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Turlock plays host to top dogs

Back in his youth, Jazzman, a 144-pound Newfoundland, took champion titles all over the country with his beautiful coat, lovable personality and his ability to ham it up for everyone around him.

November 26, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Start of the season

The holiday season officially began Friday with the Festival of Lights. Hundreds gathered in downtown Turlock to watch the lighting of the city's Christmas tree in Central Park, while enjoying free activities such as pictures with Santa Claus and horse-drawn carriage rides.

November 26, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Shoppers brave bitter cold for Black Friday deals

For most people, Thanksgiving is a time for family, food, and festive gatherings.

November 26, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Turlock family mixes cuisines to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is a true American holiday. It is celebrated by everyone, regardless of religious affiliation or ethnic background. And many times it is the first American holiday embraced by emigrants. This is true for the Aydenian family.

November 23, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


More families than ever before need food assistance, finds USDA report

Across the nation there were 17.4 million families, or approximately 15 percent of the country's households that struggled to put food on the table during 2009, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

November 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Simple practices can keep holiday shopping a safe experience

After the turkey is settling in the tummy and long before the sun rises, shoppers will be making their way to the area's shopping malls and centers for all the deals they can handle. Joining this dedicated lot will be a criminal element looking to capitalize on the hustle and bustle of the shopping frenzy.

November 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Church, CSU Stanislaus feed homeless on Thanksgiving

While most experience the taste of a slowly roasted turkey every Thanksgiving, those without homes rarely get the privilege of partaking in a holiday feast.

November 23, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Art Briefs

Book signing

November 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


A family tradition

Practice makes perfect. Dave Hillenga and his 5-year-old grandson Braydon Johnson found that old adage to be true on Monday, when they won first place in the pumpkin pie contest that they took second place in last year.

November 23, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


OFF TO SACRAMENTO

California State University, Stanislaus administration, faculty and staff bid a fond farewell to the university's assistant vice president for communications and public affairs on Friday. Kristin Olsen (pictured center) will soon be leaving her post at the university to tackle the challenges of the California State Assembly.

November 19, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Calling all pie makers

Local bakers will have an opportunity to test their pumpkin pie recipes before the big day - and give to those in need in the process - through the 15th annual Pumpkin Pie Contest. The annual pie contest is not only a friendly competition, but pies are also donated to the United Samaritans Daily Bread lunch program. Participants are asked to submit two pumpkin pies to Dubyak Family Chiropractic located at 3008 Geer Rd., in Turlock, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday. The pumpkin pies will be judged by local dignitaries on five different criteria: Appearance, taste of ...

November 19, 2010 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Living memorial for slain toddler

The living Christmas tree in the memory of Colton Smith lit up the dark night Wednesday in Delhi during a dedication ceremony for the deceased boy.

November 19, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Christmas charity in dire need of toys, food

In the holiday season, everyone's budget gets stretched a bit thin to achieve the proper amount of merriment. But for those truly in need – the recently jobless, those struggling just to make ends meet –any merriment at all can be just a Christmas wish.

November 19, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Journal employee proposes through billboard art

An intimate dinner may be the perfect way to propose marriage for most men, but not Hector Ramirez. When the Journal employee and Livingston resident decided it was time to pop the question to long-time girlfriend Arianna Herrera, he wanted to go big - 8 feet by 16 feet, to be exact.

November 19, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Marginal increase in county’s unemployment

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County stayed at a steady rate in October, according to the latest numbers released by the Economic Development Department.

November 19, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | 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


Sexual assault resources will be brought to light at campus fair

Students, community, faculty, and staff are invited to California State University, Stanislaus's Sexual Assault Awareness Fair, where they will be acquainted with resources offered by the campus regarding sexual assault and sexual violence.

November 13, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock native finds the right stitch in knitting industry

Turlock Journal

November 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Iconic scale in Latif’s finds new downtown home

There are few places where individuals want to hop on a scale to check their weight in public, but Latif's Restaurant was one of them.

November 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock native puts altruistic skills to work in New Orleans

For former Turlock resident Kelli Hall, the moment she first stepped foot in New Orleans, it was love at first sight.

November 13, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Rotarians offer the gift of learning

The Turlock Sunrise Rotary Club is fostering literacy in local students by giving each third grader a valuable learning tool - a dictionary.

November 13, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Local families make room in their hearts, homes for adopted children

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and local families are epitomizing the importance of adopting a child.

November 13, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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