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Merced fair attendance up, despite triple digit temps

The Merced County Fair not only survived the season's first bout of triple digit heat this weekend, it also recorded a 23 percent increase in visitors from last year's fair.

June 18, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Health department confirms first human case of West Nile in 2012

A 70-year-old woman in Kern County is the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus infection in California this year.

June 18, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Reduction in senior meals hardship on local residents

For the past few weeks, Turlock senior citizen Jean Mayhall has had to struggle to get the nutrition she needs. Mayhall used to get five hot meals a week through the Senior Meals Program provided by Howard Training Center. Just over a month ago, the program reduced the number of meals it serves to approximately 1,100 senior citizens at congregate sites around the county due to a funding shortfall.

June 15, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock dad, daughter recovering well after kidney transplant

This Father's Day Turlock resident Les Crutcher will receive the greatest gift he could ever receive - a simple day with his family.

June 15, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


County’s unemployment rate shows improvement

The ranks of the employed in Stanislaus County grew in May thanks in part to a swell of hiring at the area's farms, dairies and ranches.

June 15, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Flames char Turlock home

A fire of undetermined origin left a Turlock man and his two dogs displaced from their home.

June 15, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Five cars crash on 99 near Keyes

The Wednesday morning commute on Highway 99 was backed up around Keyes after five vehicles collided into each other in chain-reaction fashion.

June 14, 2012 | BY JEFF BENZIGER TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Bakers sought for apple pie contest

Summer can be sweet - especially when there's pie involved. A local tradition is coming up soon - the annual Apple Pie Contest.

June 13, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Not-quite-homeless couple struggle to survive

Morris Smith III and Vanessa Franklin aren't homeless. Not exactly, at least.

June 12, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Cows — and humans — just wanna have fun

"Cows Just Wanna Have Fun" is the theme of this year's Merced County Fair which centers on celebrating cows and dairies. The fun isn't just for cows, though, as the 121st annual fair kicks off today with a variety of activities for young and old.

June 12, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Gas prices down, for now

Gas prices are declining, but the fall may be short-lived.

June 12, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


World auctioneer championship comes to Turlock

The 49th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship is coming to the Turlock Livestock Auction Yard. For the past year, auctioneers from across the country have competed for a spot in the WLAC, to be held Saturday.

June 12, 2012 | Nancy Angel | Local


City permit required for all garage sales

Before putting out one box of knick-knacks or rack of clothing onto their front yard on Tuesday, the Cotton family obtained a permit from the City of Turlock to hold a small garage sale. The Cotton family was one of only about a dozen homes that obtained the mandatory $15 permit for that particular day. While the Cottons followed the city ordinance pertaining to yard sales, not all do. In just a mile radius of East Avenue to Main Street the Turlock Journal discovered three unpermitted sales on that same day.

June 12, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


TID ‘reluctantly’ passes irrigation rate increases

Most growers in the Turlock Irrigation District will pay more for irrigation water, and will be billed based on usage starting in 2013.

June 12, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Local agencies, Journal reporter recognized by planning association

American Planning Association, California Chapter Central Section honored the City of Newman, Tulare County Resource Management Agency Planning Branch and Turlock Journal reporter Alex Cantatore with the association's 2012 Planning Awards.

June 12, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


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Celebrate ice cream and all things dairy with Hilmar Cheese

If the cheese wasn't enough to lure guests to Hilmar Cheese Company already, the visitor center is now offering family tours and an ice cream making activity in honor of National Ice Cream Month.

July 24, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Fair draws more visitors in 2014

The Stanislaus County Fair saw a banner year for its 2014 run, bringing in more visitors and more money for youth livestock exhibitors at Fair auctions.

July 24, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


City water conservation measures lackluster compared to state regulations

While the State Water Resources Control Board recently approved an emergency regulation to allow local governments and agencies to fine citizens for excessive outdoor water use, local citizens will not be affected by the new measures since the City of Turlock instituted its own water conservation rules more than 20 years ago.

July 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Locals will take to the mud to help Hilmar girl

Muddy Balls, a local charity mud volleyball tournament, will take place at the Stanislaus County Fair starting at 8 a.m. Aug. 2, with all the proceedings benefitting 8-year-old Kaiden Pacheco, who was recently diagnosed with stage four Rhabdomyosarcoma.

July 24, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Local


New title, new positions at the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance

The Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance has undergone a makeover that has the organization sporting a new name with new leaders at the helm of what is officially now known as the Stanislaus Business Alliance.

July 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cyclist killed by train

A 39-year-old man died Saturday morning when he rode his bicycle in front of an oncoming freight train in Turlock.

July 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Memo’s Cocina and Tequila Bar opens Wednesday

Over the past few years Turlock's downtown scene has experienced a revitalization, forging a new identity for itself with a combination of craft beer and nightlife destinations. After nearly a year of anticipation, Downtown Turlock again adds to its newly formed reputation as a Central Valley hotspot with the opening of Memo's Cocina and Tequila Bar.

July 22, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


New security measures at EMC

Emanuel Medical Center is instituting a new check-in and visitor badge process to come in line with the recommendations from a safety task force.

July 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Kids learn about salmon at the fair

Sawyer Wilson, 3, and his sister Emily Wilson, 5, were just two of the many children who learned about the lifecycle of the salmon while making paint prints at the Stanislaus County Fair on Friday. Patrick Cuthbert of Fishbio helped the siblings with their craft project as part of a booth featuring the Salmonids in the Classroom program, a kindergarten through 12th grade program run through the Turlock Irrigation District and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

July 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


County unemployment unchanged

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County remained at a steady rate between May and June, according to the latest report from the Employment Development Department.

July 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Baking not my forte

My fondest olfactory memories of childhood are of when my mom would bake cinnamon and sugar stuffed apples - yum! So when local chiropractor Dave Dubyak called me with a desperate need for apple pie contest entries, I decided it was time for my own house to be filled with the mouth-watering smells of cooked apples and my most favorite spice, cinnamon.

July 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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