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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


Potency level prompts H1N1 recall

In the same week that a French pharmaceutical company recalled H1N1 influenza vaccines for children, U.S. health officials are recommending all Americans get a shot to ward off a third wave of the swine flu.

December 18, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Local


A world of goodwill

Mundo's Latin Grill and the Central Valley Project held a toy and jacket givaway at Mundo's on Saturday. They gave out 197 jackets to Turlock children who signed up ahead of time. They also gave away toys and bags of candy and cookies as Christmas gifts for the kids.

December 16, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Students sew holiday smiles

Twenty-eight little girls will have something more to smile about other than a visit from Santa come this holiday. The Pitman High home economics class made brand new Christmas dresses and donated them to the Salvation Army to be distributed to families in need. Every year, the Kiwanis Club of Turlock buys material to give to the Pitman home economics class to sew together dresses that are then donated during Christmas and Easter.

December 16, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Air deputies brighten holiday of children in crisis

Squeals of delight shot up Thursday afternoon when a bussed-in crowd of children from the Children's Crisis Center first spotted Santa Claus waving exuberantly from the top of an approaching black SWAT truck. The jolly Santa hopped out with a big toy sack slung over his shoulder to greet the giggly and wiggly group of 70 and led them into the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department headquarters in Ceres for a memorable visit and presentation of gifts.

December 15, 2009 | Jeff Benziger Special to the Journal | Local


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Turlock game designer thinks small for big fun

Turlock game inventor Chris Handy doesn't want to see his newest games sitting on anyone's shelf. He would much rather see them in cup holders and coat pockets.

August 26, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Café La Mo opens for business

After much anticipation, locals visiting downtown Turlock can now get their coffee fix as Wednesday marks La Mo Café's first official day in business.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Worst earthquake since Loma Prieta shakes Napa Valley

The Napa Valley area is under a state of emergency following a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck between Napa and American Canyon at 3:20 a.m. today. This was the largest earthquake in the Bay Area since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, almost 25 years ago.

August 24, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


'The Property Brothers' pay Hughson couple a home visit

A Hughson woman's dream came true Monday, when she and her husband, were treated to an in-home consulta­tion with HGTV (Home and Gar­den Television) celebrity home designers Jonathan and Drew Scott (aka The Property Brothers). It was a prize valued at $5,000.

August 23, 2014 | BY TERESA HAMMOND Turlock Journal | Local


New report shows budget impact of rising firefighting costs

A new report shows that as the cost of fighting forest fires has rapidly increased over the last 20 years, the budgets for other forest programs, including those that can help prevent and mitigate fire damage, have substantially shrunk. The Forest Service's firefighting appropriation has rapidly risen as a proportion of the Forest Service's overall budget, increasing from 16 percent in 1995 to 42 percent today, forcing cuts in other budget areas.

August 23, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Commission honors police chief

The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training awarded Turlock Police Chief Robert Jackson with an Executive Certificate, honoring his achievements in law enforcement both academically and on the streets.

August 23, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Water use efficiency measures for the home

The average household uses approximately 260 gallons of water per day. A significant amount of that use occurs in the kitchen and bathroom. Lengthy showers, older appliances and fixtures, and overuse of the water tap are just a few of the water wasting activities that occur in these areas of the home.

August 23, 2014 | | Local


Breakfast challenge proves that a picture is worth a thousand dollars

The California Milk Processor Board invites California high school students to share a photo of their breakfast that contains milk on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to win $1,000.

August 23, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Shredded paper, plastic bags no longer recyclable in Turlock

Turlock residents may now need to take additional steps to sort their trash as locals will no longer be able to recycle shredded paper or plastic bags according to the City of Turlock.

August 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cost of Raising a Child

In their annual Expenditures on Children by Families report, the United States Department of Agriculture estimated that the cost of raising a child born in 2013 will be $245,340, a 1.8 percent increase from last year. The report, also known as the Cost of Raising a Child, revealed that housing, child care, and food account for the three largest shares across income groups, comprising of 64 percent of total expenses.

August 23, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


City parks boost local neighborhoods, economy

With California in the midst of a drought and an ongoing statewide fight over water garnering national attention, much consideration has been focused on the landscape around Turlock - and City parks is no exception.

August 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Edith’s Taxi offers a ride with the ‘soulful taxi lady’

Name: Edith's Taxi

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Fit Body Boot Camp to come to Turlock Industrial Park

Turlock's 2,600 acre Industrial Park will soon play host to more than just food processing facilities as the City of Turlock recently approved a staff level minor discretionary use permit for a fitness facility to be built just east of Highway 99.

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock Young Professionals ‘bridge the gap’ in local business community

The younger generation of Turlock professionals looking to make a difference in the local business community now has the opportunity to formally convene through the new organization, Turlock Young Professionals, which aims to bring up and coming leaders in the community into the fold of the Chamber of Commerce.

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Castle flies again

Castle Air Force Base will be put back in service this fall, providing a historic runway for a flight of local World War II veterans making a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.

August 21, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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