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Former president of organic fertilizer company sentenced to federal prison for fraud

Peter Townsley was sentenced Wednesday to serve 364 days in prison and ordered to pay a fine of $125,000 for a scheme to defraud his customers in the organic farming industry, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced. Townsley was also ordered to serve six months of community confinement, during which time he must perform 1,000 hours of community service related to organic production.

November 09, 2012 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Event to honor memory of Brandon Koch, raise funds for park renaming

Friends and family of Brandon Koch continue to keep the local skateboarder's spirit alive. A candle light vigil and release of balloons will be held at the Turlock Skate Park at 6 p.m. today in honor of what would have been his 27th birthday.

November 09, 2012 | Nancy Angel | Local


Local WW II vets share stories of sacrifice

For Marie Voltzke and Oliver "Woody" Livingston, both residents at Cypress of Emanuel in Turlock, it has been 67 years since they donned their service uniforms, but for these two World War II veterans the memories of their war years remain fresh in their minds.

November 09, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock woman loses job for remarks about Obama

The backlash against the 22-year-old Turlock woman who used a racial slur to describe President Barack Obama and then hoped for his assassination continues as she was fired from her job, came under the scrutiny of the Secret Service and has gained the ire of social media.

November 09, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Air district issues gusty winds health caution

Gusty winds over the San Joaquin Valley have prompted local air-pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement through this evening throughout the air basin: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern counties. Winds are expected to be especially strong in the western and southern portions of the Valley.

November 08, 2012 | | Local


Emanuel offers smokers free Quit Kits

Emanuel Medical Center is offering a helping hand to those looking to quit smoking in the month of November.

November 06, 2012 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


TID power supply fees remain flat

The Turlock Irrigation District will keep an electric power purchase fee flat, thanks to the continued low cost of natural gas.

November 06, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Award offers non-profits free consulting

IMC Consulting & Training is now accepting applications for the $25,000 Edwin Toolis Memorial Award.

November 06, 2012 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Sunrise continues baking tradition

Name of business: Sunrise Bakery

November 06, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Grocery employees strike

An ongoing labor dispute between management of the Raley's grocery store chain and employees represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers union has resulted in a strike, affecting 90 Raley's and Nob Hill stores.

November 06, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Free admission to Don Pedro for military, veterans

In honor of Veteran's Day, the Don Pedro Recreation Agency will grant active military personnel and veterans no-cost admission – and camping – between Nov. 7-14.

November 02, 2012 | | Local


New Goodwill brings jobs, career training

Goodwill continued to expand its regional presence with the opening of a new Turlock store and donation center this week, located at 3000 N. Tegner Road in the Monte Vista Shopping Center.

November 02, 2012 | Nancy Angel | Local


Turlock Together seeks volunteers, collection sites

For 17 years, Turlock Together has embodied "goodwill towards mankind" during the holiday season. The organization's efforts continue this year, as the iconic blue barrels used to collect toys and non-perishable food items for low-income families have already been dispatched around town.

November 02, 2012 | Brooke Borba | Local


Emanuel cuts 24 positions

For 24 Emanuel Medical Center employees, the start of the holiday season was bleak this year as the hospital eliminated 17 full-time and seven part-time positions on Thursday.

November 02, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Cash for candy

One local dentist is redefining the phrase "put your money where your mouth is." Trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Antoine Varani at the Dental Spa and receive $2 for every 5 pounds of sweets. Along with the cash, participating kids will also receive a gift bag to replace the cavity-provoking candy.

November 01, 2012 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


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Turlock Horseman’s Club has no plans of riding off into the sunset

It may surprise some outsiders to know that in the Turlock Horseman's Club, horses are secondary.

September 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock dancing stars delight crowd, rake in the donations

The performers for the inaugural Dancing with the Turlock Stars did the cha-cha, the hustle, the flamenco, and in general thrilled the capacity crowd Saturday night as they raised thousands of dollars for the Salvation Army.

September 23, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


TID looks at electric rate hike

Electric service rates could increase next year, after a review of Turlock Irrigation District's preliminary budget for the 2015 financial year. The possibility of a 5 percent increase in rates, which will be used to address a forecasted revenue shortfall of $16.7 million, will be the focus of a public hearing scheduled for Dec. 2.

September 23, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Cars, coffee and charity

An annual event aimed at sharing a love of fine automobiles took a philanthropic turn this year as Winton, Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance, in collaboration with Hagerty Insurance, raised funds for pancreatic research in memory of late Turlock High aquatics coach Steve Feaver.

September 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Public workgroup to assess conservation fund use in Stanislaus County

The East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District is hosting a Local Workgroup Meeting on Monday to get feedback from the community on how to best use federal funds through the Farm Bill's Environmental Quality Incentive Program.

September 23, 2014 | | Local


Hispanic Heritage Month celebration set for Thursday

The Latino Community Roundtable and Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are holding a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at World Tile Design Showroom, 728 S. Center St., in Turlock.

September 23, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Peace Walk comes to Turlock

Bakersfield native Luke Wonderly is embarking on a cross country journey spreading a message of peace that he hopes will end with a presidential visit.

September 23, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Tastes of the Valley to benefit agriculture education

Agriculture is a big part of life in Stanislaus County, and the fruits of the recent harvest will take center stage next week in an event to support two ag-centered entities - Friends of the Stanislaus County Fair Foundation and the Agriculture Studies Department of California State University, Stanislaus.

September 23, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Volunteers to help make Turlock shine

Spring may be the traditional season in which to clean-up, but locals will get a chance to come together and beautify the town on Saturday for the seventh annual Turlock Shines event.

September 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Mountain lion evades search efforts

A mountain lion spotted in an east Turlock neighborhood Sunday night continues to roam free in parts unknown as officials suspended their search Monday.

September 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Befriend an alpaca on National Alpaca Farm Days

Community members who want to get up close with an alpaca will have their chance this Sunday and Monday at Macedo's Mini Acre as part of National Alpaca Farm Days.

September 22, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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