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Roadwork 120

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will be paving on State Route 120 (SR-120) from Maag Avenue to Lancaster Road. Work will occur as follows: One-way traffic control from Maag Avenue to Stearns Road began on Sunday, Oct. 5 and will continue through Friday, Oct. 10 from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m.; The #2 (right) lane and right shoulder on westbound SR-120 from Maag Avenue to Johnson Avenue closed Monday, Oct. 6 through today, Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 5 a.m. to 3p.m.; The #1 (left) and right shoulder on eastbound and westbound SR-120 from Stearns Road ...

October 06, 2014 | | Local News


Denham Plans Local Mobile Office Hours

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced Mobile District Office Hours for the month of October. Local stops are planned in this area. Mobile District Office Hours are an opportunity for 10th district residents to meet with the congressman and staff to hear more about his work in Washington, D.C. and the Central Valley, have their questions answered or get help with specific casework.

October 02, 2014 | | Local News


Edith Viola Silva “Tootie”

Edith Viola Silva "Tootie"

October 01, 2014 | | Obituaries


Barbara Jean Clipper

In Loving Memory of Barbara Jean Clipper

October 01, 2014 | | Obituaries


Oleta Faye Petrey “Nana”

Oleta Faye Petrey "Nana" let go of her family's hands, and grabbed her late husband Arthur's right hand and God's left hand, as she ascended into Heaven on September 24, 2014 at the home of her Daughter and Son-in-Law in East Oakdale. Nana was born on September 10, 1933 in Trenton, Missouri to Goldie Faye McAtee and George Polley. She was pre-deceased by Her Loving Husband Arthur Petrey Jr. just two weeks before their 62nd Anniversary. She was also pre-deceased by her sister Eva Dean Reeves and both her parents.

October 01, 2014 | | Obituaries


Jack William Hartley

Jack William Hartley, 88, passed away in his home on Monday, September 22, 2014, surrounded by his family, just one year after he lost his cherished wife of 65 years, Donna Hartley. He was born on November 21, 1925, the fourth child of Russell E. and Mabel Hartley of Oakdale.

October 01, 2014 | | Obituaries


Board Of Equalization Clarifies Tax Exemption

Members of the California State Board of Equalization approved the publication of amendments to a regulation that will clarify hydroponic farmers may qualify for sales and use tax exemptions. The Board action was taken during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

September 25, 2014 | | Local News


Shining Star Appreciation

Dear Editor,

September 24, 2014 | | Your Views


CRITIC’S CORNER – True West At Center Stage Conservatory

True West is a play written by Sam Shepard, and it is currently running at Center Stage Conservatory, a small, intimate theatre located in the lower level studio of the Modesto City Center at 948 11th Street, or on the corner of J and 11th Street. True West will be running until the 28th of September, performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. True West tells a story of brothers and role reversal. This production was in a very intimate small basement theater, as such the audience really felt the intensity ...

September 24, 2014 | Chris Hunter Special To The Leader | Local Columns


Fishing Report

Every year, there are new fishing products that come out that quickly become the hot item. Back in the mid to late 80's, it was the Salt and Pepper Grub. They couldn't make them fast enough. Now, I don't know anyone that uses them. I've always wondered how something that was so effective in years past can lose its effectiveness. Most anglers will tell you that the fish have become conditioned to that particular bait and can no longer be fooled by that bait. My response to that argument is that there are very few if ...

September 24, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


OHS Cross Country Leaves Competition In The Dust

The Valley Oak League's first cross country meet of the season was hosted at Legion Park in Modesto on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and featured an outstanding effort from the Oakdale Mustangs.

September 24, 2014 | | High School Sports


Valley Home News Week of September 24, 2014

It's not too early to mark your calendars for October 25th. That is when our Valley Home School will host their annual Fall Harvest Festival! The festival is an important fundraiser for the school and all proceeds directly benefit our Valley Home students. There will be a huge silent auction, giant pumpkin contest, scarecrow contest, pumpkin patch, delicious food, pies, games, and tons of other exciting fun. More details to come over the next few weeks.

September 24, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Knights Ferry News Week of September 24, 2014

At the meeting of the Knights Ferry History and Museum Associates the gutter situation was discussed. New gutters will be installed in October by Byers Leaf Guard Gutters, ending the clogging and cleaning mess. Also discussed was the availability of the little room by the Ice Cream Parlor. The Voortmans will submit a plan to rent the space as an information center for Knights Ferry.

September 24, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Leal, Russell Plan November Wedding

Rachel Leal and Noah Russell have announced their plans to wed this fall.

September 24, 2014 | | Engagements


Wedding Bells Ring For Bumgardner, Jo

Robert Earle Bumgardner III and Hilary Jo of Oakdale were married Aug. 22, 2014 at Hurst Ranch in Jamestown. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Kent Roberts while close friends and family gathered to help celebrate the nuptials.

September 24, 2014 | | Weddings


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Community Joins In Operation Christmas Child

'Tis the season.

November 26, 2014 | | Local News


Cowboy Christmas This Weekend

An Oakdale holiday tradition – Cowboy Christmas – is among the special events coming up this weekend for the community.

November 26, 2014 | | Local News


Oakdale Serves Up Thanksgiving

All are invited to join in for fellowship and feasting this Thanksgiving Day, as the Spirit of Oakdale hosts its traditional community dinner at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.

November 26, 2014 | | Local News


Gas Prices Fall Ahead Of Turkey Day Travel

With the U.S. average price of gasoline at $2.80 as of Monday, Nov. 24, the national average is at its lowest level since December 2010. Especially this week, Americans should be grateful that 80 percent of the nation's gas stations are reporting prices under $3/gallon, compared to just 22 percent at this time in 2013.

November 24, 2014 | | Local News


Don’t Forget To Pay Your Use Tax

As California consumers load up online shopping carts this holiday season, they might not realize these purchases are taxed to support vital public services. Online shoppers who are not charged sales tax may owe use tax, which has been imposed on purchases from out-of-state retailers since 1935. Like sales tax, use tax helps fund public safety, education and more.

November 20, 2014 | | Local News


Fishing Report

It's been a long time since I've actually planned a fishing trip. Usually, I decide the night before, or the morning of, and am in a mad scramble to get everything ready for a day of fishing. Consequently, that leaves me a lot of times, making last minute phone calls to friends and family searching for someone to fish with. When I realized Veterans' Day was going to be celebrated on a Tuesday this year, I immediately decided that I was going to go fishing that day. The day couldn't have worked out better for me, I ...

November 19, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Knights Ferry News Week of November 19, 2014

Birthday greetings for November go out to: Bob Brunker, Jr., Phil Frymire, John Krick, Alex Krippner, Roger Ray, Elise Seeds, Bill Carr, Bill Higgins, Ben Cassinetto, Wyatt Dickens, Elissa Simons, Megan Miller, Tristan McCarthy, Megan Willis, Taylor Witzke, Alexa Boyajian, Alyssa Sisco, Dayne Sturtevant, Jenna O'Neil, Gage Perry and Ashlynn Henry.

November 19, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Valley Home News Week of November 19, 2014

A life well lived ... The passing of Bonnie Gellerman's "Aunt Mary" has left a definite void within our community. The following are Bonnie's words of thanks and reflection in honor of her Aunt Mary Duncan:

November 19, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Elliott James Murray

A son, Elliott James Murray, was born Oct. 8 to expectant parents Michael and Heather Murray of Oakdale.

November 19, 2014 | | Birth Announcements


Tribute Well Deserved

Dear Editor,

November 19, 2014 | | Your Views


David Nathaniel Sondeno

Oct. 1925 - Nov. 2014

November 19, 2014 | | Obituaries


Dixie DiCarlo

Dixie DiCarlo, age 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 7, 2014 after a brief illness. Dixie DiCarlo had lived with her son, Joe DiCarlo, for the past 13 years in El Dorado, CA and Rancho Cordova, CA. Dixie DiCarlo was one of five daughters born to Wade Rickets of Minnesota and Della Hancock of California. She was born in Bakersfield, CA and graduated from John Brown University in Alabama. She worked 19 years for the U.S. Postal Service in Riverbank, CA and volunteered in many civic programs such as a troop leader for the Girl Scouts. Dixie married ...

November 19, 2014 | | Obituaries


Helen Evans

Helen Evans, 98, born in Helmer, Indiana passed away Nov. 17, 2014 of natural causes in Oakdale, CA. Helen resided at the Oak Valley Care Center for four years.

November 19, 2014 | | Obituaries


CHP Receives Federal Funds For DUI Crackdown

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has announced receiving a federal "Reducing Impaired Driving" grant, which will fund 150 sobriety checkpoints, 75 DUI task force operations, proactive DUI enforcement patrols through Sept. 30, 2015, and at least 100 safety presentations.

November 17, 2014 | | Local News


Fishing Report

If you're waiting for the weather to cool down a little bit before getting out fishing you're likely to miss out on some of the best fishing of the year. What a lot of anglers don't understand is that the temperature outside is not as important as the temperature of the water. Our day time temperatures may not seem like much of a seasonal change but our days have been getting shorter and our nights longer resulting in less sunlight on the water combined with cooler night time temperatures. Our lake and river temperatures continue to drop ...

November 12, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


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