An Escalon man driving on West F Street in Oakdale lost consciousness and drove his pickup truck into three parked cars just west of the Yosemite Avenue intersection on Tuesday, Jan. 5 just before 4 p.m., causing commute traffic to be snarled at the busy location.
More than 70 cadets are preparing to graduate from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy this week. Before they do, they will run from the Academy in West Sacramento to the California Peace Officers' Memorial monument across from the State Capitol. The approximate 5-mile run is a tradition on the Wednesday before each graduation.
Four organizations that provide vital assistance and help improve the quality of life in Oakdale are being considered for this year's Community Service Award, with the honor being presented Friday night, Jan. 15 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.
Four young difference makers are in the running for the Junior Achievement Award, to be presented Friday night at the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce 70th annual Awards Dinner. Following are brief summaries of why these young people – Alyssa Castano, Gustavo Torres Carrillo, Hope Kindred and Kate Wessling – have been tapped for the recognition.
Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize winning author and proponent of nonviolence and civil rights, will present the keynote address for the 22nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration on Saturday, Jan. 23 in the Modesto Junior College Performing Arts and Media Center Auditorium, 435 College Ave. in Modesto. Branch will speak on "Freedom and Gridlock: Lessons from Martin Luther King." Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
Contrary to popular belief the hottest ticket to be purchased in town last week was not to be found at a local market in hopes of becoming a Powerball millionaire. The $5 ticket which yielded hours of entertainment came in the way of the Third Annual Royal Rams Competition hosted Friday, Jan. 8 at Magnolia Auditorium.
Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R- Modesto) recently submitted a letter to the Assembly Budget Committee requesting a vote on Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1, a bill that would improve legislative transparency by requiring all bills, including the state budget, to be in print for at least three days before being taken up for a vote.
The Gilbert family, well known throughout the Oakdale area, will receive honors as they are presented with the coveted 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at this year's Oakdale Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, Jan. 15.
Friday night, Jan. 8 the Lady Mustang varsity basketball girls welcomed Kimball to town. Coming off a 42-28 road loss to Sierra to start their Valley Oak League (VOL) campaign, Oakdale fell short against Kimball (7-8, 1-1) by a 36-32 final to drop to 0-2 in league play and 7-7 overall.
For young aspiring basketball players in the area, Oakdale High School is hosting boys and girls basketball skills training and clinics throughout the month of January. Boys and girls third through eighth grades can participate in the clinics that will be in both the new and old gyms at OHS, 739 W. G St.
Oakdale's varsity boys basketball team added two new faces to the program just as the squad took on league action. Senior Louis Marsella and junior Stanley Thomas made their season debuts for the Mustangs on Friday night. The Mustangs fell to visiting Kimball 55-23. In the loss, Marsella posted a team high five points and five rebounds for the Mustangs, who are now sitting at a 1-12 overall record and 0-2 in Valley Oak League play.
With multiple tournaments in the area, Oakdale's wrestling team divided up and some Mustangs went to Escalon High School for the Lloyd C. Engel Invitational on both Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8 and 9. Others from the defending seven-time Sac-Joaquin Section champions went to Clovis for the Doc Buchanan Invitational.