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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.

In January of 2010, at just 13 months old, Cassandra Grace Meyers passed away following the sudden growth of an inoperable brain tumor. The heart-wrenching passing of such a young child could understandably be emotionally devastating to a mother, but even in such tragic circumstances the light of goodness can be found.
Thanks to a massive community “cow herding” fundraising effort to raise more than $18,000, a group of 23 Turlock High School FFA students are currently in Kentucky to attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville.  Amongst the THS students, Peter DiGrazia, Kayla Hilvers, Alexander Luis, Gene Silviera and Mark Vieira are all receiving their American FFA Degrees — the highest level of membership and the final step in the FFA system that encourages youth to establish themselves into an ag-related career. Only about 3,500 are distributed each year at the Convention.
Sherry Mailloux’s house, located in the 400 block of Piccadilly Lane in Turlock, has been a destination for many trick-or-treaters and the ogling eyes of parents for the past five years. Her elaborate “haunted house” is visited by hundreds, if not thousands of youth throughout the month of October, but this year she got slapped with a $100 fine from the City of Turlock. According to Mailloux, an unknown man complained to the City, which caused an officer with the City of Turlock’s Neighborhood Services to come out to her house and issue her a $100 fine for “structure obstructs sidewalk.”
Simply dominant is best way to describe the Turlock High School Girls Golf Team. For the 11th consecutive year the girls have earned a Central California Conference Championship, and if that isn’t impressive enough — over that stretch they have a record of 133-3. Coach Mary Krupka took over the team 11 years ago and each year she challenges her golfers to match the previous year’s team. 
Talk about a Debbie Downer for kids who want to go trick-or-treating on Halloween! According to The Weather Channel and Accuweather, the first widespread sustained rainstorm of the fall is headed for Turlock and most of the Valley on Halloween, in particular during the evening hours. 
Western Valley Insurance of Turlock is sponsoring a Field Goal fundraiser to benefit the Pitman High and Turlock High Booster Clubs. Contestants will have the chance to make a 40-yard field goal to win a whopping $5,000 either before kickoff or at halftime of this year’s Harvest Bowl on Nov. 7. 
Sunday, 26 October 2014 20:37

Turlock High School Celebrates Homecoming

The atmosphere on the Turlock High campus Friday was electric as much of the student body was amped for the homecoming spirit rallies and game between the THS Bulldogs and the Atwater Falcons.  The homecoming rallies featured teachers and students playing “guess the song,” a relay race, a cheer routine of music from past decades, a salute to senior football players and the girl’s golf team. The highlights were of course the naming of the homecoming queen nominees and a hilarious video of THS teacher photos from the past — when they were either in high school or as young staff members.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 06:28

Pride Annihilate Cougars 27-0

The No. 25-ranked, according to Max Preps, Pitman Pride (6-1, 2-1 CCC) pounced all over the Golden Valley Cougars (0-7, 0-3) last night at Veterans Stadium in Merced with a 27-0 victory. After suffering their first loss of the season with a lackluster road performance against the Merced Bears, the Pride responded against Golden Valley, but Pride Head Coach Tom Tyler was anything but impressed with his team’s effort. 
When most people go to work they get off work by a certain time or if they are required to work more hours they get paid for overtime. But apparently Turlock Unified School District administration feels teachers district-wide should be required to stay after school until school site principals determine they can leave.
Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. will hold a hiring fair for full-time entry-level production employees and supervisors at the Turlock War Memorial, at 247 E. Canal Dr., on Tuesday, Oct. 28 with sessions starting promptly at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The company is hiring for both the soon-to-be opened milk powder plant in Turlock and the Hilmar location.