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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.

Friday, 24 October 2014 17:32

Around Turlock - October 23

Hundreds of Pitman High School students, staff and administration celebrated “Think Pink” on Thursday for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink clothing or accessories. Think Pink helps students and staff to keep in mind those loved ones who have suffered or beaten breast cancer. According the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death amongst women in the United States. 
A portion of Canal Drive will be closed on Friday afternoon for the Turlock High School Homecoming Parade. The City of Turlock has announced that East Canal Drive, between East Main Street and Berkeley Avenue will be closed to through traffic Friday, Oct. 24 from about 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 13:43

Pitman High Celebrates Kiss the Pig

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Pitman High School FFA and other student groups held a “Kiss the Pig” event on Oct. 23. FFA student and Think Pink Chairperson, senior Mckenze Darche, says the Kiss the Pig drive was held to raise money for breast cancer research and students placed pink pig milk jugs in numerous classrooms throughout campus to collect coins.
A blood drive is being held at Delta Blood Bank, 655 E. Hawkeye Ave., on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 2014 Pitman High School honors graduate Dustin Babb, 18, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Feb. 5 of this year. When you donate blood make sure to tell the staff you are there for Dustin’s blood drive. 
In many ways a bike is a fun rite of passage to journey into a world beyond someone’s front lawn. Sadly in today’s tough economy, some kids in Turlock do not have bikes and their loved ones cannot afford to buy them one.  Fortunately, Bell Real Estate (BRE) Cycle Team and Frost Bakery have a delicious way to help those kids out. 
Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:17

Pitman Student Struck by Vehicle

According to school officials at Pitman High School, a 15-year-old male student was struck by a vehicle at approximately 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning in the crosswalk at Kilroy Road and Christoffersen Parkway. PHS Principal Rod Hollars says the boy, who is a freshman, was walking north on the east side of Kilroy Road and walked out into the crosswalk on a green light when a car making a right-hand turn onto Christoffersen Parkway from northbound Kilroy Road struck and injured the boy. 
You have to hand it to the teachers and students of Walnut Elementary, they know how to make great videos and compete for huge sums of money in national contests. This year Walnut entered a three-minute video featuring nearly all 900 Walnut students, staff and teachers for Macy’s Lip Dub Challenge, which has a grand prize of $25,000 for first place, $15,000 for second and $10,000 for third.
There was one clear determination made from Tuesday’s Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting — don’t toot your horn at the Pitman Pride Marching Band parents and boosters. More than 30 band parents and student crowded the Professional Development Center voicing their stern opposition to the TUSD transportation policy in regards to how Boosters pay for transportation to band reviews and band activities in cities across California.
Throughout October, Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital (Monte Vista Vet) is asking the animal-loving community of Turlock to donate food for needy dogs and cats through the Trick or Treat Charity Pet Food Drive. Often times dogs and cats are the first to suffer when an owner of family are less fortunate and Monte Vista Vet wants to help those animals and their families. All donations will be benefit the pets of guests at the Turlock Gospel Mission and United Samaritans.
Turlock resident Paulo Machado says he always liked art and creative projects, but until last Halloween he never really explored his potential. Last Halloween Machado began exploring online about how to preserve pumpkins for his own family and discovered videos about pumpkin carving — then something just clicked.