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Developer Requests Cut In City Fees

At least 125 construction jobs and 80 full-time health care positions are at risk if a local developer pulls the pin on an anticipated 110-room assisted living facility for seniors planned for the west side of town. The reason: fees assessed by the city for the project.

November 21, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Banner Boys – Varsity Soccer Squad Claims Section Championship

Taking down the top seed on Saturday, the Oakdale varsity Mustangs brought home the coveted blue banner, winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III soccer title over Christian Brothers.

November 19, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports

Fall Sports Wrap – Volleyball, Cross Country Close Out Campaigns

Playoff action has concluded for a couple of Oakdale squads, as the volleyball girls and cross country teams wrapped up their seasons recently. Following is a look at their final performances.

November 19, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports

Fishing Report

It's been a long time since I've actually planned a fishing trip. Usually, I decide the night before, or the morning of, and am in a mad scramble to get everything ready for a day of fishing. Consequently, that leaves me a lot of times, making last minute phone calls to friends and family searching for someone to fish with. When I realized Veterans' Day was going to be celebrated on a Tuesday this year, I immediately decided that I was going to go fishing that day. The day couldn't have worked out better for me, I ...

November 19, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports

Mommy Musings - Pleasantly ‘Greeted’

What would you do if everything you knew and believed to be true were suddenly challenged?

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings

Knights Ferry News Week of November 19, 2014

Birthday greetings for November go out to: Bob Brunker, Jr., Phil Frymire, John Krick, Alex Krippner, Roger Ray, Elise Seeds, Bill Carr, Bill Higgins, Ben Cassinetto, Wyatt Dickens, Elissa Simons, Megan Miller, Tristan McCarthy, Megan Willis, Taylor Witzke, Alexa Boyajian, Alyssa Sisco, Dayne Sturtevant, Jenna O'Neil, Gage Perry and Ashlynn Henry.

November 19, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

Valley Home News Week of November 19, 2014

A life well lived ... The passing of Bonnie Gellerman's "Aunt Mary" has left a definite void within our community. The following are Bonnie's words of thanks and reflection in honor of her Aunt Mary Duncan:

November 19, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News

Elliott James Murray

A son, Elliott James Murray, was born Oct. 8 to expectant parents Michael and Heather Murray of Oakdale.

November 19, 2014 | | Birth Announcements

Oooooo LaLa - Parisian Inspired Boutique Has Just The Right Magic

Be it a party dress or hostess gift, I Love Paris is the ideal place for one stop shopping this holiday season. One need not look further than the quaint shop located in the center of Oakdale. The mother/daughter boutique owned and operated by Eleanor Colombo and Jill Haney is a refreshing change from what one might find in shopping malls or at big box stores.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business

Women’s Boutique Brings Something New To North Third

Life has presented London Fox boutique owner and Oakdale native Tammy Golding with somewhat of a full circle moment this holiday season. Late last week, Golding opened her doors and greeted the community from her new location at 116 N. Third Ave., in the heart of downtown Oakdale.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business

RICH IN THOUGHT - Did Anyone Really Think This Out?

That loud clacking sound everyone heard Wednesday morning, Nov. 5 after the elections was the sound of area deadbolts latching in homes after the passage of Proposition 47 – the initiative that reduced penalties for drug possession and other "nonviolent" crimes.

November 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

Tribute Well Deserved

Dear Editor,

November 19, 2014 | | Your Views

Community Spirit - Preparations Made For Thanksgiving Feast

In just barely one week, the kitchen area of the Gene Bianchi Community Center will once again be clanking and moving. Twenty one years later, the Spirit of Oakdale community meal is more than an institution; it is a fine oiled machine. On Thursday, Nov. 27 the small army and committee will once again open the doors at 11 a.m. and serve up a free Thanksgiving meal to anyone who stops by.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

City Addresses ADA Accessibility Issues

With the City of Oakdale required to do a self-evaluation of its Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and develop a formal transition plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, Nov. 17 unanimously approved an item for the city to address the changes necessary to implement accessibility in its buildings, parks and public rights-of-way.

November 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Field Of Dreams - Board Approves School Farm Project

It was a full house and a packed agenda as the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board convened at the OJUSD Technology Center Monday night, due to a conflicting schedule with Oakdale City Council.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education

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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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