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Public Objections - Council Approves Long Range Plan

 

Citing that it’s better to plan for a city’s growth that would be bound to happen anyway, the Oakdale City Council approved two long-term specific projects that call for residential, commercial, and retail developments on the city’s edges.

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Updated: mar. 05, 2014 1:00 a.m.

No Felony Charge For Death Of Off-Duty Officer

No Felony Charge For Death Of Off-Duty Officer

 

After the end of a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, May 20, Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Ricardo Cordova determined there was not enough evidence for Jose Hermosillo to stand trial for a felony count of manslaughter in the November 2012 death of off-duty Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek.

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Posted: May. 22, 2014 1:06 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 22, 2014 1:02 p.m. | No Felony Charge For Death Of Off-Duty Officer Comments 0 Comments
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Oakdale To Finalize Conservation Plan

Oakdale To Finalize Conservation Plan

 

 

With California water regulators having voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, the City of Oakdale must now come up with a conservation plan for its residents and 7000 water customers.

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Senate Resolution Recognizes Service Of Auxiliaries

 

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), co-chairs of the Senate Military Family Caucus, on Thursday introduced a resolution recognizing the patriotism and contributions of veterans service organizations (VSO) known as women’s auxiliaries.

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Swift Follow-Up By Police In Weekend Crimes

Swift Follow-Up By Police In Weekend Crimes

 

 

The man wanted in connection of the rape of a teenaged girl was spotted and arrested on the grounds of Oakdale High School Tuesday night, July 15.

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Statue Capstone Unveiling Celebrates Cowboy Day

Statue Capstone Unveiling Celebrates Cowboy Day

 

The Oakdale Garden Club along with Project Coordinator Dan Holman will be hosting a champagne reception at the unveiling of the recently installed capstones surrounding Oakdale’s famous “Yesterday Is Tomorrow” cowboy statue in front of the Oakdale Cowboy Museum on Saturday, July 26 at 12:30 p.m. The unveiling and reception are open to the public.

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Business Development Center Continuing Its Success

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with the City of Oakdale and Oakdale Chamber of Commerce operates an enhanced program to assist entrepreneurs and existing businesses in the City of Oakdale by providing no-cost one-on-one professional business consulting and low-cost business training programs.

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County Fair Serves Up Family Fun

County Fair Serves Up Family Fun

The fun continues daily at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, with concerts, fun on the midway, food, displays and more.

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 4:27 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | County Fair Serves Up Family Fun Comments 0 Comments
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Blue Star Mothers Group Forms Locally

When Emmy McDaniel’s son Clayton joined the Navy after graduating from Oakdale High School in 2013, she became one of many parents who are part of a special group, facing uncertainty as she waits to find out where his career takes him.

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 4:30 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Blue Star Mothers Group Forms Locally Comments 0 Comments
Domestic Dispute Turns Into Barricaded Subject

Domestic Dispute Turns Into Barricaded Subject

 

Oakdale Police responded to a reported domestic disturbance on Old Bluff Court Thursday night, July 10 at 5 pm that resulted in the eventual arrest of one of the involved residents for kidnapping and false imprisonment.

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Landscape, Lighting - Questions Prompt Assessment Delay

Landscape, Lighting - Questions Prompt Assessment Delay

 

 

A series of questions presented by residents regarding Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District (LLMD) assessments for Burchell Hill, Bridle Ridge, and The Vineyards developments resulted in over an hour of dialogue at Monday night’s Oakdale City Council meeting. The final result was a 4-1 vote to delay the agenda item until those questions could be answered.

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Posted: Jul. 08, 2014 3:08 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 09, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Landscape, Lighting - Questions Prompt Assessment Delay Comments 0 Comments
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Record Crop Predicted For Almond Growers

 

 

The Almond Board of California reported on Tuesday, July 1 that the state should expect a record harvest for this fall’s crop. Based on 860,000 bearing acres – nearly 900 orchards – in the state, the California Almond objective forecast for the 2014-2015 crop is 2.10 billion meat pounds, an all-time high.

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Musical Variety On Tap At County Fair

Musical Variety On Tap At County Fair

Entertainment at this year’s Stanislaus County Fair has all genres of music to entertain the masses including country artist Rodney Atkins and R&B band Kool and the Gang.

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Posted: Jul. 08, 2014 3:20 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 09, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Musical Variety On Tap At County Fair Comments 0 Comments
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Food Network To Film At Stanislaus County Fair

 

The Stanislaus County Fair has been chosen to be featured on the Food Network’s new show “Carnival Eats.”

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Controller Candidate Requests Multi-County Recount

 

Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters, Lee Lundrigan, has been advised by the Office of the California Secretary of State that State Controller third place candidate John Perez has requested a partial recount in the primary race election for California State Controller. The November General Gubernatorial Election ballot will list only the top two primary race candidates receiving the most votes in the June 3 Primary Election. The State Controller race has a clear first place candidate for the November ballot, yet the third place candidate is separated from the second place by only 481 votes.

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Red Cross Issues Holiday Swim Safety Tips

 

The long Fourth of July weekend is here and many people are planning to spend part of their holiday at a backyard or community pool. The American Red Cross is issuing ten steps people should take to be safe while poolside.

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Posted: Jul. 03, 2014 1:40 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 04, 2014 2:00 p.m. | Red Cross Issues Holiday Swim Safety Tips Comments 0 Comments

Free Fishing Day Is Saturday, July 5

 

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites all Californians to celebrate summer by fishing this Saturday. July 5 is the first of two Free Fishing Days in 2014, when people can try their hand at fishing without having to buy a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days are also a great opportunity for licensed anglers to introduce non-angling friends and children to fishing and the outdoors.

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Measure Y Kicks Off Campaign Strategy

 

Oakdale’s Measure Y committee commenced its campaign with a meeting to discuss the approach for promoting the Nov. 4 ballot measure to continue the half-cent sales tax for the city’s general fund.

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Posted: Jun. 27, 2014 1:43 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 02, 2014 1:43 p.m. | Measure Y Kicks Off Campaign Strategy Comments 0 Comments
Be Safe, Sane For July 4 Holiday

Be Safe, Sane For July 4 Holiday

It’s a shortened work week for many Americans, as Friday is the Fourth of July federal holiday, the observance of our nation’s birthday.

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Crews Converge In Encampment Clean Up

Crews Converge In Encampment Clean Up

It is no secret that the river that runs by Oakdale Shopping Center off Highway 120 is the home to many of Oakdale’s homeless. Several complaints recently came into the Oakdale Police department about issues in that area, including a broken lock by the river gate, so access could be gained into a restricted area.

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Court Tosses Out Lawsuit Against Cops And City

Court Tosses Out Lawsuit Against Cops And City

 

 

A Federal lawsuit filed last December by local insurance agent Dirk Vermeulen against the Oakdale Police Department and the City of Oakdale was dismissed by the United States District Court’s Eastern District of California on June 26.

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Two Confirmed Human WNV Cases

West Nile Virus – in the form of human cases – has arrived in Stanislaus County.

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Measure Y Kicks Off

Measure Y Kicks Off

Oakdale’s Measure Y committee commenced its campaign with a meeting to discuss the approach for promoting the Nov. 4 ballot measure to continue the half-cent sales tax for the city’s general fund.

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Olsen Tapped For Assembly Leadership Role

 

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) was unanimously elected on Tuesday by the Assembly Republican Caucus to be the next Assembly Republican Leader, and will now serve as Leader-Elect during a transition period.

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Florida Artist Wins 2014 California Duck Stamp Contest

 

A painting by John Nelson Harris of Groveland, Florida, was chosen as the winner of the 2014 California Duck Stamp Contest. The painting, which depicts a lesser scaup, now becomes the official design for the 2014-2015 stamp.

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Precautions Against Home Fires

 

As continued drought and the threat of wildfires remain in the spotlight, the American Red Cross Capital Region reminds communities to also remain vigilant in their efforts to prevent home fires.

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Care Closet: Donations Needed For Students

School supplies are being collected now, as Oakdale Joint Unified School District officials look toward the fast approaching start of the new school year.

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 4:30 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Care Closet: Donations Needed For Students Comments 0 Comments

Summer Sessions Focus On Homeschooling Options

Homeschooling is a rewarding educational alternative. It is especially valuable for those families wanting to pass on their religious heritage, family values or personal beliefs to their children. Special needs or high achieving children who do not fit into a typical campus classroom benefit greatly from the one on one work at an individual pace.

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FFA Officers Attend Leadership Camp

FFA Officers Attend Leadership Camp

Oakdale FFA members recently attended a three-day sectional leadership conference in Pinecrest over a weekend, at Camp Sylvester. During this time FFA chapters from the Stanislaus-Tuolumne section and the Tri-Rivers section went along with two delegates selected by their chapters. These delegates were to vote for the new sectional officers that would represent each section at regional meetings and events and also help run the section.

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Horse Around With Pre-County Fair Horse, Livestock Events

Horse Around With Pre-County Fair Horse, Livestock Events

Trot on down to the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds for horse show and livestock events before the fair opens.

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Posted: Jun. 17, 2014 5:28 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 18, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Horse Around With Pre-County Fair Horse, Livestock Events Comments 0 Comments
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Knights Ferry Graduates Group

Knights Ferry Graduates Group

Knights Ferry School held its commencement ceremony on June 3, graduating 13 eighth graders. Each of the graduates had speaking parts in the ceremony.

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Posted: Jun. 10, 2014 3:39 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 11, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry Graduates Group Comments 0 Comments
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School Board Passes 2014-2015 Budget

The 2014-2015 school budget was approved by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the June 9 regular meeting.

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Posted: Jun. 10, 2014 3:42 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 11, 2014 1:00 a.m. | School Board Passes 2014-2015 Budget Comments 0 Comments
Super Summer Camp On Now

Super Summer Camp On Now

Summer Camp is open. Oakdale’s Super Summer Camp started on June 2 and is an eight-week summer program for children in kindergarten through sixth grades to keep them engaged in fun activities, field trips, and learning opportunities five days a week.

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Posted: Jun. 03, 2014 4:36 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 04, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Super Summer Camp On Now Comments 0 Comments
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Valley Home Graduates Eight

Valley Home Joint School District held its eighth grade commencement ceremony on May 21 at the school gymnasium, with eight students graduating.

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Graduation Celebration - Class Of 2014

Graduation Celebration - Class Of 2014

Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” was a familiar tune recently as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District graduations took place Wednesday, May 21 through Friday May 23 with a total of 748 high school and junior high graduates who crossed the stage to receive their diplomas and advance to the next chapter of their lives. Each graduating class was presented to the OJUSD Superintendent Marc Malone by their respective school principal. School board members then presented diplomas to the graduates as their names were read.

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Top In Their Class

Top In Their Class

Prioritization and self-discipline have been among the keys to academic success for graduating Oakdale High School seniors Austin Clayton and Dylan Hawksworth-Lutzow. Austin is the valedictorian and Dylan is the salutatorian for the Class of 2014.

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Posted: May. 20, 2014 4:41 p.m. | Updated: May. 21, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Top In Their Class Comments 0 Comments
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Caps, Gowns Ready For OHS Seniors

Caps, Gowns Ready For OHS Seniors

Veronica’s Care Closet at Oakdale High School, which serves underprivileged OHS students, was recently infused with a number of graduation caps and gowns from the community after an article in The Leader asking for cap and gown donations.

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Posted: May. 13, 2014 4:09 p.m. | Updated: May. 14, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Caps, Gowns Ready For OHS Seniors Comments 0 Comments
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Jones Honored With Civility Award

Jones Honored With Civility Award

The Modesto Rotary Club and the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) announced the selection of four local educators as 2014 Stanislaus County Teachers of the Year at a Rotary luncheon on May 6. Additionally, the Jane Johnston Civility Award was presented to one of the 12 finalists for exemplifying the principles of civility. The winner of this award was Michelle Jones from Magnolia Elementary School in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. As the winner of the award, she received $1,000.

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Volunteers Needed -  OHS Sober Grad Slated

Volunteers Needed - OHS Sober Grad Slated

Oakdale High School seniors are nearing graduation and to keep them safe on a night of celebration, the 2014 Oakdale Sober Grad Night (SGN) committee has been busy at work for many months preparing to make the giant, all-night party fun.

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Posted: May. 06, 2014 4:10 p.m. | Updated: May. 07, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Volunteers Needed -  OHS Sober Grad Slated Comments 0 Comments
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OHS Sober Grad Night Tickets On Sale

 

Oakdale High School graduating seniors are invited to attend the 2014 Oakdale Sober Grad Night celebration to stay safe and have fun on the special night.

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Morgan Named 2014 Volz Scholarship Recipient

Morgan Named 2014 Volz Scholarship Recipient

Oakdale High School senior Tanner Morgan had been to the Principal’s office before. He usually talked to Principal Mike Moore about leadership events, since Morgan is the Student Body President for the second year in a row.

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Posted: Apr. 29, 2014 4:46 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 30, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Morgan Named 2014 Volz Scholarship Recipient Comments 0 Comments
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High School Car Show Revs Up Crowd

High School Car Show Revs Up Crowd

The parking lot in front of the gymnasium at Oakdale High School was abuzz with revving engines, creative parking, and throngs of students on Thursday, April 17.

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Columbia College Scholarship, Awards Celebration Planned

 

The Columbia College Foundation will host the annual Columbia College Scholarship and Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 24, beginning at 4:30p.m. to recognize scholarship recipients and donors. The public is invited to attend the event, which will be held in the Dogwood Forum at Columbia College.

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Staff Recognized For Saving Teacher’s Life

A group of Oakdale Junior High School staff members were recognized for saving the life of seventh grade science teacher Fred Yerzy in early March during the public comments portion of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting on April 14.

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Students Recite At Poetry Café

Students Recite At Poetry Café

Cloverland Elementary School third grade teacher Cindy Bellinger and her students held a Poetry Café night at school on April 4.

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Talk Slated About Art Inspired By Science, Math

 

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer a presentation entitled “Art Inspired by Science and Mathematics” by Carlo H. Séquin, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkeley on Friday, April 11, at 7:30p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on the Modesto Junior College West Campus.

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Scholarship Lunch Sows Seeds For Future Ag Grads

Scholarship Lunch Sows Seeds For Future Ag Grads

With the emcee and both guest speakers alumnus of Oakdale High School, Mustang Pride was prevalent in the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce’s 41st Annual Oakdale Ag Scholarship Luncheon held at the Bianchi Community Center on Thursday, March 20.

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Open Enrollment For California Connections Academy

 

California Connections Academy @ Ripon, an online public school serving students in grades K-12, is accepting new students for the 2014-2015 school year during the current open enrollment period. Now in its second year of instruction, California Connections Academy provides high-quality, personalized online education to more than 500 students in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. The school is now hosting free family information sessions—both online and in-person—with Connections Academy educators and staff to fulfill the growing number of requests for information.

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Island Theme Fundraiser For Music Programs

Prepare to be “shipwrecked” and party, island style.

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Learning In Arts Reception Slated

 

As part of Youth Arts Month the Stanislaus County Office of Education, in partnership with the Stanislaus County Alliance for Arts Education, is hosting a Region 6 Student Art Show, which includes Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne Counties. Students, parents, teachers and the Region 6 arts community are invited to attend an evening reception to celebrate Learning in the Arts on Tuesday, March 18 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. The reception will include a tour of the art exhibit along with music performances from local students and a presentation of teacher awards.

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Board Approves Spending Of Common Core $$

To implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees approved the expenditure plan for it at the March 10 regular meeting. The district receives funds in a one-time allotment of a little over $1.05 million from the state and they may be spent in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. The CCSS are required to be in place for the 2014-2015 year and the funds must be spent by July 1, 2015. As a condition of receiving the funds for implementation, the district is required to develop and adopt a plan explaining how the ...

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Domestic Dispute Turns Into Barricaded Subject

Domestic Dispute Turns Into Barricaded Subject

 

Oakdale Police responded to a reported domestic disturbance where the wanted suspect from earlier in the day returned to Old Bluff Court on Thursday night, July 10 at 5 p.m. The incident resulted in the eventual arrest of one of the suspects for kidnapping and false imprisonment in addition to the previous domestic violence charges.

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City Sees High Crime Weekend

City Sees High Crime Weekend

A depleted Oakdale Police Force was busy over the weekend in gang related incidents that started with Friday afternoon gunshots and then greater problems of a stabbing outside the Battered Beaver Bar in the early morning hours on Saturday, a person shot outside 7-11 on West F Street at midnight Saturday night, and a forcible assault reported early Sunday morning.

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 4:22 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | City Sees High Crime Weekend Comments 0 Comments
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Holiday Hopping For Police, Fire

Holiday Hopping For Police, Fire

 

Oakdale Police reported that units were kept busy responding to numerous call-to-call complaints about fireworks during the long Independence Day Holiday weekend, Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6. Police also were tied up providing traffic control assistance for a brush fire near the Oakdale Airport.

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Reward Offered In Barry Case

The family and friends of Blake Barry, the victim of a hit and run fatal accident on Dec. 29, 2013 in Waterford, is offering a reward starting at $10,000 in the case. The reward will grow as donations are received, and is designed to reward persons for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the hit and run death of Barry. The incident occurred in the 12500 block of Dorsey Street in Waterford.

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Police Sweep Nets Guns, Drugs

Police Sweep Nets Guns, Drugs

 

Oakdale Police in coordination with members of the Stanislaus Sheriff’s Department and Stanislaus Probation Department conducted a gang suppression operation and arrested three Oakdale residents during a probation search of a residence in the 1100 block of West G Street. Police recovered an illegal shotgun and narcotic offenses also resulted from the action.

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Man Gets 16-Month Sentence In Stalking Of Oakdale Cop

Man Gets 16-Month Sentence In Stalking Of Oakdale Cop

An Oakdale man’s fixation on Oakdale Police Lieutenant Keri Redd, a 23-year veteran of the department, has landed him with a felony conviction and a 16-month prison sentence. The Stanislaus District Attorney’s Office released the information about the case this week.

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Oakdale Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Molest

Oakdale Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Molest

On June 3, Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager announced that Daniel John Ruiz, 26, of Oakdale, pleaded no contest to two counts of felony child molest on May 21. Deputy District Attorney Merrill Hoult prosecuted the case for the People.

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Posted: Jun. 10, 2014 3:50 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 11, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Oakdale Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Molest Comments 0 Comments
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No Felony Charge In Death Of Off-Duty Officer

After the end of a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, May 20, Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Ricardo Cordova determined there was not enough evidence for Jose Hermosillo to stand trial for a felony count of manslaughter in the November 2012 death of off-duty Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek.

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Man Wanted For Assault On Car Dealership Owner

Man Wanted For Assault On Car Dealership Owner

An early morning alarm activation turned out to be quite a scare for the owner of Steves Chevrolet on East F Street on Monday, May 19.

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Posted: May. 20, 2014 9:08 p.m. | Updated: May. 21, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Man Wanted For Assault On Car Dealership Owner Comments 0 Comments
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Oakdale Man Stabbed In Family Fight

Police responded to a family disturbance in the 600 block of South Sierra Avenue on Thursday night, May 8 and found a man had been stabbed in the abdominal area. A 16-year-old juvenile was subsequently arrested for the stabbing.

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Oakdale Man Arrested For Meth Trafficking

 

 

Carlin, Nevada Police officials reported a pound of methamphetamine was recovered from a California couple travelling through that city, near Elko, on Interstate 80 on Saturday night, April 26.

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Fighting Crime: One Bite At A Time

Fighting Crime: One Bite At A Time

After years without any canines on the department, the Oakdale Police Department is preparing to add another four-legged crime fighter to its ranks.

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Police Investigate Shopping Center Stabbing Incident

Police units spent a portion of Monday night, April 21, investigating a night time stabbing that occurred in the Oakdale Plaza Shopping Center.

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Racist Message Eggs Alarm Residents

Racist Message Eggs Alarm Residents

 

Two Oakdale neighborhoods discovered Easter eggs dispersed into front yards that weren’t filled with sweets, but instead contained messages of hate.

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Agencies Cooperate In Probation Sweep

Agencies Cooperate In Probation Sweep

Oakdale Police in conjunction with the Stanislaus County Probation Department conducted a probation search on Friday, April 4. A total of six persons were arrested by police for offenses including possession of narcotics, paraphernalia, along with other probation violations.

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Posted: Apr. 08, 2014 4:52 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 09, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Agencies Cooperate In Probation Sweep Comments 0 Comments
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Federal Child Porn Charges For Youth Pastor

Federal Child Porn Charges For Youth Pastor

 

 

The Oakdale Bethel Assembly of God youth pastor arrested for possession of child pornography last month was taken into custody by federal authorities on suspicion of receiving or distributing images of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct after a Stanislaus Superior Court hearing on Wednesday, March 19.

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Posted: Mar. 21, 2014 10:51 a.m. | Updated: Mar. 26, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Federal Child Porn Charges For Youth Pastor Comments 0 Comments
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Drunk Driving Arrest In Crash

An early Saturday morning accident left an Oakdale man facing felony driving under the influence and hit and run counts, after police found his vehicle a short distance from the incident.

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Gunshot Victim Identified

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department reported on Monday, Feb. 24 that a body was found at the Horseshoe Recreation area, located on Orange Blossom Road just east of Oakdale.

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Youth Minister Arrested In Child Porn Investigation

Youth Minister Arrested In Child Porn Investigation

An Oakdale youth minister was arrested by the Ceres Police Department in Oakdale on Monday, Feb 17 after a tip that the 27-year-old was in possession of child pornography.

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Oakdale Youth Minister Arrested For Child Porn

Oakdale Youth Minister Arrested For Child Porn

An Oakdale youth minister was arrested by the Ceres Police Department in Oakdale on Monday, Feb 17 after a tip that the 27-year-old was in possession of child pornography.

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Suspected Car Thief Picks Wrong House

Suspected Car Thief Picks Wrong House

A Modesto man, out on bail for drug charges, who police say led them on a high speed chase in a stolen car, was shot by a local homeowner in the early morning hours of Nov. 13 after attempting to break in to the residence despite being warned to halt.

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Few Leads Surface In Walnut Heist

Few Leads Surface In Walnut Heist

Three sets of gondola-type dual trailers filled with 140,000 pounds of dried and hulled walnuts were surreptitiously taken from GoldRiver Orchards off Enterprise Road and Highway 120 in Escalon. Authorities believe the theft of the nuts, valued at $400,000, occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and 7 a.m. Thursday. Oct. 31.

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Shooting Suspect Now In Custody

Shooting Suspect Now In Custody

Oakdale Police announced on Tuesday, Nov. 5 that the adult suspect wanted in connection with the Oct. 17 shooting at Oakdale Market was taken into custody during a vehicle stop at J Street and South First Avenue.

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Gun, Drugs, Stolen ATV – Search Warrant Leads To Arrest

Oakdale Police, with assistance from the Ceres Police Department SWAT team, served a search warrant in the 300 block of South Third Avenue on Monday morning, Nov. 4, leading to the discovery of heroin, a stolen ATV, and a loaded handgun.

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Oakdale Man Arrested For Child Molestation

After a month long investigation, a former Boy Scout troop leader and Oakdale business owner was arrested by Stanislaus County Sheriff’s detectives on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 5 for engaging in sexual acts with a minor and showing the minor pornography.

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Knights Ferry News Week of July 16, 2014

The streets of Knights Ferry look good after the slurry seal. As of Saturday the lines had not yet been repainted.

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Knights Ferry News Week of July 9, 2014

Kaeli Sweet flew to Virginia Beach, Virginia, to visit her Uncle Adam and Aunt Tiffany. Hurricane Arthur, the first named storm of the season, went up the Atlantic seaboard also. We have to wait until Kaeli is home to find out how that experience was.

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Knights Ferry News July 2, 2014

Stanislaus of Public Works has CHANGED THE DATES of the slurry seal on the town’s streets. New dates are July 7-8-9. The streets are to be sealed in the order as before, Monday-Dent past Vantine and Vantine and Main Street. Tuesday-Lynde, Shurl, Dean and the rest of Dent, Wednesday-Ellen and by the Plaza to Cemetery road. No cars or pedestrians are to be on the sealing job for two hours afterwards. Plan your day accordingly.

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Knights Ferry News June 25, 2014

At the MAC meeting to be held Thursday, June 26th, the slurry seal of all the streets in the Ferry will be discussed. The meeting is at 7:00 p.m. at the clubhouse. The sealing of the streets will be July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. There will be no cars or pedestrians allowed on the seal for two hours. The first streets to be done are Dent past Vantine and Vantine and Main Street on the 1st. The next day will be Lynde, Shurl, Dean and the rest of Dent. Day three will be Ellen Street and in front ...

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Knights Ferry News Week of June 18, 2014

Birthday greetings for the month of June go out to: Bob Brunker, Eric Sinkevich, Greg Borba, Johnathan Borba, Jeff Donnelly, Audrey Mack, Landon Burns, Katelyn Hunter, Carl Schafer, Ava Schulz, Rawlin Hixon, Preston Page, Madison Dickens, Pete Studer, Aleesha Harden, Mikayla Largent, Leah Armario, Oskar Nilsson, Karyn Miller, Patti Mack, Loretta Raphael, Kaeli Sturtevant, and Jazzlynn Velasquez.

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Knights Ferry News June 11, 2014

Knights Ferry School held its Graduation on June 3rd on the front of the school overlooking the river valley and town. Charlee Birdsong rang the bell to start the program. The eighth Graders processed in and then Kaeli Sweet led the Flag salute and Alyssa Sisco led the “Star Spangled Banner”. Speaker for the evening was Natalie Brockman, Paraprofessional and Band/ Music instructor. Graduates were Mario Aries, Jose Garcia, Sergio Garcia, Aleesha harden, Clay Heffington, Lindsey Largent, Alondra Machado, Julia Nilsson, Ray Patton, Jordan Proch, Kylee Sisco, Julian Velasquez and Megan Willis.

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Knights Ferry News June 4, 2014

Don’t forget Thursday, June 5th is the Community Club dinner meeting at 6:30 at the clubhouse.

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Knights Ferry News Week of May28, 2014

Congratulations to graduates of Oakdale’s high schools that had at one time gone to Knights Ferry School: Rylie Pena, Zane Gookin, Haleigh Ballesteros Bailey, Alyssa Perigen, Zeke Tanner, Alissa Baize, Jessie Freitas, Taylor Kelley, Hanna Martinelli Holland, Oskar Nilsson, Kaitlin Van Ryn, Charles Wong, Rachael Munoz, Leah Armario and Zeke Spani. Good luck in all you do!

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Knights Ferry News Week of May 21, 2014

Congratulations former Knights Ferry School students Daniel Gazdik and Audrey Mack on their graduation from Columbia College!

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Posted: May. 20, 2014 9:29 p.m. | Updated: May. 21, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry News Week of May 21, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Knights Ferry News Week of May 14, 2014

Welcome to the world Waylon Alexander Mederos, born the 24th of April to Alec and Ashley. Proud Knights Ferry grandparents are Sherry and Mark Schlegel.

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Posted: May. 13, 2014 4:41 p.m. | Updated: May. 14, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry News Week of May 14, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Knights Ferry News Week of May 7, 2014

Correction from last week’s column - Michel Griesner caught a 12 pound 2 ounce stripper, not inches. Typing late at night causes errors!

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Knights Ferry News Week of April 16, 2014

Peddler’s Faire people were sweating the weather after the downpour but the day was lovely. Just some fluffy clouds and a breeze, mostly sun, greeted the many Faire goers Sunday. There were all kinds of items for sale, something for everyone!

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Knights Ferry News Week of April 16, 2014

The sun rose through the pink tinted wispy clouds Easter Sunday to shine on the faithful assembled on Frymire Hill. Pastor Tanis, with his daughter and grandson, told of the appearance of his angel wife Sara Jean (mom, grandmother). She appeared to the grandson and daughter after the grandson was having trouble sleeping after Sara Jean’s death and the angel appeared and told him it was time for him to sleep in his own bed and led him there. They said it looked and talked like Sara Jean with a white robe and wings down to the ground. Makes ...

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Knights Ferry News April 16, 2014

At Public School’s Night, the Masons announced the winners of the essay contest. The students wrote on why the Masons were involved in Public Schools. First Place winners received a check for $50.00. They were 6th grade- Braden Sousa, 7th grade- Alyssa Sisco and 8th grade- Julia Nilsson. Second Place winners received a check for $25.00. They were 6th Grade-Mikali Willis, 7th Grade- Kaeli Sweet and 8th Grade- Clay Heffington. Third Place winners received a check for $25.00. They were 6th Grade- Ivan Garcia, 7th Grade- Austin Santillo and 8th Grade- Aleesha Harden. Congratulations to you!

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Posted: Apr. 15, 2014 5:38 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry News April 16, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Knights Ferry News Week of April 9, 2014

Tonight, Thursday, April 9th is Public School Night celebration at KFS beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the classrooms open. At 6:00 p.m. the program will begin in the multi-purpose room with the essay contest winners announced by the sponsoring Masonic Lodge Oak Summit #112, Free and Accepted Masons, Knights Ferry. Classrooms will be opened again at 6:30.

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Knights Ferry News April 2, 2014

 

Don and Gayle Diltz have returned from a trip to Dana Point where they went whale watching. There were Grey Whales and lots of dolphins. Then they went to Capistrano and got in on a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. They spent 4 days in that area and then went to Palm Springs where they enjoyed the 82-degree weather. In Indio Don and Gayle went to a date farm where they learned all about how they pollinate each tree by hand and then they got to taste a variety of dates.

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Knights Ferry News Week of March 26, 2014

Birthday greetings for the month of March go out to: Bill Frias, Tom Wright, Rick Maisel, Shavon Haskell, Rocky Goehring, Pat Johnson, Aaron Hodge, Brendt Ohe, Aislinn Finn, Richard Bell, Kara Lopez, Amber Coston, Bill Martinelli, Gayle Higgins, Danna Morgan, Mark Schlegel, Kim McCarthy, Wendy Burns, Grant Page, Luke Dickens, Levi Dickens, Taylor Kelley, Gracie Anderson, Bryce Anderson, Anthony Neely, Carter Sturtevant, Sergio Garcia, and Ken Morris.

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Posted: Mar. 25, 2014 4:57 p.m. | Updated: Mar. 26, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry News Week of March 26, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Knights Ferry News Week of March 19, 2014

Spring is in the air-literally! The sandhill cranes have been going over in big waves on their way north.

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Knights Ferry News Week of March 12, 2014

Congratulations go out to the Knights Ferry School Student of the Month: Kindergarten- Joshua Maceira, 1st and 2nd grades- Jenna O’Neil and Levi Dickens, 3rd and 4th grades- Ben Cassinetto and Dylan Anderson, 5th and 6th grades- Marcada Baker and Braden Sousa, 7th and 8th grades- Alyssa Sisco and Aleesha Harden. They were honored at an assembly. A new award at KFS is for NED-Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best. Those honored were Johnny Wheat, Troy Peterson, Dylan Anderson, Destiny Machado, and Katherine Ramirez. Way to go students!

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Knights Ferry News Week of March 5, 2014

Former Knights Ferry residents Joe and Jeanette Evans are first time grandparents! On December 31st little Felix Lee Evans was born to Joe and Sue in Sacramento. Welcome to the world Felix!

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Knights Ferry News Week of February 26, 2014

 

There have been sightings of a Golden Eagle in the Horseshoe/Orange Blossom road area. The Golden Eagle has a wingspan of 7 feet. It eats rabbits and rodents where the Bald Eagle eats fish. If you can get a close look at the Golden Eagle it has feathers down to its toes and the Bald Eagle’s legs are bare. There are more sightings of the Bald Eagle in this area as it eats fish.

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Posted: Feb. 25, 2014 4:23 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 26, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry News Week of February 26, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Knights Ferry News Week of February 19, 2014

Birthday greetings for the month of February go out to: Melissa Holcomb, Bob Muller, Steve Feichter, Makena Mendonca, River McCarthy, Jaycee Harden, John Pfefferle, Shaela Borba, Brendan Finn, Ed Cassinetto, Bill Telfair, Bernie Foster, Tim Hudelson, Ed Viohl, Holly Hixon, Matthew Wolf, Lily Sturtevant, Olivia Doshas, Dylan Anderson, Heaven Tucker, Austin Sherley, Mikali Willis, Johna Harris and Arijaan Bulk.

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Knights Ferry News Week of February 12, 2014

 

Congratulations go out to the following Students of the Month for January at Knights Ferry School: K- Charlee Birdsong, 1-2- Layla Dennis and Ange-David Kouvassi, 3-4- Carter Sturtevant and Maribel Limon, 5-6- Jazzlynn Velasquez and Dean Dodge, 7-8- Kylee Sisco and Angel Limon. Superstars were Tristan McCarthy and Dane Sturtevant.

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Posted: Feb. 11, 2014 4:08 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry News Week of February 12, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Knights Ferry News Week of February 05, 2014

Don’t forget tomorrow, Feb. 6 is the Community Club dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the clubhouse. The upcoming Spaghetti Dinner will be discussed along with the April car show. Bring a dish to share and help the club in their functions.

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Knights Ferry News Week of January 29, 2014

 

At the MAC meeting last Thursday, Ric Feichter was chosen President and Dolly Haskell is Secretary. During Citizen Forum, the Oakdale Rural Fire Department and Rick from Stanislaus Consolidated talked on the possible merger of the two districts. Oakdale City Fire does not want to merge but will contract for services. If they merge it should have more resources available. Consolidated would own all and that raised a question of our local fire station since the town built it and sold it to Oakdale Rural for $1.00. If anything happened the station was to revert back to the town ...

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Valley Home News Week of July 16, 2014

It’s fair time again! Many of us have special memories of attending the county fair in our youth. What great times were had at the fair! The brightly colored Ferris wheel was always my favorite as I was never brave enough for the faster rides. For others it was the tilt-a-whirl...spinning faster and faster until before you knew it, it was spinning you rather than you spinning it. It is wildly fun and for some they can’t get enough of it. Whatever your ride of choice the county fair is always a fun time for all! Remember ...

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Valley Home News Week of July 9, 2014

This week we highlight a very important person who is active in both Valley Home and Escalon. This young man is Bryce McKenzie! Bryce attends Valley Home School and is a very busy guy. He carries a high grade point average and attends school basketball and football games as the Hawk. The Hawk is the school mascot and Bryce loves to create school spirit. His school pride is contagious and the crowd is always delighted to see Bryce show up as the Hawk. Way to go Bryce! This summer Bryce will be attending the Stanislaus County Fair and will be ...

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Valley Home News Week of July 2, 2014

Fourth of July ... Sparklers, firecrackers, homemade ice cream, hot dogs and tall cold glasses of frosty lemonade! This special holiday is a reason to celebrate! We celebrate this great country, with the silvery outline of Lady Liberty etched in our minds, we gather to watch the dazzling explosions of color high in the evening sky. Whether your family celebrates big or celebrates small this special holiday always does your heart good! Old Glory with all her beauty waves proudly in the summer time breeze, children run and play on fresh mowed lawns, old folks sit and rock gently on front ...

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Valley Home News Week of June 25, 2014

Here in Valley Home we love to celebrate the good in life! Recently one of our favorite Valley Home families reached a big milestone. Jeff and Sally Chrisman celebrated 23 years of marriage on June 15th, which was also Father’s Day this year. The Chrisman family spent a wonderful four days with their children at the Long Barn Lodge and on Lake Beardsley kayaking and fishing. The couple’s youngest daughter Callie Ann Chrisman even caught two large Rainbow Trout. Way to go Callie Ann! Jeff and Sally are truly unique and caring people, so full of love that ...

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Valley Home News Week of June 18, 2014

The joy of summertime memories...it was another special June visit for lifelong friends Taylor Denman and Jenna Heaton! It always amazes me, the bond these two friends share. Becoming best friends in kindergarten at Valley Home School, the friendship survived long distance when the Denman family moved to Texas when the girls were about twelve years old. The families stayed close with automobile trips back and forth every summer. As the girls became older- high school aged- the trips became airline flights to and from Valley Home and Texas. Now with the girls attending college, one in California and ...

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Valley Home News Week of June 11, 2014

Every community needs caring young people...Valley Home has many! One of which is recent Oakdale High graduate Melissa Koppinger! Melissa who is talented in many areas has chosen to follow a career path in the medical field. Melissa enrolled in ROP during high school, which consisted of many ride-alongs with EMTs and paramedics. It was during this time she realized she was definitely where she wanted to be. Her strength and her skills for helping others have made her a natural for this demanding career. Melissa is the daughter of Debra and Jay Koppinger of Valley Home. This fall ...

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Posted: Jun. 10, 2014 3:54 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 11, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Valley Home News Week of June 11, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Valley Home News Week of June 4, 2014

As a child growing up in Valley Home, those around Melinda Koppinger knew that she was a talented athlete! Over the years Melinda has sharpened her skills and has become one of the area’s best softball players. Parents Debra and Jay Koppinger are their daughter’s biggest supporters and together they have raised five of the most talented and unique children parents could ask for. Melinda, who before graduation had several scholarship offers from various colleges decided on Ohio Valley University. Melinda will major in education and looks forward to becoming a school teacher one day. As her high ...

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Valley Home News Week of May 28, 2014

So much excitement in the air with all of the recent graduation activities. Oakdale High School Class of 2014 graduation ceremonies commenced on Friday evening with several graduates being from right here in Valley Home. This event is always bittersweet as it is the beginning of a new chapter yet also the closure of another. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing a bit about the recently graduated Valley Home young people.

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Posted: May. 27, 2014 5:13 p.m. | Updated: May. 28, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Valley Home News Week of May 28, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Valley Home News Week of May 21, 2014

Lifetime friends are made at Valley Home School...For our eighth grade students tonight’s graduation ceremony will bring to a close life as a student at this over 100-year-old school. For our graduates this will be a turning point in their young lives. At Valley Home School teacher and staff alike wrapped their arms around each and every student. Individual needs, the best education possible, and motivating students to be the very best they could be has been the priority of each teacher and staff member at Valley Home. Tonight when the music begins the graduates will file in ...

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Posted: May. 20, 2014 9:30 p.m. | Updated: May. 21, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Valley Home News Week of May 21, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Valley Home News Week of May 14, 2014

The most beautiful sound throughout Valley Home...the ringing of the church bells on Sunday morning at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

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Valley Home News Week of May 7, 2014

We were thrilled this week to receive a surprise visit from our Knights Ferry friend Maizie Brown. Years ago, along with many other dedicated folks, Maizie worked tirelessly to help get the measure passed that would provide Rural Fire with much needed funds. We were so happy to have her visit us here in Valley Home. Maizie is a special and much respected friend within both the Valley Home and Knights Ferry communities. Our gratitude to you Maizie and to all of those who years ago served on the Oakdale Fire Committee, walked areas, knocked on doors and made tons ...

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Valley Home News Week of April 16, 2014

We begin this week’s column with a special Happy Birthday to a gentleman who has worked tirelessly for our Valley Home community. Mr. Glenn Burghardt celebrates his big day during the month of May! Glenn and his lovely wife Laura have volunteered countless hours, and have been involved in most of the committees, events, work days, etc. that help make Valley Home such a special place to live. Glenn, we appreciate everything you do. Happy Birthday to our good friend ... Go Navy!

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Valley Home News Week of April 16, 2014

Looking across the freshly mowed grass of Valley Home school one could easily feel the pride the 100-plus year old institution instills within our community. The sky was a beautiful blue and filled with wispy white clouds that floated with the morning breeze, the kind you feel like you could just reach up and touch. It was the day before Easter and the Valley Home 4-Hers had hidden over 600 brightly decorated eggs throughout the school yard. As the warm morning sun peeked down, you could hear the children’s excited laughter as they ran from one hidden egg to ...

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Valley Home News Week of April 16, 2014

In this week’s column we pay tribute to a very special man...our friend Mark Dickens. Mark was a true Valley Home boy who grew up to be one of the kindest and most generous friends a person could wish for. One could write pages and pages trying to describe the effect Mark had on the people of Valley Home, Oakdale, and the many places he visited. He was a special man who made a difference in so many lives. You could meet Mark one time and realize he would forever be your friend. He had a firm, but ...

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Posted: Apr. 15, 2014 5:40 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Valley Home News Week of April 16, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Valley Home News Week of April 9, 2014

We dedicate this column to the memory of our dear friend Claire Taro. Claire’s passing one year ago left a tremendous void in her family and for us here in Valley Home. Claire was the cherished wife of Valley Home rancher Tony Taro and much loved mother of Don and Vicki. Claire was well respected for her gracious manners and sweet personality. She is deeply missed by all and will be remembered fondly.

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Valley Home News Week of April 2, 2014

We hope everyone is planning to help with “Love Valley Home” this weekend. This is a great opportunity to work together for our community. Meet at the school/park at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and/or Sunday, April 5th and 6th.

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Valley Home News Week of March 26, 2014

Birthday greetings for the month of March go out to: Bill Frias, Tom Wright, Rick Maisel, Shavon Haskell, Rocky Goehring, Pat Johnson, Aaron Hodge, Brendt Ohe, Aislinn Finn, Richard Bell, Kara Lopez, Amber Coston, Bill Martinelli, Gayle Higgins, Danna Morgan, Mark Schlegel, Kim McCarthy, Wendy Burns, Grant Page, Luke Dickens, Levi Dickens, Taylor Kelley, Gracie Anderson, Bryce Anderson, Anthony Neely, Carter Sturtevant, Sergio Garcia, and Ken Morris.

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Valley Home News Week of March 19, 2014

Valley Home students were excited to have a little green leprechaun driving their school bus on St. Patrick’s Day! Later on in the day the leprechaun showed up all over campus wearing green as school staff and students got into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day in Valley Home!

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Valley Home News Week of March 12, 2014

We were so happy to see the rain! The fields are green, the creeks are rising, and although we need more rain, we are grateful for the amount we have had recently!

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Valley Home News Week of March 05, 2014

It made for an exciting game of basketball when good friends Tom Cassinetto and Randy Russell met up this past Thursday at Valley Home School. Randy coaches Knights Ferry basketball and Tom coaches Valley Home. Before being hired to teach at Knights Ferry Randy taught at Valley Home School. Randy was a favorite at Valley Home and it is great to see his success and happiness at Knights Ferry School. Both gentlemen have strong ties to both Valley Home and Knights Ferry and no doubt having their teams come together on Thursday was a special day indeed! Our thanks to ...

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Valley Home News Week of February 26, 2014

 

Valley Home School Math teacher Cory Reid held a very informative meeting regarding the new approach to Mathematics at the sixth grade level. Common Core, as it is known, will be more hands-on and in-depth. Rather than rushing through each lesson in order to meet standards, teachers will be able to slow down a bit in an effort to ensure that each student is learning and understanding the concept. Tests will now be taken online and are reported to be very difficult. Although there are challenges ahead we have high hopes that Common Core will bring positive results. We are ...

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Valley Home News Week of February 19, 2014

Valley Home fourth grader Maddie Jones took her History assignment “Create a California Mission” to the family kitchen! Maddie used her cooking skills and her imagination to bake and decorate a very tasty mission. Maddie’s teacher Robin Cole was very impressed and her classmates were thrilled to be able to munch on Maddie’s delicious California mission. Great job Maddie!

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Posted: Feb. 18, 2014 4:36 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Valley Home News Week of February 19, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Valley Home News Week of February 12, 2014

How wonderful to see the rain! We are so grateful.

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Valley Home News Week of February 05, 2014

It was exciting to see the rain come this past week…wishing for more!

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Valley Home News Week of January 29, 2014

We would like to wish a happy birthday to a very important person in our Valley Home community. Kevin Koppinger is 21 years old! Kevin is always volunteering to help at our school and community activities. He is a student at Columbia College and is a manager at Papa Murphys Pizza. Happy Birthday Kevin. Hope you have a great one!

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Lena C. Baldonado

Lena C. Baldonado

Lena C. Baldonado, 80, died June 23, 2014.

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James D. Broedlow

James D. Broedlow, 67, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

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Nell Dolly

Nell Dolly, 96, of Oakdale died Friday, July 11.

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Alice C. Henriques Highfill

Alice C. Henriques Highfill

Alice C. Henriques Highfill, 82, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

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Phil Orlando

Phil Orlando

Phil passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 6th at the age of 80. Phil Orlando was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 12, 1933. His Italian parents were Vincent Orlando and Sadie Sorrentino Orlando. He had three sisters, Beatrice, Rose and Joann. He came to California when he was five years old and became a Riverbank boy even though he graduated from Oakdale High School in 1951. Soon after graduation, Phil joined the Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, he began working as a meat cutter in Oakdale and retired after 37 years in ...

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Claude Ralph Ozbirn

Claude Ralph Ozbirn, 94, died Sunday, July 6, 2014 due to complications from a fall.

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Clifford Thomas

Clifford Thomas, 86, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

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Ruth Anne Gatzman

Ruth Anne Gatzman, 96, passed away in Livermore, CA, on Thursday, June 5.

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Barbara Beatrice Bryant

Barbara Beatrice Bryant

Barbara Beatrice Bryant, 75, of Oakdale lost her battle with cancer on Saturday, June 28.

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Randall ‘Randy’ Keith Alford

Randall ‘Randy’ Keith Alford

Randall ‘Randy’ Keith Alford, 53, tragically passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

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Beulah “Boots” Miller

Beulah “Boots” Miller

Beulah “Boots” Miller, 90, passed away on Tuesday, June 17 in Oakdale.

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Carole Lucille Hill

Carole Lucille Hill

Carole Lucille Hill, 85, of Escalon, passed away on Tuesday, June 17.

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Mary Hensley

Mary Hensley

 

Mary Hensley, 83, died peacefully Friday, June 13 with her children by her side.

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Steven Bruce Cochran

Steven Bruce Cochran 49, of Silt, Colo., died Thursday, May 29 in Glenwood Springs, Colo.

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Arvin Lloyd Fore

Arvin Lloyd Fore

Arvin Lloyd Fore, 77, died Monday, June 9 in Oakdale.

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Earl Lloyd Giddens

Earl Lloyd Giddens

Earl Lloyd Giddens, 88, died Monday, May 26.

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David Eugene ‘Moose,’ ‘Raul’ Hedden

David Eugene ‘Moose,’ ‘Raul’ Hedden

David Eugene ‘Moose,’ ‘Raul’ Hedden, 64, of Waterford died Monday, May 26 with his family by his side in Modesto.

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Donald Henry Kendrick

Donald Henry Kendrick, 48, died Monday, June 9 at Doctors Medical Center with his wife Jane at his side.

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Donald MacCready

Donald MacCready

Donald MacCready, 89, died Friday, June 6 in Modesto.

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Jackie Carol (Ray) Sparano

Jackie Carol (Ray) Sparano, 76, died peacefully on Saturday, June 7 in Long Beach.

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Carol A. Vieths

Carol A. Vieths

Carol A. Vieths, 74, died suddenly on Monday, June 9 as a result of a massive heart attack.

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Colleen Ann (Robinson) Woods

Colleen Ann (Robinson) Woods

Colleen Ann (Robinson) Woods, 77, of Fresno died peacefully on Tuesday, June 3 in her home with her loving family and pets at her side.

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F. David Chaves

F. David Chaves

F. David Chaves, 51, died Saturday, June 7 at Stanford Hospital.

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Audrey M. Solus

Audrey M. Solus, 88, died Thursday, June 5 in Red Bluff.

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Dale L. Wolfe

Dale L. Wolfe, 76, died peacefully on Friday, May 23 at River View Manor, Oakdale.

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