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Father knows best

This Sunday, fathers across the country will receive a hard-earned day off. No honey-dos. No changing the channel from a sporting event to a silly cartoon. No lawn mowing or edging.

June 18, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Unemployment shows marginal improvement

The unemployment news in Stanislaus County got a little less bleak with the release of the latest figures from the Economic Development Department.

June 18, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock author educates children on kidnapping prevention

In 1994 Turlocker Melinda Reynolds Tripp experienced an attempted kidnapping of her daughter's best friend in Hilmar. That moment changed her career path forever as she decided that she wasn't going to allow any other children fall victim to a kidnapping.

June 18, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


All for dad

Fathers were treated to a special program at the Turlock Nursery School on Friday. Each child made their father a tie-decorated book and served them a pancake breakfast.

June 18, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Turlock High grad to compete for Miss California title

Watching some of the most "whole-hearted" women of California walk the stage in their beautiful evening gowns was one of Alexandria Backus' favorite things to do when she was younger. She admired their elegance and beauty knowing one day she would join them on the stage.

June 18, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Massive fire burns through downtown industrial area

A raging inferno sparked up inside a pallet company on Monday swept through three businesses in an industrial neighborhood of Turlock, destroying property, charring vehicles, and sending up thick billowing plumes of black smoke that could be seen from miles away.

June 15, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Donations down for nonprofits

More than 18 percent of the county is unemployed. Stanislaus County has the second highest foreclosure rate in the state. Businesses around town are closing their doors.

June 15, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Hilmar teen crowned Dairy Princess

The California Milk Advisory Board's District 6 has finally put their search for the next Dairy Princess to an end. Natalie Sanders of Hilmar was crowned Dairy Princess and Miss Vitality on Thursday in front of a crowd of 350 dairy industry members and their families.

June 15, 2010 | Staff Reports Turlock Journal | Local


Fire in Turlock

June 14, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Six challengers seek Hughson City Council seats in recall election

At the end of the candidacy filing period on Thursday, six Hughson residents submitted their applications to fight for a seat on the City Council in the Aug. 24 recall election.

June 11, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Wind fuels farm fire

Eight fire departments responded to a barn fire that got out of hand on Friday afternoon. The fire started in the barn of a Turlock farm located off of Bradbury and Mitchell roads around 4 p.m. The wind picked up the fire, destroying three buildings on the farm and then the flames jumped across the street to a house, said Kevin Blount, Mt. View fire chief. The roof of the house and surrounding grass caught fire. There was also a diesel fuel leak at the fire sight. The eight fire departments that were present were Turlock Rural, Denair, Ceres ...

June 11, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Candidates start early on City Council campaigns

Just three days after the June 8 Primary - and a long five months until the Nov. 2 General Election - Timm LaVelle announced his candidacy for this fall's City Council Election on Friday evening.

June 11, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Cal-Green gives new life to old electronics

What happens to old electronics once they are no longer useful? Most Turlock residents either pay to bring them to a landfill or simply throw them away. However, throwing out most electronic components can be harmful to the environment, and even illegal.

June 11, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Grapevine moths tear up Central Valley orchards

The warm weather is not only heating up the Valley, but also bringing out the European Grapevine Moth - a pest that is destroying grapes all over the state.

June 11, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Voter turnout higher than expected, despite low numbers

Tuesday's Statewide Direct Primary Election wasn't the highest profile of electoral campaigns, but Turlock voters still turned out in larger than expected numbers to cast their ballots for a number of propositions and heated local races.

June 08, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


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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 Turlockā€™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


'Christian Mingle' world premiere: Turlock's moment in the spotlight

Celebrities, producers, city representatives, and numerous Turlock residents strolled down the red carpet Friday night for the world premiere of "Christian Mingle."

October 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Delhi sheriff substation reopening

The Merced County Sheriff's Department is reopening its Delhi substation Sunday after closing it four years ago because of budget reductions.

October 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Urban water suppliers show progress

Water conservation efforts in California's urban communities continued their upward trend, climbing to 11.5 percent statewide for the month of August, according to of the latest retail water supplier report released by the State Water Resources Control Board.

October 10, 2014 | | Local


Turlock native among crew of USS America

When the U.S. Navy's newest amphibious assault ship, USS America, is commissioned today during Fleet Week in San Francisco, Turlock native and U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Juliana Valladares will be among the celebrants.

October 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Wildlife refuge celebrates the tule elk

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the tule elk herd at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge in Los Banos. A celebration of this unique subspecies of North American elk found only in California will be held Saturday featuring a series of public events.

October 10, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Council candidates focus on voter connection in final weeks

During each election there are two races: the pursuit of votes and the quest for campaign donations. While local voters cannot yet know who will prove triumphant on Nov. 4, the recent release of local candidates' preelection statements are indicative of their support within the community.

October 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hilmar Library increases hours, offerings

The Irwin-Hilmar branch of the Merced County Library has had a turbulent past few years.

October 10, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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