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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.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 19:43

Job Watch: Foster Farms Hiring for 11 Positions

Foster Farms is currently hiring for 11 positions through “The Graduate Trainee Program” for college graduates. The deadline to apply is Oct. 1 by 5 p.m. Open positions include Accounting Trainee, Information Technology, Management Trainee for Plant Supervisor, Marketing Trainee, Plant Operations Trainee, Product Management Trainee, Purchasing Dept Trainee, Quality Control Trainee, SAP Functional Analyst, Service Center Analyst and Live Production Trainee.
TurlockCityNews.com reader Amanda Moore submitted exclusive home surveillance video from her in-laws, Ken and Lisa Moore, who live on California Street. The video is the first to publicly surface of the mountain lion that is being tracked by Turlock Police and the California Department of Fish and Game with special dogs capable of following the scent of the lion.
Last night’s inaugural Dancing with the Turlock Stars was a massive success and raised $27,880 from online and in-person votes for the Turlock Salvation Army. In total the entire event raised nearly $34,000 for Salvation Army. "Our committee's goal to bring a lighthearted, feel good event to this community...the community completely responded,” said DWTTS organizer Kristin Bettencourt. “We are so appreciative."
Saturday, 20 September 2014 08:40

Turlock High Nipped by Modesto 33-28

The Turlock High Bulldogs (2-2) came up just short of a second consecutive comeback win Friday night after a tough road loss, 33-28, to the Modesto High Panthers (4-0) at Downey High School. One of the oldest rivalries in California, it was the 117th time Turlock and Modesto met up and it was the first time in the past five years the Bulldogs lost to the Panthers.
Saturday, 20 September 2014 12:04

TUSD Maintenance Worker Retires After 26 Years

Turlock Unified School District said goodbye to beloved, longtime maintenance worker Vernon Storment, who retired after 26 years with the district. Storment started at TUSD in March of 1988 when he served as a custodian at Turlock High School for three years. He then worked as a THS groundskeeper for 13 years before moving on to the maintenance department for the past 10 years.
Labor negotiations between the Turlock Unified School District and the Turlock Teacher’s Association, which represents the 700 teachers in the school district, are apparently beginning to turn sour. During the TUSD Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday night, TTA President and Turlock High School teacher Julie Shipman said Turlock teachers have gone from the best compensated in terms of salary and benefits to eighth best in all of Stanislaus County.
It’s not very often members of the Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees are moved to tears, but at the Sept. 16 meeting Trustees Jennifer Carter and Debbie Martin were both emotionally moved by the story of Turlock High School senior Adam Volk. Adam was doomed from the start. He never had a chance. He wasn’t supposed to live. He shouldn’t be here. He should have never even reached the start line of the race.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 18:09

CSU Stanislaus VP Announces Retirement

Russell Giambelluca, Vice President for Business and Finance at CSU Stanislaus since 2009, announced he will retire at the end of this year. Giambelluca worked through the Great Recession to ensure the University’s finances were well managed and carried no serious deficit, and the CSU Stanislaus Foundation’s investments were stabilized so scholarships could still be awarded to students.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 19:42

Around Turlock - September 16

Sometimes billboards become easy targets for graffiti vandals, including this one just south of town, on Golden State Boulevard. Sadly, the vandals defaced a meaningful billboard that communicates a message about access to medical care for people in California, regardless if they are documented or dreamers. 
Turlock High School is jumping in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and in the past several weeks the social phenomenon has swept the campus. It all began when Turlock High School ROP Teacher and Cheer Coach Jennifer Cullum was recently called out to take the IBC.