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September 03, 2014 | | Your Views

Knights Ferry News Week of September 3, 2014

The Odd Fellows are going to have a Cribbage tournament on September 20th at their hall on Main Street. There is a $25 entry fee. Food and drinks will be available. Watch this column for more information.

September 03, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

Valley Home News Week of September 3, 2014

News from school...September is a busy month for Valley Home School. Excitement is in the air as students prepare for volleyball and football season. It's a sure sign fall is just around the corner when you see these student athletes practicing and sharpening their skills! This year Valley Home School Parent Teacher Club is purchasing all new uniforms for our athletes. What a great way to show how proud we are of our students! We would like to invite our community to come to the games and support your Valley Home kids. Their games will be held of ...

September 03, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News

Ball Forced To Can Workers – ConAgra Decision Impacts 159

Oakdale's largest employer's decision to contract to a foreign company has affected the jobs of the city's third largest employer, who as a result, will be cutting over half of its workforce this fall.

September 03, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Two Arrested In Theft Of Dead Man’s Assets

A coroner's investigation into the next of kin for a deceased homeless man led detectives to discover that $18,000 had been taken from the dead man's bank account the day after his death.

September 03, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime

OID Meeting - Directors Review Drought Plan Options

Even a winter blessed by above-average Valley rain and Sierra snow won't be enough to eliminate the ongoing effects of the three-year drought in California, Oakdale Irrigation District directors were told Tuesday morning.

September 03, 2014 | | Local News

Operation Lifesaver Marks September As Rail Safety Month

There are 5,352 miles of railroad in California and 10,285 grade crossings. Last year there were 72 trespasser fatalities and 41 highway-rail crossing fatalities, all of which could have been avoided if trespassers and drivers were obeying the laws. California ranks #1 in the nation in both Trespassing and Grade Crossing Deaths. Last year in California there were a total of 146 highway grade-crossing incidents.

September 01, 2014 | | Local News

Duo Arrested For Theft of Dead Man’s Assets

A coroner's investigation into the next of kin for a deceased homeless man led detectives to discover that $18,000 had been taken from the dead man's bank account the day after his death.

August 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Care Center Welcomes New Resident Cat

Amid plenty of pomp and circumstance, Oak Valley Care Center welcomed a new resident on Friday.

August 29, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Ball Can Cuts 159 Jobs

Oakdale's largest employer's decision to contract to a foreign company has affected the jobs of the third largest employer, who as a result, will be cutting over half of its workforce this fall.

August 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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

Area Camp Celebrates 90th Year Of Getting Dirty

Dirt trails, rustic cabins, ropes courses and 20 acres of possibility were home to 254 campers this summer as guests of Camp Jack Hazard, celebrating its 90th anniversary year.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Wife Says Standoff Could Have Been Averted

An Oakdale woman claims her family has been "traumatized and falsely labeled" after a hostage incident requiring a police response involving her husband last month. She believes the whole ordeal could have been prevented had hospital mental health officials handled his admissions properly on two separate occasions over a four-day period, including the day of the incident.

August 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Fishing Report

The other day while driving home from work I saw a truck towing a trailer with a couple snowmobiles on it. I thought to myself, that's odd being the middle of summer. Then as I thought some more, I thought about my boat parked in my backyard with very few places to go anymore that have any water. Like a lot of you, I'm hoping for an early fall and lots of rain. If I've learned anything through writing this column, it's that our weather system seems to go through cycles. I'm hoping that this ...

August 27, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports

U11 Boys Claim Title – Oakdale Teams Shine At Benefit Tournament

Teams from Oakdale made plenty of noise at the weekend Cassy Rowe benefit soccer tournament hosted at Cherry Island Soccer Complex near Sacramento.

August 27, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports

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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

Artists Ready To Share Music At Sierra View

The Sierra Music Festival continues for the sixth year in a row at J-H Ranch in Oakdale, slated for Saturday, Aug. 23. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the show starts at 1:30 p.m.

August 20, 2014 | Virginia Still | NEWS

Lucille Oliveira

Lucille Marie Oliveira, 89, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.

August 20, 2014 | | Obituaries

Roberta Humphrey

Roberta Marie (Coon) Humphrey, 63, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

August 20, 2014 | | Obituaries

Nancy Griffin

Nancy I. Griffin, 64, of Modesto died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.

August 20, 2014 | | Obituaries

Valley Home News

Special Birthday wishes go out to long time Valley Home resident, Russ Carpenter. Russ is well known in Valley Home as a caring friend, a man you can trust completely, a devoted family man, and a man with a great sense of humor! Russ is very genuine, and it is always a pleasure when he comes by for a visit. You always feel better after a visit with Russ. Russ, we hope your birthday was the best ever, thank you for being the kind of man you are. Many returns of this special day to you!

August 20, 2014 | By WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News

Knights Ferry News

Knights Ferry School started the new year with 87 students. Things are moving fast. The 6th Graders will be going to Outdoor Education on September 29-Oct. 3rd. Back to School Night will be Thursday, August 28th with each teacher giving a 25 minute presentation in their classrooms, starting with Kindergarten at 5:30 p.m. then progressing through the grades. The teachers will present their daily routines, rules and information on Common Core. The Knights Ferry School Band will begin September 2nd. An informational meeting for new band members will be Thursday, August 21 at 1:30 p.m. in ...

August 20, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

Sweepstakes Sweetheart - District Teacher Has Winning Year

The 2014 year is proving to be one 'winning' year for Danessa Menge. The Oakdale Junior High English teacher was featured in The Leader pages on Aug. 13 as one of 70-plus selectees for a recent SMART summit, a once described 'dream' experience for an educator.

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Council Approves Fire Service Transfer

After putting finishing touches on a fire contract to have the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District assume fire service for the City of Oakdale and transfer its existing fire personnel to become employees of the district, the Oakdale City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to approve the handover, which is expected to become effective Sept. 1.

August 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

OID Rate Hike Study A ‘Go’

Oakdale Irrigation District directors moved a step closer Tuesday morning to raising agricultural water rates for the first time in three decades. Next, it will be up to the district's 2,900 customers to vote on whether they agree to pay significantly more for their water.

August 20, 2014 | | Local News

Fresh Made Fun

Just a couple more weeks remain for the city's Farmers' Market, offered each Wednesday night in the downtown area.

August 20, 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

Fire Raging In Riverbank

An early morning multi-alarm fire in Riverbank has caused extensive damage to a couple of businesses along the main corridor through town.

August 13, 2014 | | Local News

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