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Turlock City Council race sees last-minute filings

At the last minute, seven Turlock City Council candidates – including three whose candidacy was previously unannounced – came out of the woodwork to file by the extended deadline to run in the Nov. 2 election. Stanislaus County Deputy District Attorney Shawn Barlow put papers in early this week, while William W. DeHart Jr., the director of marketing at Covenant Village retirement home, and David "DJ" Fransen, owner of TurlockCityNews.com, filed late on Wednesday.DeHart and Barlow are newcomers to Turlock politics, while Fransen will make his third run for elected office this fall. He previously launched an unsuccessful campaign for ...

August 13, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


New classes reach out to family members of those with mental illness

Debbie Callahan remembers what it was like to attend her first meeting of a family support group hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She was a little hesitant at first, and wasn't sure that the group could help. She said that's how most people feel when they first reach out for support when caring for a loved one with a mental illness. "They really think 'there is no way anyone else could be going through what I'm going through. It can't be this bad for anyone else,'" Callahan said. Thanks to NAMI, Callahan said ...

August 10, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


TPD Open House

The Turlock Police Department held their annual open house and safety fair on Saturday and the event drew in lots of community members.

August 10, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Fourth train-related death prompts safety survey

A 26-year-old man walking home from a birthday celebration was struck and killed by a passing freight train Sunday morning in Turlock.The deceased was identified as Miguel Sanchez of Keyes. Sanchez had been walking along the railroad tracks in the area of Fulkerth Road and Front Street around 3:30 a.m. when he was hit, said Turlock Police Detective Michael Parmley.The circumstances around Sanchez's death remain unclear, though Parmley said there were no signs of foul play. The accident was called in by the Union Pacific conductor on the train.Just as befuddled by the death ...

August 10, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Fair attendance drops by 8 percent

Despite a change in run dates and a conflicting schedule with the California State Fair, the Stanislaus County Fair still drew over 209,108 people to the annual 10-day event.

August 06, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Woman dies after being hit by truck

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a Modesto woman, who appears to have stepped into the path of a pickup traveling along a Turlock road.

August 06, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Lazar runs unopposed in November election

There's no need to hold an election: incumbent Turlock Mayor John Lazar will win a second term as Mayor unopposed.

August 06, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Hughson council races start to heat up; recall in two weeks

The ballots are out and Hughson residents are counting down the days. After seven months of prep work, the recall election is finally coming down to the last two and a half weeks before the big day on Aug. 24 and the candidates can't wait.

August 06, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Worker found dead in Stevinson

A man who had spent the better part of the day irrigating fields in Stevinson was found dead Tuesday night, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

August 06, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlockers join nation in touting benefits of farmers markets

Fresh produce, supporting local farmers and getting some good deals are just a few of the reasons that locals are diehard fans of the Turlock Certified Farmers Market. And this week they can celebrate the market along with fresh food lovers across the country as part of National Farmers Market Week.

August 06, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


National Night Out

Neighborhoods across Turlock forsook the indoors Tuesday night and came out to party in the streets for the annual National Night Out celebration. Joining in the festivities were representatives from the Turlock Police Department, Turlock City Fire Department, California State University, Stanislaus Police Department, Turlock Irrigation District and other special guests including Mayor John Lazar and McGruff the Crime Dog.

August 03, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


More water flow needed for fish, finds delta report

More water should be allowed to flow through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and into the San Francisco Bay, according to a State Water Board report which was unanimously approved Tuesday.The 180-page informational report, required by the 2009 Delta Reform Act and not directly tied to any legislative action, establishes the volume, quality and timing of water flow needed to protect fish and wildlife."For the first time, the board has come forth with explicit estimates on flows needed to protect the estuary and the results are not surprising," said Bill Jennings, executive director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance ...

August 03, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


A sign of the times

With a quick drive down Golden State Boulevard, Geer Road, or Monte Vista Avenue, the issue becomes crystal clear: the streets of Turlock are overflowing with unlicensed signs.Across the country, from Mesa, Ariz. to Forest Grove, Ore. and Los Angeles, municipalities are trying to stem the proliferation of unlicensed signs. The trend has been driven by businesses' needs to attract more customers, erecting flashy illegal signs to garner the attention of those driving by.The City of Turlock is just the most recent city to take a stand against these unlawful signs, hoping to cut down on the clutter ...

August 03, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Journal welcomes new publisher

David A. Winegarden is the new publisher of the Turlock Journal.

August 03, 2010 | Special to the Journal | Local


Local dairymen struggle to survive

California dairy farmers have been fighting a losing battle for the past two years and slowly turning into a dying breed. Norman and Mike Lucas, owners of Lucas Dairy, have been in the business for over 60 years and they are struggling just to come out even.

August 03, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


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Carnegie thrives in revived Turlock arts scene

When Lisa McDermott looks around the Carnegie Arts Center, she can't help but smile and feel slightly justified.

February 24, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Colors of kindness

While the Lancaster Painting team is well versed in catering to customers' needs year-round, there is one special client each year that the company especially looks forward to: the Paint it Forward winner.

February 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Pesticide manufacturer makes buzz worthy donation to California bees

In the heart of the state that dominates the global production of almonds, the Central Valley is known to welcome an influx of honeybee colonies just in time for almond orchard bloom each year.

February 24, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Modesto job fair aims to connect unemployed with companies looking to hire

Central Valley residents looking for jobs need not look far as HIREvent will be hosting a job fair in Modesto in March with a host of employers and opportunities available including full-time, part-time, and seasonable positions.

February 20, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Gospel mission, neighbors talk over concerns

Poet Robert Frost said good fences make good neighbors. For the residents of S. Boardway, First, D and C streets, they would be pleased if people quit urinating and defecating in their yards.

February 20, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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