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Stuff N' Nonsense - My Youngest Sister’s Wedding

By the time you read this, my youngest sister, Kamrin, and her fiancé, Kyle will have tied the knot. You see, Kamrin and Kyle got married on Friday, Sept. 16 in Sanger. I'm sure the ceremony was lovely and I'm sure there were plenty of sniffles from the audience because weddings - although joyous occasions - never fail to start the waterworks no matter how jaded you are about the whole process.

September 21, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Editor’s Notebook - Inside The Story

On Sept. 8, 2009 Brent Layton of Escalon and Nikki Freitas of Riverbank got the news no military parent ever wants to hear … their son had been killed in action while serving his country.

September 21, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Dawn's Column - Those Unexpected Expenses

As I drove off after work the other day, my otherwise "healthy" car stopped running. Right there in the middle of the street.

September 14, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Marg-ins - Remembering 9/11

When we - meaning the group of reporters and I that work together each week to put stories into print - sat down for our Wednesday morning staff meeting this past week, the question was raised about how we were going to mark the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11.

September 07, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Ramblings - Education Can Be Fun?

The seasons move on. The schools are back in session. We're headed toward Friday night football, cold and rain, and Christmas. Forget shopping. Did you know Riverbank officials are already planning the Christmas parade? "But not yet, not yet," as the hero's friend in the movie Gladiator says. The summer crickets are still calling, metaphorically, and doves still cooing across town.

August 31, 2011 | John Branch | Local Columns


Stuff N' Nonsense - Back To School

With the start of the new school year, I have a senior, a junior, and a first grader. The two teens are dialed in, they know their routine and it's been an easy transition from one grade to the next. However, with my little one, it's been a different story.

August 24, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Rich In Thought - An Offer I Couldn't Refuse

My original plan for this month's column was to discuss my transition into "retired life" and the phases I went through on the path to ultimately accepting that decision. It was something parallel to the five stages of grief, starting with a denial and isolation then ending with acceptance.

August 17, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Dawn's Column - Having History

You could say I have a little history in this neck of the woods.

August 10, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Ike’s Sights - The Bottom Line

The lockout is over, but the effects of a disgusting and greedy battle between overpaid athletes and their employers has painted a grotesque image onto the canvas of professional sports.

August 03, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Columns


Marg-ins - Back To The ‘Burg'

There's nothing quite like a vacation.

August 03, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff N' Nonsense - Researching Paradise

As I write this I'm sitting in a borrowed apartment that was set up for our arrival by my friend Dulcey. I can hear bananaquits (or Sugarbirds) and frogs that sound similar to very loud crickets, a rogue rooster crowed at the break of dawn, and the ocean is a short walk away from our back door.

July 27, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Rich In Thought - Turn Around…

With all respect to my colleague, Teresa, this month's column could be easily titled "Daddy Musings."

July 20, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Dawn's Column - It’s Getting Hot In Here

As I write this, it's 100 degrees outside and the air conditioning has gone out at The Oakdale Leader office. Fortunately for me, I chose the first day of this calamity to telecommute. However, for some of my coworkers, having to be in the office all day with only ceiling fans and some box fans to circulate hot air makes the hair and the clothes tend to cling where they're not wanted.

July 13, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Marg-ins - Blasts From The Past

Ah, the wonder of the Internet and the remembrance of things past.

July 06, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Ramblings - Messing About In Boats

Rafting is all the rage at this time of year and seeing the enthusiasts buck through the white water rapids or float lazily down the calmer stretches of the Stanislaus River, I'm reminded of my personal experiences of going down a river.

June 29, 2011 | John Branch | Local Columns


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TIME OUT - A Bundle Of Joy Awaits

My wife, Lindsay and I are approaching our two year anniversary on June 29. Over the last two years we have made life plans such as travel, career aspirations, eventually purchasing a new house where we can raise a family; which leads me to my topic: starting a family.

June 17, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Columns


MARG-INS - Trial And Error

Just in case you haven't been paying attention, there have been some changes being implemented in our papers over the past month.

June 03, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT -Heck With It, We're All No. 1

Around the newsroom this week, upcoming graduations were a popular topic as some of the reporters prepared to cover the high school commencements. At our last staff meeting I was taken back when I heard of one local high school's selection of four valedictorians and two salutatorians for its graduating class.

May 27, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


End Of An Era

An adventure stretching over eight years … covering literally thousands of miles … hastily eaten hotel breakfasts (sometimes hot and sometimes not) – and memories to last a lifetime.

May 06, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


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