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County unemployment climbs upward

The latest figures from the Economic Development Department show the unemployment rate in Stanislaus County edged slightly higher in July, even though it's typically a time of the year when unemployment is lower because of increased jobs related to harvest seasons.

August 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Brenda Athletics hosts fundraiser for Make a Wish

A child's wish is about to come true in the Stanislaus County thanks to Brenda Athletics who is raising money for their dream to become a reality.

August 18, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Gas prices on the rise

Gas prices have risen and fallen wildly over the last month, but are trending higher according to the latest report from AAA Northern California.

August 18, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


TID says good-bye to Weis after 10 years of service

The Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors bid a fond farewell to General Manager Larry Weis on Tuesday, recognizing Weis for his 10 years of service.

August 17, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Recent deaths somber reminder for train safety

As witnessed in the tragedy that took Miguel Sanchez's life on a railroad line in Turlock, the danger of entering a railroad right of way can have disastrous consequences.

August 17, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Police fund raising event returns after 47-year absence

After a 47-year hiatus Turlockers will once again have the opportunity to dance the night away at the Turlock Policeman's Ball.Planned as a fund raising event for the Turlock Police Association's Widows and Orphans benefit fund, the ball will be 50s themed in homage to the first policeman's ball. Guests are encouraged to come in 50s attire or in formal wear.The return of a night of dinner and dancing is finding an appreciative audience in Turlock, said Allison Martin, president of the Widows and Orphans board."People and companies have been coming out of the ...

August 13, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock City Council race sees last-minute filings

At the last minute, seven Turlock City Council candidates – including three whose candidacy was previously unannounced – came out of the woodwork to file by the extended deadline to run in the Nov. 2 election. Stanislaus County Deputy District Attorney Shawn Barlow put papers in early this week, while William W. DeHart Jr., the director of marketing at Covenant Village retirement home, and David "DJ" Fransen, owner of TurlockCityNews.com, filed late on Wednesday.DeHart and Barlow are newcomers to Turlock politics, while Fransen will make his third run for elected office this fall. He previously launched an unsuccessful campaign for ...

August 13, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


New classes reach out to family members of those with mental illness

Debbie Callahan remembers what it was like to attend her first meeting of a family support group hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She was a little hesitant at first, and wasn't sure that the group could help. She said that's how most people feel when they first reach out for support when caring for a loved one with a mental illness. "They really think 'there is no way anyone else could be going through what I'm going through. It can't be this bad for anyone else,'" Callahan said. Thanks to NAMI, Callahan said ...

August 10, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


TPD Open House

The Turlock Police Department held their annual open house and safety fair on Saturday and the event drew in lots of community members.

August 10, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Fourth train-related death prompts safety survey

A 26-year-old man walking home from a birthday celebration was struck and killed by a passing freight train Sunday morning in Turlock.The deceased was identified as Miguel Sanchez of Keyes. Sanchez had been walking along the railroad tracks in the area of Fulkerth Road and Front Street around 3:30 a.m. when he was hit, said Turlock Police Detective Michael Parmley.The circumstances around Sanchez's death remain unclear, though Parmley said there were no signs of foul play. The accident was called in by the Union Pacific conductor on the train.Just as befuddled by the death ...

August 10, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Fair attendance drops by 8 percent

Despite a change in run dates and a conflicting schedule with the California State Fair, the Stanislaus County Fair still drew over 209,108 people to the annual 10-day event.

August 06, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Woman dies after being hit by truck

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a Modesto woman, who appears to have stepped into the path of a pickup traveling along a Turlock road.

August 06, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Lazar runs unopposed in November election

There's no need to hold an election: incumbent Turlock Mayor John Lazar will win a second term as Mayor unopposed.

August 06, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Hughson council races start to heat up; recall in two weeks

The ballots are out and Hughson residents are counting down the days. After seven months of prep work, the recall election is finally coming down to the last two and a half weeks before the big day on Aug. 24 and the candidates can't wait.

August 06, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Worker found dead in Stevinson

A man who had spent the better part of the day irrigating fields in Stevinson was found dead Tuesday night, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

August 06, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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Cigarettes may be banned in Turlock parks

Turlock smokers may need to find new locations to puff on their cigarettes and cigars other than city parks if local Girl Scouts have anything to do with it.

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


TID Board presents Domestic Water Project specifics

The Turlock Irrigation District hosted a public meeting Tuesday night for community members to voice their views and pose questions about the potential Domestic Water Project, which has two water districts at odds.

August 12, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Monte Vista Plaza signs get upsize approval

Tenants of the Monte Vista Plaza, which plays host to shops such as Amazing Nails and Spa and Dean's Pizza, will soon be receiving a facelift as their signs will be several inches bigger to increase visibility from the road.

August 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Mike Lynch honored by Cal Chamber

Turlocker Mike Lynch has long been involved in the political and government sphere, but this year marks the first time he is being recognized by the California Chamber of Commerce as a Small Business Advocate of the Year - just one of four individuals selected from among the 480 chambers that comprise Cal Chamber.

August 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City continues to cutback water use

As local students trickle back into the classrooms for another year of school, the water in the City of Turlock aquatic playgrounds will also dribble to a stop as the City makes efforts to conserve during the state's ongoing drought.

August 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Almonds take top spot in county

Stanislaus County's Annual Crop and Livestock Report for 2013 revealed yet another record breaking year for agricultural commodities, mainly in fruit and tree crops. The report, which was released yesterday morning, also marks the first year that the almond industry overtook milk production for the number one commodity spot.

August 12, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Larsa likely to keep permit despite neighbor complaints

Larsa Banquet Hall is three substantiated noise complaints away from having their Conditional Use Permit revoked pending an upcoming hearing at the Stanislaus County Planning Commission in October.

August 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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