In the dark underground world of sex trafficking, acts of prostitution and its victims, the women forced to work in the sex trade, are often concealed in a single business: brothels posing as massage parlors.
The California State Legislature has declared the week of April 19 as "West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week." Stanislaus County health officials have announced mosquito surveillance and control activities have been initiated by Eastside Mosquito Abatement District and Turlock Mosquito Abatement District. Residents are urged to play their part by eliminating standing water on their property and informing their local mosquito abatement district if they are being bitten by mosquitoes. West Nile virus has already been detected within California this year, most notably in neighboring Alameda and Santa Clara counties, along with Los Angeles County.
Head coach Larry Loger and his varsity softball girls are reminding teams why they're the defending Sac-Joaquin Section champions. The Lady Mustangs improved to 15-7 overall and more importantly 7-1 in league play after an 8-5 road victory over Kimball and an 18-0 shellacking of winless Weston Ranch on Thursday, April 16 at home.
April 22, 2015|
|High School Sports
Homemade pie, delicious ice cream and a heartwarming silent cowboy movie will welcome everyone this Saturday, April 25th at St John's/St Luke's Church. The fun will begin at 2:00 p.m. and is an ongoing fundraiser for the "church well fund." We hope everyone will attend and enjoy this very special day! St John's/St Luke's church is located at 4606 Michigan Avenue in Valley Home. All are welcome, your presence would be very much appreciated.
Knights Ferry School went to Gratton School for a Spelling Bee. Those attending were: 2nd grade-Lily Sturtevant and Jenna O'Neil, 3rd grade-Trent Esteves, Carson Sundberg and Gracie Anderson, 4th grade-River McCarthy, Mason O'Neil and Grace Harden, 5th grade-Luke Dickens, Dakota Voortman and Hayden Cassaretto, 6th grade-Dean Dodge, Olivia Doshas and Jude Krick, 7th grade-Braden Sousa and Matthew Wolf, 8th grade-Tyden Baker, Wyatt Dickens and Dayne Sturtevant. Congratulations go out to River McCarthy on placing third!
April 22, 2015|
Mary Sue Shearer
|Knights Ferry News
A recent newsroom conversation about the passing of legendary Giants and A's broadcaster Lon Simmons earlier this month sparked a conversation about baseball on the radio and some of those memorable voices that trademark a baseball game with their ability to speak.
A girl, Paisley Bernice Perruquet, was born Jan. 1, 2015 to expectant parents Jason Perruquet and Jennifer Pritchard of Escalon. The newborn weighed seven pounds, 11½ ounces upon arrival at Doctor's Hospital in Modesto.
The mayor, public works personnel, and the senior citizen advisory commission all want to put in a reasonably priced sidewalk at the northwest corner of A Street and Yosemite Avenue. The only hold-up seems to be what is described as "bureaucratic red tape" if the city is involved.
For now, there are no new planned budget cuts for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. Following a public hearing at the June 13 regular meeting of the OJUSD Board of Trustees, the board unanimously approved the 2011-2012 proposed budget.
The Oakdale Family Church of the Nazarene will hold a fundraiser picnic and concert Sunday, June 12 to raise funds to send 12 Oakdale youths to the Nazarene Youth Conference in Louisville, Kentucky from July 5-10 for fellowship and to learn of the transformational power of God. Thousands of students from all over the United States and Canada will be attending.
The City of Oakdale announced on Monday that proposed cuts to the fire and police departments would be delayed for at least seven months keeping public safety staffing at a status quo.
The original presented budget in May proposed cutting two positions each to the fire and police departments. The police department is losing two positions to upcoming retirements and those positions will go unfilled. The two targeted fire positions received a seven-month funding that coincides with the proposed sales tax ballot measure.
Meeting late into the night on Monday, June 6, Oakdale City Council members were part of a session that included several hours of discussion, finger pointing, and pleading over the possibility of the city going forward with a special sales tax measure. In the end, whether "begrudgingly" or "cautiously," the council unanimously approved going forward with the initiative and will ask the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors to place on the November 2011 ballot a vote for a half-cent sales tax increase over a three-year period.
As Gov. Jerry Brown continues pushing his tax plan toward the end of the fiscal year, Oakdale bean counters are closely watching the status of the state's vehicle license fee extensions as they are finalizing city budgets.
The 11th annual Senior Information Day, held at the community center, Friday, June 3 drew a respectable crowd of senior citizens interested in learning about the newest services available and topics affecting their age group.
The Oakdale Irrigation District got a clean bill of health from the independent auditor Brian Nash of Richardson and Company. The OID Board of Directors heard Nash's report at its June 7 meeting and then unanimously approved the district's 2010 comprehensive annual financial report. The board also approved the 2010 annual financial report for OID improvement districts.