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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


Turlockers join nation in touting benefits of farmers markets

Fresh produce, supporting local farmers and getting some good deals are just a few of the reasons that locals are diehard fans of the Turlock Certified Farmers Market. And this week they can celebrate the market along with fresh food lovers across the country as part of National Farmers Market Week.

August 06, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


National Night Out

Neighborhoods across Turlock forsook the indoors Tuesday night and came out to party in the streets for the annual National Night Out celebration. Joining in the festivities were representatives from the Turlock Police Department, Turlock City Fire Department, California State University, Stanislaus Police Department, Turlock Irrigation District and other special guests including Mayor John Lazar and McGruff the Crime Dog.

August 03, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


More water flow needed for fish, finds delta report

More water should be allowed to flow through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and into the San Francisco Bay, according to a State Water Board report which was unanimously approved Tuesday.The 180-page informational report, required by the 2009 Delta Reform Act and not directly tied to any legislative action, establishes the volume, quality and timing of water flow needed to protect fish and wildlife."For the first time, the board has come forth with explicit estimates on flows needed to protect the estuary and the results are not surprising," said Bill Jennings, executive director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance ...

August 03, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


A sign of the times

With a quick drive down Golden State Boulevard, Geer Road, or Monte Vista Avenue, the issue becomes crystal clear: the streets of Turlock are overflowing with unlicensed signs.Across the country, from Mesa, Ariz. to Forest Grove, Ore. and Los Angeles, municipalities are trying to stem the proliferation of unlicensed signs. The trend has been driven by businesses' needs to attract more customers, erecting flashy illegal signs to garner the attention of those driving by.The City of Turlock is just the most recent city to take a stand against these unlawful signs, hoping to cut down on the clutter ...

August 03, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Journal welcomes new publisher

David A. Winegarden is the new publisher of the Turlock Journal.

August 03, 2010 | Special to the Journal | Local


Local dairymen struggle to survive

California dairy farmers have been fighting a losing battle for the past two years and slowly turning into a dying breed. Norman and Mike Lucas, owners of Lucas Dairy, have been in the business for over 60 years and they are struggling just to come out even.

August 03, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Local unwanted small breed dogs find new owners out of state

A few lucky dogs from Turlock will soon have the chance to start over with a new life in a new country. The demand for small dogs in the Pacific Northwest and Canada is helping Turlock Animal Shelter find forever homes for local abandoned pets. Turlock Animal Shelter has sent 40 cats and 87 dogs to out-of-state rescue groups since January of this year. Many of those animals went to rescue groups in Washington and Oregon, and some as far as Canada. Officer Glena Jackson of the Turlock Police Department said that in the past these animals would have gone ...

July 30, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Used book store looks to fill a niche for local readers

When Valerie and Tim Brown started contemplating what type of business to open, they didn't have to look far for inspiration. The myriad of books stacked up in the shelves of their home served as the perfect muse.The couple just opened Lightly Used Books in downtown Turlock and are hoping their love of reading translates into a successful business venture."It was an idea we had both toyed with for a while, but it wasn't until the last few months that we really started to think we could make a go of it," Valerie Brown said. "I ...

July 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


University tournaments expected to bring in millions of tourism dollars

Hundreds of college-level athletes will be descending upon our fair city in the coming months - bringing with them much-needed income for the city and local businesses.

July 30, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


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Monte Vista Crossings update: Kirkland’s, Maurice’s announce grand openings

Residents long awaiting to explore the southern expansion of Monte Vista Crossings will finally be able to step inside the first of the stores to open this month, including Kirkland's home décor store and Maurice's, which offers women's fashion.

October 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Council candidate appears in music video against major record labels

A music video surfaced of city council candidate Donald Babadalir as an extra in the local hip hop band Underground Parliament's video "Outta the Frame."

October 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Pie contest seeks local bakers

The Dubyak Family Chiropractic center is hosting its 20th annual Pumpkin Pie Contest to support the hungry citizens of Stanislaus County on Thanksgiving Day. The pies entered in the contest will be donated to the United Samaritan Foundation's Daily Bread Program.

October 14, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Special license plates benefit agriculture education

State-adopted agricultural education programs, government agencies, and non-profit organizations that administer agricultural education programs will have their chance to vie for over $225,000, thanks to the California Department of Food and Agriculture's 2014 California Special Interest License Plate grant program.

October 14, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Ghost Walk to explore Turlock’s haunted past

Those brave enough to take the opportunity have a chance to learn something about Turlock's spooky side just in time for Halloween.

October 14, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Couple proves there is no age limit on love

Donald Jackson and Ginger True can pinpoint the exact moment that they met at Covenant Village of Turlock. Only a week after Jackson had moved into the retirement community, he was walking through the dining room when everything changed.

October 14, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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