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COMMUNITY: EAGLE SCOUT

Skyler Sexton will become an Eagle Scout at a ceremony scheduled for Feb. 26 at the First United Methodist Church. Skyler was a Cub Scout for five years, during which time he earned the Arrow of Light, the highest honor in the Cub Scouts. He has been a Boy Scout for six years with Troop #451 and has earned 29 merit badges, attended summer camp at Camp Mensinger and held various positions of leadership.Skyler attends John H. Pitman High School where he maintains a 4.0 G.P.A. He plays on both the varsity basketball and varsity tennis ...

February 09, 2011 | | Local


Grant allows small business development center to expand services

A new federal grant to the Small Business Administration's University of California, Merced Small Business Development Center Regional Network will provide additional resources to grow or start businesses – and create jobs in the process.

February 08, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Funding to promote prevention and early intervention of mental health issues

In the past, California public mental health services were limited to treatment, usually medication, for people with serious mental illness. The California Mental Health Commission is hoping to change that by promoting "help first" rather than "fail first" mental health treatment.

February 08, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock manager lovin’ her job reaps rewards

When Betsy Lazar moved to Turlock from Iran in 2001 she took an hourly job at McDonald's. She had no idea that she would someday be in the top 1 percent of McDonald's management.

February 08, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Llama hobo classic show brings the fuzzy to town

Llamas from all over the state – and their owners - converged on the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds this past weekend for the Llama Association of North America's (LANA) third annual hobo classic llama show. This winter event is an opportunity for owners to show their llamas as nature intended them, fuzzy, dirty and happy.

February 08, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


State budget cuts could deflate county fairs

Governor Jerry Brown's current budget proposal includes a 100 percent reduction in California county fair funding, slashing $32 million from fair budgets across the state. If the budget is approved, nearly 30 county fairs could permanently or temporarily close.

February 04, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Mayor saves historic church

Turlock's earliest Assyrian church, set for demolition, was saved this week by the efforts of Turlock Mayor John Lazar.

February 04, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Turlock City Fire Call Summary

The Turlock Fire Department responded to a total of 447 incidents in the month of January.

February 04, 2011 | | Local


County bus system begins fare changes

Exact fare is no longer required for rides on Stanislaus Regional Transit busses, following the implementation of a new fare system on Monday.

February 01, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


TID prepares for Don Pedro relicensing process

The Turlock Irrigation District on Tuesday officially began the five-plus year project to relicense Don Pedro Reservoir.

February 01, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Turlock native crowned Miss San Joaquin County

"Be yourself." That is the key, said newly crowned Miss San Joaquin County Joelle Aud, to succeeding in a scholarship pageant - and in life.

January 29, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


New Year’s fitness goals: One month later

The ball has dropped, the Champagne bottle is empty, and the novelty of the new year is starting to wear off. Resolutions that were so adamantly proclaimed at the stroke of midnight have faded to distant memories for many Turlockers. Others are still clinging to the hope that a new year can mean a clean slate for accomplishing the goals they most want to meet. We are one month in to 2011, and it is the make-or-break point for New Years' resolutions.

January 29, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Clampers to memorialize Irwin City

Preserving the history of the West is the mission - and only serious activity - of the fraternal club E Clampus Vitus (Clampers). The Estanislao Chapter of the Clampers' next project in the works is memorializing one of north Merced County's ghost towns - Irwin City.

January 29, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Convention and Visitors Bureau looks to expand on successful sports concierge program in 2011

Sports are big business – even at the local level – according to Turlock's Convention and Visitors Bureau.

January 25, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


COMMUNITY: HELPING TANNER

Monica and James Woods accepted a check from American Legion Rex Ish Post 88 and the American Legion Riders on Sunday. The money will help with medical expenses for their baby boy Tanner, who was born with multiple heart defects in December. Monica Woods said that Tanner is finally home after six weeks of hospital stays and open heart surgery.

January 25, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


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Local families make room in their hearts, homes for adopted children

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and local families are epitomizing the importance of adopting a child.

November 13, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock Lake drained for 10-year inspection

Water levels at Turlock Lake are the lowest they have been in 10 years and for once the ongoing drought is not to blame. Rather, Turlock Irrigation District has intentionally dropped water levels by over 10,000 acre feet in order to carefully inspect the lake's control structure and power house.

November 11, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Running for the Army

Participants in the 4th annual Kettle Dash ran around downtown Turlock on Saturday for a good cause. The event, which included a kids' dash, 5K and 10K race, as well as this year's newly added dog walk through the help of sponsor Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital, included over 300 runners and dog walkers, said event chair Nick Hackler.

November 11, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Lancaster Painting accepting nominations for annual service project

While the Lancaster Painting team is well versed in catering to customers' needs year-round, there is one special client each year that the company especially looks forward to: the Paint it Forward winner.

November 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Gas prices continue to fall

A welcome decline in state gas prices has fueled Californian's spirits with yet another double-digit drop in prices registering at $3.21 on average for a gallon of unleaded gasoline on Tuesday - that's $0.38 cheaper than prices reported in AAA Northern California's latest monthly gas survey of Oct. 14. California leads the year-to-year decline nationwide with almost $0.40 drop in gas prices.

November 11, 2014 | | Local


Unskilled labor force holding Valley back

Where do people hire unskilled laborers? Not in the United States, at least according to Professor Gokce Soydemir of California State University, Stanislaus.

November 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


One teen killed in motorcycle crash, another critically injured

At 8:49 a.m. Saturday, Jared Collins, 15, posted a new photo of him perched atop a motorcycle to his Facebook account. One hour later the Turlock teenager had sustained fatal injuries while out riding the bike with a friend.

November 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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