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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.

The number of inter-district transfers coming into Turlock Unified School District is up by 117 students, from 535 students to 652 students, this school year, but there is more to the story than meets the eye. Nearly half of the 652 students coming into TUSD are transferring in from the financially strapped and troubled Denair Unified School District, totaling 303 students.
Dutcher Middle School Teacher Elias Ruiz served in the Navy as a Corpsman medic and trained for casualty situations, but on a quiet Sunday morning duck hunting trip with a friend on the Tuolumne River, he never expected to use that training. Ruiz discovered a 49-year-old man laying face down in the water near the area of Fox Grove. He says the man’s body was nearly fully submerged but his upper back and half of his face were held above water by a plant life just off dry land.
Doctors and nurses from Golden Valley Health Centers (GVHC) in Turlock, Modesto, Merced and Los Banos are concerned their clinics may turn into valleys of death if recently hired CEO Tony Weber gets his way. A group of about 50 total Golden Valley Health Center doctors, nurses, staff and family members from Turlock, Modesto and Merced braved the rain on Thursday to fight for patients’ care at an intense, but peaceful, picket-rally held outside the private Merced residence of John Price, President of the GVHC board of directors. 
Turlock residents can observe a remarkable space event Saturday by simply pointing their eyes skyward for the annual Geminid meteor shower. NASA is predicting between 100 and 120 meteors per hour on Saturday night.
Saturday, 13 December 2014 21:16

Pitman Seniors Win Powder Puff Game 8-6

In a low-scoring, but high drama, high impact Powder Puff football contest, the Pitman Pride senior class defeated the junior class 8-6 at Joe Debeley Stadium in front of an impressive crowd. The seniors only touchdown came early in the first quarter when volleyball star turned running back Maddy Halteman streaked through the junior’s defense for a 40-yard score. She added a 2-point conversion try to give the seniors the 8-0 lead and ultimately the win.
Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services offers a list of phone numbers to call for reporting flooded streets and broken tree limbs. If you live within the city of Turlock call 209-668-5590 during normal working hours and after hours call 209-668-1200.
Friday, 12 December 2014 19:45

Turlock High Drama Hosts Play for Children

If you have kids and want to be entertained this weekend, come out to the Turlock High School cafeteria Saturday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. for two original plays written by THS Advanced Drama students. The performances, are “Holly’s Not So Jolly Christmas” and “The Christmas Cookie Crook.”
After receiving many recent accolades, California, State University Stanislaus can add one more — No. 1 in admissions. Applications for admission to CSU Stanislaus from first-time freshmen are up 13.4 percent this year, the largest increase in the entire CSU system, and the two-year increase was 22.8 percent, also the largest in the system.
In response to parent concerns Turlock Unified School District officials announced schools will not be closed at any point Thursday or Friday. TUSD released the following statement:
Cunningham Elementary sixth graders Rachel Worthington and Thomas Sandoval were honored as Turlock Unified School District’s Character Counts Students of the Month for December and the character trait of caring. Rachel is a GATE student who enjoys reading, writing, Odyssey of the Mind activities and she is active in her church.