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Information on local food, shelter assistance now only one call away

To better help those in need, United Way has designated the phone number 2-1-1 as a one-stop resource information center for county residents.

December 22, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Hilmar Cheese: From local farmers to global exporter

The Hilmar Cheese Company, which has grown into the world's largest single-site producer of natural cheese and whey products, has some scribbled ideas on a napkin and an exasperated wife to thank for their success.

December 22, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Winter brings cool down in employment

Unemployment rates in the Central Valley continued to climb up in November as the job market cooled with the temperatures, according to the latest data released from the Economic Development Department.

December 18, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock Japanese American assembly center to be memorialized

A part of Turlock history which some would rather forget will be memorialized at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in the next few weeks.

December 18, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Potency level prompts H1N1 recall

In the same week that a French pharmaceutical company recalled H1N1 influenza vaccines for children, U.S. health officials are recommending all Americans get a shot to ward off a third wave of the swine flu.

December 18, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Local


A world of goodwill

Mundo's Latin Grill and the Central Valley Project held a toy and jacket givaway at Mundo's on Saturday. They gave out 197 jackets to Turlock children who signed up ahead of time. They also gave away toys and bags of candy and cookies as Christmas gifts for the kids.

December 16, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Students sew holiday smiles

Twenty-eight little girls will have something more to smile about other than a visit from Santa come this holiday. The Pitman High home economics class made brand new Christmas dresses and donated them to the Salvation Army to be distributed to families in need. Every year, the Kiwanis Club of Turlock buys material to give to the Pitman home economics class to sew together dresses that are then donated during Christmas and Easter.

December 16, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Air deputies brighten holiday of children in crisis

Squeals of delight shot up Thursday afternoon when a bussed-in crowd of children from the Children's Crisis Center first spotted Santa Claus waving exuberantly from the top of an approaching black SWAT truck. The jolly Santa hopped out with a big toy sack slung over his shoulder to greet the giggly and wiggly group of 70 and led them into the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department headquarters in Ceres for a memorable visit and presentation of gifts.

December 15, 2009 | Jeff Benziger Special to the Journal | Local


TID changes requirements for solar power incentives

With only 88 residential units and nine non-residential units participating in the Turlock Irrigation District's Solar Incentive Program, the TID Board of Directors approved some changes to the program at Tuesday's meeting.

December 15, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Grocery employee receives a rewarding surprise

Christina VanDyle won a $10,000 lottery prize on Tuesday. Not the California Lottery, but the Save Mart Customer Connection Cash Giveaway. VanDyle was one of 10 Save Mart employees across Northern California who won the prize for excellent customer service. Her name was randomly drawn from 63,000 entrants who all performed well on quarterly mystery shopper visits. The winner was revealed by Save Mart CEO Bob Piccinini (pictured above, right) during his annual visit to the store.

December 15, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Grant money gives hope to those struggling to keep homes

Four local organizations came together to apply for federal funds to help the increasing number of people who find themselves, due to job loss or foreclosure, in need of housing assistance.

December 15, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Fair prices increase

Stanislaus County Fair attendees might get a surprise this summer when they reach for their wallets at the gate. Tickets prices have gone up for adults who purchase tickets at the gate during the fair.

December 15, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Santa makes a few special visits

"Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas!" echoed throughout the halls of the Elness Convalescent Hospital on Thursday when the Kiwanis Club of Turlock crew including Santa (Ken Hood) and his elves (Donna Oppelt, Lois Pinkney and Verna and Warren Riopel) passed out presents. The Kiwanis Club of Turlock delivered a total of 537 hand-knitted pairs of slippers to residents in long-term care facilities throughout Turlock.

December 11, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Dads make time for crafts

Over 300 people filled the halls of Wakefield Elementary School Friday to participate in the "Daddy and Me" holiday workshop. There were more than 15 activities for the fathers and their children to participate in ranging from taking pictures with Santa to making their own ornaments. The workshop lasted for two hours, ending in a dinner for all that attended.

December 11, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Holiday food program in need of donations

With less than a week left in their annual food and toy drive, Turlock Together organizers are making an urgent appeal for donations.

December 11, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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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


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


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