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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.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 19:16

Around Turlock - December 9

This popular Gingko tree produces beautiful, bright foliage during fall and as winter temperatures dominate the winter weather its leaves carpet the ground. The tree is not part of the Turlock Unified School District elm tree removal project, in which 22 historic elm trees at the District Office are being cut down due to internal rot from fungus and ants. The Gingko remains in good health and will not be cut down. 
The Turlock Adult School has released the Spring 2015 schedule of classes for online viewing on Tuesday. Residents of Turlock and surrounding communities should receive a hard copy in the mail be the end of next week. Registration for all classes except high school diploma will begin on Jan. 5. Classes will begin Jan. 20 and conclude May 11.
Turlock High School Principal’s Administrative Assistant Mary Venema is officially retiring after 41 years of service to THS, where she started in 1974 in the Activities Office. Tuesday night she was honored with a ceremony during the Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees — and many people were moved to tears.
A pair of Turlock girls, Katelyn Foster from Walnut Elementary and Mya Sanchez from Medeiros Elementary, were honored for their championship accomplishments in the NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition (PPK) during halftime of the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers game.  Katelyn and Mya, who competed in the 9/10 and 10/11 year old girls divisions, respectively, spent many hours practicing their skills and demonstrating their commitment to learning and working hard to reach their goals. 
The Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Professional Development Center, 1100 Cahill Ave. Cunningham Elementary School students Rachel Worthington and Thomas Sandoval, this month’s Character Counts students of the month for the trait of caring, will provide inspirational messages to begin the meeting.
Crowell Elementary School Principal Linda Alaniz announced Monday at a staff meeting that she will be leaving the school and Earl Elementary Assistant Principal Margaret Osmer will be named Interim Principal at Crowell. The change will occur after the holiday break. The official decision from the Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees will be announced Tuesday night at the Trustees public meeting.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:56

Santa Pub Crawl on Dec. 13, Tickets Available

Looks like Santa will be coming a little early this year and bringing all of his eggnog drinking friends for the Santa Pub Crawl. On Saturday, Dec. 13 the Fourth Annual Santa Pub Crawl will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at drinking establishments in Downtown Turlock, such as Red Brick Bar & Grill, The Vintage Lounge & Piano Bar, Jura’s Pizza Parlor and Staley’s to benefit the Salvation Army of Turlock.
Despite more than a dozen women having publicly accused 77-year-old comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault and rape in previous decades, the show, according to Turlock Community Theatre (TCT), must go on. Cosby is scheduled to perform at the TCT Jan. 18. A representative from the theatre said that the show is sold out and will take place Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
The Pitman Pride Volleyball team (44-2) lost in Division I CIF State Volleyball Championship to the Redondo Union Seahawks (38-2) at Santiago Canyon College in Orange (23-25, 18-25, 21-25). In the first set the Pride jumped out to a 17-14 lead but the Seahawks scored six straight points, leading to a 25-23 Pride loss. In the second set, the Pride never led but kept the set close thanks to consecutive kills from senior Madison King.
Turlock Mayor-elect Gary Soiseth welcomed in a host of new student councilmembers at Crowell Elementary School on Friday. “I’m always excited to promote civic engagement at any age,” said Soiseth, who encouraged the kids to be involved in their school and community.