Turlock lights up for holidays

Turlock kicked off its community holiday celebrations with the 15th annual Festival of Lights on Friday. A number of other communities also will celebrate the season this weekend.

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Small businesses tap into government loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration approved 59 loans worth more than $22 million to Stanislaus County businesses this year. Thirty Merced County businesses had $16.8 million in government-backed loans approved, and Tuolumne County had six businesses get $7.4 million in loans.

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Great thirst for well permits before cutoff date

The rush to turn in well permit applications in Stanislaus County continued right up until Tuesday’s start date for a more stringent review policy. The county Department of Environmental Resources said it received 61 well permit requests in the three business days before Tuesday. Under a new county policy, farmers applying for permits on Nov. 25 or later will need to show their new wells outside irrigation districts won’t have an undesired effect on groundwater levels.

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