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Pitman grad named Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year

Sergeant Ashley Verver, formally Ashley Lair, was named Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for the 2nd Battalion 130th Field Artillery in Hiawatha, Kansas. Sergeant Verver conducted a completive interview and performance process against peers in the battalion. The board included general military knowledge, leadership doctrine, military occupational skill specific questions, drill and ceremony, uniform appearance and bearing, current events and historical knowledge of the regiment. Verver outperformed her peers and will advance to the brigade completion in November.

May 13, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


87-year-old Boy Scout earns Lifetime Achievement Award

When Win Quinley joined his local Boy Scouts of America troop he was 12 years old and the year was 1940. Fast forward 74 years and Quinley maintains the same passion for the Boy Scouts of America as he did as a young man.

May 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Students learn safe cycling at bike rodeo

Riding bicycles is an eco-friendly form of transportation and a fun way to exercise, but as locals hit the streets it's important to know the proper bike etiquette in order to keep the road safe for drivers and cyclists alike.

May 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


'Crash Car' exhibit coming to Safety Saturday event

The Fresno Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter will bring the dramatic "Crash Car" Exhibit to GDI's 4thAnnual CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday event. This free, family-friendly event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at GDI Insurance Agency's Turlock office at 801 Geer Rd., Turlock.

May 13, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Award winning taste: Bella Viva Orchards enters new product in Valley food expo

Pick up a bag of dried apples from local company Bella Viva Orchards and the ingredient label will have one item: apples.

May 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Big rig accident at W. Main injures four

Failing brakes on a big rig caused a pile up on the Highway 99 offramp at Main Street Tuesday morning, leaving four people injured.

May 13, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Brewfest doubles in size

Locals flocked to the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds on Saturday for the Central Valley Brewfest, a one day event that featured beers and hard ciders from both local and out-of-state breweries. The second annual event not only doubled in the number of beers offered from last year, but also in attendance as well.

May 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hearings set for future water use

Public hearings concerning two critical water issues will take place in Modesto next week, including an evaluation of the proposed North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program, and continued discussions on the Stanislaus County Water Advisory Committee's recently proposed groundwater management framework.

May 09, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Bike to work week encourages healthy lifestyles

Come Monday morning, hundreds of local residents will trade in their car keys for their helmets as they participate in the annual Bike to Work Week throughout Stanislaus County.

May 09, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


New agriculture application comes to fruition

This is the first year that the number of mobile devices exceeds the number of people on the planet and local farmers and agribusinesses have the opportunity to use this boost in technology to their advantage through Ag Link Connect.

May 09, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Fallen officers remembered in somber ceremony

A large contingency of law enforcement officers from throughout Stanislaus County paused Wednesday to remember the officers who were killed in the line of duty during 2013 as well as countywide since 1935.

May 08, 2014 | BY JEFF BENZIGER | Local


Community invited to baby animal shower

All babies need tender loving care to survive and thrive in life, including native wildlife like barn owls, ravens, red foxes and red-tailed hawks. Often, orphaned or injured baby animals' only chance of survival is the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center.

May 08, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock’s 'makers of fine ales and lagers'

Name: Sandude Brewing Co.

May 08, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Wildlife birthday surprises

Since my husband Oly and I both appreciate the wonders of nature, we will often celebrate our birthdays by going on an outing.

May 07, 2014 | BY LINDA FRUGE Community contributor | Local


Turlock Relay for Life raises over $160,000

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 4 million people across 20 countries gather each year to participate in Relay for Life to raise funds for cancer research and awareness. The Turlock community was no exception this past weekend as more than 700 participants gathered at Pitman High School to walk for a cause in the traditional Relay format: At least one member from the 55 teams was walking at each moment in honor of the chronic fight cancer patients endure. The teamwork and collaboration in the community during the fundraising period and actual event amounted to a significant ...

May 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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Jessica’s House hosting tour

Jessica's House, the center that helps children and families through the grieving process, will host a "Tour of the Heart," an informal information session about the services offered at the Turlock facility.

May 19, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Local business adopts Osborn classrooms

Although ACE Cash Express is known throughout the community for providing payday loans and cash advances, the business has recently taken action to help out a relatively younger crowd: sixth graders at Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy.

May 19, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Relay for Life event raises over $121K for cancer society

Approximately 800 community members participated in Turlock's Relay for Life at Pitman High School this past weekend, bringing in a net total of $121,000. Event coordinator Taylor Howard reported that she was very happy with this year's turnout, noting that everyone was happy to be there and participated in all of the activities. This year's fundraising efforts extended past one weekend, as nearly 200 students involved in Turlock High School's Relay for Life Club have also been busy fundraising since July to raise $30,710, according to advisor Kristin Bettencourt.

May 19, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Business Alliance survey finds interest in growth, need for qualified employees

Stanislaus County employers are looking to grow according to data from the Stanislaus Business Alliance's first annual Local Industry report.

May 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


VFW to pour beer at Fair Foundation booth for donation

While the Veterans of Foreign Wars will not have their traditional beer booth at the Stanislaus County Fair this year, that doesn't mean they won't have a presence as members of the VFW will be voluntarily pouring beer at the Fair Foundation's beer booth.

May 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


West Nile virus found in Stanislaus County

Stanislaus County health officials confirmed a dead bird found in Modesto earlier this month tested positive for the West Nile virus, marking the presence of the debilitating disease in the region earlier than the previous year.

May 19, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Tracy fire prompts health caution for Stanislaus County

A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.

May 19, 2015 | | Local


Workshop to look at fish passage on Tuolumne River

Local irrigation districts will hold a workshop on Wednesday to discuss fish passage in the Tuolumne River as part of the La Grange Dam licensing process.

May 15, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Memorial park asks public to adopt a flag

Since 1963 countless American flags have flown at the Turlock Memorial Park and Funeral Home on Memorial Day to honor the veterans who have sacrificed their lives to serve the United States of America.

May 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock couple landscape with artificial turf, drought-resistant plants

This week the City of Turlock notified its rate payers that watering would be cut to two days a week with limited hours, a measure taken as a result of state mandated water conservation rules. However, this rule does not apply to at least one household in Turlock.

May 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Several road projects ongoing, upcoming in Turlock

Driving through Turlock is becoming an obstacle of sorts as several construction projects are underway.

May 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Denair student suffers major leg injury in bike collision

An 11-year-old boy riding his bicycle to school Thursday morning suffered a severe injury to his leg when he was hit by a truck.

May 15, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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