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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.

Now Turlock High School and Pitman High School students can build up their college transcripts for free! The Turlock Unified School District has announced it will begin offering free college-level courses by California State University, Stanislaus professors for college credit beginning next semester at both Turlock High School and Pitman High School.
According to a report from California State University, Stanislaus Professor of Business Economics Gokce Soydemir, the San Joaquin Valley’s economy grew in 2014, though at a slower pace than last year. Also, the economy is doing better than the 10-year average. “For the first time since the end of the recession, non-farm-related categories of employment such as leisure and hospitality services, and retail trade performed better than farm-related categories such as wholesale and manufacturing,” Soydemir said. “It is worth noting, though, that the ongoing drought did exact a toll on employment growth in some parts of the region.”
Brown Elementary School students Tyson Weatherbee and Maryann Godje are this month’s Turlock Unified School District’s Character Counts Students of the Month for the character trait of citizenship. Tyson, a sixth grader, gave an inspirational message at the Nov. 4 TUSD Board of Trustees meeting. The wise young man could give advice to professional athletes, which he hopes to become one day.
The Turlock Unified School District will hold a public Board of Trustees meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the Professional Development Center, 1100 Cahill Ave. Prior to the public portion of the meeting the board will meet in closed session to discuss on-going labor negotiations, as well as two potential litigation cases.
Friday, 14 November 2014 06:14

Pitman High FFA Attends National Convention

Fifteen students from Pitman High School FFA and a handful of guests attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. While at the convention students attended breakout sessions, leadership workshops and a large Ag career and college expo. 
Due to the Turlock High School Modernization Project, The Turlock High School Drama Department doesn’t have a home stage this school year. Throughout the year the Performing Arts building on campus is under construction — but the show must go on!
You know the holiday season has arrived when you hear bell ringing by volunteers at Salvation Army red kettles all over town. This year the holiday season in Turlock begins Nov. 18 with the 18th annual Kettle Kick-Off Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Assyrian American Civic Club, 2618 Golden State Blvd.
Saturday, 08 November 2014 00:23

Bulldogs Collar Pride 41-10 in Harvest Bowl

The Turlock High School Bulldogs (6-4, 4-1 CCC) proved they are a team to be reckoned with come next week when the CIF Sac-Joaquin Playoff begin after a convincing Harvest Bowl victory over cross-town rival the Pitman High School Pride (7-2, 3-2 CCC) 41-10.  The Pride simply could not find a way to consistently pressure Turlock senior quarterback Bubba Moreno, who had an outstanding game to cement himself as one of the best, if not the best, player in the Central California Conference.
Julien Elementary sixth-grader Gloria Park won first place in the Stanislaus County Office of Education Spelling Bee held Wednesday at Gregori High School in Modesto. Park beat out 72 other elementary school students from 40 different Stanislaus County schools. She shared the champion title with Leah Raby, a fifth-grade student from Paradise Elementary.
Monday, 10 November 2014 07:47

November Events at Turlock Library

The Turlock Library will have an excellent selection of free activities in the month of November. On Nov. 12 at 6 p.m., World War II veteran James Sanders will recount his incredible experiences as a 19-year-old with the 585th Ambulance Company. If you’re interested in hearing his stories, it is advised you call ahead to reserve a seat by calling 209-664-8100. Walk-ins are also welcome.