David Chovanak made the long trek from Turlock to Las Vegas this week to present a unique invention to a group of engineering students. Chovanak built what might be the first known micro turbine engine out of spare parts and kitchen utensils in 1966 as a student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (then Nevada Southern University). He presented his invention - which he named The Rebel - to senior design students on the first day of their spring semester.
The Turlock community gathered on Friday night to recognized business leaders, humanitarians and other local dignitaries at the Best of Turlock awards. The ceremony is put on every year by the Turlock Chamber of Commerce.
The end of 2011 brought an increase in Stanislaus County's unemployment rate, closing at 16.1 percent for December, according to the latest figures from the Economic Development Department.
Ask the National Weather Service for the local conditions in Turlock, and you might be surprised what you see.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2012 Stanislaus County Commission for Women Outstanding Women Award. There are three categories of awards including Women of History, Living Pioneers and Young Women (high school seniors to age 24 which includes a cash scholarship).
A major leadership shakeup faces the California High-Speed Rail Authority.
January is a busy time for the Alzheimer's Association. The organization receives an increased number of calls from concerned family members who noticed a change in a loved one during holiday visits. For some families, the holidays are the only time they see elderly relatives. Those visits can be a challenge for children, grandchildren and other family members who see personality changes in their loved one.
Team Depot, a volunteer program for Home Depot employees, is making a difference across the Central Valley. Team members from Sacramento to Turlock volunteer their time to work on construction projects that give back to their community. Team Depot's latest project took them to Oakdale, where they helped a local family regain independence in their own home.
Turlock high school student Miranda Scoles is one of the approximately 5,000 foster youth in California and 40 in Stanislaus County who turned 18 this year, automatically aging-out of the system. In the past, Scoles would have had to face the world without financial support or the help of a social worker.
In January 2008, the Turlock Gospel Mission started serving nightly meals to local homeless and in-need families. Exactly four years later, TGM staff and supporters gathered to celebrate the over 45,591 meals served and prepare for the future of the mission.
An irrigation water outlook termed "critical" just a week ago appears much rosier today, with new forecasts showing heavy rainfall this week.
Construction for a modernization project at Crowell Elementary School ignited a fire inside an empty classroom wing, prompting a school-wide exodus onto the adjacent ball field and track.
An accident at a Turlock auto body shop claimed the life of one of the employees Wednesday afternoon.
Hanna and Dieter Renning both survived an episode of world history that most Americans have only read about. Both Hanna and Dieter were born in Germany during WWII, but they had vastly different experiences. Dieter was made to join the Hitler Youth, and Hanna's family fled the Nazi Party for their lives. The Rennings will share their story at the Jan. 25 meeting of the Association of American University Women Turlock Branch.
The determination of a mother to help her children can be of a boundless supply. Just ask Turlock resident Sarah Mascorro, who for years has been struggling with obstacles in her efforts to have her son, Andrew Mascorro's, medical conditions diagnosed and treated.
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A Golden Eagle affectionately known as "#53" is recuperating at the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center in Hughson after being hit by a car in Los Banos.
Generosity was in the air on Saturday as local company Lancaster Painting employees donated their time to offer a complimentary paint job to a local community member as part of the company's annual Paint it Forward event.
The growing severity of California's drought has resulted in one of the lowest water allotments for irrigation purposes in Turlock Irrigation District's history. Starting the irrigation season on March 27, local growers serviced by TID will see a 20-inch cap water allotment, with little to no carryover in the Don Pedro Reservoir for 2015 – an unprecedented decision by TID staff.
There wasn't a bike race happening in Turlock on Sunday morning, although it looked as though that was the case. It was a "bike run for fun," according to Jose Garcia who teamed up with Mario Martinez of Turlock and the Rolling Relics of Modesto to bring this family-oriented function to Turlock. The event brought people from various locations including Gilroy, Sacramento and the Bay Area. Garcia, who works for the City of Turlock, has participated in various bike runs with the Rolling Relics and wanted to bring one to Turlock.