Finding a job, any job, to put food on the table was almost impossible for Marion Youhanaei, who lived in Iran most of his life. He couldn't get a job anywhere in his native Iran, because he was a Christian.
Most people her age don't have to deal with some of life's hardships until they are older, but Freedom Alternative High School student Kinleigh Kirkpatrick has not only survived a few hard knocks, she is thriving despite them.
Eggleston Dental Care gave MedicAlert Foundation a check for $525 to use toward the Crayons to Calculators Initiative. The Crayons to Calculators Initiative provides school supplies to over 1,500 students every year with the help of the community. Eggleston Dental donated all the money they made in providing in-chair whitening sessions to patients.
Turlock resident and assistant principal at Mitchell Senior Elementary, Jenn Handy, walked away from her "Wheel of Fortune" appearance with $7,600 in cash and prizes and a second place finish.
With temperatures reaching below 40 degrees and rains flooding the streets of Turlock, many people are left with little shelter or warmth during the winter season. Sharon Bristow saw the suffering some endure during the cold weather and wanted to make a difference. And that is how the quilts for the needy program - Gotcha Covered - began.
Santa Claus will be visiting Turlock a little early this year, with some help from the Turlock City Fire Department. Santa will ride his "sleigh," an antique fire engine, through as many neighborhoods as possible from Dec. 1 through Dec. 20. He will be passing out candy, playing Christmas tunes, and greeting families as he drives by. This program was started over 25 years ago by current Fire Chief Mark Langley.
With Santa on his way, the City of Turlock kicked off the holiday season with their annual lighting of the Christmas tree that is now two years old and stationed in Central Park. About 3,000 people crowded Main Street with Santa hats, smiles and some slick dance moves as bands played a variety of Christmas tunes on Friday. To top off the pre-Christmas celebration, Santa took a break from making presents in the North Pole to take pictures with the boys and girls of Turlock.
After six months of negotiations with the City of Turlock through the changing will of the City Council and obstacles of a down economy the Carnegie Arts Center Foundation can finally look ahead.
Over 500 boxes were stuffed with toothbrushes, Nerf balls, and cans of refried beans Tuesday with the help of 100 volunteers. Their goal: To send some holiday cheer to those fighting for our country.
The Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors voted in a new president and vice president on Tuesday, as they bid adieu to two long-term members of the board.
In a year that has been called the worst since the great depression, Turlock residents are finding the means to give to the less fortunate this holiday season. Dave Dubyak, owner of Dubyak Family Chiropractic, hosted the 14th annual Turlock pumpkin pie contest on Monday. All pies entered in the contest will be donated to the United Samaritans Foundation's Daily Bread program to be served as desert on Thanksgiving Day.
On any given day thousands of gallons of milk, tons of nuts, and truckloads of fruit roll out of the Central Valley headed to dinner tables across America and the world. And on any given night, thousands of Central Valley residents go to bed feeling the pangs of hunger.
When Americans think Thanksgiving, they think turkey. This proud bird has been the pièce de résistance at feasts across the country since the beginning of the Thanksgiving holiday. Turkeys have also been a part of the Turlock culture from nearby Foster Farms to the former Butterball processing plant to the "Turkey Tech" nickname of CSU Stanislaus. Turlockers know a thing or two about turkey, but sometimes even they need some assistance in the kitchen.
Hopefully, the wheel was kind to Turlock resident Jenn Handy and spared her from the dreaded "Lose A Turn," and the loathsome "Bankrupt."
After months of a steady decrease, the unemployment rate in Stanislaus County shot back up again as the harvest season came to a close, according to the latest figures from the Economic Development Department.
As part of the City of Turlock's Go Green week, citizens could catch a ride with the city's public transportation services free of charge. By cutting the usual fares, city staff believed Turlock residents would be encouraged to utilize the city's bus service, therefore cutting back on vehicle gas emissions.
The Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors will consider approving a waiver for the Moccasin Point Marina concession lease agreement that would see the marina move from its current location at the Don Pedro Lake due to insufficient water levels.
The number of burn prohibitions in Stanislaus County almost doubled this past season as the abnormally dry winter kept air pollution levels high.
Local children from preschool through kindergarten, and some daycare groups, brushed up on oral hygiene basics at First Step Dental on Friday during educational field trips to celebrate Dental Health Month.
State health officials have announced another increase in influenza-related deaths, but reported the rate of hospitalizations is at or below normal for this time of year, suggesting the peak may have passed.
When Denair Middle School student Cody Alicea was asked in 2010 to take an American flag off his bike due to safety concerns, it sparked a nationwide response that flooded the small Valley town with patriotic supporters of Old Glory and a debate on students' right to free speech.
German Sheppards are usually associated with police departments, but there is one Turlock pooch that has taken an understandable shine to the Turlock Police Department.
More than two decades ago, Vivien Jacob came to America from Iran looking for a better life. The International Rescue Committee was there to help her resettle in her new country and now she is part of the 80-year-old organization's mission to bring refugees from harm to home.
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A Golden Eagle affectionately known as "#53" is recuperating at the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center in Hughson after being hit by a car in Los Banos.
Generosity was in the air on Saturday as local company Lancaster Painting employees donated their time to offer a complimentary paint job to a local community member as part of the company's annual Paint it Forward event.
The growing severity of California's drought has resulted in one of the lowest water allotments for irrigation purposes in Turlock Irrigation District's history. Starting the irrigation season on March 27, local growers serviced by TID will see a 20-inch cap water allotment, with little to no carryover in the Don Pedro Reservoir for 2015 – an unprecedented decision by TID staff.
There wasn't a bike race happening in Turlock on Sunday morning, although it looked as though that was the case. It was a "bike run for fun," according to Jose Garcia who teamed up with Mario Martinez of Turlock and the Rolling Relics of Modesto to bring this family-oriented function to Turlock. The event brought people from various locations including Gilroy, Sacramento and the Bay Area. Garcia, who works for the City of Turlock, has participated in various bike runs with the Rolling Relics and wanted to bring one to Turlock.