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Sweet time promised at Oakdale Chocolate Festival

Whether you just want to visit a few favorite chocolate booths, find some unique artwork, get some kettle korn or listen to some tunes, there won't be any shortage of things to do this weekend at the annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival.

May 20, 2016 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Turlock students vie for Dairy Princess title

Three local women will compete for the prestigious title of Dairy Princess during ceremonies at the upcoming District 6 Dairy Princess Contest. The gala event will be held June 16 at Our Lady of Assumption Hall in Turlock.

May 20, 2016 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Unemployment rate drops in Stanislaus County

Stanislaus County saw a decline in the number of unemployed individuals during the month of April, according to the latest report from the Employment Development Department.

May 20, 2016 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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 with Murder" and Max Carver from "Desperate House Wives," "Teen Wolf," and "The Leftovers" in an effort to encourage students to register to vote in the upcoming election.

May 19, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Local


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 both awareness and donations for the struggles that many families face during the summer when their children have no access to school meals.

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 the La Grange Dam licensing process.

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 while on area roadways.

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 Board voted Wednesday to replace the percentage based reductions with local conservation goals.

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 climbers don't even pass close to the biggest clusters of the world's largest trees in Sequoia National Park.

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 Merced River Fair roll into Livingston on June 4 and 5.

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 U.S. Department of Agriculture.

May 17, 2016 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Father, son monster truck duo compete together for the first time

The 2016 Budweiser Monster Truck Spring Nationals are taking place this weekend at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, but for Jeff Souza of Denair, the event is especially significant. Souza has been actively participating in monster truck competitions for a few years now, but this weekend marks the first time that he will compete alongside his son, Hunter Souza.

May 13, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Local


Wildlife center to hold animal baby shower

The Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center is hosting a baby shower this Saturday, but be sure to leave your diapers, toys and formula at home. The 2016 Baby Animal Shower is a way for the community to help out young animals in need and enjoy a day learning about wildlife.

May 12, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Local


Fair’s new lounge looks to inspire young women

The Stanislaus County Fair has partnered with Vintage Faire Mall and Yonan's Jewelers to bring guests a contemporary and inspirational lounge for young women, ages 16 to 25, to enjoy. The empowHER Lounge will be a lounge geared towards inspiring young girls to be great leaders in our community.

May 12, 2016 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Downtown association looks to build on re-branding year

The Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association is getting to close the books on the 2015-16 fiscal year and is reporting a year that saw more partnerships and programs, all of which helped to shine a light on the downtown area.

May 12, 2016 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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Local organizations to hold summer arts camps

Summer is here and those looking to keep themselves or their children busy during the hotter months need to look no further than local arts ...

May 27, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Local


Turlock prepares to honor its fallen veterans

Those driving through Turlock Memorial Park this weekend will have no doubt that Turlock remembers the men and women who died in service of their ...

May 27, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Local


New program hopes to find year round opportunities for seasonal workers

A pilot program from the Stanislaus Business Alliance is hoping to take traditional seasonal workers, who often are unemployed for stretches of the year, into ...

May 27, 2016 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Buy, sell and trade at Ziggy’s Video Game Exchange

Type of Business: Video game sales, trades and repairs

May 26, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Local


Anti-DUI efforts planned for holiday weekend

The Avoid the 12 DUI Task Force is sending DUI officers out this holiday weekend for DUI/drivers license checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols countywide ...

May 26, 2016 | | Local


promoting food safety tips for holiday

With Memorial Day weekend approaching and all the picnics and barbeques that go along with it, the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency is reminding people ...

May 26, 2016 | | Local


County approves staffing plan for expanded jail

The county is crafting the move into the new $89.5 million expansion of the Public Safety Center being constructed in west Ceres in phases ...

May 26, 2016 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Local


EMC to tout cancer survivors with ice cream

Emanuel Medical Center will be celebrating cancer survivors with a sweet treat come Wednesday.

May 26, 2016 | | Local


Turlock to celebrate Independence Day with parade, car show and fireworks

Turlock will put its patriotic spirit on display with a host of activities planned for the Fourth of July holiday, ending with a spectacular fireworks ...

May 26, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Community rallies to find missing tortoise

Tortoises aren't known for their speed, but one Turlock tortoise seems to have made a quick getaway. George the California desert tortoise has been ...

May 24, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Local


New downtown eatery donates $8,500 to local athletic programs

The opening of Hauck's earlier this month generated a lot of buzz from Turlockers excited to see the historic downtown building and one-time pharmacy ...

May 24, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Education Foundation seeks public’s help in shipping books to Ghana

In the villages of Ghana, West Africa, school books are hard to come by. Over the past ten years, Books and More Education Foundation has ...

May 24, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Local


Seniors go head-to-head in cycling challenge

Seniors at Covenant Village of Turlock were off to the races Monday as the retirement community kicked off the Tour de CRC, a five-day CyberCycle ...

May 24, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Local


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