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Fireworks fundraisers in full effect

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Every year, fireworks booths pop up around every city ahead of Fourth of July celebrations. Each booth is ran by local organizations and are major fundraising opportunities.

Kiwanis of Turlock is one of the oldest organizations to participate in fireworks fundraising, and it’s one of their biggest money makers of the entire year.

“We’ve been doing this for a while,” said Kiwanis member David Martin. “We are one of Phantom’s biggest sellers in the region and it’s by far one of our biggest fundraisers.”

While the fireworks sales help Kiwanis immensely, they aren’t just raising money for themselves.

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Missing elderly man with dementia found safe, Merced police say

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Police say around 4:30 pm Thursday, officers learned Jimenez made his way to a shelter in Turlock. Detective Ed Arias located Jimenez unharmed sitting at a bus stop near the homeless shelter, according to a department news release. Jimenez had caught a bus from Merced to Turlock and had spent the last two nights in the shelter. Jimenez was returned to his home in Merced and was reunited with his family..

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Turlock to Manhattan

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Turlock native Emily Yonan will soon be fighting for justice in the heart of the Big Apple when she starts her new job as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in September.

Yonan, a Turlock Christian High and Stanislaus State graduate, will be finishing her last semester of law school at Washington University in St. Louis, where she serves as managing editor of Washington University’s Law Review and works in the school’s Wrongful Conviction Clinic.

She became a Panetta Institute Congressional Intern in 2017 and found a passion for anti-human trafficking work while interning in the leadership office of a member of the United States House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Yonan became interested in becoming a prosecutor during a summer internship in 2020, done remotely, at the department of justice. During that time, she assisted prosecutors with child abuse cases.

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Fire Breaks Out At Home In Ceres

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CERES (CBS13) – Investigators are looking into the cause of a house fire in Stanislaus County.

The incident happened early Monday morning at 800 Pecos Avenue, located in a rural area within the town of Ceres. According to firefighters, the blaze was mainly in the back of the single-story home.

No injuries were reported.

The Stanislaus Fire Investigation Unit was at the scene of the fire.

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Organizers seek to delay homeless count in Stanislaus County amid COVID-19 surge

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The COVID-19 surge caused by the contagious omicron variant has another Northern California county requesting to postpone the date of its "Point-In-Time Count" to address homelessness.

The count is an annual effort led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to estimate the number of Americans without safe and stable housing.

Stanislaus County is the latest to request a delay in the count by a month, moving it to Feb. 23-24.

The Stanislaus Community System of Care Council voted unanimously Thursday to send a letter to HUD to ask for the date change.

The decision comes a week after Sacramento County announced the same delay. Last Monday, Sacramento Steps Forward announced the count in the county was pushed back to Feb. 23-24 from the original dates of Jan. 26-27.

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Turlock home cook cashes in on TikTok

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Marco Sanchez has always loved cooking for his family, but he never could have imagined that his at-home hobby would turn into a social media influencing career. Since posting his first video to TikTok in the summer of 2020, the Turlock resident known as Woodfire and Whiskey has amassed nearly 2 million followers on the platform — and he isn’t stopping there.

From giant steaks to lettuce wraps, Sanchez’s high-quality cooking videos feature himself, a variety of different recipes and, as his username suggests, whiskey. The U.S. Army veteran has spent the last 13 years as a cinematographer working mainly in marketing, but was able to quit his job thanks to his large internet following. 

His kitchen has now turned into a video production studio, where Sanchez makes videos viewed by his 1.7 million TikTok followers, 74,000 Instagram followers and 10,500 YouTube subscribers. Thanks to sponsorships and endorsement deals with brands and products he believes in, the full-time content creator now brings home triple the amount he was making at his previous job. 

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Flora announces he will run for assembly in revamped district

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The new boundaries for California State Senate and Assembly district were only submitted to the Secretary of State last week, but one incumbent has already thrown his hat in the ring for the 2022 election.

Assemblyman Heath Flora, D-Ripon, announced his bid for the redrawn 9th Assembly District on Monday.

“California’s Central Valley and Foothill regions continue to share and face many challenges into the future,” Flora said in a media statement.

“Water, wildfires, the economy and crime are among the biggest concerns I hear from constituents,” he said. “While I am sad to lose so many of my old constituents in the Modesto and Turlock areas, we will continue taking the fight forward on these important issues. I know these same issues are important to the many new constituents we hope to build the same relationships and trust with.”

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‘He was like the dad of the 90’s’: Bay Area fans mourn Bob Saget at SF’s ‘Full House’ home

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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Bob Saget, best known for his role as Danny Tanner on Full House, has died at the age of 65.

The cause of his death is unknown. Saget's body was found in an Orlando area Ritz-Carlton. Detectives say there were no signs of foul play or drug use.

Full House fans in San Francisco are remembering Bob Saget at a location that has become iconic among fans, the Full House home.

"I want to cry, it's very sad, I just saw it on the news," says Mary Risley of San Francisco.

"It's definitely sad news, he was like the dad of the 90s for everyone," says Emmeline Loyola.

Sunday night, more than than 2,800 miles from where Saget was found dead, Full House and Bob Saget fans showed up to that home in San Francisco.

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How to get $100 free in Turlock. City adds $1 million in COVID relief RAD Card funds

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Things are RAD again in Turlock with an infusion of $1 million in COVID-relief money for area shoppers to use the digital gift card app to start the new year.

The RAD Card program was first launched in downtown Modesto during the pandemic to help small businesses and offered shoppers up to $100 matching funds for purchases. It has since expanded to make all Modesto and Stanislaus County businesses eligible, and continues to expand into San Joaquin and Tuolumne counties with money from various federal COVID-19 relief bills.

The Turlock City Council unanimously approved the use of $1 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds at its Dec. 14 meeting. The program has also been expanded to potentially all Turlock businesses, not just those downtown. Officials had hoped to have the funds available before the holidays, but hope the infusion to kick off the new year will help local businesses.

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Modesto High School seniors launch app to connect volunteers and senior citizens

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TURLOCK, Calif. — Two Modesto high school seniors recently created an app that connects seniors with volunteers. 

And that creation led to an award from U.S. Representative and Turlock resident Josh Harder. 

Modesto High School seniors Divya Katyal and Rana Banankhah created the 'Community Connections' app, which was recently recognized as the 2021 Congressional App Challenge winner. The competition was launched by Harder's office.

The two said the app is designed to bridge communication gaps between isolated seniors and folks who would like to volunteer a human connection with them.

“During this COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most severely impacted groups has also been our society’s most precious group, our elders," the teens wrote in their initial application to Harder's competition. "Not only are they much more susceptible to having severe side-effects of this virus, but they have also been the most isolated over the course of this quarantine.”

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