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Council Boosts Fees

A Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District (LLMD) agenda item on fee increases that prompted lengthy discussion at the previous meeting, and eventually delayed the vote until questions could be answered, was approved at a relatively brief Monday, July 21 Oakdale City Council meeting.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Day Camp Wraps Action Packed Summer

This week marks the final week of Oakdale's Super Summer Camp program offered through the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. Camp is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade and campers can attend any or all of the weeklong summer sessions.

July 23, 2014 | | Education

Water Plan Finalized

With California water regulators having voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, the City of Oakdale must now come up with a conservation plan for its residents and 7,000 water customers.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Swift Follow Up Leads To Arrest

The man wanted in connection with the rape of a teenaged girl was spotted and arrested on the grounds of Oakdale High School on Tuesday night, July 15.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime

Breaking Bread, Breaking Ground

At a ceremony on July 15, Oakdale Joint Unified School District officials broke ground for the new 5000-square foot steel structure that will be the Central Kitchen. This will be the first of a handful of projects spearheaded by the Facilities Committee.

July 23, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

RICH IN THOUGHT – Being Papa For Grayson

After the excitement wore off when I first heard I was going to be a grandfather, I wondered if I was destined to be a loveable old man who wore a little fedora with a feather and plaid Bermuda shorts with calf-high dark socks in sandals. Or, if taking after my family lineage, it was time for me to get in the role of 'Papa' and eventually start having a garden with zucchini, fava beans, tomato plants and other vegetables like both my grandfathers had when I was young.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

Lions Club Seeking Community Support

Dear Editor,

July 23, 2014 | | Your Views

Mommy Musings - Fair Fun

The timing of returning to the Newsroom could not have come at a better time … Fair week!

July 23, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings

Golden Anniversary Celebration

Grover and Frances Francis recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 4 with a trip to London and Venice. The two were married at the Presbyterian Church in Escalon; both attended Lone Tree Grammar School and graduated from Escalon High School.

July 23, 2014 | | Anniversaries

Knights Ferry News Week of July 23, 2014

There is a new sign up on the highway, a gateway sign for Knights Ferry. It points to the town and tells that there is food and recreation there. Sponsors for the sign so far are: River's Edge, 50's Roadhouse, River Journey, Knights Ferry History and Museum Associates and the Ice Cream and Sweets Shop. It looks really nice.

July 23, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

Valley Home News Week of July 23, 2014

With our 2014 Stanislaus County Fair behind us and our State Fair in full swing we look at the commitment our FFA and 4-H families have. Much like our youth sports teams the commitment is huge and it is usually a total family commitment! With 4-Hers and FFA students the commitment is year round, and first involves learning about caring for the animals. Next comes hands on experience and attending judging events and project meetings. Then it's ownership. Another remarkable part of both FFA and 4-H is the dedication of great leaders and teachers! These teachers and leaders can ...

July 23, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News

U19 Girls Start Competitive Soccer Season Strong

Four games over two days and a battle for top honors added up to an exciting weekend of soccer.

July 23, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports

Second Place Showing For Oakdale U13 Boys

Playing at the Turlock Mid Summer Classic on July 19 and 20, in the Silver bracket, the Oakdale United Under 13 boys came home with second place medals to show for their efforts.

July 23, 2014 | | Local Sports

Gators Final Swim Meet Set For Saturday

With summer days drifting away, and fall just around the corner, the Oakdale Youth Swim team, known as the Gators, wraps up their season this Saturday, July 26. The Summer's End Invitational meet is set to begin at 9 a.m. at Oakdale High School's Aquatic Center. The young swimmers have been hard at work since their first meet on June 7 and have since improved their swimming abilities in all aspects in the pool. Members of the community are welcome to support and cheer on the Gators Swim Team for their final competition of the year. Oakdale ...

July 23, 2014 | | Local Sports

Fishing Report

Last week while driving to a favorite camping spot of mine, I got behind a boat that was being towed by a small SUV. It wouldn't have been too bad if the boat being towed was small but the boat was a lot bigger than the SUV which is very dangerous. Just because a car or truck can pull a boat or trailer, doesn't mean that it's safe. In the event that they were to blow a tire or have to suddenly stop, there's no way they would be able to gain control of their trailer ...

July 23, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports

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Valley Home News for November 14, 2012

Christina Barreto shares the following information with us. Our Valley Home 4-H members are busy planning for another Bake Sale at Tractor Supply in Oakdale on Saturday, November 17th. There will be the delicious odor of baking delectable goodies filling the air throughout our community this coming week as our 4-H'ers busy themselves baking up a storm of delicious goodies to sell at their booth. The 4-H'ers will be found manning this booth located inside the Tractor Supply Store in Oakdale. The sale featuring an array of delicious fresh baked goodies is being held to aid in raising ...

November 14, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News

Former Waterford City Administrator Hired For Oakdale

Interim City Manager Stan Feathers announced on Nov. 5 that retired Waterford City Administrator Chuck Deschenes has joined the city's management team as an interim operations manager. Deschenes replaces retired Merced County CEO Demetrios "Dee" Tatum, who leaves the position due to state regulations on the limited number of hours he can work after retirement.

November 14, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Knights Ferry News for November 14, 2012

Birthday wishes go out to: Bob Brunker Jr., Phil Frymire, John Krick, Matt Holcomb, Alex Krippner, Roger Ray, Elise Seeds, Bill Carr, Bill Higgens, Ben Cassinetto, Dorothy McKinsey, Wyatt Dickens, Elissa Simons, Megan Miller, Jasmin Olvera, Tristan McCarthy, Megan Willis, Taylor Witzke, Alexa Boyajian, Alyssa Sisco, Dayne Sturtevant, Emma Tankersley, Jenna O'Neil, Presley Wilson and Gage Perry.

November 14, 2012 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

Native Daughters - Organization Strives To Preserve California History, Help The Community

The mission statement reads: "The mission of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, as one of the oldest associations of diverse California born leaders, is to preserve California's history and better the quality of life through active participation in education and community service." Across the state and through the local Oakdale Parlor, the Native Daughters of the Golden West (N.D.G.W.) is a society of women that are born in California and are dedicated to the preservation of California's history. They are a patriotic organization founded on the principles of 'Love of Home,' 'Devotion to ...

November 14, 2012 | Virginia Still | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Fishing Report

Fish attractants have been used in some form or another for many years. In the middle 1980s I can remember there being a big interest in fish attractants as several major tackle manufacturers added fish attractants to their product line. I can remember one specific brand that comes to mind "Bait mate," it was in a liquid form with a consistency that was similar to vegetable oil. One quick spray of this supposedly would create a feeding frenzy. Every major fishing show started to endorse the use of fish attractants and anglers followed accordingly. To add a little confusion manufacturers ...

November 14, 2012 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

Local Girl Qualifies For Horse Reining Finals

Sometimes a name just sticks.

November 14, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

Ruben Mora, Jr.

Ruben Mora, Jr., 15, died Sunday, Nov. 11.

November 14, 2012 | | Obituaries

Freda Eagen Knowlson

Freda Eagen Knowlson, 93, died Saturday, Nov. 10.

November 14, 2012 | | Obituaries

Paul Katuszonek

Paul Katuszonek, 30, died suddenly on Thursday, Nov. 8.

November 14, 2012 | | Obituaries

Roberta Ann Buerer

Roberta Ann Buerer, 38, died suddenly on Monday, Nov. 5.

November 14, 2012 | | Obituaries

Antone M. (Tony) Avila

Antone M. (Tony) Avila, 89, passed away peacefully at Doctors Medical Center Hospital on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

November 14, 2012 | | Obituaries

Bill P. Abbott

Bill P. Abbott, 58, died Saturday, Nov. 10 of a sudden illness in Modesto.

November 14, 2012 | | Obituaries

Dahlia Marie Smith

Nicole and Alan Smith of Oakdale welcomed the arrival of their daughter, Dahlia Marie Smith, on Oct. 28, 2012.

November 14, 2012 | | Birth Announcements

Brianna Allison Palomino

A girl, Brianna Allison Palomino, was born Oct. 29, 2012 to expectant mother Nora E. Palomino of Escalon.

November 14, 2012 | | Birth Announcements

Jeffery Michael Miller

Shane Michael Miller and Kassandra Emerald Branscom of Oakdale welcomed the arrival of their son, Jeffery Michael Miller, on Nov. 1, 2012.

November 14, 2012 | | Birth Announcements

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