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Fire District Begins Search For New Chief

After less than eight months on the job, Matt Daly has submitted his resignation as the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District Chief.

March 29, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Firefighter Seattle Stair Climb Raises Money And Awareness

What do four engineers, a firefighter and a battalion chief have in common?

March 29, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Lions Pancake Breakfast Continues To Hit The Spot

On a sunny but brisk Sunday morning, members of the Oakdale Lions Club got the coffee brewing by 4 a.m., started setting up tables around 5 a.m. and the pancake batter was hitting the grill by 6:30 a.m.

March 22, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


SPRING SHOW BUNNIES

The annual Oakdale Chamber of Commerce Home Show was staged at the Bianchi Community Center on Friday and Saturday, bringing together a variety of home, garden and improvement-themed businesses, all in one location. Here, Stephane Blakeley at the Sunlectric business booth, offers young visitor Rawlin Richter, 3, the chance to pet a fluffy bunny. Blakeley was offering free bunnies as part of a package deal; Rawlin was more interested in the critter than the business deal. Also shown are dad Aaron Richter and Rawlin's younger sibling, Bowen, 10 months. Mom Rina was also in attendance at the Home Show.

March 22, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Single Engine Challenger Crash Claims Modesto Pilot

The mid-morning crash of a single engine Challenger II CWS aircraft at the Oakdale Airport on Saturday, March 11 claimed the life of a 78-year-old Modesto pilot.

March 15, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Civil War Battles Staged In Knights Ferry

The annual reenactment of the Civil War was staged over the weekend in Knights Ferry, with a pair of battles on Saturday and two more on Sunday. The realistic fire fights saw cannons booming across the valley, soldiers making their way through the bright green grassy hillsides of the Ferry and camps set up on both sides of the Stanislaus River.

March 15, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


One Fatality In Saturday Plane Crash

A mid-morning crash at the Oakdale Airport had one confirmed fatality and emergency crews and law enforcement personnel on scene.

March 11, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Fire Crews Battle Multi-Alarm Blaze

A multi-alarm fire on Monday afternoon, Feb. 27 virtually destroyed a 4,700-plus square foot custom home, with crews arriving on scene to find the fire already impacting multiple areas of the house at 7130 River Road in Oakdale.

March 01, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Outside The Box

How fast time flies.

February 27, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Just Another Day In The Newsroom

How do you explain the inner workings of a small weekly newspaper to a student who can ask Google anything and get the answer in a heartbeat? You do your best, injecting the human aspect into it.

February 22, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Violent Storm System Impacts Roads, Homes

Tree limbs came crashing down, power outages were reported, fences were damaged … the latest storm system to blow through the region left quite a mess in its wake.

February 22, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Sunday Night Crash Claims Motorcyclist

An Oakdale man died Sunday evening of injuries sustained in a car-motorcycle crash along Highway 108 between Riverbank and Oakdale, the incident occurring shortly after 7 p.m. on Feb. 12.

February 15, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Family Friendly Save Mart Enjoys Opening Ceremonies

A ceremonial ribbon cutting on Friday, held inside to dodge the raindrops, and a special guest appearance by TV personality and Chef Duff Goldman on Saturday saw plenty of people visit the newly renovated Oakdale Save Mart.

February 08, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Breaking The Ice

Is it possible – I made it to two hockey games in January? Both were birthday gifts, the first was a San Jose Sharks game with my daughter and her fiancé and the most recent, a Stockton Heat game attended as part of a birthday dinner/night out with my friend Kremer.

January 30, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


FLAG PROJECT PREP

In advance of placing American flags throughout the community for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday observance on Monday, Jan. 16, Oakdale Lions Club members Alan Turner, left, and Don Lee vacuumed out and prepared the post holes on Saturday morning, Jan. 14. Lee is the project chairman and said there are specific routes that the Lions Club has for flag placement on holidays; with 340 total flags placed, along East F, West F and an area encompassing First, Second and Third streets as well as North and South Yosemite avenues.

January 18, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


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Articles By Author - Marg Jackson


Innovative Pedestrian Signal Takes Effect At Lee Avenue

Completed just in time for local school students to return from Spring Break, the new pedestrian signal at West F Street (Highway 108) and Lee ...

April 26, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Peddlers Sell Variety Of Wares In Ferry Show

Whatever you were looking for – even if you didn't know exactly what it was – chances are you found it if you went to the ...

April 26, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Spring Art Show Shines

Members of the Oak Valley Art Society put their best work forward this past weekend, with their paintings, drawings, photographs and more on display at ...

April 26, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Making The Most Of ‘Found’ Money

What is it about getting money back at tax time that makes it seem like you are receiving a gift?

April 19, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


OID Recall Vote Looming April 25

Oakdale Irrigation District board member Linda Santos is the focus of a recall election that will be staged next week, with 'election day' on Tuesday ...

April 19, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


RODEO WRAP

Rain, sun, wind and mud … all added up to a memorable weekend of rodeo action for the 66th annual Oakdale Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo, hosted ...

April 12, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Modesto Woman Killed In Friday Highway Crash

Just as the traffic was ramping up with an influx of visitors for the weekend Oakdale Rodeo, a late afternoon accident at the city's ...

April 12, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


One Fatality In Multiple Vehicle Accident

A late afternoon accident on Friday, April 7 claimed the life of one motorist and caused massive traffic back-ups in the east end of Oakdale.

April 07, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Wait Just A Minute

As this column gets written on Friday afternoon – the deadline for it to appear in the Wednesday, April 5 edition – the long range forecast calls ...

April 04, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


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