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Escalon’s Big Dipper Marks Anniversary

All are welcome to come celebrate The Big Dipper's one-year anniversary.

June 12, 2015 | | Local News


Gators Kick Off 2015 Swim Season

The Oakdale Gators Swim team kicked off the 2015 swim season on Saturday, June 6 at the Oakdale Aquatic Center. The first meet of the season hosted a large number of attendees for the Oakdale Swim Team's recreational group. Children as young as the age of 5 were ready to compete and take to the water, swimming in 25-yard events. The meet concluded shortly after 1:30 p.m.

June 10, 2015 | | Local Sports


Thelma Mae Fields Pruitt

Thelma Mae Fields Pruitt went home to be with our Lord surrounded by her family at home on Friday May 29, 2015. She was 78 years old. Mimi, as she was lovingly called, was born on August 13, 1936 in Grove, Oklahoma to William and Bernice Fields. She was one of ten children. Her family moved to California when she was 15 and Oakdale has been her home for the past 60 years. She is preceded in death and now blessedly reunited with her husband Kent Pruitt, her son Ron Pruitt , her grandson Kliff Pruitt and 6 brothers and sisters ...

June 10, 2015 | | Obituaries


KIMBERLY CHAPMAN

Kimberly was a CNA for over 20 years. She worked hard and was loved by many. She was a great mother, wife and friend. Kim was an amazing cook, she didn't need to follow a recipe . She is survived by husband Larry Dyer, daughter Kassandra Chapman, sisters Louise Manning and Christi Drewery, brother Nolan Chapman Jr., and nephews Joey Hemingway, Josh Hemingway and Kyle Hayes. She is preceded in death by her father, Nolan Chapman Sr, who passed away 4 days earlier. There will be a Celebration of Life on June 13th at 2pm at Nolan Chapman's house ...

June 10, 2015 | | Obituaries


SUZANN ( SUE) GALE

On Saturday July 16, 1955 Suzann (Sue) Gale made her grand entrance into this world. Born to Ward and Maryann Mercer in Pomona, California, she was the youngest of three children, welcomed home by big brother Mark and big sister Ginger. And on May 27, 2015 she again was welcomed home, this time into the arms of the Lord. She lost her battle with a debilitating disease after fighting valiantly for three and a half years. She is preceded in death by her parents and big brother Mark.

June 10, 2015 | | Obituaries


CARL F. MALCOM

Carl, 82, of Oakdale died Monday, May 25, following a battle with cancer. A celebration of his life will be held at the Odd Fellows Hall in Knights Ferry, Saturday, June 13th at 11am.

June 10, 2015 | | Obituaries


BARBARA DORIS KEELER

Barbara Doris Keeler, passed away peacefully in the company of her children and grandchildren at her side on June 7, 2015, at the age of 88. Barbara is survived by her sister, Norene Michener of Oakdale; children Marilyn (David) Morton, Reno, Marjorie (Carl) White, Oakdale, Ronald (Debra) Keeler, Oakdale and Edward (Cindy Worley) Keeler, Oakdale; grandchildren: Andrew (Deanna) Morton, Charles (Mary) Morton, Jenifer (Jason) Grant, Michael (Kristy) White, Carrie White, and great-grandchildren: Melody, Adina and Jasmine Johnson, Soran and Lilja Grant, Oliva and Evan White, Owen and Clair Morton and Ryland Morton and her beloved cat, Twittly. She was preceded ...

June 10, 2015 | | Obituaries


Policy Research Center Study Sees Strengthening Economy

The California economy will maintain strong growth despite soft U.S. economic growth and a deepening drought, according to the latest projection from the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific. The latest forecast boosts its projection of 2015 job growth in California to 2.8 percent, up from 2.3 percent in the January forecast. With the State's unemployment rate projected to drop below 6 percent by the end of the year, more moderate 1.8 percent job growth is anticipated in 2016. New home construction is beginning to pick up. Housing starts ...

June 07, 2015 | | Local News


Summer Season Sees Steady Pump Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 6.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.38 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.75/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

June 06, 2015 | | Local News


Water Allotments Raised By OID

A couple of beneficial spring storms combined with cool weather and strong water conservation led to good news Tuesday morning for farmers in the Oakdale Irrigation District: A small bump in the amount of water they will receive in the fourth year of drought.

June 03, 2015 | | Local News


Congressman Brings Mobile Office To Constituents

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced Mobile District Office Hours for the month of June 2015, with stops planned locally in Escalon, Oakdale and Riverbank.

June 02, 2015 | | Local News


Federal Funds Dedicated For Delta Pest Management

A partnership of county, state, and federal agencies, as well as allied boating and water resource protection interests, to improve control of invasive aquatic plants in the Delta has led to $1 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), Areawide Pest Management Program, county and state officials announced this week.

May 30, 2015 | | Local News


Canal Case Labeled Homicide

Two men were taken into custody Thursday, May 28, in connection with a body found floating in the canal at Henry and River roads in Escalon.

May 29, 2015 | | Local News


Plunge In To Fun At Community Pool

Just in time for the arrival of some hot weather this weekend, the Royse Memorial Plunge will open for the season.

May 27, 2015 | | Local News


Late Spring Drop Seen In Gas Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 4.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.44/gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.75/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

May 26, 2015 | | Local News


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Valley Home News

A life well lived ... this past Saturday morning Valley Home lost a very special member of our community. Long time rancher, Tony Taro passed away ...

August 26, 2015 | | Valley Home News


Knights Ferry News

Welcome to Knights Ferry School Kindergarteners: Paislee Barlow, Wyatt Birdsong, Alexa Bonson, Katee Conde, James Davis, Jasper Davis, Chase Dugo, Hadley Gardner, Gabriella Gonzalez, Brooke ...

August 26, 2015 | | Knights Ferry News


Youth Football Players Learn Through Scrimmage

Helmets on, shoulder pads strapped down, the youngest boys of fall, future Mustangs, returned to the field on Saturday, Aug. 22 for the Oakdale Stampede ...

August 26, 2015 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Travel Soccer Girls Claim Top Honors

After a tough, winless opening to their season in three games at the Dublin Tournament earlier this month, the 2015 edition of the Oakdale United ...

August 26, 2015 | | Local Sports


Mustang Scrimmages Kick Off Campaign

School is back in session, fall is almost upon us and many of the OHS Mustangs teams are gearing up for the 2015 season. Oakdale ...

August 26, 2015 | | High School Sports


Denham Hosts Military Academy Info Night

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) will hold a United States Military Academy Information Night on Tuesday, Aug. 25. The event will take place from ...

August 25, 2015 | | Local News


McNerney Hosts California Drought Forum

Recognizing that we need to look at different approaches and partnerships to respond to California's historic drought, including advancing crucial technological, scientific, and energy ...

August 24, 2015 | | Local News


Columbia College Earns Fire Academy Accreditation

The California State Board of Fire Services has unanimously approved the accreditation of the Columbia College Fire Academy. Shane Warner, Fire Technology Program Coordinator at ...

August 22, 2015 | | Local News


Bond Oversight Committee Seeks Members

The Yosemite Community College District (YCCD) Board of Trustees is seeking applications from qualified individuals interested in serving on the YCCD Measure E Citizens' Bond ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Public Hearing For ACE, Amtrak Expansion

Assemblymember Adam Gray, who serves as the chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Rail, will be hosting a special public hearing on the existing ...

August 20, 2015 | | Local News


Valley Home News

Valley Home School board met last Tuesday … it was an exciting time for students and parents at Valley Home. The board and superintendent Price welcomed ...

August 19, 2015 | | Valley Home News


Knights Ferry News

Birthday greetings for the month of August go out to: Jeremy Page, Ellen Wearin, Dave Rorabaugh, Sherry Schlegel, Kyle Hauskens, Gwyn Davis, Mario Arias, Ray ...

August 19, 2015 | | Knights Ferry News


Dollar General Hosts Grand Opening Event

Residents on the west end of town now have yet another place where they can purchase a gallon of milk or even a quart of ...

August 19, 2015 | | Local News


Oakdale Play Park Revitalization Project

The Oakdale Children's Play Park, in Dorada Park on the corner of East A Street and North Second Avenue, was a vison of Dorene ...

August 19, 2015 | | Local News


Crews Making Headway In Wildfire Battles

Over 12,000 firefighters are battling 18 active wildfires across California.

August 18, 2015 | | Local News


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