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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 the past three days the Turlock and Denair communities, as well as people from other cities like Pleasanton, Atwater, Fresno and Modesto, have rallied to the aid of Jeff and Laura Long and their four small children, who lost their home to fire on Thanksgiving Eve. A GoFundMe account was set up for the Long’s by family friend Brooke Bettencourt, who was contacted by TurlockCityNews.com, and within one day monetary donations skyrocketed from about $2,815 to 132 total donations for a whopping $15,835 as of 7 p.m. tonight.
A young local family is in shock and deeply saddened by the sudden total loss of their Denair home on Thanksgiving Eve. Laura Long, an assistant principal at Wakefield Elementary in Turlock, and her husband Jeff were out of town visiting family with their four small children, ages 7 years, 5 years, 3 years, and 8 months old, when they received a phone call every family dreads- their home was on fire.
A group of a dozen teenage dancers from Turlock’s Deborah Morgan Dance Studio participated in the Spirit of America performance during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade yesterday morning in New York City. “It is a very exciting and great experience for the girls. Some have never even been on a airplane, let alone New York,” said Deborah Morgan, owner of the dance studio.
About two months ago, Mechele Kaericher, 36, a mother of three children ages 14, 12, and 4, spent several weeks living in the Turlock Motel 6 and she was effectively homeless. There was a time in her life when she and her family lived a much better life, but cancer ravaged it and nearly killed Kaericher in the process.
An army of 200 volunteers have worked hard Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare meals and presentation for up to 600 guests for the Turlock Gospel Mission’s Thanksgiving Community Dinner. Volunteers are preparing everything from eating utensils with napkins to sweet potatoes and turkeys — along with all the fixings for what will sure to be a delicious Thanksgiving meal for so many less fortunate in the Turlock community.
At the Nov.18 Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees public meeting, two people publicly condemned the board for approving November as Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month in a unanimous vote for a resolution at a prior board meeting on Nov. 4. Two women, Jan Fliflet — who regularly offers a positive prayer for the board during open public comment at meetings — and a woman who identified herself as Shereen Laurie, criticized the board for the resolution. Laurie went as far as to say she condemns the board.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:38

TUSD Earns Honor Roll Nod from College Board

Turlock Unified School District has been honored by the College Board for its efforts to increase Advanced Placement courses for high school students while maintaining the percentage of students who score 3 or higher on AP exams. TUSD is one of 547 school districts this year in the United States and Canada to earn the honor from the College Board’s fifth annual AP District Honor Roll.
Pitman High School student Andrea Meraz was selected as one of 19 winners in Stanislaus County for the American Heritage Scholarship Series Essay Contest, which had nearly 200 essay entries. Meraz was recognized for her essay and earned a $100 scholarship. 
Crowell Elementary School sixth graders Abel Medina and Nevien Mohsen were selected as the Turlock Unified School District’s Character Counts Students of the Month for the character trait of “citizenship.” Nevien moved to the United States with her family when she was 8 years old and according to her teacher, Patricia Langpaap, she has demonstrated amazing development in English and can now read and write as well — if not better than — some of her peers.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 11:01

Pitman Volleyball Wins Section Championship

The No. 1 ranked Pitman Pride Girl’s Volleyball team (41-1) defeated the No. 2 ranked Pleasant Grove Eagles of Elk Grove (30-8) to win the youthful school’s first Sac-Joaquin Section Division I team Championship yesterday at the University of California, Davis campus. It was an epic comeback win for the Pride, who won three sets to two, taking the first set 25-20 and then falling behind after losing sets two and three, 22-25 and 23-25, respectively.