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Connector Ramp Closure On I-5 This Weekend

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the connector ramp from northbound Interstate 5 (I-5) to eastbound State Route 4/Crosstown Freeway for highway construction.

September 18, 2014 | | Local News


William J. Cooper

William J. Cooper, 37, passed away early morning, Sept. 7, 2014 after a two-and-a-half year battle with thyroid cancer.

September 17, 2014 | | Obituaries


Rob Vedder

Rob Vedder, 48, of Escalon passed away at home on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.

September 17, 2014 | | Obituaries


Wesley L. Michener

Wesley L. Michener, 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 14 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

September 17, 2014 | | Obituaries


Sandra Darlene Fraga

Sandra Darlene Fraga, 75, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 in Manteca.

September 17, 2014 | | Obituaries


Emergency Domestic Water Well Financial Assistance Offered

On Aug. 26, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved a pilot program to assist domestic/residential well owners that are experiencing "dry well" conditions. Loans will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis after a fully completed application is received and approved.

September 12, 2014 | | Local News


Rosmond Doratta ‘Rose’ Williams

Rosmond Doratta 'Rose' Williams, died on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 after a lengthy illness.

September 10, 2014 | | Obituaries


Maxine Katherine Smith

Maxine Katherine Smith, 96, of Tranquility Living in Oakdale passed away peacefully at Community Hospice of Hughson.

September 10, 2014 | | Obituaries


Julia Elizabeth Josephson (Betty)

Julia Elizabeth Josephson (Betty), 97, died on Sept. 3, 2014.

September 10, 2014 | | Obituaries


Matilde E. Freitas

Matilde E. Freitas, 93, passed away in her sleep on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Riverbank.

September 03, 2014 | | Obituaries


Ten-Year Milestone For UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, marks a major milestone this week with the start of the 2014-15 academic year - its 10th since opening its doors in 2005 as the first new UC campus in 40 years.

August 28, 2014 | | Local News


Dr. David L. Bristow

Dr. David L. Bristow, D.V.M., 93, of Riverbank passed away on Thursday, Aug. 14. He was a long time resident of Riverbank.

August 27, 2014 | | Obituaries


Patrick Shawn Brennan

Patrick Shawn Brennan, 50, of Escalon passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 following a series of long-term major infections and complications due to diabetes.

August 27, 2014 | | Obituaries


Worst earthquake since Loma Prieta shakes Napa Valley

The Napa Valley area is under a state of emergency following a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck between Napa and American Canyon at 3:20 a.m. today. This was the largest earthquake in the Bay Area since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, almost 25 years ago.

August 24, 2014 | By Kristina Hacker Turlock Journal | NEWS


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


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Valley Home News Week of October 1, 2014

With fall upon us, it is time to share one of our most delightful happenings here in Valley Home. Our annual fall scarecrow contest starts October 1st. This contest is a great way to enjoy our beautiful fall season and have some fun with friendly competition. Scarecrows will be judged in 4 categories: 1. Western; 2. Funny; 3. Family; 4. Garden Protector. Entries can be picked up from the General Store, Valley Home School or by calling Cooper Bartholomew at 985-5233 or coming by Cooper's house at 12501 Valley Home Road. Entries can be turned in at these same ...

October 01, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Jack William Hartley

Jack William Hartley, 88, passed away in his home on Monday, September 22, 2014, surrounded by his family, just one year after he lost his cherished wife of 65 years, Donna Hartley. He was born on November 21, 1925, the fourth child of Russell E. and Mabel Hartley of Oakdale.

October 01, 2014 | | Obituaries


Oleta Faye Petrey “Nana”

Oleta Faye Petrey "Nana" let go of her family's hands, and grabbed her late husband Arthur's right hand and God's left hand, as she ascended into Heaven on September 24, 2014 at the home of her Daughter and Son-in-Law in East Oakdale. Nana was born on September 10, 1933 in Trenton, Missouri to Goldie Faye McAtee and George Polley. She was pre-deceased by Her Loving Husband Arthur Petrey Jr. just two weeks before their 62nd Anniversary. She was also pre-deceased by her sister Eva Dean Reeves and both her parents.

October 01, 2014 | | Obituaries


Barbara Jean Clipper

In Loving Memory of Barbara Jean Clipper

October 01, 2014 | | Obituaries


Edith Viola Silva “Tootie”

Edith Viola Silva "Tootie"

October 01, 2014 | | Obituaries


Mustang Homecoming Seasoned For Success

Downtown windows have been painted, dresses and top hats purchased, floats planned. This can only mean one thing for the City of Oakdale … Homecoming Week has arrived.

October 01, 2014 | | Education


Fishing Report

Thursday morning on my way to work I was surprised to see rain clouds in the distance and a little mist in the air. Working with children, rainy days can be quite the challenge as they all want to play in the rain. Fish on the other hand aren't going to get anymore wet, but they do become more active when it rains. The rain has several effects on them. As the water rises, it not only provides them more area, but it washes bugs and debris into the water. The smaller fish are attracted to the food being ...

October 01, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Board Of Equalization Clarifies Tax Exemption

Members of the California State Board of Equalization approved the publication of amendments to a regulation that will clarify hydroponic farmers may qualify for sales and use tax exemptions. The Board action was taken during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

September 25, 2014 | | Local News


Wedding Bells Ring For Bumgardner, Jo

Robert Earle Bumgardner III and Hilary Jo of Oakdale were married Aug. 22, 2014 at Hurst Ranch in Jamestown. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Kent Roberts while close friends and family gathered to help celebrate the nuptials.

September 24, 2014 | | Weddings


Leal, Russell Plan November Wedding

Rachel Leal and Noah Russell have announced their plans to wed this fall.

September 24, 2014 | | Engagements


Knights Ferry News Week of September 24, 2014

At the meeting of the Knights Ferry History and Museum Associates the gutter situation was discussed. New gutters will be installed in October by Byers Leaf Guard Gutters, ending the clogging and cleaning mess. Also discussed was the availability of the little room by the Ice Cream Parlor. The Voortmans will submit a plan to rent the space as an information center for Knights Ferry.

September 24, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Valley Home News Week of September 24, 2014

It's not too early to mark your calendars for October 25th. That is when our Valley Home School will host their annual Fall Harvest Festival! The festival is an important fundraiser for the school and all proceeds directly benefit our Valley Home students. There will be a huge silent auction, giant pumpkin contest, scarecrow contest, pumpkin patch, delicious food, pies, games, and tons of other exciting fun. More details to come over the next few weeks.

September 24, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


OHS Cross Country Leaves Competition In The Dust

The Valley Oak League's first cross country meet of the season was hosted at Legion Park in Modesto on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and featured an outstanding effort from the Oakdale Mustangs.

September 24, 2014 | | High School Sports


Fishing Report

Every year, there are new fishing products that come out that quickly become the hot item. Back in the mid to late 80's, it was the Salt and Pepper Grub. They couldn't make them fast enough. Now, I don't know anyone that uses them. I've always wondered how something that was so effective in years past can lose its effectiveness. Most anglers will tell you that the fish have become conditioned to that particular bait and can no longer be fooled by that bait. My response to that argument is that there are very few if ...

September 24, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


CRITIC’S CORNER – True West At Center Stage Conservatory

True West is a play written by Sam Shepard, and it is currently running at Center Stage Conservatory, a small, intimate theatre located in the lower level studio of the Modesto City Center at 948 11th Street, or on the corner of J and 11th Street. True West will be running until the 28th of September, performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. True West tells a story of brothers and role reversal. This production was in a very intimate small basement theater, as such the audience really felt the intensity ...

September 24, 2014 | Chris Hunter Special To The Leader | Local Columns


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