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Edith Viola Silva “Tootie”

Edith Viola Silva "Tootie"

October 01, 2014 | | Obituaries


Barbara Jean Clipper

In Loving Memory of Barbara Jean Clipper

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


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


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


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


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City Needs Measure Y

Dear Editor,

October 01, 2014 | | Local Columns


Charlee Dean Pace

Tim and Kim (Webb) Pace of Oakdale welcomed Charlee Dean Pace, a nine-pound, 14 ounce baby boy born at Memorial Hospital in Modesto on Aug. 21, 2014.

October 01, 2014 | | Birth Announcements


Knights Ferry News Week of October 1, 2014

Knights Ferry Community Club will meet tomorrow, Thursday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the clubhouse. It is a dessert meeting. Speakers will be from Oakdale Rural Fire Department and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Department. Please plan to attend.

October 01, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


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


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


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


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