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Family, friends of Brandon Koch start petition to rename skate park in his honor

Skateboarding was not just a pastime for Brandon Koch, it was a major component of his life. That is why Koch's family and friends can think of no better way to honor the memory of the 26-year-old who lost his battle with adrenocortical cancer on April 12, than by renaming the Turlock Skate Park the Brandon Koch Memorial Park.

April 27, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


City, students celebrate Arbor Day with tree planting

Leaf it to Turlock to celebrate Arbor Day with a bang.

April 27, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Campaign to stop human trafficking comes to area

In California a person convicted of forcing someone into the sex trade or forced labor would face a maximum of eight years in prison. But efforts to toughen up California's laws on human trafficking are ramping up, including a statewide tour in support of the California Against Sexual Exploitation Act that will be making a stop in Modesto on Saturday.

April 27, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Grant to help socially disadvantaged ag producers

The USDA is accepting grant applications to assist small, socially disadvantaged agricultural producers and cooperatives in rural areas to spur job creation.

April 26, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


2011 CALIFORNIA ALMOND ACREAGE REPORT

California's 2011 almond acreage is estimated at 835,000 acres, up 1 percent from the 2010 acreage of 825,000. Of the total acreage for 2011, 760,000 acres were bearing and 75,000 acres were non-bearing. Preliminary bearing acreage for 2012 is estimated at 780,000 acres.

April 26, 2012 | | Local


Kiwanis make a difference

Each year, Kiwanis Clubs around the world join in a day of service. This year it was April 21, and the Kiwanis Club of Turlock along with the Key Clubs from Turlock and Pitman high schools, came together to make a difference in the community. The clubs made over 40 flannel blankets to donate to local organizations. Last year, blankets were donated to the Turlock Police Department to hand out to families in crisis and Verda's House, the Turlock branch of the Children's Crisis Center. The Key Clubs had not yet decided which organizations to donate the blankets ...

April 24, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Delhi junior to compete in teen pageant

Delhi's Jenise Naranjo will be competing for scholarship funds on Saturday in the 2012 Teen Pageant in Sacramento.

April 24, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


TAC donates children’s books to homeless center

The simple vision of a book in every child's hand has led to a massive book donation, thanks to local teens.

April 24, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Measure to ban death penalty makes November ballot

The decision to repeal the death penalty and impose life sentences without parole for prisoners will soon be in the hands of California voters.

April 24, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


German students make ‘life-long friends’ in Turlock

Four years ago Bryan and Dorianne Long hosted German exchange students when their son Garrett, then a senior at Turlock High School, told them about the opportunity. In exchange Garrett was able to visit Germany. Since then the family has continued to host students every other year, something Bryan Long called "nothing but a wonderful experience."

April 24, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Turlockers turn out to support Relay for Life

More than 1,000 people participated in the 2012 Turlock Relay For Life, held Saturday at Dutcher Middle School. Seventy different teams, including participants from local schools, businesses and churches walked with a goal to raise $250,000. The preliminary fundraising tally was $169,017 on Tuesday, but the final numbers won't be in until later this week, according to event organizers. Last year the Turlock Relay For Life raised $237,000.

April 24, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Mad cow disease discovered in Central California dairy cow

A dairy cow from Central California was confirmed as the nation's fourth case of mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday.

April 24, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Hundreds of Boy Scouts take over Turlock fairgrounds

An estimated 800 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts and parents called the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds home last weekend during the Boy Scouts of America's Greater Yosemite Council annual Jamboree.

April 23, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Dollar General Market opens in Hilmar

Hilmar gained about 50 jobs – and one of the California's first Dollar General stores - as the business celebrates its grand opening today.

April 20, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Governor joins thousands of mourners at deputy’s funeral

In a moving service that recalled his dedication to public service and his appreciation for all of life's adventures, the community expressed a sad farewell to Deputy Robert "Bob" Paris.

April 20, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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Turlock game designer thinks small for big fun

Turlock game inventor Chris Handy doesn't want to see his newest games sitting on anyone's shelf. He would much rather see them in cup holders and coat pockets.

August 26, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Café La Mo opens for business

After much anticipation, locals visiting downtown Turlock can now get their coffee fix as Wednesday marks La Mo Café's first official day in business.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Worst earthquake since Loma Prieta shakes Napa Valley

The Napa Valley area is under a state of emergency following a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck between Napa and American Canyon at 3:20 a.m. today. This was the largest earthquake in the Bay Area since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, almost 25 years ago.

August 24, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


'The Property Brothers' pay Hughson couple a home visit

A Hughson woman's dream came true Monday, when she and her husband, were treated to an in-home consulta­tion with HGTV (Home and Gar­den Television) celebrity home designers Jonathan and Drew Scott (aka The Property Brothers). It was a prize valued at $5,000.

August 23, 2014 | BY TERESA HAMMOND Turlock Journal | Local


New report shows budget impact of rising firefighting costs

A new report shows that as the cost of fighting forest fires has rapidly increased over the last 20 years, the budgets for other forest programs, including those that can help prevent and mitigate fire damage, have substantially shrunk. The Forest Service's firefighting appropriation has rapidly risen as a proportion of the Forest Service's overall budget, increasing from 16 percent in 1995 to 42 percent today, forcing cuts in other budget areas.

August 23, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Commission honors police chief

The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training awarded Turlock Police Chief Robert Jackson with an Executive Certificate, honoring his achievements in law enforcement both academically and on the streets.

August 23, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Water use efficiency measures for the home

The average household uses approximately 260 gallons of water per day. A significant amount of that use occurs in the kitchen and bathroom. Lengthy showers, older appliances and fixtures, and overuse of the water tap are just a few of the water wasting activities that occur in these areas of the home.

August 23, 2014 | | Local


Breakfast challenge proves that a picture is worth a thousand dollars

The California Milk Processor Board invites California high school students to share a photo of their breakfast that contains milk on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to win $1,000.

August 23, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Shredded paper, plastic bags no longer recyclable in Turlock

Turlock residents may now need to take additional steps to sort their trash as locals will no longer be able to recycle shredded paper or plastic bags according to the City of Turlock.

August 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cost of Raising a Child

In their annual Expenditures on Children by Families report, the United States Department of Agriculture estimated that the cost of raising a child born in 2013 will be $245,340, a 1.8 percent increase from last year. The report, also known as the Cost of Raising a Child, revealed that housing, child care, and food account for the three largest shares across income groups, comprising of 64 percent of total expenses.

August 23, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


City parks boost local neighborhoods, economy

With California in the midst of a drought and an ongoing statewide fight over water garnering national attention, much consideration has been focused on the landscape around Turlock - and City parks is no exception.

August 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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