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Frugal Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day

A day set aside to shower a loved one with gifts and touching words of affection, Valentine's Day brightens the often gloomy month of February. Established centuries ago with origins shrouded in mystery, Valentine's Day has evolved into one of the most popular and expensive days of the year. Many couples celebrate Valentine's Day with cards, gifts and nights out on the town, and such celebrations can stretch budgets.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Valentine’s Day Flowers Can Go Beyond Roses

Valentine's Day is a great day for florists. According to the National Retail Federation, Valentine's Day is the No. 1 holiday for florists, as 40 percent of the holiday's dollar volume goes toward the purchase of fresh flowers.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Jewelry Buying Guide: Valentine’s Day Tips

You can't buy love, but on Valentine's Day those in love certainly like to treat the special people in their lives to some lavish tokens of affection. According to the National Retail Federation's Valentine's Day Consumer Spending Survey, Americans spend an estimated $19 billion on gifts, flowers, dinners, and more come Valentine's Day.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Kinsey Collection Debuts At Gallo Center

For over 35 years, Bernard Kinsey and his wife Shirley have amassed a collection of art and history that documents the African American experience from 1595 to the Civil Rights era. As part of Destination Graduation's sharing of best practices, and to celebrate African American History Month, the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and Modesto City Schools have invited Bernard Kinsey to discuss "The Kinsey Collection" at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $5 and are available at Galloarts.org or may be purchased at the ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Howard Training Center Plans Annual Crab Feed

It's almost time for the annual Howard Training Center Crab Fest, set this year for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6. All seats are reserved, doors open each day at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 .m.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


El Niño Program Scheduled Friday

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer the presentation "El Niño: Earth's Climate Heartbeat" by Noah Hughes, professor of Earth Sciences at Modesto Junior College. The free event is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sierra Hall 132 on West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Devastating State Fires See Insurance Claims Skyrocket

Two of the most destructive fires in California's history, the Valley and Butte Fires, ravaged nearly 150,000 acres in Northern California last fall and caused an estimated $1 billion in insurance losses. The Valley fire pillaged 1,958 structures in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties, resulting in approximately $700 million in insured losses and making it the third most damaging wildfire in state history based on total structures burned. In terms of structures lost, the Butte Fire is the seventh most destructive fire to hit California, damaging 818 structures in Amador and Calaveras counties and causing an estimated ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


CHP Preps For Super Bowl Traffic With New Web Site

As preparations continue for the National Football League's biggest event of the season, the Bay Area is bracing for a surge in motor vehicle, foot, and bicycle traffic that comes with it. In an effort to give the public a heads-up before they head out, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) worked with the California Department of Transportation to develop a Super Bowl 50 traffic information website: www.superbowl50traffic.com.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


New Patch, Badge Introduced For Oakdale Police Department

Even before he was appointed as police chief, Lester Jenkins thought the Oakdale Police Department needed a design change to its uniform shoulder patch.

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Country Group Parmalee To Perform At County Fair

You won't want to "Close Your Eyes" for this – as Parmalee is set to perform this summer at the Stanislaus County Fair.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


February Programs Offered At Oakdale Library

Story Time Sessions will continue throughout February at the Oakdale library, with a number of other special events also planned.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


City Settles Lawsuit

The City of Oakdale has entered into a "separation agreement" with former Public Works Supervisor Mark Ozbirn, who had a pending lawsuit with the city from 2015.

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Homecoming Fun For Mustangs

It was a busy, fun and festive week leading up to a pair of basketball games and crowning of Homecoming Royalty in Oakdale this week. The events were staged as part of a rally on Friday and the varsity girls and boys basketball teams were in action that night. That's also when the courts were presented to the crowd and the new royalty named.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


CROWNING GLORY

Smiles all around, top photo, for the new Winter Homecoming Queen TJ Verdegaal, crowned at the Friday night festivities at Oakdale High School in between the varsity girls and varsity boys basketball games. Shown is last year's queen, Emma Burke, left, presenting Verdegaal with her tiara. Oakdale's 2016 Winter Homecoming royalty included, from left: King Clayton Verdegaal, Prince Jack Verdegaal, Queen TJ Verdegaal and Princess Kennedy Brewer.

January 27, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


City Council Advised Of Citrus Pest Threat

Both the Stanislaus County Agriculture Commissioner and a member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture were on hand Tuesday night, Jan. 19 to update Oakdale City Council members on the current threat of the Asian Citrus Psyllid, ACP, a pest recently located in the city.

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Oakdale Native Kelly Fogarty Addresses AAUW

Kelly Fogarty grew up in the Cowboy Capital of the World working on her family's fifth generation beef operation. If you asked her "Where ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Holiday Fundraiser

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Families Gather For Annual Salmon Fest

This past Saturday, Nov. 11, hundreds gathered at the Stanislaus River Park in Knights Ferry for the ninth annual Salmon Festival, hosted by the U ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


TIME TO GIVE

Oakdale Police Department Lt. Joe Carrillo smiles along with Geri Hernandez of the American Red Cross as they encourage donor Alyssa Heinz of Oakdale during ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Operation Christmas Child Now Officially Underway

The River Christian Community Church, at 1351 E. G St., Oakdale is the drop off site locally for Operation Christmas Child, which is in the ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


DeBoer, Doornenbal Lead In OID Election

Unofficial results from the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters office show Brad DeBoer and Herman Doornenbal leading in their bids for a spot on the ...

November 15, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Acting Fire Chief Tapped For SCFPD

The Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District (SCFPD) Board of Directors held a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9 that ultimately saw Michael Wapnowski selected as acting ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Ceremony Recognizes Service, Sacrifices Of Local Veterans

William A. Fish was the first soldier from Oakdale to be killed in Vietnam.

November 15, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Keep Baby Safe Program Receives Additional Funding

The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (SCHSA) announced this past week that the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Keep Baby Safe Program Receives Additional Funding

The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (SCHSA) announced this past week that the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Gas Prices On The Rise

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.01/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Oakdale Police Receive Special Traffic Grant

The Oakdale Police Department has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Sacramento Facility Gets Caltrans Railcar Contract

Caltrans announced this past week that Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (Sumitomo) along with Siemens will be fulfilling a $371 million multi-state contract for new railcars ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Oakdale In TV Spotlight

The Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau hosted ABC TV to come to Oakdale on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14 to film an episode ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Christmas Spirit Flows With The Texas Tenors

BY VIRGINIA STILL

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


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