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Local dealer sells first electric car in Turlock

Rob and Kristen Santos are starting the new year - and new decade - out right. They are striving to leave a smaller carbon footprint on the planet, and to begin living that goal they leased the very first Chevrolet Volt electric hybrid car available in Turlock.

January 04, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock couples ring in 2011 with joy

Many welcomed the new year as a fresh start, a time to make major life changes. For two Turlock couples, the changes came hours after ringing in 2011 with the birth of their New Year's babies.

January 04, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Japanese New Year’s tradition alive and well in Livingston

Most believe in good luck charms and four leaf clovers, but the Japanese people believe in making mochi rice balls for the New Year as a sign of good luck.

January 01, 2011 | Maegan Martens | Local


Storms bring an abundance of water

Despite all the rain recently, there is no need to build an ark just yet. Turlock Irrigation District representatives have said the dam will hold and even though there is a huge supply of water, there is no fear of flooding.

January 01, 2011 | Maegan Martens | Local


Turlock boy born with multiple heart defects

James and Monica Woods were faced with a parents' worst nightmare. Their beautiful baby boy was born with health problems - and not just one or two problems, but a list of abnormalities that affect his ability to pump blood through his body.

January 01, 2011 | Maegan Martens | Local


Red Cross hosts military resource fair

Everyone knows the American Red Cross responds to disasters, providing emergency shelter, food and medical services to those in need. But few know the Red Cross is also a key support organization for America's servicemen and women and their families.

December 30, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


City water customers on metered billing as of Jan. 1

Beginning in January, all City of Turlock utility customers will be billed for water based on actual water consumption, as indicated by their water meter.

December 28, 2010 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Fair prepares for centennial celebration

Since 1911, the Stanislaus County Fair, formerly known as the Turlock Melon Carnival, has highlighted the county's agricultural heritage while providing traditional family fun throughout its 10-day run. In July, the fair will not only bring sweet summer relief with its cornucopia of events, but also a special celebration in honor of the fair's 100-year anniversary.

December 28, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Shoppers flock to stores day after Christmas

Nary a parking space was to be found near Turlock's Target, Wal-Mart, or Kohl's on Sunday. Some visitors to Modesto's Vintage Faire Mall found themselves driving in circles for 10 or 20 minutes, waiting with bated breath for an already-packed SUV to back away from a coveted spot.

December 28, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Saving animals second nature to Turlock angel

Brenda Sherwood said it all started when she was five years old. She was with her family when she noticed a 10-week-old kitten with a severe eye injury. She begged her family to help the kitten but they could not take the kitten in.

December 28, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Turlockers give more this holiday season

Despite the down economy - or maybe because of it - Turlockers seemed to find a couple of extra dollars this holiday season to give to those in need.

December 28, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


AAA offers free ride home on New Year’s Eve

AAA will offer its Tipsy Tow service to drinking drivers from 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 6 a.m. on New Year's Day in Northern California, Nevada and Utah. Drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call (800) 222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home of up to ten miles. Just tell the AAA operator, "I need a Tipsy Tow," and a truck will be on its way. You do not need to be an AAA member. The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver ...

December 28, 2010 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Local soldier receives ‘Quilt of Honor’

Army Sgt. Brian Evans, 25, knew something was afoot when his parents told him to put on his uniform Thursday morning.

December 23, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


17-month-old joins family at home in Turlock for first time

When Christmas morning dawns at the Lairson's home, the greatest gift won't be nestled under the tree. Instead he'll be sleeping in a crib in a room down the hallway with a ventilator rhythmically rising and falling and a nurse watching over him.

December 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


NORAD tracks Santa’s Christmas Eve journey

The wait is over. Santa has begun his journey delivering presents to children around the world. His one-day trek across the globe started at midnight and will continue through to the wee hours of the morning.

December 23, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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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


Turlock teacher wins local Innovation Challenge

When Elias Ruiz ventured to San Diego to present an invention at the "Shark Tank" audition, a reality competition that allows aspiring entrepreneurs to make business presentations to a panel of potential investors, he was disappointed that he did not hear back from the show. That was until his friend discovered that he could apply for a similar competition locally: the Stanislaus Innovation Challenge.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


What about desalination during the drought?

When discussing the current drought in California, there is often talk of desalination and its potential to increase our freshwater supply. Desalination, the process of removing salt and minerals from saline water, seems like an obvious solution to the drought and ongoing water scarcity concerns because it is a reliable, drought-proof water source. Indeed, many new desalination plants have been proposed along the California coast and a number of them are already in operation, such as in Monterey and Carlsbad. While desalination may be a reliable option, the answer is much more complicated.

November 14, 2014 | | Local


New day center in the works for gospel mission

The Turlock Gospel Mission is expected to close a deal today that will have them operating a new day center across from the year-round shelter under construction on Broadway.

November 14, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Heckendorf’s closing its doors after 88 years

After 88 years of operation, Heckendorf's Auto Electric will be closing its doors for good.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cupcakes for Charity

How much is 99 dozen cupcakes worth? For the Bell Real Estate Cycling Team, $2,700 to purchase bicycles for kids in need this Christmas.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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