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Willette Hughine Hults

Willette Hughine Hults, 97, passed away on October 22, 2014 at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson, California. She was born on August 03, 1917 in Gunn, Wyoming to Richard and Bertie (VerBryke) Roberts. The family moved to Oakdale when Willette was just a young girl. She graduated from Oakdale High School and she remained an Oakdale resident for the remainder of her 97 years. Willette met and married Ira Sterling Hults in 1950 in Oakdale, CA. They were happily married for 46 years. Willette began a career as a civil servant at Sharp Army Depot in Stockton, California ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


Mary Kennedy Jordan Duncan

"Ant" Mary Kennedy Jordan Duncan, January 1, 1924 – October 22, 2014. Born in Medford OR, raised in San Francisco CA, and for the past 70 years she made her home in the Valley Home & Escalon area. Preceded in death by son Steve Jordan (Tina). Survived by husband Dean Duncan, her sister Johan Gatzman (formerly of V.H), her brother Gene Files, and her son Larry Jordan. Retired from San Joaquin County Sherriff, previously worked at SPCA (she took most of them home), Private Secretary for Bechtel Corp whom helped to build the Bay Bridge (she loved to type). Mary could ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


James Duncan “Scotty” Higgins

James Duncan "Scotty" Higgins, was born at home in Elgin Scotland on August 5, 1938 to Neil and Flora Higgins. He peacefully passed away at home in Oakdale, Ca., surrounded by his family on November 4, 2014. He leaves behind his twin brother Neil Higgins (Flo) of Scotland, his sister Flora Steven of Los Osos, Ca., His beloved wife Karen of Oakdale, Ca., his children Dawn Wohler (John) of Oakdale, Ca., Mark Higgins (Wendi) of Eagle Point Or. and Lorna Mason of Oakdale Ca., his stepchildren Jeff Casey of Nashville, Tn., Janet Spadevicchia (Joe) of Las Vegas, Nv. and Mark ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


Karen (Kay) Wamhoff

Karen Wamhoff, 68, passed away on Oct. 30, 2014 in Joshua Tree, Ca. Karen resided in Oakdale for 15 years before moving to Yucca Valley, Ca. She was a housewife and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin (Mickey) Wamhoff and father William Kraemer. She is survived by her children Sherri Wamhoff of Yucca Valley, Ca. and Jason and Krista Wamhoff of Longwood, Florida, siblings Sharon and Dennis Katz of New City, New York and Rusty and Jan Kraemer of Santa Ana, Ca. Also survived by 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Services are Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


Gale Stapel

Gale Stapel passed away at the age of 85, on the morning of Nov. 3 from complications incurred after breaking his hip. Gale, the son of Justin and Jean Stapel, left Wisconsin as a toddler with younger brother Leighton and sister Donna during the Depression Era. His youth was spent in Valley Home where his father ran an automotive repair service. Gale attended Oakdale High School and worked alongside his father. That training allowed him to serve as a mechanic for the U.S. Army when he was drafted. He endured the hardships of the Korean Conflict, afterward returning to ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


Thunder At The Strip Thrills Vegas Race Fans

The 14th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals qualifying brought plenty of thundering excitement over the weekend, as the event marks the fifth of six events in the Countdown to the Championship. With championships looming in all three professional categories and a season championship to be claimed in another, all the race teams were putting all the chips on the table.

November 10, 2014 | Mike Burghardt Racing Correspondent | SPORTS


Abnormal Conditions Create High Levels Of Pollution

Extreme weather conditions have led to abnormally high pollution conditions rarely seen in the Valley this time of year.

November 07, 2014 | | Local News


Fishing Report

Finally, we had some rain in the forecast and it actually fell on us as well. Like a lot of you, I'm already imagining what the lakes are going to look like once full again and am hoping that this past weekend's rain is the beginning of a record setting rainfall year. Like any change in the weather there are dangers associated with it. One that comes to my mind more than any is the importance of driving safely while trailering a boat in the rain. Without rain to wash it down, the roads become dirty over time ...

November 05, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Valley Home News Week of November 5, 2014

Bushwacker ... The greatest bucking bull of all time! We are so fortunate to have this magnificent bull living right here in Valley Home. It is such a treat when you drive by the beautiful green pastures he calls home and catch a glimpse of the iconic Mr. Bushwacker. Watching him last Monday on TV as he bucked his way into history becoming the 2014 Bucking Bull of the year made for a fantastic evening! As our family of Bushwacker fans gathered around the TV, we watched, yelled, and clapped as the famous bulls performed one after the other trying to ...

November 05, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Knights Ferry News Week of November 5, 2014

The 51st annual Pumpkin Roll was sunny after a foggy start. It was fun to see people that used to live in the Ferry bring their children to experience rolling a pumpkin down the street. Winners in each category received a trophy. In the Boys 0-5 years the winner was Ryan Mayer and the Girls 0-5 winner was Rita Taylor with a roll 1 foot, 1 inch from the line. Bud Beuving won the Seniors division - mens, and Josephine Thompson won womens. Audrey Songer won the Girls division and Brayden Gordon won the Boys division. In the Teens category, Gwyn ...

November 05, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Thomas Henry Landers

Thomas Henry Landers, 70, of Oakdale passed away October 19, 2014 at home from a short illness. Tom was a welder and metal fabricator.

November 05, 2014 | | Obituaries


Sara Gene (Hutcheson) Harris

8/5/1960-11/3/2014

November 05, 2014 | | Obituaries


Stephanie Maureen Bowers

Stephanie was born on May 24, 1963 in Oakland, California at the Navy Hospital. Stephanie passed away in her sleep Oct. 22, 2014.

November 05, 2014 | | Obituaries


Roger H. Beymer

Jun. 24, 1937 – Oct. 29, 2014

November 05, 2014 | | Obituaries


Kyle Flynn Garcia

Kyle Flynn Garcia of Oakdale, 55, passed away on Oct. 22, 2014 at Memorial Hospital.

November 05, 2014 | | Obituaries


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Survey Says: Super Bowl Should Be National Holiday

A surprising new survey reveals Americans want healthier food choices at their Super Bowl parties, even though they often stick to fattening old favorites.

January 30, 2015 | | Local News


Fugitive Taken Into Custody

An Escalon man wanted in connection with a stabbing earlier this month was apprehended outside Oakdale on Thursday morning.

January 29, 2015 | | Local News


Fishing Report

The first fishing advice I ever received was to be patient. I'm not sure if I even understood the word back then, I just knew that I was expected to wait for the fish to come to me. This time of year, I'm constantly reminded of that advice as the bites are usually harder to come by. There are a couple of things that I do to keep motivated when the fishing gets tough. I always bring a warm thermos of coffee. Just about the time frustration starts to set in, I pull out my thermos and warm ...

January 28, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Machado

Machado

January 28, 2015 | | Birth Announcements


Valley Home News

We send our heartfelt sympathy to our Knights Ferry neighbors. Once again this small tight knit community has lost one of their own. Glenda Maisel passed away very suddenly this past week. Glenda and her husband Rick owned and operated the historic Knights Ferry General Store, Bar and Glenda's Deli. Many folks, including several of us here in Valley Home will remember Glenda's delicious cooking! I will always remember the care Glenda took to get every order just right, her customers were each special to her! The community of Knights Ferry has suffered the loss of so many ...

January 28, 2015 | WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Knights Ferry News Week of December 25, 2015

Knights Ferry was saddened to learn of the death of Glenda Maisel last Wednesday. Glenda and Rick ran the General Store for many years. Glenda ran her Back Door Deli and her Taco Soup will be missed! She was memorialized with a candlelight vigil at the Deli. Her husband Rick, parents Glen and Virginia Langum, and sisters Donna and Debbie and brother Gary survive Glenda. Her Memorial Service will be Thursday, January 29th at 10:00 at the Trinity Church in Escalon. Rest in Peace Glenda.

January 28, 2015 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Letters to Editor-Include Full Statement

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January 28, 2015 | | Your Views


ABRAHAM DICK

ABRAHAM DICK

January 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


BONITA JO KOCH

BONITA JO KOCH

January 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


GLENDA MAE LANGUM MAISEL

GLENDA MAE LANGUM MAISEL

January 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


WILLIAM ALVIS HIX

WILLIAM ALVIS HIX

January 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


OHS Prepares To Defend Title

As many contemplate the outcome of the 49th Super Bowl this Sunday another type of contemplation is swirling around Oakdale High School as the AcaDec Team looks to the 35th Annual Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon.

January 28, 2015 | | Education


Veteran Records Bill Introduced By Denham

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) introduced a bill to clear a key bureaucratic hurdle for veterans across the country by ensuring access to electronic DD-214s at Vet Centers.

January 26, 2015 | | Local News


Fishing Report

A lot of people that I've been talking to are concerned about the lack of rain we've had so far this season. Through writing this column, I've learned that there's a definite pattern in the weather from year to year. It seems like every fourth year we have a similar dry spell and then all of a sudden, we are hit by a series of big storms that just about make up for all the lack of rain. Seven years ago the Delta along with other surrounding waterways had to be shut down as they were ...

January 21, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Valley Home News

It was birthday time in Valley Home as Garret Lee celebrated his big day! Garret and his friends and family enjoyed an afternoon of indoor swimming at Modesto Aquatics this past Saturday. The seventh grader and his guests were treated to pizza following their afternoon in the heated pool. It was a wonderful birthday and we wish Garret many happy returns of his special day!

January 21, 2015 | WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News


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