith Monroe, were both named Distinguished Young Women in previous years, it only made sense that the youngest sister would follow in their footsteps.

March 24, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Free workshop to educate businesses on cyber security

Business owners often have to be discerning when choosing with whom they will do business and this method is true when working online as well.

March 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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