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Senate Bill Focuses On Veterans’ Tax Benefits

A proposal sponsored by George Runner to protect California's disabled veterans cleared the Assembly this week with unanimous, bipartisan support, and now awaits action by Governor Jerry Brown.

August 21, 2014 | | Local News


Survey Shows Continued Gas Price Decline

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.75/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.45/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

August 19, 2014 | | Local News


Officials Schedule Air Alert Dry Run

Due to good to moderate air quality expected next week throughout the Valley, local air officials are asking Valley residents to conduct a "Practice Air Alert" by making and implementing plans to reduce their driving Monday, Aug. 18 through Friday, Aug. 22.

August 15, 2014 | | Local News


New Public Safety Center Groundbreaking

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Adam Christianson along with other State and Local Officials in Stanislaus County are going to break ground for the historic $113 million public safety center expansion and the public is invited to attend.

August 14, 2014 | | Local News


Fire Raging In Riverbank

An early morning multi-alarm fire in Riverbank has caused extensive damage to a couple of businesses along the main corridor through town.

August 13, 2014 | | Local News


Sandra Neri-Reynolds

Sandra Neri-Reynolds, 73, died Friday, July 11, 2014.

August 13, 2014 | | Obituaries


Donnie McCormick

Donnie McCormick, 85, of Oakdale died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 in Modesto surrounded by family and friends.

August 13, 2014 | | Obituaries


Manuel Machado Couto

Manuel Machado Couto, 65, of Modesto passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.

August 13, 2014 | | Obituaries


Mark Steven Butcher

Mark Steven Butcher, 55, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 in Hughson.

August 13, 2014 | | Obituaries


William “Bill” Bloomingcamp

William "Bill" Bloomingcamp, 88, of Oakdale, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House, surrounded by the family, following a long illness.

August 13, 2014 | | Obituaries


Christene (Clark) Houk

Christene (Clark) Houk, 56, of Oakdale died Thursday, July 24, 2014, after a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

August 06, 2014 | | Obituaries


Phillip G. Burch

Phillip G. Burch, 60, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.

August 06, 2014 | | Obituaries


Bernice Evelyn Ramsey

Bernice Evelyn Ramsey, 92, died Thursday, July 17 at The Stratford at Beyer Park in Modesto.

August 06, 2014 | | Obituaries


Anna Mae Mathies

Anna Mae Mathies, 91, died Tuesday, July 14.

August 06, 2014 | | Obituaries


Start Smart Youth Driving Class

New and future young drivers are invited to an upcoming free driver safety education class offered by the Merced Area California Highway Patrol's Start Smart Program.

August 05, 2014 | | Local News


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Day Camp Wraps Action Packed Summer

This week marks the final week of Oakdale's Super Summer Camp program offered through the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. Camp is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade and campers can attend any or all of the weeklong summer sessions.

July 23, 2014 | | Education


Lions Club Seeking Community Support

Dear Editor,

July 23, 2014 | | Your Views


Golden Anniversary Celebration

Grover and Frances Francis recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 4 with a trip to London and Venice. The two were married at the Presbyterian Church in Escalon; both attended Lone Tree Grammar School and graduated from Escalon High School.

July 23, 2014 | | Anniversaries


Knights Ferry News Week of July 23, 2014

There is a new sign up on the highway, a gateway sign for Knights Ferry. It points to the town and tells that there is food and recreation there. Sponsors for the sign so far are: River's Edge, 50's Roadhouse, River Journey, Knights Ferry History and Museum Associates and the Ice Cream and Sweets Shop. It looks really nice.

July 23, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Second Place Showing For Oakdale U13 Boys

Playing at the Turlock Mid Summer Classic on July 19 and 20, in the Silver bracket, the Oakdale United Under 13 boys came home with second place medals to show for their efforts.

July 23, 2014 | | Local Sports


Gators Final Swim Meet Set For Saturday

With summer days drifting away, and fall just around the corner, the Oakdale Youth Swim team, known as the Gators, wraps up their season this Saturday, July 26. The Summer's End Invitational meet is set to begin at 9 a.m. at Oakdale High School's Aquatic Center. The young swimmers have been hard at work since their first meet on June 7 and have since improved their swimming abilities in all aspects in the pool. Members of the community are welcome to support and cheer on the Gators Swim Team for their final competition of the year. Oakdale ...

July 23, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Last week while driving to a favorite camping spot of mine, I got behind a boat that was being towed by a small SUV. It wouldn't have been too bad if the boat being towed was small but the boat was a lot bigger than the SUV which is very dangerous. Just because a car or truck can pull a boat or trailer, doesn't mean that it's safe. In the event that they were to blow a tire or have to suddenly stop, there's no way they would be able to gain control of their trailer ...

July 23, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


County Fair Serves Up Family Fun

The fun continues daily at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, with concerts, fun on the midway, food, displays and more.

July 16, 2014 | | Local News


Store Scores With Soccer Squad

Dear Editor,

July 16, 2014 | | Your Views


Mallcheck, Bergwerff Announce Engagement

Garrett Scott Mallcheck and Elysha Kaitlyn Bergwerff have announced their plans to wed in 2015.

July 16, 2014 | | Engagements


Knights Ferry News Week of July 16, 2014

The streets of Knights Ferry look good after the slurry seal. As of Saturday the lines had not yet been repainted.

July 16, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Valley Home News Week of July 16, 2014

It's fair time again! Many of us have special memories of attending the county fair in our youth. What great times were had at the fair! The brightly colored Ferris wheel was always my favorite as I was never brave enough for the faster rides. For others it was the tilt-a-whirl...spinning faster and faster until before you knew it, it was spinning you rather than you spinning it. It is wildly fun and for some they can't get enough of it. Whatever your ride of choice the county fair is always a fun time for all! Remember ...

July 16, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


VFW Post 2922 Hosts Golf Tournament

A final reminder, that the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2922 of Oakdale will be hosting its second annual fundraising golf tournament and four man scramble on Saturday, July 19 at Modesto's Creekside Golf Course. Golfers can begin register starting at 10 a.m. and tee time is set for a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m.

July 16, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

It seems like every year, as far back as I can remember, we've been in a drought. This one though is a little different. I've seen the water levels in some of our local lakes lower than I've ever seen them before. When I was a kid, this would be the prime time to scour the banks in search of fishing treasure. There are sure to be lures and other miscellaneous items that have been lost by anglers while fishing when the water levels were higher. If I only had a metal detector, who knows what can ...

July 16, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


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