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Fans wait in line 18 hours for last Harry Potter film

Early Friday morning marked the end of an era for a generation of Harry Potter fans. The last movie in the Harry Potter tale premiered at 12 a.m. on Friday morning, and droves of Potter fans came to wish a final farewell to characters that many grew up with.

July 15, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Fair kicks off centennial celebration with large crowds

For Bonnie Azevedo and her family, the Stanislaus County Fair has been a mandatory event for nearly 30 years and this year was the culmination for Bonnie.

July 15, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Swim program teaches basic skills for future certification

Aspiring future life guards learn skills that can someday prevent an aquatic tragedy in Turlock Recreation Division's Junior Lifeguard program. The three-week class is focused on teaching 11 to 15 year olds skills they will need for future lifeguard training and certification.

July 12, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Budget cuts eliminate long-term residential treatment program

Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services has ceased long-term residential drug and alcohol treatment programs, replacing the program with more cost-efficient intensive short-term stays.

July 12, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Milk board seeks volunteers to install donated play structure

Bristol Park is getting a facelift this Saturday courtesy of the California Milk Processors' Board and Sunnyside Farms, and they are asking community members to lend a hand. The two organizations split the cost of a new $50,000 recycled plastic play structure to be installed at Bristol, but they need volunteers' help to assemble and install it.

July 12, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Library foundation to feature organic farmer, author at inaugural garden gala

The Stanislaus Library Foundation is bringing together the bounty of crops from the region and the experiences of farmer and author David Mas Masumoto for the first Author's Garden Gala.

July 12, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Air district announces video contest winner

The public has spoken, and the winner of the 2011 For Reel Video Contest is Joel Dipert of Bakersfield.

July 12, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Slurpee Day

Turlockers enjoyed 7-Eleven's free Slurpee Day on Monday. By 1 p.m. the 7-Eleven on Geer Road had handed out nearly 600 slurpees. 7-Eleven said it expected to hand out 5 million slurpees across the country. 7-Eleven gives out free slurpees each July 11th to commemorate the convenience chain's birthday. 7-Eleven began in Dallas in 1927.

July 12, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Church teams up with community to fill backpacks

The Turlock Seventh-Day Adventist Church is seeking help from the community for its newly established Project Backpack program.

July 12, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Gas prices jump after early summer slump

Despite drops in monthly gas price comparisons, pump prices have started to rise a bit in many parts of California, putting the brakes on an early summer price slump. According to AAA, which tracks gas prices, all but one Northern California metro area tracked by the organization saw a double digit decrease at the pump over the past month.

July 12, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


No injuries in 3-vehicle crash

A crash involving three vehicles Tuesday afternoon backed up traffic at the corner of Lander and Greenway avenues, just south of Highway 99. According to Highway Patrolman A. Keller, a white car was traveling westbound on Greenway and ran a stop sign for an unknown reason. The car then struck a black Toyota, which was traveling northbound on Lander Avenue. The Toyota then spun and struck a black pickup truck heading south on Lander. There were no major injuries in the accident.

July 12, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Homeowners’ pleas convince TID to delay eminent domain proceedings

Homeowners along the planned route of the Turlock Irrigation District's new Hughson/Grayson 115 kilovolt transmission line were granted a brief reprieve from eminent domain proceedings Tuesday morning.

July 12, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Lights, Camera, Action! Film Commission looks to bring Hollywood to Turlock

In these tough economic times, attracting new industries to town is the name of the game. The newly formed Turlock Film Commission is setting its sights on the movie industry.

July 12, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Hilmar Library patrons devastated over reductions

For Hilmar residents and regular library patrons the thought of further library reductions is unacceptable.

July 12, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Mosquito abatement district welcomes new manager

Turlock Mosquito Abatement District is saying farewell to its long-time manager Jerry Davis, and "hello" to replacement David Heft.

July 08, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


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Monitor your water usage online

Would you like to know how much water you are using? By creating an online account with the City of Turlock at www.CityofTurlock.org and linking your utility account, you can access your water meter readings at any time.

June 26, 2015 | | Local


Cortez community prepares for annual Obon Festival

For the past several decades the Cortez Buddhist Church and surrounding community has come together for the Obon Festival, a Japanese homecoming traditionally regarded as a time to visit one's hometown and give homage to ancestors.

June 26, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Family, friends remember college student killed in suspected DUI collision

The family and friends of Desirae Crystal Crittenden sought strength from one another Thursday night at a vigil for the college student killed by a suspected drunken driver.

June 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


First annual Bacon Week serves up $1,600 for local charities

Bacon took center stage for four days in May, with downtown restaurants featuring the pork bellies in specialty dishes while also raising money for local charities.

June 26, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


HORSIN' AROUND

Triple digit temperatures didn't stop competitors from bringing their best to the final pre-fair horse event at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds Thursday evening.

June 25, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


New online boutique offers unique gift items

Name of Business: Under the Oak

June 25, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock marketing agency gains international recognition

It feels good to be recognized, but it feels even better when that recognition is sanctioned by Awwwards.com which recognizes the talents and efforts of the best web designers, developers and agencies in the world.

June 25, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


JKB Solar aims to show businesses how to be smart with solar

It's summertime and the sun is out and while many locals may be only thinking of the sun while they lay poolside, Turlock-based JKB Energy is looking in another direction: solar energy.

June 25, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Boyett Petroleum prepares to release 2015 recipients of grant funding

What a difference a dollar can make, especially if that dollar is coming from Boyett Petroleum.

June 25, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Benevolent Brownies ready for next step

Eight Girl Scouts' journey as Brownies over the last two years came to a close on Thursday with a trip to the Turlock Animal Shelter to deliver goody bags to those who adopt animals at the shelter-officially completing their last endeavor as Brownies.

June 25, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Hilmar festival to celebrate local farmers

Although the Fourth of July is not until next weekend, a breathtaking firework show will take over the skies of Hilmar tomorrow evening.

June 25, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Almond Board of California awards $2.5 million for research

Water efficiency, bee health and farming methods are just three subjects that will be the focus of 56 independent, third party research projects that are now possible after the Almond Board of California announced on Thursday that it would provide a $2.5 million commitment to research.

June 25, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


TID, state association openly discuss California water needs

With the drought on nearly every mind throughout the state, Turlock Irrigation District and the Association of California Water Agencies engaged in a discussion on Tuesday that encompassed everything from sustainable groundwater basins to the future of water throughout the state.

June 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


River Oaks Golf Course being sold

The trustee of River Oaks Golf Course is looking to sell and has a buyer in mind while remaining tight-lipped due to a confidentiality clause in the real estate contract. Kim Phipps says, however, that she is selling to a party determined to keep it a golf course and improve it.

June 23, 2015 | Jeff Benziger Turlock Journal | Local


Fair reveals new CEO, welcomes two directors

Following the announcement made by Stanislaus County Fair Chief Executive Officer Chris Borovansky in March revealing his intent to retire, the Stanislaus County Fair Board of Directors has unanimously voted to name Matthew Cranford as his replacement.

June 23, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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