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Time well spent

While most babysitters these days use television and video games as a way to entertain their charges, Carol Barnes took a different path.

December 29, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Livingston church keeps Japanese New Year's tradition alive

Steaming, folding and pounding hundreds of pounds of dry rice is a Japanese New Year's tradition, one that the Livingston United Methodist Church has been doing for over 40 years.

December 29, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Swine flu fears and record high unemployment dominate 2009

Another year has come and gone. A year which many may be happy to see go, as 2009 saw a record high in unemployment, budget cuts and H1N1-related deaths.

December 29, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Neighbors file lawsuit over Debely renovations

After pleas to stop the $2.8 million Joe Debely Stadium renovation project went unheard by two local government agencies, the Turlock Citizens Coalition has taken the fight to the legal arena.

December 29, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Sounds of the season

Local musicians played their instruments in front of Raley's to spread the Christmas cheer on Thursday and help raise money for the Salvation Army. "Jingle Bells," "Silent Night," and "Joy to the World" were heard throughout the aisles of the grocery store.

December 25, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


BMX park does not meet expectations

The soft opening of the Turlock BMX Bike Park was met with mixed reviews. City officials say that they rushed the park opening for winter break, but some riders say that the park isn't up to standards.

December 25, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


CDFA gives dairy farmers a much-needed boost

California dairy farmers got an early Christmas present from the state's Department of Food and Agriculture with a temporary increase in milk prices.

December 25, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Local


New laws for the roadways take effect in 2010

Christmas may be over, but there are still a handful of gifts awaiting California drivers. Well, if you consider new laws to be gifts, at least.

December 25, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Unemployment inspires Turlockers to open first business

As businesses around Turlock are shutting their doors, one entrepreneurial Turlocker sees opportunity in a vacant storefront.

December 25, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Westside churches stay true to mission while changing outreach

This is the beginning of a five-part series on the area of town known as the Westside. Today's article is the first in a two-part look at the faith community and its role on the Westside. Coming articles will focus on crime, business and the people of the Westside.

December 25, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Local


More travelers expected on the road this holiday season

The down economy and increased gas prices won't deter Californians from traveling for the holidays this year. According to travel trends research conducted by AAA Northern California and Boston-based consulting firm IHS Global Insight, 11.3 million Californians plan to travel at least 50 miles over Christmas and New Year's. That's 11.3 percent more Californians traveling than a year ago.

December 22, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Information on local food, shelter assistance now only one call away

To better help those in need, United Way has designated the phone number 2-1-1 as a one-stop resource information center for county residents.

December 22, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Hilmar Cheese: From local farmers to global exporter

The Hilmar Cheese Company, which has grown into the world's largest single-site producer of natural cheese and whey products, has some scribbled ideas on a napkin and an exasperated wife to thank for their success.

December 22, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Winter brings cool down in employment

Unemployment rates in the Central Valley continued to climb up in November as the job market cooled with the temperatures, according to the latest data released from the Economic Development Department.

December 18, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock Japanese American assembly center to be memorialized

A part of Turlock history which some would rather forget will be memorialized at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in the next few weeks.

December 18, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


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Cyclist killed by train

A 39-year-old man died Saturday morning when he rode his bicycle in front of an oncoming freight train in Turlock.

July 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Memo’s Cocina and Tequila Bar opens Wednesday

Over the past few years Turlock's downtown scene has experienced a revitalization, forging a new identity for itself with a combination of craft beer and nightlife destinations. After nearly a year of anticipation, Downtown Turlock again adds to its newly formed reputation as a Central Valley hotspot with the opening of Memo's Cocina and Tequila Bar.

July 22, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


New security measures at EMC

Emanuel Medical Center is instituting a new check-in and visitor badge process to come in line with the recommendations from a safety task force.

July 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Kids learn about salmon at the fair

Sawyer Wilson, 3, and his sister Emily Wilson, 5, were just two of the many children who learned about the lifecycle of the salmon while making paint prints at the Stanislaus County Fair on Friday. Patrick Cuthbert of Fishbio helped the siblings with their craft project as part of a booth featuring the Salmonids in the Classroom program, a kindergarten through 12th grade program run through the Turlock Irrigation District and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

July 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


County unemployment unchanged

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County remained at a steady rate between May and June, according to the latest report from the Employment Development Department.

July 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Baking not my forte

My fondest olfactory memories of childhood are of when my mom would bake cinnamon and sugar stuffed apples - yum! So when local chiropractor Dave Dubyak called me with a desperate need for apple pie contest entries, I decided it was time for my own house to be filled with the mouth-watering smells of cooked apples and my most favorite spice, cinnamon.

July 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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