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 Modesto Rotary and the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) announced the selection of four local educators as 2009 Teachers of the Year at a Modesto Rotary luncheon on Tuesday, May 5 at the DoubleTree, where each received a $1,000 cash award.
The Oakdale High School Drama Department will present West Side Story under the direction of Bryan D. Mills on Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m. at the Oakdale High School Theater.
Sierra View and Magnolia elementary schools held their annual Ag Day Roundup events on April 22. These agriculture appreciation days are to help students understand the importance of agriculture in their everyday lives and to create more awareness, especially since Oakdale is such a large Ag area.
Those who know me, know that I am not one often at a loss for words. Opinionated, chatty, excessive talker; these are all titles I know have been attached to my name. Column writing I feel is a simple extension of this gift for gab. It is an opportunity to place unsolicited thoughts and opinions into a format read by many.
Tough economic conditions notwithstanding, Oakdale and the surrounding communities came though once again when it counted, raising $200,000 in the fight against cancer in the eighth annual Oakdale Relay for Life.
One only need look to the varying community projects supported by the Kiwanis Club of Oakdale to understand its mission. First formed locally in 1954, the Oakdale club will celebrate 55 years of serving the community later this year.
Debi Bonsack has spent most of her life viewing the world through the eyes of an artist. Surrounded by her mother and two aunts who were artists, the Oakdale native cannot remember a time in her life when she thought of anything other than being an artist when she grew up.