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Former foster youth pays it forward

Kevin Walls had a rough start to life. After being abandoned by his mother in a Turlock park at the age of 3, he spent the next five years in a group home. It wasn't until he was 8 years old that he found a loving home with foster parents Don and Winnie Phillips.

June 26, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Calling all bakers

Nothing is more American than apple pie - and a friendly county fair contest to find the best baker around. The annual Stanislaus County Fair apple pie contest not only provides a means of competition, it also means a tasty homemade treat for hundreds of homeless and in-need families.

June 25, 2013 | Nancy Angel | Local


Employees shocked by car wash's sudden closure

It was supposed to be just another day of work for Turlock resident David Whiting. After five years of washing cars at Reflections car wash on Geer Road, Monday was supposed to be no different.

June 25, 2013 | Jay Bhatia | Local


Road Work Report

Caltrans has construction and closures planned for the following areas this week:

June 25, 2013 | | Local


New boutique upcycles vintage furniture

Name of business: Rustic Roots

June 25, 2013 | Jay Bhatia | Local


Garden feeds hungry, teaches campers about giving

What started as a simple gardening project next to the Turlock Salvation Army Corp building, with only a couple of boxes and seeds to plant, blossomed into a mass production that's helped feed hundreds of people in need.

June 25, 2013 | Nancy Angel | Local


Kaepernick and Camp Taylor net over $200,000 with golf tourney

Rain hit the Valley early Monday morning, clouding the summer sun and darkening the skies. With the first annual Against All Odds Golf Tournament scheduled at the Del Rio Country Club in Modesto, it seemed like a case of bad luck.

June 25, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Hughson toddler drowns in hot tub

A family gathering in Hughson Friday night turned tragic when a 2-year-old girl drowned in a hot tub.

June 25, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlockers protest skate park move

Protesters gathered at the Brandon Koch Memorial Skate Park on Monday to voice opposition to the proposed move of the park from its current location on Starr Avenue to Donnelly Park.

June 25, 2013 | Jay Bhatia | Local


Safety precautions kept fire from spreading through Turlock home

A faulty table lamp is likely behind a fire that scorched a Turlock home, but quick responses from the homeowners kept the fire from spreading outside one room.

June 24, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


West Nile reported in Stanislaus County

For the first time this year authorities have found two dead birds in Stanislaus County that have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

June 24, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Deputies win medals at annual competition

Two Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputies earned medals at the recently held United States Police and Fire Championships, organized by the California Police Athletic Foundation.

June 24, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Merced County Fair sees better weather, lower attendance

While the 122nd Merced County Fair saw cooler temperatures than last year's triple digit heat days, the event recorded a 4 percent decrease in attendance compared to 2012.

June 21, 2013 | Jay Bhatia | Local


Coupons offer fresh produce for area seniors

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables isn't just important for the community's youngest residents - it's also a way for senior citizens to remain healthy and active.

June 21, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local


County unemployment rate continues to dwindle

The economic news in Stanislaus County is on an upswing as summer is ushered in, with new companies ramping up their hiring rates and the county reaching a new low for the year in unemployment.

June 21, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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Jessica’s House hosting tour

Jessica's House, the center that helps children and families through the grieving process, will host a "Tour of the Heart," an informal information session about the services offered at the Turlock facility.

May 19, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Local business adopts Osborn classrooms

Although ACE Cash Express is known throughout the community for providing payday loans and cash advances, the business has recently taken action to help out a relatively younger crowd: sixth graders at Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy.

May 19, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Relay for Life event raises over $121K for cancer society

Approximately 800 community members participated in Turlock's Relay for Life at Pitman High School this past weekend, bringing in a net total of $121,000. Event coordinator Taylor Howard reported that she was very happy with this year's turnout, noting that everyone was happy to be there and participated in all of the activities. This year's fundraising efforts extended past one weekend, as nearly 200 students involved in Turlock High School's Relay for Life Club have also been busy fundraising since July to raise $30,710, according to advisor Kristin Bettencourt.

May 19, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Business Alliance survey finds interest in growth, need for qualified employees

Stanislaus County employers are looking to grow according to data from the Stanislaus Business Alliance's first annual Local Industry report.

May 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


VFW to pour beer at Fair Foundation booth for donation

While the Veterans of Foreign Wars will not have their traditional beer booth at the Stanislaus County Fair this year, that doesn't mean they won't have a presence as members of the VFW will be voluntarily pouring beer at the Fair Foundation's beer booth.

May 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


West Nile virus found in Stanislaus County

Stanislaus County health officials confirmed a dead bird found in Modesto earlier this month tested positive for the West Nile virus, marking the presence of the debilitating disease in the region earlier than the previous year.

May 19, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Tracy fire prompts health caution for Stanislaus County

A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.

May 19, 2015 | | Local


Workshop to look at fish passage on Tuolumne River

Local irrigation districts will hold a workshop on Wednesday to discuss fish passage in the Tuolumne River as part of the La Grange Dam licensing process.

May 15, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Memorial park asks public to adopt a flag

Since 1963 countless American flags have flown at the Turlock Memorial Park and Funeral Home on Memorial Day to honor the veterans who have sacrificed their lives to serve the United States of America.

May 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock couple landscape with artificial turf, drought-resistant plants

This week the City of Turlock notified its rate payers that watering would be cut to two days a week with limited hours, a measure taken as a result of state mandated water conservation rules. However, this rule does not apply to at least one household in Turlock.

May 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Several road projects ongoing, upcoming in Turlock

Driving through Turlock is becoming an obstacle of sorts as several construction projects are underway.

May 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Denair student suffers major leg injury in bike collision

An 11-year-old boy riding his bicycle to school Thursday morning suffered a severe injury to his leg when he was hit by a truck.

May 15, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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