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Local man volunteers skills for ‘Extreme Makeover’

A local man went above and beyond his normal job duties when he traveled all the way to Medford, Ore. to volunteer his time for the television program "Extreme Makeover Home Edition." The show builds brand new houses for worthy families in need. Scott Jerner spent several days in Medford in September helping to build a brand new home for the McPhail family, a family of five including two autistic children.

October 25, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Hospice event offers help to those grieving during the holidays

Losing a loved one can be very difficult, especially during the holiday season. Hospice of Emanuel is hoping to help those dealing with loss through a free workshop titled, "Coping with the Holidays."

October 25, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Local woman transforms yard into ghoulish display for kids to enjoy

Stephanie Valgos and her family and friends are hard at work building the creepiest house in the neighborhood. Valgos' haunted house is a community effort and is open to the public for free.

October 25, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Fall Fest brings market to a close

Friday will mark the final appearance of the Turlock Certified Farmers' Market for the season and it will be ushered out with day and night markets, Halloween festivities and live music.

October 25, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Farmers seek longer irrigation season

The latest irrigation season in the history of the Turlock Irrigation District may be extended further, as some farmers have asked for a longer irrigation season to cope with slow-growing crops.

October 25, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Infant mortality rates reach record low

The California Department of Public health announced this week that infant mortality rates in the state have reached a record low. This decrease in infant death rates is attributed to prenatal care, genetic testing to identify health risks at birth, breastfeeding, childhood immunizations, and continuing proper nutrition.

October 21, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Health department recalls spinach, salad mixes

The California Department of Public Health is once again issuing a warning to consumers regarding a salmonella contamination. This time CDPH is warning shoppers to avoid certain bagged spinach and salad mix manufactured by Taylor Farms Retail Inc., Salinas. A package of fresh spinach tested positive for Salmonella in Washington. So far no cases of illness have been reported.

October 21, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


County labor force shows gains for September

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County continued to show some improvement in September as several industries recorded job growth, according to the latest figures from the Economic Development Department.

October 21, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Fighting cancer for Candy

The Delhi High track looked like a punk convention on Saturday as young men in pink tutus and women with pink hair walked, talked - and sometimes ran - around in circles.

October 18, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Pink car tribute to family members

Sarah Jorge hopes to raise public awareness of breast cancer in Turlock in an unconventional way; she painted her car pink. Jorge, a graduate of Turlock High, took the plunge in July and had her Honda Civic painted light pink, the color most often identified with breast cancer awareness.

October 18, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Turlock Relay for Life holds kickoff event

Preparations for Turlock Relay for Life 2012 will officially begin tonight with a kickoff event. The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life isn't until April 21, 2012, but organizers are taking the opportunity to start the planning process early. The event will also celebrate the success of last year's Relay, and the total funds raised will be announced.

October 18, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Electric rates set to increase

The Turlock Irrigation District may increase electric rates by $14 per month for the average household over the next three years, as the district struggles to absorb the cost of meeting a state-mandated 30 percent renewable energy requirement.

October 18, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


COMMUNITY: FIRE OPEN HOUSE

Lessons of fire prevention and emergency responses were doled out in hefty doses Saturday at the annual Turlock Fire Department open house.

October 18, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Teen killed by car while running

A 13-year-old was killed Monday night after being hit by a car while running in Winton.

October 18, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Californians ‘ShakeOut’ for safety

Businesses, schools and organizations around the state will be shaking it up on Thursday - or at least pretending to as part of the annual public earthquake drill.

October 18, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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Uptick in travelers forecast for holiday weekend

With the Fourth of July falling on a Saturday this year, the number of travelers will likely be on the rise as families and friends meet to attend parades, barbeques, community events and more.

June 30, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


July brings the heat

The area is expecting near-record high temperatures today, but thankfully conditions will cool off to some degree before the Fourth of July holiday on Saturday.

June 30, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Kap swings with heart at annual golf tourney

Camp Taylor continued its partnership with San Francisco 49ers quarterback and hometown hero Colin Kaepernick on Monday with the Third Annual Against All Odds Golf Tournament at the Del Rio Country Club in Modesto.

June 30, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Local


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


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