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Festival of Lights officially begins local holiday season

Hundreds gathered in downtown Turlock on Friday to start the holiday season off with the annual Festival of Lights celebration. Vendors offered a variety of wares for holiday shopping, while community dance troupes entertained and nonprofits handed out free hot chocolate.

November 25, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


A look at the season’s most popular toys

Every year there are popular toys that seemingly every kid wants. For those who haven't already been instructed by your youngsters, here are some tips on the must-have toys of the season.

November 25, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


First breed makes big splash at annual dog show

Upon first glance it is easy to confuse a Portuguese water dog with a poodle - but thanks to the President Barack Obama and his family pet -the first dog's breed is growing in popularity.

November 25, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Red Cross honors local volunteers

The American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter - which includes Stanislaus County - thanked volunteers for their service at a recognition dinner held at the McHenry Museum in Modesto on Oct. 20. The event was an opportunity to say thank you for the thousands of combined hours donated by Stanislaus County volunteers. Special recognitions were awarded for excellence in the following categories:

November 25, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Funding secured for Valley high-speed rail

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has finalized an agreement to secure the nearly $1 billion in federal funds needed to begin construction on the Central Valley segment of the planned statewide 220-mile-per-hour train system, the CHSRA announced this week.

November 25, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


U.S. tree nut sales to remain strong in coming years

U.S. tree nut growers are receiving good news just in time for the holidays. A report issued recently by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group projects nut prices will remain competitive in the coming years. The information arrives as operations are wrapping up another banner harvest for most tree nut varieties.

November 25, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Protecting our children

Kaley has shown up at school wearing the same clothes for five days in a row. She looks dirty and keeps falling asleep during class. Lisa's teacher has seen enough and makes a call to the Stanislaus County Community Services Agency - Child Welfare Services office.

November 25, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Black Friday comes early for local shoppers

Turlock's nightlife took on a frenzied feel Thursday, as thousands of area residents ended their Thanksgiving celebrations with midnight shopping.

November 25, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


How to stop worrying and buy the perfect tech gift

With unfamiliar terms like megapixels, gigabytes, and "4G" clogging arcane and nonsensical product designations which feature more acronyms than the U.S. military, shopping for the geek in your life is no easy task.

November 22, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


More Californians expected to travel for Thanksgiving

In recent years tight budgets have forced countless California families to skip their annual Thanksgiving trips to see friends and family.

November 22, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Pecan streusel pumpkin takes top prize in annual pie contest

While not a chef herself, the years Janice Virgo has spent working with the Institute of Technology's culinary program students as a career advisor must have rubbed off.

November 22, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Fraternity helps prepare Thanksgiving meals

While most people are lounging around the house enjoying football and appetizers this Thanksgiving, the men of Eta Tau Chapter of Theta Chi fraternity will be hard at work.

November 22, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Long road to economic recovery, states report

The Central Valley's progress out of the Great Recession is going to be a sluggish process that will take a few years, according to a recently released economic forecast from the University of the Pacific.

November 22, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Toy drive looks to double efforts

Bradley Pacheco developed meningococcal (spinal) meningitis when he was just five months old and he spent much of the rest of his life in and out of hospitals before passing away on Thanksgiving Day 2007 at eight years old.

November 22, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Search for lost hikers called off

The search for two hikers swept over a Yosemite National Park waterfall in July has officially ended for the time being, park officials announced last week.

November 22, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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Almond Board of California awards $2.5 million for research

Water efficiency, bee health and farming methods are just three subjects that will be the focus of 56 independent, third party research projects that are now possible after the Almond Board of California announced on Thursday that it would provide a $2.5 million commitment to research.

June 25, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


TID, state association openly discuss California water needs

With the drought on nearly every mind throughout the state, Turlock Irrigation District and the Association of California Water Agencies engaged in a discussion on Tuesday that encompassed everything from sustainable groundwater basins to the future of water throughout the state.

June 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


River Oaks Golf Course being sold

The trustee of River Oaks Golf Course is looking to sell and has a buyer in mind while remaining tight-lipped due to a confidentiality clause in the real estate contract. Kim Phipps says, however, that she is selling to a party determined to keep it a golf course and improve it.

June 23, 2015 | Jeff Benziger Turlock Journal | Local


Fair reveals new CEO, welcomes two directors

Following the announcement made by Stanislaus County Fair Chief Executive Officer Chris Borovansky in March revealing his intent to retire, the Stanislaus County Fair Board of Directors has unanimously voted to name Matthew Cranford as his replacement.

June 23, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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