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I'd like to apologize to those of you who stepped out of your homes this morning, saw a Turlock Journal on your doorstep, thought it must be Saturday and went back to bed instead of work.

Hopefully, your bosses are the understanding sort and will give you a break. Many people have set routines during the week that keep them on track, and one little change can mean the difference between keeping up with a busy schedule or totally falling apart.

Our goal here at the Journal wasn't to upset your weekly routine, but to add to it. This is the first issue of our new Friday edition. It's been a long time coming, and we were so excited about offering another chance to deliver local news, features and sports in a print publication that we couldn't help but update our overall look at the same time.

Along with a new style and front page design, we added new weekly sections. On Wednesdays, the Journal will now have a full page devoted to culinary inspiration, titled Cuisine. Look for seasonal recipes, tips on wine selections, entertaining ideas and chef features in this section.

Also on Wednesdays, the Journal will highlight the accomplishments and aspirations of local youth in our Student Spotlight series.

We moved the Arts & Leisure section from Wednesdays to Fridays. It will still include information on upcoming concerts, art shows and plays, with a little leisure feature just for fun.

Also on Fridays, the Journal has expanded our business coverage with an entire page devoted to highlighting the business community. Look for new business listings, tips from local business leaders and information on economic issues on the In Business page of the Journal.

Service clubs, nonprofit organizations and hobby groups of all kinds will be featured in the new Community Spotlight stories published on Fridays in the Journal.

The Journal's Saturday edition will continue to feature the popular Living in 209 section. Also look for the new Know Your Neighbor articles and stories on faith in our community. The History page can still be found in the Saturday Journal, but it will move from the B section to the A section, giving more readers a chance to glimpse into the city's storied past.

Through these new features and sections, we hope to connect our readers with their neighbors and the community at large. If you know a student, neighbor, community group or faith organization that should be featured, email

Despite all the changes, the Journal will continue to focus on coverage of breaking news, local government bodies, education, public safety, and high school and youth sports.

I look forward to seeing you out and about Turlock and the surrounding communities!