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Mildred Jeanne Wharff

Mildred Jeanne Wharff, 83, of Oakdale, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Sept. 15, 2014.

September 24, 2014 | | Obituaries


James Lavernon Over

James Lavernon Over, 73, of Riverbank passed away on Sept.3, 2014 from a long fight with cancer. Two of his children, Donovan and Audrina were by his side, as well as their mother Wendy.

September 24, 2014 | | Obituaries


Anthony (Tony) L. Mello

Anthony (Tony) L. Mello, 81, died Aug. 27, 2014surrounded by his family at home.

September 24, 2014 | | Obituaries


Walter (Bud) Iermini

Walter (Bud) Iermini, 86, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 surrounded by family.

September 24, 2014 | | Obituaries


Lawrence Edward Frisk

Lawrence Edward Frisk, 81, of Waterford passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.

September 24, 2014 | | Obituaries


State’s Cleanup Day Yields Tons Of Trash

Californians turned out by the tens of thousands on Sept. 20 to lend their hands in support of clean beaches and inland waterways at the 30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. They scoured beaches and inland waterways, picking up trash and debris at over 850 sites in 55 of California's 58 counties, gathering hundreds of tons of trash during Saturday morning's three-hour event. These volunteers took part in the California Coastal Commission's Coastal Cleanup Day, the state's largest volunteer event. Beach, inland waterway, and community cleanups took place up and down the California coast, from Mexico ...

September 22, 2014 | | Local News


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


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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


Shining Star Appreciation

Dear Editor,

September 24, 2014 | | Your Views


Fishing Report

One of the most difficult things I've had to deal with since purchasing a new boat has been rigging the boat. In the past, I've purchased used boats that were already rigged up the way I wanted. All I had to do was replace those items that broke as time went on. I've had my current boat for about five months and don't believe I'll have it fully rigged for another year or two. There are just too many options and some of those options are pretty expensive. New boats, unlike cars, come pretty standard ...

September 17, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Knights Ferry News Week of September 17, 2014

Birthday greetings for the month of September go out to: Sasha Sinkevich, Grant Wright, Mike Wright, Sally Goehring, Luke Bell, Kelli Sinkevich, Lynn Duckworth, Phillip Frymire, Breanna Banks, Evelyn Frias, Cassandra Padilla, Michel Griesner, Ken Raven, Alex Naccarato, Will Haskell-Kelly, Cheryl Griffiths, Nikita Sinkevich, Christine Fortuny, Jonna Ohe, Troy Peterson, James Peterson, Marcada Baker, Madison Willis, Jim Mangante, Joshua Reese, Mason O'Neil, Leta Lutz, Tristan Voortman and Holly Conde.

September 17, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Valley Home News Week of September 17, 2014

Last week we stopped what we were doing to remember those lives lost on September 11, 2001. A horrible tragedy that changed our world forever. Words cannot express the sadness and overwhelming anger that touched each one of us during one of our country's darkest hours. We cannot change the events of that day, but we can remember those lost and the many public servants who died trying to save them. The date that marks this sad day has passed and as we look toward a brighter future, we honor those who continue to serve our nation's people ...

September 17, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Vote Yes On Y

Dear Editor,

September 17, 2014 | | Your Views


Fishing Report

Several friends of mine have recently damaged their boats while out boating in our local lakes. The water levels are falling so fast that there's no way that lake management can keep up with marking all the hazardous areas. Personally, I've chosen to stay away from certain lakes. Launching conditions are the worst they've been in a long time and with the water being so low, there's just not enough water to get away from the crowds of boats. My advice to any of you planning on going out before the summer is over is to ...

September 10, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Sturke, Boles Announce Engagement

Frederick William Sturke and Susan Elizabeth Boles were engaged to be married on Susan's birthday, Dec. 7, 2013 by having the barbershop chorus Frederick sings with sing "You'll Never Walk Alone" before their Christmas show.

September 10, 2014 | | Engagements


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