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Santa and his firefighter helpers are on their way

Santa Claus will be visiting Turlock a little early this year, with some help from the Turlock City Fire Department. Santa will ride his "sleigh," an antique fire engine, through as many neighborhoods as possible from Dec. 1 through Dec. 20. He will be passing out candy, playing Christmas tunes, and greeting families as he drives by. This program was started over 25 years ago by current Fire Chief Mark Langley.

November 27, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Community celebrates beginning of holiday season

With Santa on his way, the City of Turlock kicked off the holiday season with their annual lighting of the Christmas tree that is now two years old and stationed in Central Park. About 3,000 people crowded Main Street with Santa hats, smiles and some slick dance moves as bands played a variety of Christmas tunes on Friday. To top off the pre-Christmas celebration, Santa took a break from making presents in the North Pole to take pictures with the boys and girls of Turlock.

November 27, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Arts center foundation plans for the future

After six months of negotiations with the City of Turlock through the changing will of the City Council and obstacles of a down economy the Carnegie Arts Center Foundation can finally look ahead.

November 27, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Blue Star Moms bring Christmas to local soldiers serving overseas

Over 500 boxes were stuffed with toothbrushes, Nerf balls, and cans of refried beans Tuesday with the help of 100 volunteers. Their goal: To send some holiday cheer to those fighting for our country.

November 24, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Santos to helm TID Board

The Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors voted in a new president and vice president on Tuesday, as they bid adieu to two long-term members of the board.

November 24, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Local bakers submit record number of pies for contest

In a year that has been called the worst since the great depression, Turlock residents are finding the means to give to the less fortunate this holiday season. Dave Dubyak, owner of Dubyak Family Chiropractic, hosted the 14th annual Turlock pumpkin pie contest on Monday. All pies entered in the contest will be donated to the United Samaritans Foundation's Daily Bread program to be served as desert on Thanksgiving Day.

November 24, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Hunger in the Valley

On any given day thousands of gallons of milk, tons of nuts, and truckloads of fruit roll out of the Central Valley headed to dinner tables across America and the world. And on any given night, thousands of Central Valley residents go to bed feeling the pangs of hunger.

November 24, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Local company talks turkey for over 20 years

When Americans think Thanksgiving, they think turkey. This proud bird has been the pièce de résistance at feasts across the country since the beginning of the Thanksgiving holiday. Turkeys have also been a part of the Turlock culture from nearby Foster Farms to the former Butterball processing plant to the "Turkey Tech" nickname of CSU Stanislaus. Turlockers know a thing or two about turkey, but sometimes even they need some assistance in the kitchen.

November 20, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Turlock woman takes a spin on the W-H-E-E-L

Hopefully, the wheel was kind to Turlock resident Jenn Handy and spared her from the dreaded "Lose A Turn," and the loathsome "Bankrupt."

November 20, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Local


County sows high unemployment as harvest season ends

After months of a steady decrease, the unemployment rate in Stanislaus County shot back up again as the harvest season came to a close, according to the latest figures from the Economic Development Department.

November 20, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Dog show comes to town

Dogs of breeds big and small braved the windy weather on Friday to compete, along with their owners, in day one of the Golden Valley Kennel Club's all-breed show. While there was stiff competition in every judging ring at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds on Friday, participants still found time to talk with friends, human and canine alike.

November 20, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Hughson electrical line project tabled after public outcry

The Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors put the brakes on a planned $16.7 million, double-circuit 115-kilovolt transmission line from Hughson to southwest Ceres after an outpouring of opposition on Tuesday.

November 17, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Local


TID budget reflects tough economy

On Tuesday the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors approved a $466.5 million budget for the 2010 fiscal year that includes no electric rate increases for ratepayers, despite declining revenues.

November 17, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Bring on the bells

The Salvation Army celebrated their annul Kettle Kick Off on Tuesday, which signals the beginning of the holiday bell ringing campaign. The Salvation Army raised more than $41,000 within seven minutes during the event's Kettle Klash along with an anonymous $50,000 donation. Over 700 people were in attendance for the kick off luncheon.

November 17, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Leo returns to fair as interim CEO

The Stanislaus County Fair (38th Agricultural Association) Board of Directors made several decisions on Monday that will affect the 2010 County Fair. Agenda items included the future hiring of a new CEO, an increase in gate ticket costs, and rearranging the dates for some FFA and 4-H events at the fair.

November 17, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


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Pirates reign high seas of Keyes Library

Arrrrr. Children in Keyes were treated to a number of pirate related events at the Keyes Library on Thursday afternoon in celebration of the International "Talk like a Pirate Day" on Friday.

September 19, 2014 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Local


Dancing with the Turlock Stars: Preview Edition

For the past two months local participants of the first annual Dancing with the Turlock Stars event to benefit the Salvation Army could be found in dance studios, gyms, classrooms, and cafeterias across Turlock honing their dance skills and practicing routines for their big showcase tonight. As I peeked my head into several practices to interview participants for our Studio 209 video episode I was given a sneak preview of the dancers' routines. After witnessing a cha-cha, a rock and roll performance, and a western medley, it's clear that the array of dances is as diverse as the participants ...

September 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Dick’s Sporting Goods looking to hire for new Turlock location

While the southern extension of Monte Vista Crossings has yet to be completed, Dick's Sporting Goods is wasting no time looking for local individuals to employ at its new Turlock location, just one of 574 stores across the country.

September 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock conservationist spreads message with children’s book

Ten years ago Turlock's Tammy Bird decided to make a dramatic shift in her life. She sold all her possessions, bought an RV and went to live in the Santa Cruz mountains.

September 19, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Pumpkins still aplenty

Farmers around the region have been taking drastic measures to deal with the ongoing drought, but fortunately for local children, there will still be plenty of pumpkins to choose from at Turlock's R.A.M. Farms.

September 19, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock fire fighters ready to turn town pink

As the fall season arrives more people will be adding warm golds, maroons, and oranges to their wardrobes, but in Turlock the color of the moment will be pink.

September 19, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Unemployment rate drops in August

Stanislaus County's unemployment rate saw a welcome drop in August as more food manufacturing jobs opened up with the arrival of harvest season.

September 19, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Air officials issue health alert

The King Fire burning in El Dorado County has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for smoke impacts in surrounding counties, including Stanislaus and Merced, for as long as the fire continues to burn.

September 19, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Young Eagles Day lets local kids fly high for free

The Young Eagles Day at the Turlock Airport is approaching meaning children can abandon their toy planes for the day in order to tour real aircrafts at the City of Turlock's municipal airport.

September 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Reading program goes to the dogs

Although Snoopy may have been kicked out of the library and told "no dogs allowed," the Turlock Library will be welcoming therapy dogs this October through a different kind of reading program.

September 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Westside Ministries to celebrate 30 years

This year marks Westside Ministries' 30th year and the organization invites the community to help it celebrate with a picnic dinner that will include a special anniversary service and dance performance.

September 18, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Ceremony will honor area philanthropists

On Nov. 5, the area's leading philanthropists will be recognized at the Association of Funding Professionals National Philanthropy Awards. The event will recognize active, philanthropic individuals who make a difference in the community.

September 18, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Fewer wood burning days ahead for Valley

The Governing Board for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District approved a proposal to tighten the wood burning bans in the Central Valley, lessening the number of days individuals can use traditional fireplaces.

September 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Enterovirus reaches California

The enterovirus that has sickened more than a hundred people, mostly children, across the country has now officially been confirmed in California.

September 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Ten Pin Fun Center no longer a reality for Turlock

Locals dreaming of bowling a strike at a Turlock bowling alley won't have the opportunity to do so as the Ten Pin Fun Center project is officially, well, a gutterball.

September 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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