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Gingerbread house contest to benefit Children’s Crisis Center

The Children's Crisis Center Verda's House spent Tuesday afternoon getting in the holiday spirit by decorating gingerbread houses. The confectionery creations will be sold at a silent auction on Friday to benefit Verda's House and The City of Turlock Recreation Youth Scholarship Program.

December 01, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


HELP WANTED: County fair board still looking for next CEO

For most Stanislaus Country residents the county fair is only 10 short days of fun, food, and entertainment. For one man, however, the Stanislaus County Fair has been an 11 year experience that is shortly coming to an end. Anthony Leo, chief executive officer of the 38th District Agricultural Association (Stanislaus County Fair) announced his Dec. 1 retirement earlier this year. The board is now accepting applications for the fair's next CEO.

December 01, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Where’s the water?

The California State Department of Water Resources made history on Tuesday by announcing the lowest ever initial water allocation percentage for State Water Project contractors.

December 01, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Refugees find a helping hand at the Turlock IRC

Finding a job, any job, to put food on the table was almost impossible for Marion Youhanaei, who lived in Iran most of his life. He couldn't get a job anywhere in his native Iran, because he was a Christian.

December 01, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Turlock teen survives hardships with a smile, positive outlook

Most people her age don't have to deal with some of life's hardships until they are older, but Freedom Alternative High School student Kinleigh Kirkpatrick has not only survived a few hard knocks, she is thriving despite them.

December 01, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Local dentist raises money for school supplies program

Eggleston Dental Care gave MedicAlert Foundation a check for $525 to use toward the Crayons to Calculators Initiative. The Crayons to Calculators Initiative provides school supplies to over 1,500 students every year with the help of the community. Eggleston Dental donated all the money they made in providing in-chair whitening sessions to patients.

November 27, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Turlocker in the green after game show appearance

Turlock resident and assistant principal at Mitchell Senior Elementary, Jenn Handy, walked away from her "Wheel of Fortune" appearance with $7,600 in cash and prizes and a second place finish.

November 27, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Gotcha Covered sews their way into the hearts of those less fortunate

With temperatures reaching below 40 degrees and rains flooding the streets of Turlock, many people are left with little shelter or warmth during the winter season. Sharon Bristow saw the suffering some endure during the cold weather and wanted to make a difference. And that is how the quilts for the needy program - Gotcha Covered - began.

November 27, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Santa and his firefighter helpers are on their way

Santa Claus will be visiting Turlock a little early this year, with some help from the Turlock City Fire Department. Santa will ride his "sleigh," an antique fire engine, through as many neighborhoods as possible from Dec. 1 through Dec. 20. He will be passing out candy, playing Christmas tunes, and greeting families as he drives by. This program was started over 25 years ago by current Fire Chief Mark Langley.

November 27, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Community celebrates beginning of holiday season

With Santa on his way, the City of Turlock kicked off the holiday season with their annual lighting of the Christmas tree that is now two years old and stationed in Central Park. About 3,000 people crowded Main Street with Santa hats, smiles and some slick dance moves as bands played a variety of Christmas tunes on Friday. To top off the pre-Christmas celebration, Santa took a break from making presents in the North Pole to take pictures with the boys and girls of Turlock.

November 27, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Arts center foundation plans for the future

After six months of negotiations with the City of Turlock through the changing will of the City Council and obstacles of a down economy the Carnegie Arts Center Foundation can finally look ahead.

November 27, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Blue Star Moms bring Christmas to local soldiers serving overseas

Over 500 boxes were stuffed with toothbrushes, Nerf balls, and cans of refried beans Tuesday with the help of 100 volunteers. Their goal: To send some holiday cheer to those fighting for our country.

November 24, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Santos to helm TID Board

The Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors voted in a new president and vice president on Tuesday, as they bid adieu to two long-term members of the board.

November 24, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Local bakers submit record number of pies for contest

In a year that has been called the worst since the great depression, Turlock residents are finding the means to give to the less fortunate this holiday season. Dave Dubyak, owner of Dubyak Family Chiropractic, hosted the 14th annual Turlock pumpkin pie contest on Monday. All pies entered in the contest will be donated to the United Samaritans Foundation's Daily Bread program to be served as desert on Thanksgiving Day.

November 24, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Hunger in the Valley

On any given day thousands of gallons of milk, tons of nuts, and truckloads of fruit roll out of the Central Valley headed to dinner tables across America and the world. And on any given night, thousands of Central Valley residents go to bed feeling the pangs of hunger.

November 24, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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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


Hot Rod Diner serves up classic fare and cars

Name of Business: Hot Rod Diner

July 17, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Raise a glass for a good cause

Buying a margarita from the Active 20-30 Club booth at the Stanislaus County Fair offers customers more than just a cold and delicious treat. The profits from the fair booth help the club give back to the community in a variety of ways, with their biggest project a Christmas shopping trip for underprivileged children.

July 17, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Study highlights drought's severe impact on ag, economy

"Pray for Rain" signs are a common sight on the country roads in Turlock and around the region, a visual reminder of local farmers' fears about the continued lack of precipitation. Although many are aware that California is in the midst of a drought - the third most severe on record - the consequences have not yet been fully realized here locally. A new report from the University of California, Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, however, paints a gruesome picture that cannot be ignored.

July 17, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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