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Bingo makes a comeback in Turlock

After over a decade hiatus, bingo is set to return to Turlock thanks to the Assyrian American Kids Foundation.

December 02, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Fair foundation to sell alcohol at 2015 event; three nonprofits lose booths

Three organizations that have made thousands of dollars at the fair in previous years will now have to find other ways to raise funds as the Stanislaus County Fair has decided to dissolve an agreement that allows them to sell alcohol at the 2015 fair.

December 02, 2014 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS AND ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN | Local


Garage fire displaces six in Turlock

The quick actions of a neighbor kept a blaze from spreading from a garage into a Turlock home Saturday afternoon, the Turlock Fire Department reported.

December 02, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Tree lighting begins holiday countdown

Hundreds gathered in downtown Turlock on Friday to kick off the holiday season at the 16th Annual Festival of Lights, with the highlight of the event being the lighting of the community Christmas tree.

November 28, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Proper dog park etiquette key to safety, fun

While most dog owners can attest to the culture of camaraderie at Turlock's two dog parks, at the November Parks, Art, and Recreation meeting one local dog owner vocalized concerns about park goers not respecting the rules.

November 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Stores opening early lessen shopping frenzy on Black Friday

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, but this year the unofficial holiday was slightly less, well, crazy.

November 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Electric rate increase public hearing set for Tuesday

A 2 percent increase in electric service rates, which will be used to address Turlock Irrigation District's forecasted revenue shortfall of $16.7 million, will be the focus of a public hearing on Tuesday.

November 28, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Drink and be merry at The Rail, Turlockā€™s newest bar

Name: The Rail

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Twice the ice

Ice skating is back and in full swing for the second year in a row at Fields of Ice, but now there is twice the ice. With a rink 120 feet by 80 feet, locals of all ages can rent some skates and hit the rink.

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hilmar Forest, Oregon farms grow holiday tradition

Ready or not the holiday season has officially arrived - and so have the Christmas trees.

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Businesses urge shoppers to keep it local this holiday season

The words "buy local" have been promoted across the state and country over the past few years and there is no better day to head the command than on Small Business Saturday.

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Locals collect winter gear for Iraqi refugees

On a long table in a back room at the Assyrian American Civic Club volunteer Melinda Khubiar is busy sorting through winter wear that could soon prove to be life-saving equipment for the Christians seeking refuge in the mountainous regions of Iraq.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Mother spends first Thanksgiving with family after deportation

When the Chaparro family celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday, there will be a special thanks said by the Turlock family for the presence of their matriarch Maria Isabel Chaparro's presence at the table.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


It's all about the pie

Amelia and Xavier Bettencourt are used to being in the kitchen so perhaps it's no surprise that they took second place in the annual pumpkin pie contest to benefit the United Samaritans Foundation – except for the fact that they are nine and six years old, respectively.

November 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


TID proposes irrigation rate increase for 2015

No one likes to pay more - not for food, Christmas presents or irrigation water. The Turlock Irrigation District, however, is hoping to convince its irrigation customers that a proposed rate increase that will more than double irrigation rates for the 2015 season is necessary for the health of the district.

November 25, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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Big rig collision injures one

A collision between a big-rig truck and a sedan on Geer Road left a 19-year-old Turlock woman hospitalized with major injuries, the California Highway Patrol reported.

December 09, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


City braces for impact of big storm

In the words of a salty old sea captain, it's time to batten down the hatches because a big storm is brewing.

December 09, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Doctors buy Turlock office park in $4.4 million record deal

The largest commercial real estate sale in Turlock in the last decade closed on Tuesday at $4.4 million as three doctors purchased the 4.48 acre Turlock Professional Office Park to pursue their dental, orthodontic, and oral surgery practices.

December 09, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Almonds $21 billion industry in California

For the first time ever, the University of California Agricultural Issues Center was able to accurately define the economic impact of the almond industry throughout the state. The results: Over 100,000 jobs created and more than $21 billion gross revenue.

December 09, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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