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Dedicated educator, John B. Allard, dies at 85

Longtime Turlock resident and educator John Brereton Allard passed away at Covenant Village Care Center. He was 85 years old.

May 10, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Fallen officers honored at annual event

A large contingency of law enforcement officers from throughout Stanislaus County paused Wednesday to remember all the many officers who have been killed in the line of duty in 2010, as well as countywide since 1935.

May 06, 2011 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Special to the Journal | Local


Don’t let tanks run on empty, advises automobile club

As prices continue to rise at the pumps, drivers are trying to make every drop count. But, more and more frequently, drivers are running out of gas in their quest for extra mileage.

May 06, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


TPD captain accepts chief position in Southern California

Michael Langston, who has served as a police captain with the Turlock Police Department for the past three and a half years, is heading to Southern California, where he'll take the helm as the police chief of the Signal Hill Police Department.

May 06, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Day of Prayer calls for unity, faith

On April 20, 1990, Seattle Mariners pitcher Brian Holman was one out away from throwing a perfect game and Major League Baseball immortality. After recording 26 outs, Oakland A's pinch-hitter Ken Phelps ruined his dream with a line-drive home-run over the right-field fence at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

May 06, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


One hull of a harvest for almond growers

Back in a chilly early February it would have been hard to believe this year's almond harvest could possibly set a record, let alone increase. At the time many growers were concerned that freezing temperatures and rain could damage the fragile crop and ruin the pollination process.

May 06, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Farmers’ market opens with new vendors for 2011

Turlock's Farmers' Market got off to a lively and active start on Friday with the addition of 10 new vendors for the 2011 season. This is the market's second year of operation in downtown Turlock. Jellies, jams and cacti were just a few of the new products for sale.

May 06, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Modern moms

When Maggie Gianesin was a teenager, computers were room-sized machines for serious work by universities, governments and corporations. At the same time, cellular phones were just invented, and only business executives and computer nerds owned one.

May 06, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Final snow survey good for Valley farms

Manual and electronic readings show that California's near-record snowpack is slowly melting with warming spring weather. But snowpack water content is still 144 percent of the April 1 full season average.

May 03, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Dog walk raises much-needed funds for local shelter

"Woof woof" sounded a lot like "cha-ching cha-ching" to the Turlock Animal Shelter on Sunday.

May 03, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


City celebrates Arbor Day with multiple plantings

The annual, international, worldwide celebration of trees came to Turlock Friday, as local officials and residents celebrated Arbor Day at Donnelly Park.

April 29, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Air quality improving; Valley still one of dirtiest

The multitude of efforts and regulations to control the air pollution levels in California are showing signs of success, according to a new report from the American Lung Association.

April 29, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Scientist seeks samples of new spider species

A UC Riverside scientist is asking for the public's help to track the distribution of brown widow spiders in California. Brown widows' range expanded rapidly in Southern California since their introduction in 2003, he said, and they may move northward this summer into Central California.

April 29, 2011 | | Local


Fair offers opportunity to be part of history

The annual Stanislaus County Fair offers residents a unique opportunity to focus on their creative sides through a variety of exhibitor categories and special contests.

April 29, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Turlock native fights fires for Marine Corp

Maxwell Smith will tell you that from the age of 3 years he could tell the difference between the branches of the armed services - and for him, none could compare to the U.S. Marine Corps.

April 29, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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Count reveals growth in county homelessness

The homeless population in Stanislaus County grew by an estimated 21 percent over the last year, according to the results of a countywide count conducted earlier this year.

May 22, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Area CHP officers lauded for live-saving efforts

The California Attorney General's Office awarded two area California Highway Patrol officers with certificates of commendation for their roles in saving a woman's life.

May 21, 2015 | | Local


Oasis in Denair offers wide range of savory food options

Name of Business: Oasis Grill & Deli

May 21, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Scholarship fund aids graduating foster youth

As high school seniors prepare for graduation and to make their first life decisions as adults, they may seek advice (and financial assistance) from parents, siblings or extended family members. For many foster youth, however, there are no supportive family members able to help them transition from youth to adulthood.

May 21, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock museum set to feature geocaching tours

The game is soon to be afoot at the Turlock Historical Society.

May 21, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Study shows dairy industry contributes $21 billion to state’s economy

For most Californians, the time spent thinking about the importance of the dairy industry throughout the state often equates to less than the amount of time spent pouring milk into a bowl of cereal.

May 21, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Stanislaus County adopts water restriction for county residents

Those living in county areas, or unincorporated communities like Denair or Keyes, will not be exempt from limiting their watering as the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors passed an urgency ordinance amendment Tuesday evening requiring county residents to reduce their watering to two days a week.

May 21, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock Fire Chief leaving in August

Donning the uniform of the Turlock Fire Department has been a regular routine for Tim Lohman for the past 35 years. Come Aug. 15, Turlock's Fire Chief will put it on for one last time before his retirement from public safety takes effect and his new position in the agricultural sector begins.

May 20, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Amputation reported at cheese plant

An industrial accident at a Turlock cheese plant partially amputated the arm of a man fixing a piece of equipment.

May 19, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Jessica’s House hosting tour

Jessica's House, the center that helps children and families through the grieving process, will host a "Tour of the Heart," an informal information session about the services offered at the Turlock facility.

May 19, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Local business adopts Osborn classrooms

Although ACE Cash Express is known throughout the community for providing payday loans and cash advances, the business has recently taken action to help out a relatively younger crowd: sixth graders at Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy.

May 19, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Relay for Life event raises over $121K for cancer society

Approximately 800 community members participated in Turlock's Relay for Life at Pitman High School this past weekend, bringing in a net total of $121,000. Event coordinator Taylor Howard reported that she was very happy with this year's turnout, noting that everyone was happy to be there and participated in all of the activities. This year's fundraising efforts extended past one weekend, as nearly 200 students involved in Turlock High School's Relay for Life Club have also been busy fundraising since July to raise $30,710, according to advisor Kristin Bettencourt.

May 19, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Business Alliance survey finds interest in growth, need for qualified employees

Stanislaus County employers are looking to grow according to data from the Stanislaus Business Alliance's first annual Local Industry report.

May 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


VFW to pour beer at Fair Foundation booth for donation

While the Veterans of Foreign Wars will not have their traditional beer booth at the Stanislaus County Fair this year, that doesn't mean they won't have a presence as members of the VFW will be voluntarily pouring beer at the Fair Foundation's beer booth.

May 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


West Nile virus found in Stanislaus County

Stanislaus County health officials confirmed a dead bird found in Modesto earlier this month tested positive for the West Nile virus, marking the presence of the debilitating disease in the region earlier than the previous year.

May 19, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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