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Priceless Catch – Home Run Ball Finds Oakdale Fan

The most dramatic hit in the era of the modern day San Francisco Giants – a three-run, pennant clinching blast off the bat of journeyman Travis Ishikawa – landed in the hands of Oakdale's Frank Burke.

October 22, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Passion Rewarded - Thompson Nets $2,500 Award

Class time will soon be made a little more exciting for Fair Oaks Special Day Class teacher Elizabeth Thompson and her seven students. Thompson was recently awarded California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award to use toward the betterment of her classroom.

October 22, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Protest Votes Not Enough To Deny OID Hike

There may be uncertainty about how much water will be available for farmers in drought-stressed California next year, but one thing is clear in the Oakdale Irrigation District – water will cost more.

October 22, 2014 | | Local News

RICH IN THOUGHT - To Keep Oakdale Safe It Needs ‘Y’

I've been covering Oakdale government and crime regularly now for nearly three years and in that time I can honestly say I've seen a serious concerted effort by elected officials and city staff to save the city money, making cuts where available, and directing resources for maximum efficiency.

October 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

Why Defeat Measure ‘Y’

Dear Editor,

October 22, 2014 | | Your Views

Fire Department Arrogance

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October 22, 2014 | | Your Views

Taxing Ourselves

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October 22, 2014 | | Your Views

Mommy Musings – The Swing Of A Bat

I've been waiting two weeks to write this piece. If being completely truthful, I almost wrote it Oct. 10.

October 22, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings

Valley Home News Week of October 22, 2014

It's Harvest Festival Time in Valley Home! What a wonderful Autumn feeling has settled over Valley Home. As they days get shorter and the nights grow colder we know we have said goodbye to another California summer. Years past in Valley Home at this time of year it was rice harvest time. I remember looking across the fields of freshly irrigated rice in Valley Home and thinking what a lovely and peaceful place to live! With a brilliant sunset sinking into the evening sky, the fiery orange, the hot pinks, the hues of deep blue with purple mixed in ...

October 22, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News

Knights Ferry News Week of October 22, 2014

Lisa and Fred Dolling have returned from Las Vegas where they visited with Fred's son, Justin and his wife Sarah and the grandchildren. They had a good time except for the return trip - eight-hour delay at the airport!

October 22, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

Mustangs Fall To Sierra In VOL Showdown

With the Valley Oak League shaping up to be a three horse race (Sierra, Oakdale and Central Catholic) this late in the season, fans of both Oakdale and Sierra packed the bleachers at Sierra High School's "The Den" Friday night, Oct. 17 to see the Timberwolves host the Mustangs in a battle of the unbeatens. The fans were treated to a nailbiter that saw the home team escape with a 31-20 victory.

October 22, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports

Fall Sports Wrap – Crucial Contests Dot Late Fall Slate

As the nights grow longer and the days shorter, the 2014 fall sports season is rapidly coming to an end. With just two weeks remaining for some of the sports and others gearing up for playoffs, every game is crunch time for Oakdale High School. Following is information from a variety of sports that were in action this week.

October 22, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports

Fishing Report

I just recently celebrated a birthday; I won't tell you which one. I've heard it said a thousand times, "how fast time has passed." Like most of us celebrating a birthday it's hard not looking back. I was reminded of my past recently while I was searching high and low for my birth certificate. I came across an old picture of myself taken while I was in the military. For some reason my roommate took a picture of me while I was reading a Bassmaster Magazine. At that time, I would have never imagined that someday I ...

October 22, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports

Shooting Leads To 12-Hour SWAT Standoff

A late night shooting that sent one man to the hospital resulted in a 12-hour police standoff with SWAT officers at an East H Street residence on Saturday, Sept. 27.

September 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Early Morning Crash Results In DUI And Pot Grow Discovery

A single vehicle accident into a sideyard fence resulted in the arrest of the driver for DUI, but also revealed a backyard marijuana grow on Eucalyptus Avenue.

September 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW

In advance of the upcoming basketball season, The Leader sent a questionnaire to Oakdale Mustangs boys varsity head coach Jeremy Fields, seeking some thoughts on the campaign. Following are the questions and coach Fields' answers.

February 03, 2015 | Jeremy Fields | High School Sports

Don’t Forget To Pay Your Use Tax

As California consumers load up online shopping carts this holiday season, they might not realize these purchases are taxed to support vital public services. Online shoppers who are not charged sales tax may owe use tax, which has been imposed on purchases from out-of-state retailers since 1935. Like sales tax, use tax helps fund public safety, education and more.

November 20, 2014 | | Local News

Helen Evans

Helen Evans, 98, born in Helmer, Indiana passed away Nov. 17, 2014 of natural causes in Oakdale, CA. Helen resided at the Oak Valley Care Center for four years.

November 19, 2014 | | Obituaries

Dixie DiCarlo

Dixie DiCarlo, age 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 7, 2014 after a brief illness. Dixie DiCarlo had lived with her son, Joe DiCarlo, for the past 13 years in El Dorado, CA and Rancho Cordova, CA. Dixie DiCarlo was one of five daughters born to Wade Rickets of Minnesota and Della Hancock of California. She was born in Bakersfield, CA and graduated from John Brown University in Alabama. She worked 19 years for the U.S. Postal Service in Riverbank, CA and volunteered in many civic programs such as a troop leader for the Girl Scouts. Dixie married ...

November 19, 2014 | | Obituaries

David Nathaniel Sondeno

Oct. 1925 - Nov. 2014

November 19, 2014 | | Obituaries

CHP Receives Federal Funds For DUI Crackdown

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has announced receiving a federal "Reducing Impaired Driving" grant, which will fund 150 sobriety checkpoints, 75 DUI task force operations, proactive DUI enforcement patrols through Sept. 30, 2015, and at least 100 safety presentations.

November 17, 2014 | | Local News

Denham Votes For Pipeline Construction

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) voted with the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 14 to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, creating 42,100 jobs and moving the country towards greater energy independence.

November 14, 2014 | | Local News

Lorne Arthur Wilson

Lorne Arthur Wilson passed away Saturday November 8, 2014 from a long battle with cancer. Lorne was born February 9, 1930 in Los Angles California. Attended high school in the Alhambra school district. He then went into the Army, serving in the Korean War. After he was discharged he moved back to his home area and began college. Lorne started college at East Los Angeles junior college earning an AA. Then Lorne Received a B. A. In Education from Santa Barbara University California. Then a Masters in Education from San Jose State. Loren began teaching in a few different schools ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries

Ronald Lee Schumacher

Ronald Lee Schumacher, 76, of Oakdale, CA passed away unexpectedly November 3, 2014 in San Francisco, CA.

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries

Willette Hughine Hults

Willette Hughine Hults, 97, passed away on October 22, 2014 at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson, California. She was born on August 03, 1917 in Gunn, Wyoming to Richard and Bertie (VerBryke) Roberts. The family moved to Oakdale when Willette was just a young girl. She graduated from Oakdale High School and she remained an Oakdale resident for the remainder of her 97 years. Willette met and married Ira Sterling Hults in 1950 in Oakdale, CA. They were happily married for 46 years. Willette began a career as a civil servant at Sharp Army Depot in Stockton, California ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries

Mary Kennedy Jordan Duncan

"Ant" Mary Kennedy Jordan Duncan, January 1, 1924 – October 22, 2014. Born in Medford OR, raised in San Francisco CA, and for the past 70 years she made her home in the Valley Home & Escalon area. Preceded in death by son Steve Jordan (Tina). Survived by husband Dean Duncan, her sister Johan Gatzman (formerly of V.H), her brother Gene Files, and her son Larry Jordan. Retired from San Joaquin County Sherriff, previously worked at SPCA (she took most of them home), Private Secretary for Bechtel Corp whom helped to build the Bay Bridge (she loved to type). Mary could ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries

James Duncan “Scotty” Higgins

James Duncan "Scotty" Higgins, was born at home in Elgin Scotland on August 5, 1938 to Neil and Flora Higgins. He peacefully passed away at home in Oakdale, Ca., surrounded by his family on November 4, 2014. He leaves behind his twin brother Neil Higgins (Flo) of Scotland, his sister Flora Steven of Los Osos, Ca., His beloved wife Karen of Oakdale, Ca., his children Dawn Wohler (John) of Oakdale, Ca., Mark Higgins (Wendi) of Eagle Point Or. and Lorna Mason of Oakdale Ca., his stepchildren Jeff Casey of Nashville, Tn., Janet Spadevicchia (Joe) of Las Vegas, Nv. and Mark ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries

Karen (Kay) Wamhoff

Karen Wamhoff, 68, passed away on Oct. 30, 2014 in Joshua Tree, Ca. Karen resided in Oakdale for 15 years before moving to Yucca Valley, Ca. She was a housewife and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin (Mickey) Wamhoff and father William Kraemer. She is survived by her children Sherri Wamhoff of Yucca Valley, Ca. and Jason and Krista Wamhoff of Longwood, Florida, siblings Sharon and Dennis Katz of New City, New York and Rusty and Jan Kraemer of Santa Ana, Ca. Also survived by 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Services are Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries

Gale Stapel

Gale Stapel passed away at the age of 85, on the morning of Nov. 3 from complications incurred after breaking his hip. Gale, the son of Justin and Jean Stapel, left Wisconsin as a toddler with younger brother Leighton and sister Donna during the Depression Era. His youth was spent in Valley Home where his father ran an automotive repair service. Gale attended Oakdale High School and worked alongside his father. That training allowed him to serve as a mechanic for the U.S. Army when he was drafted. He endured the hardships of the Korean Conflict, afterward returning to ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries

Abnormal Conditions Create High Levels Of Pollution

Extreme weather conditions have led to abnormally high pollution conditions rarely seen in the Valley this time of year.

November 07, 2014 | | Local News

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