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Foster Farms celebrates 75 years of family values and poultry production

The historic home of Max and Verda Foster, founders of family-owned company Foster Farms, is a modest one. While the house and surrounding ranch feature fruit trees, a tennis court and simple white-walled buildings that now serve as administrative locations, there is one things that indicates where the third-generation billion dollar company was born: enormous silos towering in the background bearing a large insignia with a big, bright, red number: 75.

June 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


RETIRING OLD GLORY

Local Boy Scout Troup 21 celebrated Flag Day on Saturday by holding a flag retirement ceremony at the Turlock Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

June 16, 2014 | BY CANDY PADILLA Turlock Journal | Local


Water wisdom for outdoor landscape irrigation

As the weather heats up during the summer months, a rise in water use (especially outdoors) is typical for most households. The majority (60% or more) is used on lawns and outdoor landscaping. There are lots of ways to save water at home, but reducing the water you use outdoors can make the biggest difference of all. Here are a few easy ways to change the way you use water outside your home.

June 13, 2014 | | Local


March for Democracy stops in Turlock

Roughly 20 activists with the grassroots organization 99Rise converged on Central Park in Turlock Friday afternoon on one of many stops in their 480-mile California March for Democracy. The march, which was in its 28th day as of Friday, began in Los Angeles and is set to end in Sacramento on June 22 where organizers and supporters are expected to sit in at the capital and demand that legislators acknowledge "Big Money's" role in the corruption of politics.

June 13, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Local lifeguards enhance skills at regional training

Parents can rest assured that their children will be safe swimming in community pools this summer as local lifeguards have recently undergone extensive training to freshen up their rescue skills and ensure they can cooperate properly with emergency responders in crisis situations.

June 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


First night market of the season a success

A cool breeze greeted guests and vendors at the first night market of the 2014 Turlock Certified Farmers Market season Friday evening as individuals browsed the various stalls for a variety of things from summertime produce to floral arrangements.

June 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock Pentecost Association celebrates over 100 years of sopas

Early Friday morning a crew of over 20 men of the Turlock Pentecost Association hauled in over 20,000 pounds of beef at the Turlock Ballroom for the Association's annual sopas celebration, commonly known as festa in Portuguese. For thousands of years the sopas celebrations have served to not only allow Portuguese families to celebrate their heritage, but to also feed the community just as Queen Isabel did in the 12th century when the tradition was founded.

June 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Don't wait to tell dad how you feel

Father's Day is a sad time for me. It's been almost 15 years since my dad passed away and I can't help but think about all the things I never got to tell him.

June 13, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Whooping cough cases spreading across state

The California Department of Public Health announced earlier this week that pertussis or whooping cough cases in California had reached epidemic levels.

June 13, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Child falls from second story

A 3-year-old Turlock boy was rushed by air ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center Thursday night after toppling out of a second story window

June 12, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock bar charred by fire

A fire believed to be electrical in origin ignited in a Turlock bar Saturday afternoon, causing an estimated $60,000 in damages, according to the Turlock Fire Department.

June 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Red Cross honors the heroes among us

The American Red Cross is honoring those individuals who have shown courage and compassion when called into action with their annual recognition ceremony.

June 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Hilmar Covenant Church sets the scene for Vacation Bible School

Anyone who steps inside the gym at Hilmar Covenant Church this week will likely think that they have left California farmland for the Amazon. There is a 17-foot tree located on the stage, which is just one fixture of the makeover that the church has undergone for its Vacation Bible School.

June 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Retired Turlock teacher shares love of cycling, photography

If you happen to cross paths with Ray Houlihan you're likely to hear a story and be shown several photographs. About what depends on the day, but Turlock High baseball and local events are often a safe bet. Long since retired as a teacher, Houlihan spends his time covering the Turlock community with his camera in hand, often chatting up his subjects and getting contact information so he can share with them his photos.

June 10, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Merced County Fair salutes farmers and ranchers

This year the Merced County Fair is officially honoring those in the agriculture industry who work throughout the year to feed and support the county with its theme "Saluting Our Farmers and Ranchers."

June 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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Stanislaus State welcomes actors to spur voter registration

Students at Stanislaus State were star struck Wednesday as the university hosted actors Kendrick Sampson of "The Vampire Diaries," "Gracepoint," and "How to Get Away ...

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Save Mart holds annual peanut butter drive

Giving back is now as simple as purchasing a jar of peanut butter or jelly thanks to Save Mart Supermarkets' "Peanut Butter Roundup," which raises ...

May 19, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Local


TID continues fish passage discussions on Tuolumne River

Local irrigation districts held a meeting on Thursday to discuss a number of fish passage field studies planned in the Tuolumne River as part of ...

May 19, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Renewed effort to remind people to buckle up for safety

Local law enforcement will be participating in the national Click It or Ticket campaign with an increased focus on motorists that fail to buckle up ...

May 19, 2016 | | Local


Water control board hands conservation efforts over to local districts

The efforts to keep water usage at a reasonable level will now be the responsibility of individual water districts as the State Water Resources Control ...

May 19, 2016 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Giant sequoias' namesake park deserves a visit

Grand as they are, it's easy to overlook giant sequoias, even for those who visit the Sierra Nevada range often. Tahoe skiers and Yosemite ...

May 17, 2016 | BY MATT JOHANSON Special to the Journal | Local


Annual farm and river festival returns to Livingston

Valley dwellers will have the opportunity to pick, taste and learn first-hand about the local ecosystem when the Pick and Gather at Riverdance Farms and ...

May 17, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Local


Honey bees still declining, finds survey

The number of honey bee colonies in the United States experienced an 8 percent decline in 2015, according to a recently released study from the ...

May 17, 2016 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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