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More families than ever before need food assistance, finds USDA report

Across the nation there were 17.4 million families, or approximately 15 percent of the country's households that struggled to put food on the table during 2009, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

November 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Simple practices can keep holiday shopping a safe experience

After the turkey is settling in the tummy and long before the sun rises, shoppers will be making their way to the area's shopping malls and centers for all the deals they can handle. Joining this dedicated lot will be a criminal element looking to capitalize on the hustle and bustle of the shopping frenzy.

November 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Church, CSU Stanislaus feed homeless on Thanksgiving

While most experience the taste of a slowly roasted turkey every Thanksgiving, those without homes rarely get the privilege of partaking in a holiday feast.

November 23, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Art Briefs

Book signing

November 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


A family tradition

Practice makes perfect. Dave Hillenga and his 5-year-old grandson Braydon Johnson found that old adage to be true on Monday, when they won first place in the pumpkin pie contest that they took second place in last year.

November 23, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


OFF TO SACRAMENTO

California State University, Stanislaus administration, faculty and staff bid a fond farewell to the university's assistant vice president for communications and public affairs on Friday. Kristin Olsen (pictured center) will soon be leaving her post at the university to tackle the challenges of the California State Assembly.

November 19, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Calling all pie makers

Local bakers will have an opportunity to test their pumpkin pie recipes before the big day - and give to those in need in the process - through the 15th annual Pumpkin Pie Contest. The annual pie contest is not only a friendly competition, but pies are also donated to the United Samaritans Daily Bread lunch program. Participants are asked to submit two pumpkin pies to Dubyak Family Chiropractic located at 3008 Geer Rd., in Turlock, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday. The pumpkin pies will be judged by local dignitaries on five different criteria: Appearance, taste of ...

November 19, 2010 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Living memorial for slain toddler

The living Christmas tree in the memory of Colton Smith lit up the dark night Wednesday in Delhi during a dedication ceremony for the deceased boy.

November 19, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Christmas charity in dire need of toys, food

In the holiday season, everyone's budget gets stretched a bit thin to achieve the proper amount of merriment. But for those truly in need – the recently jobless, those struggling just to make ends meet –any merriment at all can be just a Christmas wish.

November 19, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Journal employee proposes through billboard art

An intimate dinner may be the perfect way to propose marriage for most men, but not Hector Ramirez. When the Journal employee and Livingston resident decided it was time to pop the question to long-time girlfriend Arianna Herrera, he wanted to go big - 8 feet by 16 feet, to be exact.

November 19, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Marginal increase in county’s unemployment

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County stayed at a steady rate in October, according to the latest numbers released by the Economic Development Department.

November 19, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Energy efficiency mandates, fewer funds, increased assistance demand put TID directors between a roc

A combination of reduced revenues and increased demand for discounted rates could force the Turlock Irrigation District to bear the brunt of solar grant costs in coming years, according to a report delivered Tuesday.

November 16, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Businesses balk at signage enforcement

The City of Turlock's effort to reign in out-of-control illegal signage went in front of local business owners Monday night, but business owners say they need that additional signage to help weather the down economy.

November 16, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Boy killed by pitbull honored with tree dedication

A living tree will be dedicated tonight during a ceremony in Delhi in memorial to a toddler who was mauled to death by a pitbull.

November 16, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Community gathers to support Salvation Army at annual Kettle Kick-Off

Over 600 people gathered at the Larsa Banquet Hall Tuesday to ring in the holiday season with giving. The annual Salvation Army Kettle Kick-Off not only brought hundreds together for a pre-Thanksgiving turkey dinner, but also raised much-needed funds for the Turlock Salvation Army.

November 16, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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City, Stanislaus Business Alliance formalize 20 year partnership

While the City of Turlock has been a member of the Stanislaus Business Alliance since 1994, on Tuesday the two entities entered into an official agreement with the sanctioning of the Turlock City Council.

November 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock kicks off holiday season with Turkey Trot

While individuals across town will be rushing to the grocery store in upcoming days to purchase a turkey in time for Thanksgiving, a few lucky locals won't need to stress as the winner of the City of Turlock's annual Turkey Trot fun run will be granted the festive bird as a victory prize.

November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Ringing in season of giving

The only thing made more apparent than the Salvation Army's love of bells at the 18th annual Kettle Kick-Off Luncheon was the generosity of the community as they donated over $46,000 for the local Salvation Army Corps.

November 18, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock recycling company receives $1 million grant

Peninsula Plastics Recycling in Turlock was selected among more than 50 applicants to receive a $1 million grant which will bring new equipment and nine new positions to the company.

November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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


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