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Temperatures didn't quite hit the century mark on Wednesday, June 29 – topping out at 97 in Oakdale – but that still was hot enough to make the shaved ice booth at the downtown Farmer's Market a welcome stop for shoppers. Here, booth co-owner Samuel Walker, left, watches as assistant Tiffany Thompson adds some flavoring to the ice he has just shaved off the block. The Wednesday evening market, on North Third Avenue, features food vendors, fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, informational booths and more.

July 06, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Cooler Holiday Weather Sees Crowds Venture Out

Traffic was backed up trying to get into Woodward Reservoir off 26-Mile Road at multiple times during the long July 4 holiday weekend, as locals and visitors alike looked to get some relief from the heat.

July 06, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Summer Sizzles In Central Valley

Here's hoping you made it through the July 4 holiday safely and with no animals or small children escaping when the illegal fireworks exploded overhead. It's crazy to me to think that people in residential neighborhoods still persist in using those aerial fireworks they have no business setting off; especially when the region has endured a string of 100-plus degree days and everywhere you look is tinder box dry. Do they think they are immune to injury or the potential fire hazards? Please, leave it to the professionals.

July 05, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

Plunge Opens To Capacity Crowd

With temperatures peaking just below 100 degrees on Saturday, it was the perfect time for opening day at the Royse Memorial Plunge at Dorada Park.

June 08, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


A multi-alarm fire broke out at a home on Lezlie Court shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday, May 27, bringing fire crews from Oakdale and Modesto, among others, to the scene. Information regarding the cause of the fire was not available at press time, though officials said one person at the home and two pet dogs escaped unharmed.

June 01, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

And The Winner Is…

Posted conspicuously on the wall in the living room next to the television set is a list. A list with a lot of names.

June 01, 2016 | Marg Jackson | OPINION

Community Gathers For Solemn Remembrance

It was a small – and somewhat impromptu – gathering of residents on Monday morning, attending a Memorial Day service staged at the Oakdale Citizens Cemetery off J Street.

June 01, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Graduations Take Spotlight

In a hectic, pre-long holiday weekend blitz, graduations were hosted over three separate nights in Oakdale. The graduation week kicked off Wednesday, May 25 with two alternative education program ceremonies, continued on Thursday for Oakdale Junior High School (See story, photos on Page A2) and wrapped up with the Oakdale High School commencement ceremony on Friday night, May 27.

June 01, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Knights Ferry Wins Post Office Battle

They are getting mail in Knights Ferry once again.

May 18, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Downtown Market Draws Good Crowd

Opening a few weeks ahead of last year's schedule – and extending the market by four weeks total – the Oakdale Farmers Market kicked off Wednesday, May 4.

May 11, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

OAKDALE DOG PARK Canines, owners enjoy socialization

Benches for the humans to sit on, well-kept grassy play areas, and separate sides for the 'big dogs' and the 'little dogs' make the Oakdale Dog Park a favorite destination of many local dog owners.

May 11, 2016 | Marg Jackson | 209 LIVING


Behind The Curtain

May 03, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

Relay Hits Right Notes For Community

In a fun-filled, yet often touching 24 hours, Relay For Life of Oakdale participants helped raise awareness of the programs and services of the American Cancer Society while celebrating cancer survivors, remembering those lost to the disease and fighting back. Here are some photos from the event, staged at Oakdale High School.

April 27, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Relay Raises $75,000-Plus

While many American Cancer Society Relay For Life events are cutting down their hours – opting for shorter 12- or 18-hour versions, the Relay For Life of Oakdale stayed strong for 24 hours this past weekend.

April 27, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Weekend Brings Annual Relay For Life

Teams, cancer survivors, caregivers and the community will gather this weekend at Oakdale High School, participating in the annual Relay For Life of Oakdale. This year's event runs from Saturday, April 23 through Sunday, April 24.

April 20, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

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Articles By Author - Marg Jackson

Clear Skies Perfect Setting For Airport’s Open House

Whether you like Piper Cubs or prefer a good Cessna 195, chances are you could have found them on Saturday.

October 12, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Small Town Americana

There's really nothing quite like Homecoming. It's a celebration that just screams small town U.S.A. and you can almost hear the ...

October 04, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


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