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'Best of Turlock' honored at annual Chamber event

In a room filled with the best and brightest Turlock has to offer, the Turlock Chamber of Commerce took the opportunity to recognize outstanding citizens and their accomplishments in 2012 on Friday.

January 25, 2013 | Nancy Angel | Local


Shelly Bell named Realtor of the Year

The Central Valley Association of Realtors named Shelly Bell of Bell Real Estate the Realtor of the Year.

January 25, 2013 | | Local


TID launches power outage info website

Power outages remain the most common complaint call that the Turlock Irrigation District receives in a year. Most outages are due to external forces, such as weather or downed lines due to car accidents. Despite the cause, TID customers just want to know one thing: when will I get my power back?

January 25, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Local


Fire ruled accidental

A follow-up investigation by the Turlock Fire Department into a fire at a Turlock apartment has concluded the fire was accidental in nature.

January 25, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Unique mix of wares on offer at The Thrift Store

Name of business: The Thrift Store

January 22, 2013 | Nancy Angel | Local


Area dairy puts cow manure to work

A little over 2,600 cows inhabit John Fiscalini's Modesto dairy providing a source of milk - and electricity. Surprised? The cow's manure is collected and harvested into a source of electricity as a nutrient fertilizer to create carbon offsets.

January 22, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Local


Benefit yard sale set for family of Aaron Powers

Shortly before Christmas, a local family was forced to say good-bye to a beloved son, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend. Aaron Darrel Powers, 18, passed away Dec. 14, 2012, following a vehicle accident with extended family members.

January 22, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Local


Fire Department honors outstanding employees

The Turlock Fire Department held their employee recognition ceremony recently and selected two veteran firemen to honor with their annual awards.

January 22, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Stanislaus County has ground to make up in tobacco prevention

When it comes to deterring tobacco use the majority of Stanislaus County cities are failing to make the grade, according to a new report from the American Lung Association.

January 22, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Fireplace fire spreads into apartment

Burning logs left unattended in a fireplace rolled out and ignited a fire in an upstairs Turlock apartment Monday morning.

January 22, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Cookie time: Girl Scouts prepare to tempt dieters with tasty treats

It's official. The 2013 Girl Scout cookie selling season is almost open. Get ready to be tempted by the likes of coconutty Samoas, peanut-butter-chocolate Tagalongs and the ever-popular Thin Mint. Turlock residents will soon be able to get their hands on the famed Girl Scout cookies starting Feb. 22 through March 17.

January 18, 2013 | Nancy Angel | Local


Flu cases spreading nationally as officials promote vaccination

This year's flu season is hitting the population harder than expected and is taking a particularly harsh toll on the elderly, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

January 18, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Kaepernicking: More than a meme for heart camp kids

It started with a kiss - but has become much more than that.

January 18, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Local


County making gains on unemployment

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County continued to make a slow, steady progress toward pre-recession rates, with the December unemployment rate hitting its lowest level in years.

January 18, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock prepares to root for Kaep

He's Sports Illustrated's newest cover boy, the inspiration for a brand new clothing line, and he's sold the third most NFL jerseys in the month of January behind only Ray Lewis and Peyton Manning. He's trending worldwide with his trademark bicep kiss and one of his autographed football cards recently sold online for $6,000. It's safe to say he's taken the nation by storm.

January 18, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Local


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Foster Farms donates thousands of turkeys for Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches Foster Farms is taking steps to ensure that more families will enjoy the holiday by gathering around the table for a turkey dinner, by donating to food banks up and down the West Coast.

November 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Fair receives $250K donation from Associated Feed

The facilities and landscape of the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds will soon receive a much-needed makeover, made possible by a generous donation and new partnership.

November 18, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock teacher wins local Innovation Challenge

When Elias Ruiz ventured to San Diego to present an invention at the "Shark Tank" audition, a reality competition that allows aspiring entrepreneurs to make business presentations to a panel of potential investors, he was disappointed that he did not hear back from the show. That was until his friend discovered that he could apply for a similar competition locally: the Stanislaus Innovation Challenge.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


What about desalination during the drought?

When discussing the current drought in California, there is often talk of desalination and its potential to increase our freshwater supply. Desalination, the process of removing salt and minerals from saline water, seems like an obvious solution to the drought and ongoing water scarcity concerns because it is a reliable, drought-proof water source. Indeed, many new desalination plants have been proposed along the California coast and a number of them are already in operation, such as in Monterey and Carlsbad. While desalination may be a reliable option, the answer is much more complicated.

November 14, 2014 | | Local


New day center in the works for gospel mission

The Turlock Gospel Mission is expected to close a deal today that will have them operating a new day center across from the year-round shelter under construction on Broadway.

November 14, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Heckendorf’s closing its doors after 88 years

After 88 years of operation, Heckendorf's Auto Electric will be closing its doors for good.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cupcakes for Charity

How much is 99 dozen cupcakes worth? For the Bell Real Estate Cycling Team, $2,700 to purchase bicycles for kids in need this Christmas.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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