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Serpa takes reins of backcountry horseman

Former Turlock resident Dennis M. Serpa was recently elected as president of the Backcountry Horseman of California (BCHC).

January 21, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Downtown report shows increased event attendance; slight improvement in vacancy rates

While the effects of the troubled economy continue to ripple through Turlock's business communities, the Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association marked 2010 as a year of successful campaigns that brought more people to the downtown corridor, said the association's executive director Trina Walley.

January 21, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


County sees increase in unemployment rate; Emanuel Medical Center eliminates 22 positions

Economists may be preaching about the road to recovery, but the sluggish economy is continuing to take a toll on Stanislaus County, with the ranks of unemployment growing in the last month, according to the latest figures from the Economic Development Department.

January 21, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Fire mars new gym

Construction work on a new Turlock gym sparked a blaze that caused damage to the structure's roof and prompted a temporary evacuation of nearby tenants.

January 18, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock swine show unofficial start of fair season for many 4-H, FFA students

There were not many bidders left in the stands as the last few hogs made their way to the auction block at the WD Swine Farm show and sale on Saturday. The farm was selling pigs exclusively for projects, mostly 4-H and FFA, and many of the school-aged bidders were already happily admiring their purchases through the bars of the pig pens.

January 18, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Organization aims to break child abuse cycle through parenting education

It can be scary for a high school student to find out she or he is going to be a parent. Besides the impact that becoming a parent will have on a teen's plans for their future, many realize they know nothing about taking care of an infant or raising a child.

January 14, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Whooping cough vaccination mandatory for junior and high school students

Before junior and high school students can ever step foot into their homeroom classes, they're going to have to roll up their sleeves for one more shot.

January 14, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


FAITH: ARMENIAN CHRISTMAS

Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Church of Turlock celebrated "Armenian Christmas," the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany, on Saturday. The Armenian Church holiday, traditionally recognized on Jan. 6, is a feast day that commemorates not only the birth of Christ, but also His baptism by John the Baptist. The latter is remembered through the "Blessing of Water" ceremony, which follows the Divine Liturgy.

January 11, 2011 | | Local


Turlock Shou Shu master gets training, new perspective on China trip

Shifu David King, head instructor at Moore's Martial Arts in Turlock, isn't just a third degree black belt in Shou Shu. He's a master of three animal-based styles of combat, able to invoke the force of the bear, tiger, or mongoose to defeat his opponents.

January 11, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Alliance Worknet puts county residents to work

As the number of unemployed residents in the county increases - approximately 41,000 as of November, according to the Economic Development Department -and the number of open positions decrease, a feeling of hopelessness can overwhelm job seekers.

January 11, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Blaze damages RV

A fire inside a recreational vehicle parked in a Turlock neighborhood displaced a 66-year-old man.

January 07, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Citizens’ police academy

The Turlock Police Department will be hosting a Citizens' Police Academy starting Feb. 24. The program is designed to give the participants a working knowledge of the Turlock Police Department and the criminal justice system. The program consists of a series of 11 classes and discussions held once a week, on Thursday evenings typically from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is no cost to anyone who enrolls.

January 07, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Rape Aggression Defense class

The Turlock Police Department, in partnership with California State University, Stanislaus, is continuing to provide Rape Aggression Defense training to the community.

January 07, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Share your pregnancy story

Pregnancy and childbirth are very special times in life of parents. The Turlock Journal is looking for local expectant or new parents who would like to share their stories with our readers. The Journal will be publishing a special section on Jan. 29 titled "It's a New World Baby!" that will include personal experiences, along with stories about medical advances, technology, education and sports.

January 07, 2011 | | Local


World’s tallest model sprouts from Turlock

Turlock-grown model Amazon Eve has gotten used to looking down at others, literally. But her towering 6 feet, 8 inches of height, making her the tallest model in the world, didn't make her life very easy with others looking down at her, metaphorically.

January 07, 2011 | Maegan Martens | Local


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Foster Farms donates thousands of turkeys for Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches Foster Farms is taking steps to ensure that more families will enjoy the holiday by gathering around the table for a turkey dinner, by donating to food banks up and down the West Coast.

November 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Fair receives $250K donation from Associated Feed

The facilities and landscape of the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds will soon receive a much-needed makeover, made possible by a generous donation and new partnership.

November 18, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock teacher wins local Innovation Challenge

When Elias Ruiz ventured to San Diego to present an invention at the "Shark Tank" audition, a reality competition that allows aspiring entrepreneurs to make business presentations to a panel of potential investors, he was disappointed that he did not hear back from the show. That was until his friend discovered that he could apply for a similar competition locally: the Stanislaus Innovation Challenge.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


What about desalination during the drought?

When discussing the current drought in California, there is often talk of desalination and its potential to increase our freshwater supply. Desalination, the process of removing salt and minerals from saline water, seems like an obvious solution to the drought and ongoing water scarcity concerns because it is a reliable, drought-proof water source. Indeed, many new desalination plants have been proposed along the California coast and a number of them are already in operation, such as in Monterey and Carlsbad. While desalination may be a reliable option, the answer is much more complicated.

November 14, 2014 | | Local


New day center in the works for gospel mission

The Turlock Gospel Mission is expected to close a deal today that will have them operating a new day center across from the year-round shelter under construction on Broadway.

November 14, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Heckendorf’s closing its doors after 88 years

After 88 years of operation, Heckendorf's Auto Electric will be closing its doors for good.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cupcakes for Charity

How much is 99 dozen cupcakes worth? For the Bell Real Estate Cycling Team, $2,700 to purchase bicycles for kids in need this Christmas.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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