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CAL FIRE Urges Caution This Memorial Day Weekend

With most of California expecting mild weather conditions over the holiday weekend, CAL FIRE urges everyone to be cautious and not let their guard down. To keep everyone safe while planning to recreate outdoors for the Memorial Day weekend, CAL FIRE is asking the public to take steps to prevent sparking a new wildfire.

May 26, 2017 | | Local News


BRUCE WEBB

Bruce was a long time resident of Oakdale, CA. He was born to Irva Lee and Beatrice Webb of Leveland, Texas. Bruce moved to Oakdale, CA and married Mary E. Brady. He was a walnut farmer most of his life and served in Korea in the United States army and was an avid and proficient bowler whom had bowled several 300 games during his lifetime.

May 24, 2017 | | Obituaries


WILLIAM “Buck” THEODORE BURCHETT

William "Buck" Theodore Burchett, peacefully passed away in his sleep recently at his home in Oakdale, CA. Buck was 79 years old. The second of three children, he was born in Claremore, OK on February 27, 1938, to Theodore and Geneva Burchett.

May 24, 2017 | | Obituaries


Annual Chocolate Festival Draws Thousands To Town

For the Central Valley, the weather in the third week of May is a wild card - you get either rain or shine - and this year there was plenty of shine for the 25th annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival.

May 24, 2017 | By KIM VAN METER Special To The Leader | Local News


Gas Prices On The Rise Along With Temperatures

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 12.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.95/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.35/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


Delays Due On Roadways

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the eastbound and westbound State Route 4/Crosstown Freeway connector ramp to northbound Interstate 5 for construction work. Crews began work on Tuesday, May 23 and it will continue through Thursday, May 25, running from 10 p.m. until 4:30 a.m.

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


Irish Society Hosts Gathering For Eugene Commemoration

California Irish gathered for the first commemoration for the Great Irish Hunger on Saturday, May 20 at the California Irish Hunger Memorial, in Eugene, California. The newly installed memorial was dedicated last year to the Innocent Victims of the Irish Hunger. The Irish Cultural Society of Stanislaus County sponsored this year's event.

May 24, 2017 | By GEORGE TRAINOR Special To The Leader | Local News


Police Beat

NOTICE: The names and incidents printed in the Police Log are obtained from the daily log of the Oakdale Police Department, which is a public document. The listing of a name here does not imply that person's guilt or innocence. That can only be determined by a court of law.

May 24, 2017 | | Crime


Silver Anniversary Chocolate Festival A Gem

The heat may have been a little more than festival attendees would have liked, but that didn't really deter anyone from making the most of their time at the weekend Oakdale Chocolate Festival. This 25th anniversary year had it all, from sweet treats to a petting zoo, rides and games to vendor booths

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


Chocolate Runs Draw Participants From Across The State

The 25th annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival began with a pair of runs early Saturday morning, with a one mile fun run/walk and a 5k event both offered.

May 24, 2017 | | Local Sports


Mustangs Advance To Masters

Oakdale High School senior Sara Stevens has qualified for Masters in multiple events as she took third place in the women's 800 meters race at 2:18.32. Her quick speed at Bella Vista High School for Divisionals set not only a personal record, but put her second all-time in OHS history in the event. Stevens also anchored the girls 4x400 when she received the baton in fourth place and gained nearly 18 meters off the leader to finish in second place. The team of Stevens, Courtney Dickens, Kyla Novotny and Marnelle Salie qualified for Masters and etched their ...

May 24, 2017 | | Local Sports


Swim Season Ends

Oakdale's Caden Nord could not cap off his magical 2017 season with a state finals appearance in Clovis on May 19 and 20. The junior qualified for state consideration one week prior at the CIF SAC-Joaquin Section Finals in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle but failed to make it to the final cut of the State Meet at Clovis West High School. This season, though, Nord set the bar for Oakdale men's swimmers as he broke the school record in the 100 yard freestyle and also broke his own 2016 school record in the 50 yard freestyle.

May 24, 2017 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

The weather finally seems like it's going to be more like the month of May that I'm used to. I know better to get too excited though, since everyone else is most likely going to be just as excited as I am to be able to get out on the water. My main concern this time of year going forward while out on the water is other operators. There are still some boaters that believe they cannot be stopped for drinking and driving while boating. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may in fact revoke or suspend your ...

May 24, 2017 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Letter To The Editor

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May 24, 2017 | | From Our Readers


Knights Ferry News

Jim and Diane Boyer have returned from Virginia Beach, Virginia where their son Stuart received his PHO in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. While there they took the granddaughters Adaya, Ambriella and Amiah to Sea World. Stuart, Rosalie and girls live in Lewiston, Montana.

May 24, 2017 | | Knights Ferry News


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Valley Home News

It was great to hear from Sonya Schali this past week. Sonya shared that her Valley Home roots go back to the early 1900s when ...

May 31, 2017 | | Valley Home News


HONORED STUDENTS

Valley Home Students were recently acknowledged for their scholastic efforts at the Student of the Month assembly. Students honored were: Bryce McKenzie, Donovan Solis, Brady ...

May 31, 2017 | | Education


UOP Business Research Center Releases Economic Forecast

The California economy continues to perform well despite an uncertain policy environment according to the latest projection from the Center for Business and Policy Research ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


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