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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.

With Common Core now fully underway in the Turlock Unified School District, some parents are now fighting back for their children’s education, in particular for middle school math offerings. A parent of three TUSD students, Marie Guerrero, launched a petition asking the district to “offer accelerated math classes for 7th and 8th graders” on Sunday to address the district’s failure to offer math enrichment opportunities for middle school math students through the Common Core Implementation Plan.
Life-long Turlock resident Christanna Rea Weaver, 19, has loved singing since she was a little girl when she grew up singing in her dad’s old church. Her dad, Mike Weaver, has served as a pastor since 2002, and Christanna’s angelic voice has often been heard in front of church congregations.
Pitman High School held a homecoming raucous rally Friday morning, highlighted by the crowning of the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen Branson Garcia and Regan Wolfley, respectively. The atmosphere was electric and the noise deafening as students participated in tug of war between the classes, wrapped up their favorite teachers in toilet paper and held a “tap-out” dance competition with beloved band teacher Ruben Modesto strutting his dance moves while dressed up in the Pride’s lion mascot uniform.
The Pitman High Pride improved to 4-0 after a thrilling 28-17 homecoming victory over the North Salinas Vikings (2-2) at Joe Debely Stadium Friday night. It was the first home game for Pitman since the opening week of the season and the Pride were happy to back on home soil for the contest.
Friday, 03 October 2014 23:47

THS Seniors Win 2014 Powder Puff Game

One thing was obvious at Thursday night’s 2014 Powder Puff flag football game between Turlock High seniors and juniors — the girls came to play some hard-nosed football. It was a fierce battle and the seniors walked swaggered away with a 13-0 nothing victory.
The Community Housing and Shelter Services (CHSS) of Stanislaus County is holding its Second Annual Bowl-a-Thon Friday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. at McHenry Bowl in Modesto. Funds raised from the event will directly help families find stable homes to secure a better future and standard of living.
Get ready to hop off that saddle, kick off them stirrups and get your whistle wet — there’s a new watering hole coming to Turlock. “The Udder Place,” a country-western-themed full service bar is set to open in early 2015 at 110 W. Main St. — the former location of the Vintage Lounge & Piano Bar, and Scottie’s, an old hole in the wall bar.
It’s that time of year to make a reservation to show you care. On Wednesday, We Care Turlock opened its online calendar so families, organizations and individuals can reserve their spot to serve residents of the We Care Winter Shelter for men.
Pitman High School Symphony Conductor and AP Spanish Teacher Don Grishaw was recently named Conductor for the Modesto Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO). Grishaw has been a professional violinist for 33 years with the Modesto Symphony and says being named to Conductor of the MYSO will give him the opportunity to reach more children countywide and teach them the majesty and mastery of music.
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 07:42

Pitman Student Auditions for American Idol

Pitman High School student Eliana Roberts, 17, spent Monday chasing her dreams when she auditioned for American Idol at the Cow Palace in Daly City. Her mother, Monica, says she has been asking to audition since she was a little girl.