Morris Smith III and Vanessa Franklin aren't homeless. Not exactly, at least.
"Cows Just Wanna Have Fun" is the theme of this year's Merced County Fair which centers on celebrating cows and dairies. The fun isn't just for cows, though, as the 121st annual fair kicks off today with a variety of activities for young and old.
Gas prices are declining, but the fall may be short-lived.
The 49th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship is coming to the Turlock Livestock Auction Yard. For the past year, auctioneers from across the country have competed for a spot in the WLAC, to be held Saturday.
Before putting out one box of knick-knacks or rack of clothing onto their front yard on Tuesday, the Cotton family obtained a permit from the City of Turlock to hold a small garage sale. The Cotton family was one of only about a dozen homes that obtained the mandatory $15 permit for that particular day. While the Cottons followed the city ordinance pertaining to yard sales, not all do. In just a mile radius of East Avenue to Main Street the Turlock Journal discovered three unpermitted sales on that same day.
Most growers in the Turlock Irrigation District will pay more for irrigation water, and will be billed based on usage starting in 2013.
American Planning Association, California Chapter Central Section honored the City of Newman, Tulare County Resource Management Agency Planning Branch and Turlock Journal reporter Alex Cantatore with the association's 2012 Planning Awards.
The United States Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for grants to help promote sustainable economic development and job creation in rural communities.
Name of Business: Lisa's Cookie Jar
The Stanislaus County Library Advisory Board is seeking applicants for a youth representative.
The future of a planned Turlock Mi Pueblo Food Center may be in question, as developers and the Mexican grocery chain are working through "unresolved issues."
The Turlock chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently saluted several local students by presenting Good Citizenship certificates and medals to 10 8th grade graduates.
The Turlock Fire Department responded to a total of 432 incidents during the month of May. These included a total of 282 emergency medical service calls. Turlock Fire responded to 29 motor vehicle accidents, and 20 commercial/ residential fire alarms. There were a total of 25 fire type calls: 2 building fires, 3 cooking fires, 2 unauthorized burnings, 4 special "outside" type fires, 12 vegetation/ rubbish fires, 1 electrical arching, and 1 fire classified as "other." Remaining incidents consisted of public assists, assist to police, smoke checks, gas leaks, chemical spill, locked in vehicle, power lines down, etc.
The East San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition has scheduled three meetings to update its members and local growers about proposed regulations covering groundwater and nitrates that are expected to be adopted in October.
Whether it was a mother or father or grandparent or older sibling or teacher who read to us, we probably all have memories of a special book shared with someone who brought it to life. We grew up listening to stories without anyone quoting evidence about why it was valuable, our parents didn't read the story to increase our vocabulary, and our teachers didn't plan on making us better test takers.
Sawyer Wilson, 3, and his sister Emily Wilson, 5, were just two of the many children who learned about the lifecycle of the salmon while making paint prints at the Stanislaus County Fair on Friday. Patrick Cuthbert of Fishbio helped the siblings with their craft project as part of a booth featuring the Salmonids in the Classroom program, a kindergarten through 12th grade program run through the Turlock Irrigation District and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County remained at a steady rate between May and June, according to the latest report from the Employment Development Department.
My fondest olfactory memories of childhood are of when my mom would bake cinnamon and sugar stuffed apples - yum! So when local chiropractor Dave Dubyak called me with a desperate need for apple pie contest entries, I decided it was time for my own house to be filled with the mouth-watering smells of cooked apples and my most favorite spice, cinnamon.
Name of Business: Hot Rod Diner
Buying a margarita from the Active 20-30 Club booth at the Stanislaus County Fair offers customers more than just a cold and delicious treat. The profits from the fair booth help the club give back to the community in a variety of ways, with their biggest project a Christmas shopping trip for underprivileged children.
"Pray for Rain" signs are a common sight on the country roads in Turlock and around the region, a visual reminder of local farmers' fears about the continued lack of precipitation. Although many are aware that California is in the midst of a drought - the third most severe on record - the consequences have not yet been fully realized here locally. A new report from the University of California, Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, however, paints a gruesome picture that cannot be ignored.
The drought that has encompassed the state in the past three years triggering heated discussions on the use of water resources was brought close to home on Tuesday at the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors meeting.
By mid-afternoon Saturday the sun was beating down on Turlock and most people were hiding from the heat in the comfort of their homes, relaxing on couches with their air conditioners pumping.
Juliette Guiliacci and her father Dale left the Stanislaus County Fair on Saturday night with more than just memories. Juliette was the winner of the Kansas concert text contest, her prize: a signed guitar from the band.
The Latino Community Roundtable will be distributing free backpacks for needy children of Stanislaus County at an Aug. 3 giveaway at the Ceres Flea Market on Whitmore Avenue, said Maggie Mejia.
Unattended lamps were responsible for igniting two house fires in Turlock over the last week.