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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


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


Invasive Species Action Week Kicks Off

The inaugural California Invasive Species Action Week is scheduled Aug. 2 through Aug. 10. The goal of Action Week is to promote public awareness of invasive species issues and to encourage public participation in the fight against California's invasive species and their impacts on our natural resources.

July 31, 2014 | | Local News


Barry Morgan Jett

Barry Morgan Jett, 78, died Sunday, July 20, 2014.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries


Joseph Brett Warren

Joseph Brett Warren, 26 of New York, NY died Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries


Glen Ivan Griggs

Glen Ivan Griggs, 92, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2014 in Oroville, CA.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries


Margaret Aletha Freitas

Margaret Aletha Freitas, 91, of Sonora died Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries


Successful Run Concludes For 2014 County Fair

Midway lights, great food bites, and daily concert nights were just some of the many highlights as the Stanislaus County Fair celebrated its 103rd year.

July 24, 2014 | | Local News


Valley Home News Week of July 23, 2014

With our 2014 Stanislaus County Fair behind us and our State Fair in full swing we look at the commitment our FFA and 4-H families have. Much like our youth sports teams the commitment is huge and it is usually a total family commitment! With 4-Hers and FFA students the commitment is year round, and first involves learning about caring for the animals. Next comes hands on experience and attending judging events and project meetings. Then it's ownership. Another remarkable part of both FFA and 4-H is the dedication of great leaders and teachers! These teachers and leaders can ...

July 23, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Senate Resolution Recognizes Service Of Auxiliaries

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), co-chairs of the Senate Military Family Caucus, on Thursday introduced a resolution recognizing the patriotism and contributions of veterans service organizations (VSO) known as women's auxiliaries.

July 17, 2014 | | Local News


Lena C. Baldonado

Lena C. Baldonado, 80, died June 23, 2014.

July 16, 2014 | | Obituaries


James D. Broedlow

James D. Broedlow, 67, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

July 16, 2014 | | Obituaries


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Gators Enjoy Final Competition In Pool

Summer is coming to a close and so recently did the Oakdale Gators competitive swim season. The Oakdale youth swim team, known as the Gators, hosted their final swim meet of the season, the 'Summer's End Invitational' on Saturday, July 26 at the Oakdale High School Aquatics Center. Four schools from surrounding areas took part in what was the biggest pool party in town. Brentwood, Sonora, Lodi and Ellis of Tracy joined in the meet with the Oakdale swimmers, for some solid competition, improved meet times and good sportsmanship.

August 01, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat. A lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items on their boats. When it comes to life jackets though, a lot of times they couldn't tell you what sizes they have and some of them even keep them stowed away under a seat compartment somewhere. In the past 10 years or more suspender type life jackets have become popular amongst boaters. Most them are designed to automatically inflate once submerged in water. The ...

July 30, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Valley Home News Week of July 30, 2014

Exciting events coming to Valley Home next week! On Tuesday, August 5th, the fine citizens of Valley Home will meet at the park to celebrate living in this beautiful place called Valley Home! Across the nation the first Tuesday in August is celebrated as "National Night Out." Folks meet outside their homes with friends and neighbors to visit, make new acquaintances, and renew old friendships. It's a really important time that we can all meet and share together. We are so blessed to live in such a relatively crime free community. Let's all meet and celebrate together! CHP ...

July 30, 2014 | By WINNE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Knights Ferry News July 30, 2014

When your reporter started writing the Knights Ferry News in August of 1999, it had to be typed (on a typewriter) on 8 by 6 inch newsprint supplied by the Leader and put through the mail slot on Sunday evenings. Now it is all computerized and so much easier!

July 30, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Friesen, Guthmiller Plan September Wedding

Mark Friesen and Shelby Guthmiller have announced their plans to wed this September.

July 30, 2014 | | Engagements


Lend A Financial Hand

Dear Editor,

July 30, 2014 | | Your Views


Breaking The Cycle

DEAR DIDI: We have a six-month-old male pit that we rescued from the shelter about three months ago. He is such a wonderful and sweet dog that we love to death. We have one issue though. When my husband comes home from work at night our dog greets him at the door enthusiastically and then rolls over on his back and pees! He doesn't do this with me but also does it with our neighbor when he visits. We can't figure out where the problem is. My husband gets very angry and thinks the dog is growing up ...

July 30, 2014 | | Dear Didi


Burchell Hill Hosts National Night Out

The Burchell Hill neighborhood and park will serve as the primary Oakdale city location for this year's 31st Annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

July 30, 2014 | | Local News


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


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