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County unemployment increases in November

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County grew by more than a percentage point for November with agricultural and manufacturing sectors showing the greatest number of job losses for the month, according to the latest figures from the Economic Development Department.

December 17, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Heavy rains, strong winds hit Central Valley

While the official start of winter is still a few days away, the season's first big storm has arrived early. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued flood and wind advisories for Stanislaus County - and the entire Central Valley area - through today.

December 17, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


TID approves short-term Gomes Lake agreement

Homes and businesses near the San Joaquin River are one step closer to having flood protection this winter season as the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors voted on Tuesday to enter into a short-term agreement with the Gomes Lake Joint Powers Agency.The JPA membership - made up of TID, the City of Turlock, Stanislaus County and Reclamation Districts 2063 and 2091 - is in flux, since the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors took issue with the distribution of costs and terminated their membership in August.As originally drafted in 1972, The JPA that maintains Gomes Lake included the TID, a ...

December 14, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Livingston siblings take top two places in Pokémon tournament

Going into a Pokémon tournament, most players want to mize (crush) their opponent on the first turn by having a good set of 60 cards in their deck. The better the deck, the more wins a competitor will get.

December 14, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Thrift store donates over $250,000 to area charities

Off Center Thrift & Gift in downtown Turlock is not a regular second-hand store. While Off Center does sell gently used clothing and gift items, unlike most other thrift stores, all of the employees are volunteers and all of the profits are donated back to the community.

December 14, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


COMMUNITY: HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Area residents got into the holiday spirit this week while giving back to the community.

December 10, 2010 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Local egg producer files lawsuit seeking Prop 2 clarifications

Six months after building the first Proposition 2 compliant hen barn in the country, local egg producer JS West filed a lawsuit seeking the specifics on what would satisfy the state law.

December 10, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Latif’s restaurant celebrates 50 years at same location

Generations of Turlockers have enjoyed a hot cup of "joe" at the lunch counter of Latif's restaurant. Even more have delighted in a thick slice of apple pie a la mode at the Latif's pie booth at the Stanislaus County Fair. Through 63 years in business Latif's restaurant has become a landmark in Turlock, and a goodwill ambassador that represents the city to travelers and fair guests alike. Not much has changed at Latif's, the décor and menu are close to original. This year Latif's celebrated 50 years at its current location on Golden ...

December 07, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Emanuel volunteers dedicate over 30 years to hospital

Ethel Nicholson remembers things were a bit different at Emanuel Medical Center back in 1976 when she first started volunteering at the local hospital. The 92-year-old remembers a small secretary desk in the front lobby and only a handful of volunteers.

December 07, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Teen fighting cancer receives very purple wish

A local teen had her wish come true this past weekend when Make-A-Wish Foundation gave her a full bedroom makeover. Megan Gonzalez, a 14 year old from Waterford, is sleeping in style now in her very purple bedroom, thanks to Make-A-Wish volunteers and hard work from her parents.

December 07, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


TID: No rate increases in 2011

The Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors approved a $516.2 million 2011 budget on Tuesday, but made a last minute change to redirect $590,000 from electric capital projects to fund rehabilitation of the district's canal system.

December 07, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Local business owner starts toy drive in honor of son

Bradley Pacheco spent his life going in and out of the hospital, sometimes even spending the holidays in a hospital room with his family. Christmas wasn't as bright and filled with holiday cheer when he was sick and stuck in the hospital.

December 04, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Hughson looks to resurrect annual festival

The Fruit and Nut Festival has been a Hughson tradition for years until the event was discontinued last year when funds were sparse. Newly elected Hughson Council member Jeramy Young is looking to bring it back with the help of community members and organizations.

December 04, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Retired engineer uses skills to create parade magic

This year's Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade theme is right up Richard Fantazia's alley. You see, Fantazia is a miracle worker. He takes abstract ideas and makes them into moving, lighted, bigger-than-life parade floats.

December 04, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Holiday parade lights up downtown

Hundreds gathered in downtown Turlock for the annual Christmas parade on Friday. Dancers, musicians and an elf or two were seen prancing along Main Street amid a variety of brightly lit vehicles. This year's parade theme was "Miracle on Main Street."

December 04, 2010 | | Local


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Local dairy farmer wins 2015 Agriculturist of the Year

It is safe to say that Turlock farmer Charles "Chuck" Ahlem's year is off to a good start.

March 05, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


USDA OPENS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR AGRICULTURAL CONSERVATION EASEMENT PROGRAM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting public comments on its interim final rule for the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, designed to help producers protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. The 2014 Farm Bill consolidated three previous conservation easement programs into ACEP to make it easier for diverse agricultural landowners to fully benefit from conservation initiatives.

March 05, 2015 | | Local


USDA TO SURVEY FARMERS' PLANTING INTENTIONS FOR 2015

What is on the horizon for U.S. farmers in 2015 as they finalize plans for planting this spring? The March Agricultural Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service will survey approximately 82,000 of the nation's farmers to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season.

March 05, 2015 | | Local


Amazon hiring in Tracy

The Amazon fulfillment center in Tracy is hiring more than 100 additional full-time positions to work at the 1.1 million-square-foot facility.

March 05, 2015 | | Local


Turlock Shooters sports bar offers full range of drinks and bites

Name of Business: Shooters Wings & Things

March 05, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Sierra Vista Child and Family Services acquires Hughson Family Resource Center

The Hughson Family Resource Center has announced they have dissolved the Hughson Family Resource Center and have turned the assets, grants and programs over to Sierra Vista Child and Family Services in order to continue to provide services to the southeast communities of Stanislaus County.

March 05, 2015 | | Local


Library events honor Dr. Seuss, renowned track athlete

Local libraries are hoping to inspire young athletes as well as readers and crafters this month with a host of special programs.

March 05, 2015 | | Local


Fire, police departments discuss future plans in city workshop

Turlock's public safety agencies discussed their future needs Tuesday night during a city council workshop, with the possibility of expansions looming for both the Turlock police and fire departments.

March 05, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Two Turlock fires injure one, displace five

Turlock firefighters were kept busy Wednesday morning battling two house fires that injured one resident and left five others displaced from their home.

March 05, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Minerva’s expands with West Main Street showroom

While a couple shops in downtown Turlock have closed their doors in recent months, just as quickly new tenants have filled them, such as Minerva's Furniture which seized the opportunity to establish an additional showroom in the former Ritzy Ragz and Thingz location.

March 03, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Chamber to kick off Toastmasters club

Those looking to improve their public speaking and leadership skills now have an opportunity to be a part of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Toastmasters International Club, which is launching this Thursday.

March 03, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


IN SERVICE

Samuel Mendoza of Turlock has successfully completed the 27-week cadet training course at the California Highway Patrol Academy. He is assigned to duty at the CHP's Hollister-Gilroy Area office.

March 03, 2015 | | Local


Measles reaches Merced County

The measles outbreak that has struck California has moved a bit closer to home with the news that a Merced County child tested positive for the virus.

March 03, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Dry snowpack could mean less water for local growers

Despite the relatively wet characterization of snow, data extracted from this month's snow course measurement has revealed wintry powder throughout the Tuolumne Basin to be momentously dry.

March 03, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


My personal battle with anorexia nervosa

"To keep the body in good health is a duty… Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."

February 27, 2015 | BY NANCY ANGEL Special to the Journal | Local


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