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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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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

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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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