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Without Permission shines light on sex trafficking in Stanislaus County

Human trafficking, an estimated $32 billion-a-year global industry, is not just found in countries like Mexico. According to the California Attorney General's office, 1,277 victims were identified and 1,798 individuals arrested in the state from mid-2010 to mid-2012. The predation of children and young adults for the purpose of sex trafficking is also a local issue, just ask Without Permission founder and CEO Debbie Johnson.

October 07, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Local health officials monitoring Ebola outbreak

As news of the Ebola epidemic that continues to affect thousands in West Africa spreads, and health officials in Dallas, Texas work to contain the one confirmed travel-associated case in the United States, the Stanislaus County Public Health Department wants to reassure area residents that they are closely monitoring the situation.

October 07, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


The Great Recession helped downtown

Downtown businesses are flourishing.

October 07, 2014 | BY JASON CAMPBELL Turlock Journal | Local


Snoopy plates to help fund museums

This week marks the six-month milestone in the statewide campaign to put the world's most beloved beagle on an official California license plate, and help generate needed funds for the state's museums at the same time. Since late January, over 4,200 Californians have pre-ordered an official Snoopy license plate-which is 56 percent of the 7,500 applications required by the State before the new plates go into production. The license plate features a reproduction of an iconic original Snoopy drawing by Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz and the phrase "museums are for everyone."

October 03, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


When was the last time you tested your home's smoke alarms?

The Turlock Fire Department works hard to educate the youth in our community about fire prevention, but this question is directed at the adults living in Turlock: When was the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your home? Was it last week, last month, or last year? If you are like most people, you may not even remember the last time you tested them. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature in U.S. homes that they are often taken for granted and aren't tested or maintained as they should be.

October 03, 2014 | BY TURLOCK FIRE CHIEF TIM LOHMAN | Local


Outdoor water conservation tips for the fall season

As the weather cools and the seasons start to change, it is a great time to reassess your outdoor watering needs. Landscape areas tend to require less water and a little less maintenance this time of year. To ensure sure you're making the most of your water use this fall season, here are a few tips to help conserve water outdoors.

October 03, 2014 | | Local


'California Grown' label aim of new olive oil standards

The way that olive oil is produced in California is in for some changes after the California Department of Food and Agriculture approved new grading and labeling standards. These standards, which are in effect as of last month, are the first in the world to require testing for every lot of oil produced.

October 03, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock woman undergoes a transformation of faith

Cinderella Agoubi says she has always felt a religious calling in her life, but no one could ever accuse the Turlock resident of taking the easy path toward her faith.

October 03, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Homeless shelters prepare for cold weather season

The weather may belie it, but winter is coming and Turlock's shelters are starting to gear up for it.

October 03, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Home Depot to host safety fair

Home Depot is inviting the entire community to come out for a day of fun and public safety demonstrations at its annual Safety Fair on Saturday.

October 03, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Local cycling studio spins students into shape

Name: Cyclefit Spin Studio

October 02, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


National, local ag co-ops see financially successful year

In order to successfully kick-off National Cooperative Month, the United States Department of Agriculture reported that the nation's farmer, rancher, and fishery cooperatives set a new sales record for the third consecutive year with total business volume of approximately $246 billion in 2013.

October 02, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Community colleges positioned to start offering vocational bachelor’s degrees

Community colleges, with the likes of Modesto Junior College and Merced College, could be piloting four-year bachelor degrees in vocational fields that are not currently offered by the California State University or the University of California as early as the 2017 academic year.

October 02, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Flu clinics opening

The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency Public Health Services will begin its community flu vaccination clinics Sunday.

October 02, 2014 | | Local


Fundraisers set for fallen father, son

A car wash and a bake sale to raise funds for the family who lost two members in a drowning off a San Francisco beach are set for today and Saturday.

October 02, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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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


Former Turlock Journal pressman, missionary celebrates 100th birthday

Duane Johnson is the last person to let his age get in the way. Having just celebrated his 100th birthday with over 50 friends this past weekend, the Turlock resident continues to view age as just a number.

October 21, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


New chapter for WSM

Although Westside Ministries founder JoLynn DiGrazia recently made the announcement that she will step down from her position as director, she assured guests at the organization's 30th anniversary party this past weekend that she is not going anywhere anytime soon.

October 21, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


The final chapter: Candidates’ stories take shape as Election Day approaches

Elections are largely about the narratives candidates tell according to Stephen Routh, professor and chair of the Politics Department at California State University, Stanislaus.

October 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock dairyman wins national trophy

Gilbert Teixeira was named the 73rd winner of the Klussendorf Trophy, the highest recognition given to a dairy cattle showman in the United States.

October 21, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Former SF Giants manager to make an appearance at Dick’s in Turlock

Dick's Sporting Goods may have nearly 600 stores in the country but there is only one Dusty Baker who will be appearing at the grand opening of Turlock's newest athletic store during Halloween weekend.

October 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Pets saved due to donation of resuscitator

The donation of an animal resuscitator made by the Friends of Turlock Animal Shelter is credited with helping to save several pets that were in a recent Ceres house fire.

October 21, 2014 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Local


Planning approves new hotel on Lander Avenue

Visitors to Turlock will soon have another place in which to lay their heads after a request to modify and extend the construction of an 85 room Hampton Inn hotel on property adjacent to the Highway 99 Lander exit received anonymous approval from the Turlock Planning Commission on Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Jobs return to Turlock with new developments

City Hall was teeming with people recently but there wasn't a contentious public meeting or protest, rather hundreds of Turlockers seeking employment were attending a hiring fair.

October 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Unemployment hits new low in county

For the first time since the onset of the Great Recession, the unemployment rate in Stanislaus County has dropped below 10 percent.

October 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Future of Larsa Hall hangs in the balance; nearby residents sued for $500,000

The longstanding tension between representatives of the Larsa Banquet Hall and neighboring Amethyst Way residents over the noise emanating from events at the hall is far from over as the next step to decide if the county planning commission will revoke the event center's license won't be taken for three to six more months.

October 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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