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Oak Valley Bancorp buys Mother Lode Bank

Oak Valley Bancorp buys Mother Lode Bank

OAKDALE – Oak Valley Bank and Mother Lode Bank will be owned by the same company soon.  Oak Valley Bancorp, the holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and Eastern Sierra Community Bank, announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire the Sonora bank.

The sale is expected to close by the end of the year. Under the terms of the agreement Oak Valley Bancorrp will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Mother Lode Bank for $7.3 million in cash, or $1.65 per share of common stock... Read More

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Reading Volunteer opportunities available through Reading Partners

Reading Volunteer opportunities available through Reading Partners

Launched in 2009, ​Reading Partners empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging volunteers from the Sacramento community to provide one-on-one tutoring. With the help of almost 800 volunteers, Reading Partners provided individualized literacy tutoring to more than 480 elementary school students in 9 schools in low-income communities across Sacramento County in the 2014-15 school year. Using a highly effective, evidence-based program, Reading Partners has helped tens of thousands of children across the country master the fundamental reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. 

Reading Volunteer opportunities available through Reading Partners

Reading Volunteer opportunities available through Reading Partners

Launched in 2009, ​Reading Partners empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging volunteers from the Sacramento community to provide one-on-one tutoring. With the help of almost 800 volunteers, Reading Partners provided individualized literacy tutoring to more than 480 elementary school students in 9 schools in low-income communities across Sacramento County in the 2014-15 school year. Using a highly effective, evidence-based program, Reading Partners has helped tens of thousands of children across the country master the fundamental reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. 

Gallo gulps down another vineyard

Gallo gulps down another vineyard

MODESTO – E. & J. Gallo Winery is continuing its expansion binge. The winery announced Thursday that it has agreed to purchase Talbott Vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation near Monterey Bay.

The move comes on the heels of Gallo’s purchase last month of Asti and the Souverain brand, and the March purchase of J Vineyards and Winery, both in Sonoma county.

Talbott Vineyards produce a variety of wines, specializing in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from 100 percent estate-grown wines.

Galo will acquire the Talbott brand, the winery south of Monterey Bay and the 525-acre Sleepy Hollow Vineyard. Gallo will also continue to operate the Talbott Vineyards tasting room in Carmel Valley... Read More

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Construction to bring night closures to bridge over Highway 99

Construction to bring night closures to bridge over Highway 99

SALIDA – The Highway 219/Kiernan Avenue Bridge bridge over Highway 99 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day, starting Monday Aug. 31. The closures will continue each night through Wednesday, Sept. 30. These closures will not occur on Friday nights, Saturday nights, and holidays.

The closures will allow crews to work from the bridge deck on the center column foundation, located in the Highway 99 median below. The work is key in the third of four stages of the Highway 99 /Highway 219 Kiernan Avenue Interchange Reconstruction Project

Electronic and print signs will guide motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to detours.

The construction project is expected to be completed in fall 2016.  ... Read More

Modesto honors businesses for recycling efforts

Modesto honors businesses for recycling efforts

MODESTO — The city of Modesto has recognized local businesses for their ongoing efforts to be green and sustainable.

This year the city awarded the following businesses for environmental stewardship in 2014 to:

Small Businesses

  •    A&S Metals
  •    Community Business College
  •    Habitat for Humanity-ReStore
  •    Once Upon A Child
  •    The State Theatre

Medium Businesses

  •    Community Hospice-Hope Chest Thrift Stores
  •    Gallo Center for the Arts
  •    Modesto Junk Co., Inc. Recycling Center
  •    Operation 9-2-99
  •    Thomas Downey High School Environmental Club
  •    United Cerebral Palsy of Stanislaus County

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Frank Carson murder case layered with many characters


 

It may be hard to follow each development in the Frank Carson murder case out of Stanislaus County, with so many people involved. So how did Carson, two of his family members, two Turlock liquor store owners and three California Highway Patrol officers get linked in the criminal complaint?

According to investigators from a Stanislaus County Sheriff's Task Force, it all began with Carson being so enraged by metal thefts from a Turlock property. He allegedly recruited brothers Baljit Athwal and Daljit Atwal (different spellings for their last names) to "make an example" of the thieves coming onto his property.