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Amtrak Train Hits And Kills Pedestrian

Riverbank Police and Emergency crews responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by an Amtrak train around 9:13 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 near the area of Terminal Avenue and Claribel Road.

October 31, 2014 | | Local News

CAL FIRE Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Costumes, jack-'o-lanterns, haunted houses and scary ghost stories mark this time of year as all kids of all ages enjoy the spirit of Halloween. But if precautions aren't taken, scary things can happen. Decorations that ignited are the reported cause in 900 home fires nationwide each year. Two of every five of those were started by a candle.

October 30, 2014 | | Local News

Denham Cites Valley Water As High Priority

While in the ag-rich Central Valley during a break from politicking in Washington D.C., Congressman Jeff Denham stopped by the offices of The Oakdale Leader to discuss certain federal issues that are affecting Central Valley residents he represents in California's 10th Congressional District.

October 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Oakdale Pounces On Visiting Jaguars

Coming off a tough road loss, the varsity Mustangs rebounded nicely at home against the Kimball Jaguars running away with a 49-2 football victory on Friday, Oct. 24.

October 29, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports

United Squads Face Tough Test At Turlock Tournament

In the Turlock Octoberfest Tournament over the weekend – all games were played at Mistlin Sports Complex in Ripon – a trio of Oakdale United competitive travel soccer teams battled hard, coming way with different results.

October 29, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports

Fishing Report

Watch out for the duck hunters, duck hunting season has begun. What's different than years past is that there are very few places locally to safely launch a boat anymore, making the Delta the only option for a lot of boaters and duck hunters. This of course has caused an increase in boat traffic and if you were to ask a duck hunter what they hate the most about hunting the Delta, they would surely say the boat traffic. During my last outing as I was navigating through a foggy stretch of water, I heard four gun shots. I ...

October 29, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports

Knights Ferry News Week of October 29, 2014

This Friday, October 31st, will be the annual parade of Knights Ferry children going trick-or-treating on Main Street. It will start at 12:15 with the children coming down to Main Street in their costumes. Many folks gather to hand out candy and see the costumes. It is a fun time!

October 29, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

Valley Home News Week of October 29, 2014

THANK YOU ... to all you that helped make the Valley Home Fall Harvest Festival such a wonderful success! Because our much needed rain came, we made the decision to move as much as we could inside the school gym. It turned out to be a fantastic event with tons of fun for all. Again we give a huge thank you to the very special people who came and worked all evening to make the Harvest Festival fun for all! To the folks who donated to this event, your generosity is very, very much appreciated. Because of the tremendous support by ...

October 29, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News

Oakdale Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Child Pornography Charges

The United States Department of Justice announced Monday, Oct. 27 that Timothy Brian Werlhof, 24, of Oakdale, pleaded guilty to possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of prepubescent minors.

October 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime

Billy Gene (Bill) Oliver

Billy Gene (Bill) Oliver slipped into the Lord's arms on Oct. 23, 2014 in Modesto, CA. He was born in Fort Smith, AR to Earl and Violet Oliver. The family moved to CA in 1940 and Bill attended local schools, graduating from OHS in 1956. He loved sports and excelled in baseball, basketball and football, playing on championship teams for the Mustangs under Coach Jack Walker, who became a lifelong friend. At OHS, Bill met Diane Benoit who became his beloved wife for 56 years. Bill enlisted in the Navy and served on a destroyer tender until his discharge ...

October 29, 2014 | | Obituaries

Lawrence “Larry” Joseph Alves

Lawrence "Larry" Joseph Alves, age 72, of Copperopolis, CA passed away on October 26, 2014 at Alexander Cohen Hospice House. He was born in Dos Palos, CA on May 1, 1942 to the late Frank and Kay Alves, Jr. Larry was a resident of Calaveras County for the past 19 years. As a young man, Larry was drafted into the US Army, where he received an honorable discharge in 1966. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing and most of all spending time with his family.

October 29, 2014 | | Obituaries

Mary Jane McCue

July 31, 1935 - October 22, 2014

October 29, 2014 | | Obituaries

Harold Benjamin Goldberg

One year ago today, Harold Benjamin Goldberg, our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away Oct. 29, 2013, at his Oakdale home. A Celebration of Life and Burial at Sea were held for Harold and Dorothy Goldberg, on July 12, 2014, at the Sea Crest Oceanfront Hotel, in Pismo Beach, CA. Earlier in the morning a Burial at Sea, with military honors, was held for Harold and Dorothy on a local sailboat. Over two hundred flowers and leis from Hawaii were scattered over the ocean on their committal to the sea offshore of the Sea Crest. We were blessed ...

October 29, 2014 | | Obituaries

Red Ribbon Week Theme: Love Yourself

Oakdale schools are busy this week, as they make the most of a short schedule and Red Ribbon Week observation. Red Ribbon Week is hosted nationwide the last full week of October.

October 29, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Tax Measure Tops Ballot

Oakdale voters will be voting for mayor, two open city council seats and determining whether or not to extend a half-cent sales tax assessment on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

October 29, 2014 | | Local News

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Mommy Musings – Pulled The Plug

I wasn't going to write this.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings

Still Matters – #Stillmatters

Although technology has made several advancements, why does it seem as if some people have left their intelligence behind? I am sure that we have all discussed the changes that technology has made in our lives. Are we really at a point where we no longer think for ourselves and let machines do the thinking for us?

August 27, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local Columns

Knights Ferry News Week of August 27, 2014

Knights Ferry School got off to an interesting start - two days without school because of the water main break in town. The pipe was by the new bridge and the Community Service District helped dig up the pipe and replace it. County health officials put a boil your tap water before drinking in place for two days. All the town restaurants had to close until the water passed the health department's tests. By Friday all was back to normal.

August 27, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

Valley Home News Week of August 27, 2014

Don't forget that St. John's/St. Luke's Church will be having a yard sale, bake sale, and enchilada sale on Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30 at the Church, 8 a.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. on Saturday. There will be a limited number of frozen pies, and enchiladas sell for 1/2 dozen for $15.00. Come and support their well fund and take advantage of this opportunity to support the Valley Home community!

August 27, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News

Chamber Endorses Measure Y

Members of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce became involved in the upcoming local election and voted to endorse and support Measure Y – the local sales tax imitative that will continue the half-cent sales tax.

August 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Coyotes Howl Over Birthday

It was a decade ago that the Oakdale Joint Unified School District welcomed its newest campus in over 50 years. In August 2005 Sierra View Elementary School greeted its first 700-plus students.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Fatal Accident On Highway 108

Emergency personnel responded to a fatal injury accident midafternoon Tuesday, Aug. 26 along Highway 108 near Lover's Leap. Initial reports from the scene indicated at least one confirmed fatality in the crash that occurred about 2:30 p.m., with the Stanislaus County Coroner called to the scene, and two others listed as 'critical' when transported out. At least one victim was flown out via air ambulance and authorities reported victims had serious burns due to the crash and a vehicle fire, which also started an adjacent field fire.

August 27, 2014 | | Local News

The Apple’s Core - Schools Take A Bite Out Of First Phase

The 2014-15 school year marks a critical turning point for Oakdale Joint Unified School District administrators, teachers and most importantly, students. Effective this school year all school sites will be adopting a new math curriculum in keeping with the national Common Core State Standards.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Dr. David L. Bristow

Dr. David L. Bristow, D.V.M., 93, of Riverbank passed away on Thursday, Aug. 14. He was a long time resident of Riverbank.

August 27, 2014 | | Obituaries

Patrick Shawn Brennan

Patrick Shawn Brennan, 50, of Escalon passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 following a series of long-term major infections and complications due to diabetes.

August 27, 2014 | | Obituaries

Worst earthquake since Loma Prieta shakes Napa Valley

The Napa Valley area is under a state of emergency following a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck between Napa and American Canyon at 3:20 a.m. today. This was the largest earthquake in the Bay Area since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, almost 25 years ago.

August 24, 2014 | By Kristina Hacker Turlock Journal | NEWS

Chamber Endorses Measure Y

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce became involved in the upcoming local election and voted to endorse and support Measure Y – the local sales tax imitative that will continue the half-cent sales tax.

August 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Musical Entertainment Due At Sierra View Fest

A variety of artists will be hitting the stage at J-H Ranch in Oakdale for the sixth annual Sierra View Music Festival as local resident and business owner, Jim Brunk, brings big name bands and sounds to town on Saturday, Aug. 23. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the music will start at 1:30 p.m.

August 22, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local News

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

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