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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


TID changes requirements for solar power incentives

With only 88 residential units and nine non-residential units participating in the Turlock Irrigation District's Solar Incentive Program, the TID Board of Directors approved some changes to the program at Tuesday's meeting.

December 15, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Grocery employee receives a rewarding surprise

Christina VanDyle won a $10,000 lottery prize on Tuesday. Not the California Lottery, but the Save Mart Customer Connection Cash Giveaway. VanDyle was one of 10 Save Mart employees across Northern California who won the prize for excellent customer service. Her name was randomly drawn from 63,000 entrants who all performed well on quarterly mystery shopper visits. The winner was revealed by Save Mart CEO Bob Piccinini (pictured above, right) during his annual visit to the store.

December 15, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Grant money gives hope to those struggling to keep homes

Four local organizations came together to apply for federal funds to help the increasing number of people who find themselves, due to job loss or foreclosure, in need of housing assistance.

December 15, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Fair prices increase

Stanislaus County Fair attendees might get a surprise this summer when they reach for their wallets at the gate. Tickets prices have gone up for adults who purchase tickets at the gate during the fair.

December 15, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Santa makes a few special visits

"Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas!" echoed throughout the halls of the Elness Convalescent Hospital on Thursday when the Kiwanis Club of Turlock crew including Santa (Ken Hood) and his elves (Donna Oppelt, Lois Pinkney and Verna and Warren Riopel) passed out presents. The Kiwanis Club of Turlock delivered a total of 537 hand-knitted pairs of slippers to residents in long-term care facilities throughout Turlock.

December 11, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Dads make time for crafts

Over 300 people filled the halls of Wakefield Elementary School Friday to participate in the "Daddy and Me" holiday workshop. There were more than 15 activities for the fathers and their children to participate in ranging from taking pictures with Santa to making their own ornaments. The workshop lasted for two hours, ending in a dinner for all that attended.

December 11, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


Holiday food program in need of donations

With less than a week left in their annual food and toy drive, Turlock Together organizers are making an urgent appeal for donations.

December 11, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Local


New TID board starts term with little fanfare

Without a trace of pomp or circumstance, the new Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors sat in for their first meeting on Tuesday morning.

December 08, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Holiday revelers sweep up awards

Children's Crisis Center Gingerbread House Competition Results

December 08, 2009 | | Local


Foster Farms applauded for environmental practices

The recycling efforts of Foster Farms has earned them a top award from the California Environmental Protection Agency.

December 08, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Workshop to help local service provides apply for emergency food, shelter

Local charitable agencies looking to boost their emergency food and shelter resources can learn the ins and outs of the application process and funding guidelines at an upcoming workshop.

December 04, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Local


‘Green’ is the thing this holiday season

'Tis the season to be jolly and, unfortunately with most revelers, create a lot of waste in the process. Going "green" during the holidays is not usually on most people's "to do" list with shopping, shopping and more shopping taking priority, but making a few small changes can have a big effect on the environment.

December 04, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Local


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Prime Shine offers local clean and kind experience

Name of Business: Prime Shine Car Wash

October 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Denair teen to represent county in statewide pageant

Turlock High School senior Brooklyn Lowery has been selected to represent Stanislaus County in Miss California Teen USA in January. As an active member throughout the community, the 17-year old Denair resident has definitely proven to be a qualified candidate.

October 16, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Nurse receives musical surprise from students

Although Mountain View Middle School nurse Kathy Cook gave an inspiring and informative presentation on breast cancer awareness to students on Wednesday, what came after her presentation is what stole the show.

October 16, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Monte Vista Crossings update: Kirkland’s, Maurice’s announce grand openings

Residents long awaiting to explore the southern expansion of Monte Vista Crossings will finally be able to step inside the first of the stores to open this month, including Kirkland's home décor store and Maurice's, which offers women's fashion.

October 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Council candidate appears in music video against major record labels

A music video surfaced of city council candidate Donald Babadalir as an extra in the local hip hop band Underground Parliament's video "Outta the Frame."

October 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Pie contest seeks local bakers

The Dubyak Family Chiropractic center is hosting its 20th annual Pumpkin Pie Contest to support the hungry citizens of Stanislaus County on Thanksgiving Day. The pies entered in the contest will be donated to the United Samaritan Foundation's Daily Bread Program.

October 14, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Special license plates benefit agriculture education

State-adopted agricultural education programs, government agencies, and non-profit organizations that administer agricultural education programs will have their chance to vie for over $225,000, thanks to the California Department of Food and Agriculture's 2014 California Special Interest License Plate grant program.

October 14, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Ghost Walk to explore Turlock’s haunted past

Those brave enough to take the opportunity have a chance to learn something about Turlock's spooky side just in time for Halloween.

October 14, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Couple proves there is no age limit on love

Donald Jackson and Ginger True can pinpoint the exact moment that they met at Covenant Village of Turlock. Only a week after Jackson had moved into the retirement community, he was walking through the dining room when everything changed.

October 14, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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