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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.

Work by CalTrans crews has led to a massive back up on southbound Highway 99 from just south of the Monte Vista Avenue overpass to Whitmore Avenue in Ceres. The back up is caused by a CalTrans maintenance crews working on slab replacement and the subsequent reduction of open lanes from three to two near the Keyes Road exit, and down to a single open lane near the Taylor Road exit.
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 07:17

Camp Taylor Acquires Honor Farm Property

Camp Taylor, a non-profit organization that offers camps and support opportunities for children with heart diseases and their families, has acquired the 22-acre site formerly known as the Stanislaus County Honor Farm for the asking price of $723,000. The property, which formerly housed Sheriff’s Department inmates, administrative offices, a dining hall, shop building, and water storage and treatment facilities, is located on West Grayson Road, west of Turlock near Laird Park.
The Pitman Pride football team (1-0) kicked off the 2015 season with an unforgettable 36-33 comeback win over the heavily favored Downey Knights of Modesto (0-1) last night at Joe Debley Stadium. With about eight minutes left in the third quarter, Pitman trailed 26-7 after the Knights relentless passing attack rattled off 26 unanswered points, leaving the Pride frustrated and clawing for answers.
Saturday, 30 August 2014 11:21

Turlockers Report Mountain Lion Sightings

Numerous reports have surfaced about a mountain lion inside Turlock’s urban area in recent days. The most recent report is the most startling. Pam Gemperle, of Gemperle Farms, who lives near the intersection of Tuolumne Road and Quincy Road, says the mountain lion was in her backyard Thursday night.
Friday, 29 August 2014 19:46

CSU Stanislaus Staff Wants a Raise

While California State University, Stanislaus has often been highly ranked for its affordability and quality of education for the student body, support staff members say there is one rank University administration should not be proud of. According to the Cal State University Employees Union (CSUEU), CSU Stanislaus is ranked 23 out of the 24 CSU campuses for the average staff salary, which includes personnel ranging from janitorial staff to analyst, secretaries, lab technicians, information technology personnel, none of whom are student workers.
‘Turlock Harvest Christian Center recently kicked off its “SOLES for SOULS” shoe donation drive, which collects shoes and socks for Turlock Unified School District students in need. Jennifer Eivaz, wife of Harvest Christian Church Pastor Ron Eivaz, said last year more than 500 pairs of shoes and nearly as many socks were donated to children at TUSD schools.
Voting for the Dancing with the Turlock Stars has begun! Voters have until the day of the event, Sept. 20, to vote for their favorite dancer. You can vote for your favorite star by purchasing a “Pink Star” for $10 at locations such as Village Fresh Market, Geiger’s Jewelers, Lisa’s Cookie Jar, Togo’s, Yonan’s Jewelers, Footnotes Dance Studio, Backstage Dance Studio or On Your Toes Dance in Hilmar.
Turlock resident and U.S. Army Afghanistan veteran Cory Smith is inviting the community to participate in the Third Annual 9/11 Red, White and Blue 5K Run. Two years ago Smith, who served in the Kunar Provence, Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010, paraded through the streets of Turlock holding a U.S. flag with a U.S. Marine veteran friend along side him.
The Cornerstone Covenant Church is holding its annual free-admission Community Yard Sale, Saturday, Sept. 6 from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, located at 4105 Crowell Road. The well-known event and the largest of its kind in Turlock is a gathering of 75 sellers selling household treasures of all sorts, hundreds of Turlock neighbors, vendors from various organizations, and of course good food and groovin’ music.
The City of Turlock is currently accepting applications for Animal Services Officer, an entry-level position that includes a salary between $3,451 to $4,196 per month depending on experience. An Animal Services Officer is responsible for the day-to-day field services and operation of the Turlock Animal Shelter, responding to complaints, completing related forms and reports, disposing of impounded animals as appropriate, conducting investigations of state and local animal care violations.