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Jonathan McCorkell - jonathan@turlockcitynews.com

Jonathan McCorkell - jonathan@turlockcitynews.com

McCorkell is an experienced journalist with a strong dedication to community news.

He began his journalism career in 2005 with the U.S. Navy, graduating from the Department of Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Maryland. He served three additional years as a Navy Journalist Petty Officer 3rd Class at Navy Region Southwest in San Diego.

Following his enlistment he has worked at several newspapers and covered a variety of beats including education, city government, sports, agriculture and human interest.

McCorkell graduated magna cum laude from Fresno Pacific University and holds his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts.

McCorkell and his wife Elizabeth were both raised in the Sacramento area. They have three children: Caitlyn, 8, and twins Grace and Nolan, both 7.

Sunday, 11 January 2015 17:05

TUSD Honors Employees Making A Difference

The Turlock Unified School District honored 16 classified support personnel as nominees for the Stanislaus County Office of Education Employees Making A Difference Award Program, scheduled for Jan. 26. Of the 16 TUSD employees, three were selected to be honored at the County level, including Kathy Prada, an administrative assistant at Turlock High School, Ben Liang, a TUSD maintenance worker, Alicia Miranda, a health technician at Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy. 
Dutcher Middle School eighth-graders William Cooke and Catherine Smith are the Turlock Unified School District’s Character Counts Students of the Month for the character trait of fairness. Cooke is an eighth-grade immersion student and he holds a 4.0 GPA. At Dutcher he is involved in jazz band, the soccer team and the Orators Club.
Turlock resident Stephanie Valgos spent more than an average work week, 40 hours, decorating her house in Christmas lights and she easily admits she suffers from a bit of “Christmas craziness.” “I didn’t think my Christmas craziness was that big of a deal until many individuals spoke of the joy and happiness it brought to their hearts,” Valgos said. “I love peeking out my window and seeing people taking pictures with their children throughout my wonderland.”
Holiday happiness was abound at Turlock Together’s Christmas Distribution Day event at the Turlock Fruit Company on Saturday. Organizer Lissette Maunakea says for the past two weeks about 50 volunteers a day have been collecting and organizing Christmas baskets, food, household items, clothing and toys for more than 1,600 less fortunate Turlock families. 
The family and friends of Corey Borges, a Turlock father of four young children all 9 years old or younger, are asking the community of Turlock for help and prayers. Corey was recently admitted into Critical Care at Emanuel Hospital in Turlock with a rare blood infection known as Amyloidosis. All of his major organs began failing and last week doctors discovered the infection poisoning his body. Currently he remains in Critical Care and is showing signs of improvement.
Instead of spending their first official day of the holiday break on vacation or hanging out playing video games, students from Turlock and Pitman High Schools, along with teachers and administrators, will be serving as Salvation Army of Turlock bell ringers on Monday, Dec. 22. The two high schools will be engaging in a friendly competition to see which high school raise the most money for the Salvation Army.
High school teachers at Turlock High and Pitman High Schools are stymied by a controversial decision by Turlock Unified School District officials to eliminate the “finals week” schedule. Typically the last three days of each semester are minimum days and students attend two, two-hour classes per day to take finals. Students are guaranteed to only have to prepare for two exams, essays or projects per day. The minimum day schedule allows the students to study and have extra time to prepare for the next day, and also allows teachers an extra few hours for grading the more than 150 finals tests, essays or projects. 
Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:06

Around Turlock - December 17

Earl Elementary Third-Grade Teacher JoDee Albritton is retiring after 31 years teaching. Albritton was honored by the Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees and Earl Elementary Assistant Principal Margaret Osmer says her warm, calm, nurturing demeanor will be missed.
Thursday, 18 December 2014 15:38

Pitman’s Crusin’ Campus Supervisors

About two months ago Pitman High School campus supervisors began utilizing a new patrol device — four brand new black with green trim Elektra cruiser bicycles — and they say the cruisers have been nothing but beneficial. Campus Supervisors Lisa Narciso, Leo Pulido, Zac Sward and Rudy Estrada all say the bikes have improved their ability to communicate face-to-face with students.
The San Jose Earthquakes Premier Development League Under-23 Team has abandoned its partnership with the City of Turlock for the greener pastures of Burlingame, located in San Mateo County, and will be re-named the Dragons FC. City of Turlock Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Director Allison Van Guilder said the partnership was simply that the Earthquakes PDL Team used City of Turlock fields for practice and while it was disappointing to see them leave, she could offer no reason other than that the Earthquakes had not elected to renew their contract.
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