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Racist Message Eggs Alarm Residents

Two Oakdale neighborhoods discovered Easter eggs dispersed into front yards that weren't filled with sweets, but instead contained messages of hate.

April 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime

Fishing Report

About ten years ago, I started a fishing club at the school where I work. We practiced several times of the week while I taught them how to cast, tie knots, spool their reels, and anything else that I thought they would need to know to get them started. In order to keep them interested, we scheduled a few trips out to some of our local lakes and had little competitions amongst each other to see who was going to catch the first and biggest fish. The club ended up being a huge success but unfortunately after four years my ...

April 23, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports

Lady Mustangs Erupt For 11 Goals In Victory

April 15 is "Tax Day" and the Lady Mustangs' varsity soccer team made Weston Ranch pay up Tuesday night. Oakdale scored a season-high 11 goals in the shutout win over the Cougars.

April 23, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports

Baseball Postseason In Jeopardy After Loss To Sierra

After a promising start for first year manager Nathan Gregory and the Oakdale varsity baseball Mustangs, the team has fallen on hard times as of late. After being swept by Manteca the previous week (Oakdale was outscored 10-0 during the two-game series), Oakdale bounced back with a non-league 5-1 victory over Tokay on Friday, April 11 and managed a 5-4 victory over Sierra in Manteca on Tuesday, April 15. To keep pace with Valley Oak League (VOL) front runners Manteca and Sierra, OHS needed to complete the sweep of Sierra on Thursday, April 17 in front of the home crowd ...

April 23, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports

Ann Elizabeth Johnson

Ann Elizabeth Johnson, 89, died peacefully on Monday, April 7 at the Oakdale home of her son, surrounded by family and friends that came from Arizona, Nevada and California.

April 23, 2014 | | Obituaries

Norma Atwood

Norma Atwood, 93, died Saturday, April 12.

April 23, 2014 | | Obituaries

Sofia Isabel Valdez Lizarraga

Linda Lizarraga and Edgar Valdez welcomed a baby girl, Sofia Isabel Valdez Lizarraga, on March 13, 2014.

April 23, 2014 | | Birth Announcements

Knights Ferry News Week of April 16, 2014

The sun rose through the pink tinted wispy clouds Easter Sunday to shine on the faithful assembled on Frymire Hill. Pastor Tanis, with his daughter and grandson, told of the appearance of his angel wife Sara Jean (mom, grandmother). She appeared to the grandson and daughter after the grandson was having trouble sleeping after Sara Jean's death and the angel appeared and told him it was time for him to sleep in his own bed and led him there. They said it looked and talked like Sara Jean with a white robe and wings down to the ground. Makes ...

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

Valley Home News Week of April 16, 2014

Looking across the freshly mowed grass of Valley Home school one could easily feel the pride the 100-plus year old institution instills within our community. The sky was a beautiful blue and filled with wispy white clouds that floated with the morning breeze, the kind you feel like you could just reach up and touch. It was the day before Easter and the Valley Home 4-Hers had hidden over 600 brightly decorated eggs throughout the school yard. As the warm morning sun peeked down, you could hear the children's excited laughter as they ran from one hidden egg to ...

April 23, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News

Stanislaus Consolidated Appoints New Chief

The search to lead the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District ended when the district's board voted 4-0 and announced the appointment of its new fire chief, Randall Bradley, at its April 10 meeting. He will be paid $157,000 per year to lead the department.

April 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

High School Car Show Revs Up Crowd

The parking lot in front of the gymnasium at Oakdale High School was abuzz with revving engines, creative parking, and throngs of students on Thursday, April 17.

April 23, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education

Fun Fest A Springtime Hit

It's an event that draws the community in droves and with good reason, much like the Halloween parade, the Kid's Fest and Safety Fair is all about the kids.

April 23, 2014 | Kim Van Meter Special to the Leader | Local News

November Initiative - City Wants Tax On Ballot

Fearing a 17 percent cut in city services with the loss of current Measure O funds, the Oakdale City Council on Monday night voted 4-1 in favor of requesting the county to place an initiative basically extending the current sales tax measure another five years on the November ballot.

April 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Columbia College Scholarship, Awards Celebration Planned

The Columbia College Foundation will host the annual Columbia College Scholarship and Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 24, beginning at 4:30p.m. to recognize scholarship recipients and donors. The public is invited to attend the event, which will be held in the Dogwood Forum at Columbia College.

April 22, 2014 | | Education

New Stanislaus Consolidated Chief Appointed

The search to lead the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection ended when the district's board voted 4-0 and announced the appointment of its new fire chief, Randall Bradley, at its April 10 meeting. He will be paid $157,000 per year to lead the department.

April 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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Valley Home News for December 28, 2011

A report was received from Claire Taro that their daughter Vickie and son-in-law Leo Albers picked she and Tony up in their pickup on December 9th and drove them to Fernley, Nevada where their granddaughter Kristen and husband Joey Volene live with children 13 year old Rebecca and 11 year old Mathew. On Saturday the group went to a piano recital by their great-granddaughter Rebecca who has been taking piano lessons for a year or so. She has been doing well and her performance of three songs included Skateboard Boogie. Her great-grandparents are so proud of her.

December 28, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News

Knights Ferry News for December 28, 2011

January dates to put on the calendar: January 3rd, children back to Knights Ferry School, the 5th is the Knights Ferry Community Club meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the clubhouse. It is a dessert meeting. The Groundhog dinner will be discussed. January 8th is the I.O.O.F. breakfast at the hall from 8:00 to noon. The 10th is the Knights Ferry History and Museum Associates meeting at 9:00 a.m. at Miller's Hall. January 12th is the Knights Ferry School Board meeting at 6:00 p.m., at the school. January 26 is ...

December 28, 2011 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

Wetland Treatment Project Completed

A new wetland treatment system, the first project of its kind in the Oakdale Irrigation District, is in its final stage and getting the finishing touches at the Union Slough on V.A. Rodden land between Crow Road and Ellenwood, south of Claribel.

December 28, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Scammers Find High-Tech Ways To Steal

Recently, a local woman found herself on the receiving end of a new scamming technique that is the latest twist of the email "phishing" scheme, called "smishing," which is when the victim receives a text message or automated message from a trusted source, such as bank or Paypal, claiming there is an issue with their account.

December 28, 2011 | | Crime

Oakdale Evaluates Retail Potential

Looking to capitalize on existing opportunities, members of the Oakdale City Council have approved spending $16,000 of Redevelopment Agency money to fund a retail business study.

December 28, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News

OID Constructing New Wetland

The Oakdale Irrigation District is in the final stages of a wetlands and water treatment project. In the contributed photo at side, OID workers excavate material in an area of the project so a concrete spillway can be constructed on the central berm of the wetland. This is to prevent erosion of the berm if storm water flows exceed the capacity of the pipe and water goes over the spillway.

December 27, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

4-Hers Paint Holiday Windows

Members of Orange Blossom 4-H club recently painted the windows of Oakdale Feed and Seed for the Christmas holiday. Farmer Santa on his tractor being pulled by his "reindeer," also known as farm animals, supply the main theme for the windows. A cowboy snowman also appears.

December 23, 2011 | | Local News

OJUSD Responds To $$ Cuts

California Governor Jerry Brown recently announced that trigger cuts will take place due to an over-projection of income for the state of $2.2 billion. Most of the cuts automatically take effect Jan. 1, with school cuts taking place Feb. 1.

December 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education

Mommy Musings - I Believe

I recently had a 'moment' of clarity and it made me think two things: this will make a good column and I wonder if others experience this.

December 21, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings

Knights Ferry News for December 21, 2011

The Ferry is decorated with many lights this season. The suburbs also have nice displays.

December 21, 2011 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

Kids Get Busy Raising Money For Relay

Preparations for the Oakdale Relay For Life 2012 are under way, and this year children of all ages are taking the initiative to raise funds. From selling homemade crafts to collecting spare change, Oakdale kids are finding plenty of ways to help out.

December 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News

$5000 Hit - Vandals Cause Damage

Vandals attacked the Sierra Railroad Dinner Train, yet again, breaking six windows and causing $5,000 worth of damage on Sunday, Dec. 18, said Sierra Railroad Dinner Train President, Chris Hart.

December 21, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Crime

Attempted Murder Arrest

Police arrested a 23-year-old Oakdale man on Monday, Dec. 19 on charges of attempted murder and domestic violence after he beat, choked and restrained his 20-year-old fiancée, resulting in injuries sufficient enough to send her to the hospital.

December 21, 2011 | | Crime

Anthony A. ‘Tony’ Navarro

Anthony A. 'Tony' Navarro, 74, died Sunday, Dec. 11 of cancer at his Arizona home.

December 21, 2011 | | Obituaries

Allen M. Gregory

Allen M. Gregory, 92, died Sunday, Dec. 18 at Garden City Health Care, Modesto.

December 21, 2011 | | Obituaries

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