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Jones Recognized As Veteran Of The Year

Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, honored Army National Guard Capt. Cynthia Jones as the 2015 Veteran of the Year for the 12th Assembly District. Capt. Jones is currently serving as the Company Commander for the Chinook Uni...Read More
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Posted: Jul. 02, 2015 4:50 | Updated: Jul. 03, 2015 6:00

Air Officials Urge July 4 Fireworks Restraint

 

As Independence Day approaches, local air officials remind Valley residents that July 4 fireworks increase levels of dangerous particulate matter (PM) and pose a health threat to themselves and their neighbors. Historically, the Valley experiences dangerous particulate levels four or five times higher than the health based federal standards. These spikes are largely attributable to personal fireworks use throughout Valley neighborhoods.

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Posted: Jul. 02, 2015 4:49 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 02, 2015 6:00 p.m. | Air Officials Urge July 4 Fireworks Restraint Comments 0 Comments
‘If Cancer Was A Fish’ picture book is meant to help kids cope with tragedy

‘If Cancer Was A Fish’ picture book is meant to help kids cope with tragedy

If cancer was a fish, Tiffany Berg Coughran and her five kids would definitely throw it back.
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Posted: Jul. 02, 2015 5:56 p.m. | ‘If Cancer Was A Fish’ picture book is meant to help kids cope with tragedy Comments 0 Comments
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Park Rape Investigated

Park Rape Investigated

 

Oakdale Police were on site at a crime-scene tape cordoned off William Meyer Park on East G Street Wednesday morning, July 1, investigating an early morning sexual assault that occurred overnight.

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Posted: Jul. 01, 2015 1:28 p.m. | Park Rape Investigated Comments 0 Comments
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Record Crowd Flocks To Annual Carnival

Record Crowd Flocks To Annual Carnival

It was a made to order day, as the Kjeldgaard family opened their property to the community for the Eighth Annual Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival on Saturday, June 27. The upper parking lot of the River Road location remained full and a steady stream of cars came in and out between the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event hours.

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Posted: Jul. 01, 2015 12:12 p.m. | Record Crowd Flocks To Annual Carnival Comments 0 Comments
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State Backtracks On H20 Curtailment

State Backtracks On H20 Curtailment

The Oakdale Irrigation District reported on Wednesday, June 24 that state attorneys backed away from curtailment notices directed at more than 200 senior water rights holders in California, now saying they were “courtesy notices” and “advisory” only.

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Posted: Jul. 01, 2015 12:06 p.m. | State Backtracks On H20 Curtailment Comments 0 Comments
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Charter Student Propels Forward

Charter Student Propels Forward

Oakdale resident and Valley Charter School graduate Matthew Gery is spending some time this summer taking final steps toward his future as he attends orientation at Arizona State University.

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Posted: Jul. 01, 2015 12:04 p.m. | Charter Student Propels Forward Comments 0 Comments
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Grand Jury Says No Flaws Found

Grand Jury Says No Flaws Found

In its annual 2014-2015 published report, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found no fault with the Oakdale Airport or its operation with the exception of a minor issue that involved a segment of fencing being too low.

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Posted: Jul. 01, 2015 12:02 p.m. | Grand Jury Says No Flaws Found  Comments 0 Comments
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Pump Price Relief Prompts

 

There’s good news and bad news. First, the good news: We’re still saving money on gasoline. The bad news? Your government wants more of it in their hands, not yours.

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Posted: Jun. 29, 2015 1:08 p.m. | Pump Price Relief Prompts Comments 0 Comments
Grand Jury Finds No Flaw With Airport Operations

Grand Jury Finds No Flaw With Airport Operations

 

In its annual 2014-2015 published report, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found no fault with the Oakdale Airport or its operation with the exception of a minor issue that involved a segment of fencing being too low.

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Posted: Jun. 25, 2015 12:40 p.m. | Grand Jury Finds No Flaw With Airport Operations Comments 0 Comments
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Irrigation Districts Sue Water Board

Irrigation Districts Sue Water Board

A group of Central California irrigation districts filed a lawsuit Friday, June 19 that challenges the state’s authority to curtail their century-old water rights on the Stanislaus River.

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Posted: Jun. 24, 2015 11:13 a.m. | Irrigation Districts Sue Water Board Comments 0 Comments
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Fresh From The Farm

Fresh From The Farm

It was a setting befitting a fine Home and Garden magazine as guests arrived for the inaugural Farm to Table dining experience hosted Friday night on the east end of town at Bloomingcamp Ranch. Under the watchful eye and hospitality of husband/wife team Matt and Courtney Smith, along with Bake Shop manager Vickie Thompson, guests were welcomed and encouraged to have something to drink and get comfortable.

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Posted: Jun. 24, 2015 11:07 a.m. | Fresh From The Farm  Comments 0 Comments
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Gas Prices Still Top $3 Per Gallon

 

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.20/gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.80/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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Posted: Jun. 22, 2015 1:27 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 23, 2015 12:00 p.m. | Gas Prices Still Top $3 Per Gallon Comments 0 Comments
Businessman Fights Carjacker To Avoid Abduction

Businessman Fights Carjacker To Avoid Abduction

 

A local check cashing business owner thwarted his own kidnapping during a carjacking Friday morning, June 18 that left him with only a scraped knee and a bump on his head. His car, a black BMW 525i was taken during the incident but later recovered.

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Council Moves Forward With Vacant Properties

Council Moves Forward With Vacant Properties

With three city properties standing vacant, some for years, the Oakdale City Council decided to resolve their statuses, one of which consisted of having a building on one of the properties demolished despite a proposal by a local business person to use it to expand its existing services.

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Posted: Jun. 19, 2015 1:00 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 20, 2015 7:56 a.m. | Council Moves Forward With Vacant Properties Comments 0 Comments
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Multiple Agencies Respond To Wildfire

Multiple Agencies Respond To Wildfire

 

A fast-moving fire in the area of River Road and McHenry Avenue along the Stanislaus River in Escalon prompted closure of the McHenry Avenue bridge that links San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties at midafternoon Thursday.

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Posted: Jun. 18, 2015 5:26 p.m. | Multiple Agencies Respond To Wildfire Comments 0 Comments
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Oakdale Woman $5 Million Lotto Winner

Oakdale Woman $5 Million Lotto Winner

 

Jennifer Daniel is $5 million richer after hitting the maximum jackpot on a $20 California Lottery Scratch-off ticket.

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Posted: Jun. 18, 2015 10:35 a.m. | Oakdale Woman $5 Million Lotto Winner Comments 0 Comments
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Carnival Continues For Eighth Annual Event

Carnival Continues For Eighth Annual Event

In just a little over a week Riverbend Ranch will be transformed from the everyday chaos and homestead of Eric and Lisa Kjeldgaard and their family of eight children as they open the property to the community for the Eighth Annual Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival.

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Posted: Jun. 17, 2015 1:21 p.m. | Carnival Continues For Eighth Annual Event  Comments 0 Comments
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Council Hears Budget Plan

Council Hears Budget Plan

 

With the 2015-2016 fiscal year set to take begin in a few weeks, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer presented the preliminary city budget for approval at the Monday, June 15 Oakdale City Council meeting.

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Posted: Jun. 17, 2015 1:15 p.m. | Council Hears Budget Plan Comments 0 Comments
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Super Summer Camp Continues

Super Summer Camp Continues

Local children need not go far for the feel and experience of Summer Camp as Oakdale Joint Unified School District is once again offering Oakdale’s Super Summer Camp.

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School District, City Consider Return Of Resource Officers

School District, City Consider Return Of Resource Officers

For a few years in Oakdale, school resource officers (SROs) were as much a part of campus life as hall passes and cafeteria food.

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Posted: Jun. 17, 2015 1:02 p.m. | School District, City Consider Return Of Resource Officers Comments 0 Comments
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State Wrong To Restrict Senior Water Rights

State Wrong To Restrict Senior Water Rights

With the State of California curtailing water rights for senior users, the Oakdale Irrigation District is speaking out, calling the move by the State Water Control Board unjustified and illegal.

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Posted: Jun. 17, 2015 12:57 p.m. | State Wrong To Restrict Senior Water Rights  Comments 0 Comments
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Up And Down Week For Gas Prices

 

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 6.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.24/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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Posted: Jun. 15, 2015 6:02 p.m. | Up And Down Week For Gas Prices Comments 0 Comments

Red Cross Issues Tips To Beat The Heat

 

Dangerously hot weather will likely hit the region many times this summer, and the American Red Cross wants to remind everyone of the steps they should take to stay safe when the temperatures rise.

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Posted: Jun. 12, 2015 2:17 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 13, 2015 12:00 p.m. | Red Cross Issues Tips To Beat The Heat Comments 0 Comments

Escalon’s Big Dipper Marks Anniversary

 

All are welcome to come celebrate The Big Dipper’s one-year anniversary.

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Posted: Jun. 12, 2015 2:05 p.m. | Escalon’s Big Dipper Marks Anniversary Comments 0 Comments
Leak Reveals Marijuana Grow

Leak Reveals Marijuana Grow

 

Water flowing from beneath a roll-up door of a warehouse on Ackley Circle led police to the discovery of 136 marijuana plants and a sophisticated grow operation. The tenant, an Oakdale resident, was arrested for marijuana cultivation while police also investigate additional building code violations.

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Posted: Jun. 10, 2015 2:51 p.m. | Leak Reveals Marijuana Grow Comments 0 Comments
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McGinnis Joins OHS

McGinnis Joins OHS

 

The wattage on the campus of Oakdale High School is likely to go up come July 1 as Joni McGinnis begins her journey as a new Vice Principal.

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Posted: Jun. 10, 2015 2:48 p.m. | McGinnis Joins OHS Comments 0 Comments
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School Trustees Approve Budget

 

It was a light agenda, packed full of consent items as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees convened for their final meeting of the 2014-2015 school year on Monday night, June 9. Of the minimal items covered on the agenda, the biggest and most critical would be the passing of the 2015-2016 school year budget.

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Posted: Jun. 10, 2015 2:45 p.m. | School Trustees Approve Budget Comments 0 Comments

Student Stabbed On Campus

 

Oakdale Police responded to an assault with a deadly weapon on the campus of Oakdale High School Monday morning at 9:20 a.m. after a bloodied individual came into the school office with stab wounds.

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OHS Student Stabbed On Campus

OHS Student Stabbed On Campus

Oakdale Police responded to an assault with a deadly weapon on the campus of Oakdale High School Monday morning at 9:20 a.m. after a bloodied individual came into the school office with stab wounds.

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Posted: Jun. 08, 2015 11:09 a.m. | OHS Student Stabbed On Campus Comments 0 Comments
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Policy Research Center Study Sees Strengthening Economy

 

The California economy will maintain strong growth despite soft U.S. economic growth and a deepening drought, according to the latest projection from the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific. The latest forecast boosts its projection of 2015 job growth in California to 2.8 percent, up from 2.3 percent in the January forecast. With the State’s unemployment rate projected to drop below 6 percent by the end of the year, more moderate 1.8 percent job growth is anticipated in 2016. New home construction is beginning to pick up. Housing starts ...

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Posted: Jun. 05, 2015 5:19 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 07, 2015 12:00 p.m. | Policy Research Center Study Sees Strengthening Economy Comments 0 Comments

Summer Season Sees Steady Pump Prices

 

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 6.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.38 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.75/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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Posted: Jun. 05, 2015 5:17 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 06, 2015 12:00 p.m. | Summer Season Sees Steady Pump Prices Comments 0 Comments
Warehouse Water Leak Reveals Marijuana Grow

Warehouse Water Leak Reveals Marijuana Grow

 

Water flowing from beneath a roll-up door of a warehouse on Ackley Circle led police to the discovery of 136 marijuana plants and a sophisticated grow operation. The tenant, an Oakdale resident, was arrested for marijuana cultivation while police also investigate additional building code violations.

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Posted: Jun. 05, 2015 12:54 p.m. | Warehouse Water Leak Reveals Marijuana Grow Comments 0 Comments
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Adoption Event Offered Saturday At Petco

Adoption Event Offered Saturday At Petco

 

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance will be hosting an adoption event at Petco in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Riverbank on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with adoptable pets from the Oakdale Animal Shelter.

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Posted: Jun. 04, 2015 12:04 p.m. | Adoption Event Offered Saturday At Petco Comments 0 Comments
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Super Times Offered At Oakdale Library

Super Times Offered At Oakdale Library

Summer fun can include more than just going on vacation, to the lake or even the beach. Oakdale residents are taking advantage of the air conditioning at the Oakdale Library this summer to beat the heat. Many activities are planned at the library at 151 S. First Ave., including this past Thursday when children invaded the building to be a part of the Super Hero Training Academy.

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Posted: Jun. 03, 2015 11:19 a.m. | Super Times Offered At Oakdale Library Comments 0 Comments
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Water Allotments Raised By OID

Water Allotments Raised By OID

A couple of beneficial spring storms combined with cool weather and strong water conservation led to good news Tuesday morning for farmers in the Oakdale Irrigation District: A small bump in the amount of water they will receive in the fourth year of drought.

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Posted: Jun. 03, 2015 11:14 a.m. | Water Allotments Raised By OID Comments 0 Comments
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Sunshine Rafting Flows With ACS

 

 

 

Sunshine Rafting Adventures continues to do its part in making a splash for the fight against cancer. For the fourth consecutive year, the local rafting business will partner with the American Cancer Society for its annual rafting trip.

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Posted: Jun. 03, 2015 11:12 a.m. | Sunshine Rafting Flows With ACS Comments 0 Comments
Summer Splashes Down At Community Pool

Summer Splashes Down At Community Pool

Saturday was picture perfect for the opening of the Oakdale Community Pool – better known as ‘The Plunge’ – as youngsters from around the area converged to dive in to summer vacation.

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Council Delays Massage Ban

Council Delays Massage Ban

An urgency ordinance recommended by the Oakdale Police Department that would have put a temporary 45-day moratorium on new massage parlors from opening was held over by the Oakdale City Council on Monday night, June 1, after a local Realtor and spa owner advised members that they were days away from opening a “professional” facility.

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Posted: Jun. 03, 2015 11:07 a.m. | Council Delays Massage Ban Comments 0 Comments
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Congressman Brings Mobile Office To Constituents

 

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced Mobile District Office Hours for the month of June 2015, with stops planned locally in Escalon, Oakdale and Riverbank.

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Drowning Claims Lathrop Man At Woodward

Drowning Claims Lathrop Man At Woodward

 

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department officials confirmed reports and updated a previous story that a person drowned during Memorial Day weekend at Woodward Reservoir Regional Park outside of Oakdale on Saturday, May 23.

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Ceremony Marks Service, Sacrifice Of Veterans

Ceremony Marks Service, Sacrifice Of Veterans

 

A respectful crowd, many having brought lawn chairs and others choosing to sit on tailgates or simply stand, gathered Monday morning at the Oakdale Citizens Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day service hosted by the Romain Schell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

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Class Of 2015 Turns The Tassels

Class Of 2015 Turns The Tassels

Balloons were bought, flowers delivered and tears shed as over 700 students of Oakdale Joint Unified Schools celebrated with commencement ceremonies over the past week. Students of Oakdale Alternative Education, Oakdale Junior High and Oakdale High School each turned tassels as they now begin the next chapter of their lives.

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Micke Grove Hosts Memorial Day Ceremony

 

A Memorial Day celebration welcomes the community to honor those who have served in the US Armed Forces, enjoy a free-admission day at Micke Grove Regional Park and Museum, followed by a complimentary dinner on the grounds of the Historical Museum.

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Posted: May. 22, 2015 4:30 p.m. | Updated: May. 24, 2015 10:00 a.m. | Micke Grove Hosts Memorial Day Ceremony Comments 0 Comments
D.A. Dismisses Case Of Jura’s Pizza Owner

D.A. Dismisses Case Of Jura’s Pizza Owner

 

The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office announced on May 19 that it would not prosecute the sexual assault case against Jura Aghassi, the former owner of Jura’s Pizza formerly located on North Yosemite Avenue which closed last year.

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Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move

Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move

 

If there was a common reaction among the Third Avenue merchants Thursday afternoon, May 14, it was one of frustration as to why the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau moved the weekly farmers market from the downtown area to the Oakdale Community Center Plaza.

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Guzman, Crossman Top Two At OHS

Guzman, Crossman Top Two At OHS

 

Thirteen years of primary education will officially come to a close for the Class of 2015 this Friday night at the Oakdale High Corral. The 7 p.m. graduation ceremony will be their final moments on the field as Mustangs, only to then become alumni of the school.

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Chocoholics Celebrate At Festival

Chocoholics Celebrate At Festival

 

Great weather and high attendance combined to make this year’s Oakdale Chocolate Festival a triumph on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17.

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Passions Rise At OID

Passions Rise At OID

 

With the irony of rain and stormy skies outside, the Oakdale Irrigation District held a water committee meeting to discuss this year’s continuing drought from lack of rain and how the 106-year-old district was allocating its water to customers.

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Bicyclist Injured In Collision

 

A Friday night accident left one woman with major injuries and saw traffic along a bus stretch of North Yosemite shut down for a brief time while traffic was detoured around the scene.

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