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Unemployment rate increases; still below last year’s estimate

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County rose in November, but continued to be well-below the estimates set for this time a year ago, according to the latest numbers from the Employment Development Department.

December 21, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlockers pay tribute to victims of Conn. school shooting

A group of Turlockers gathered Friday to cry, and to mourn those lost in the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

December 21, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Community efforts save Christmas Day celebration

The Salvation Army and Turlock Together have tried everything they can this year to ensure that every family in need will receive a Christmas dinner. Along with putting together food baskets for 2,000 families and supplying 6,000 presents to low-income children, the organizations are also provide a free community dinner on Christmas Day for roughly 750 people at the Salvation Army Gymnasium.

December 20, 2012 | Brooke Borba | Local


Local students win Rotary essay contest

For 107 years, each president of Rotary International has chosen a personal theme for their Rotary work. This year, President Sakjui Tanaka chose "Peace Through Service" as his theme for 2.1 million Rotarians around the world.

December 18, 2012 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


TID, linemen continue contract talks

The ongoing labor dispute between the Turlock Irrigation District and a union representing electric lineworkers escalated Tuesday, with no end in sight.

December 18, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Putting the bling into everything

Name of business: Simply Bling

December 18, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


100 years and counting

Mary Green celebrated her 100th birthday throughout the week with friends, family members, and bridge companions at St. Francis Assisted Care with treats, cupcakes, and even champagne.

December 18, 2012 | Brooke Borba | Local


CHRISTMAS FANTASY

Turlock resident Stephanie Valgos became a neighborhood favorite during Halloween when she turned her house into a haunted experience for ghouls young and old.

December 18, 2012 | | Local


Holiday travel on the rise

The roads and skies will be busier than ever this Christmas.

December 18, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Locals selected for ag leadership program

Agriculture is the top industry in the Central Valley and local growers supply the world with hundreds of products every year. As with any industry, fostering future leaders is key to continued success; that's where the California Agricultural Leadership Program comes in. Twenty-four individuals - including three Turlockers - were named to Class 43 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, an advanced leadership development program for emerging agricultural leaders.

December 18, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Family escapes house fire

Two children had to be treated for smoke inhalation after a fire swept through their Turlock home Sunday night.

December 17, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


A family Christmas event

Thanks to local efforts, Turlock Family Network celebrated a special Christmas party for past and present clients Thursday evening.

December 14, 2012 | Brooke Borba | Local


Wheelchairs recycled through Ceres warehouse give dignity to world’s poor

Over and over again, Lonny Davis has witnessed a heart-breaking sight in Third World nations: men, women and children crawling on dirt roads as they make their way to free wheelchairs he and other Rotarians have brought. However, their dire situation does a 180 degree turn when they receive a device – once discarded in America and refurbished – that gives them dignity through mobility.

December 14, 2012 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Local


A heart for children: Kaepernick continues support of Camp Taylor

Two local children had a special reunion with a friend from Camp Taylor on Sunday. San Francisco 49ers quarterback and native Turlocker Colin Kaepernick celebrated his team's win against the Miami Dolphins with the two campers at Candlestick Park.

December 14, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Our Lady of Guadalupe: Centuries old tradition alive in Catholics today

The sound of beating drums echoed through the walls of Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday, as over a thousand Catholics watched a group of Aztec dancers unite to manifest their cultural spirit to La Virgen de Guadalupe.

December 14, 2012 | Nancy Angel | Local


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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


'Christian Mingle' world premiere: Turlock's moment in the spotlight

Celebrities, producers, city representatives, and numerous Turlock residents strolled down the red carpet Friday night for the world premiere of "Christian Mingle."

October 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Delhi sheriff substation reopening

The Merced County Sheriff's Department is reopening its Delhi substation Sunday after closing it four years ago because of budget reductions.

October 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Urban water suppliers show progress

Water conservation efforts in California's urban communities continued their upward trend, climbing to 11.5 percent statewide for the month of August, according to of the latest retail water supplier report released by the State Water Resources Control Board.

October 10, 2014 | | Local


Turlock native among crew of USS America

When the U.S. Navy's newest amphibious assault ship, USS America, is commissioned today during Fleet Week in San Francisco, Turlock native and U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Juliana Valladares will be among the celebrants.

October 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Wildlife refuge celebrates the tule elk

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the tule elk herd at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge in Los Banos. A celebration of this unique subspecies of North American elk found only in California will be held Saturday featuring a series of public events.

October 10, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Council candidates focus on voter connection in final weeks

During each election there are two races: the pursuit of votes and the quest for campaign donations. While local voters cannot yet know who will prove triumphant on Nov. 4, the recent release of local candidates' preelection statements are indicative of their support within the community.

October 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hilmar Library increases hours, offerings

The Irwin-Hilmar branch of the Merced County Library has had a turbulent past few years.

October 10, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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