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Ride On: Sanguinetti Duo Sell Bike Shop

Connie and Mel Sanguinetti have been the friendly faces greeting customers in the Oakdale Bicycle Shop for 36 years but the husband and wife team have decided the time is right to retire and have recently sold the shop to another bicycle enthusiast.

September 26, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Rental Market: Incentives Needed To Fill Units

Anyone who has anxiously awaited the local newspaper to scan the classified listings knows that the rental market in most areas can be as brutal as an MMA match with opponents wearing brass knuckles. Generally speaking, it's not a walk in the park to find a quality, affordable rental that fits all the criteria you're searching for.

September 19, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


The ‘River’ Church Builds A Home

For The River Christian Community Church, Christmas can't come soon enough.

September 12, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Soothing Sounds - Musician Donates Proceeds To Help Vets

Native Alabama man and Vietnam veteran Richard Hall knows what it's like to be injured in the line of duty and left to fend for himself as a damaged civilian.

September 12, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Labor Day Weekend

Residents complained of a two-hour crawl on Monday, Sept. 3 as they attempted to return to Oakdale via Sonora on Highway 120/108 at the end of a long Labor Day weekend.

September 05, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


County Culinary School Cooking Up Cool

Whether learning life skills or prepping for a culinary career, Oakdale High School ROP students are enjoying the fruits - literally - of their labor as they learn how to cut, prepare, and cook as part of the culinary arts course offered at the newly opened Oakdale Community School campus on South Yosemite Avenue.

August 29, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Education


Eclectic Empty Nest Under New Ownership

Shelley Leadem is no stranger to the business world, having been in real estate for 20 years in her native Hollister, but the new owner of The Empty Nest admits that working in retail is a whole new world.

August 22, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Women in Business 2013


ROTA Prepares For County Takeover

Big changes are in store for the ROTA (Riverbank-Oakdale Transit Authority) transit service, the details of which were discussed at the ROTA board meeting Tuesday, Aug. 14.

August 22, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Fred’s Firearms Opens Storefront

What started out four years ago as a home-based hobby for Fred and Jennifer Smith, owners of Fred's Firearms, has turned into a full-fledged, thriving business prompting the husband and wife duo to open a storefront on West F Street in Randy Plaza.

August 15, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Real Estate Offer Market Snapshot

While there are still homeowners struggling with the foreclosure tidal wave that seemed to swamp many homeowners who purchased in 2009-2011, record low fixed mortgage rates and a modest inventory of homes has helped the market to slowly recover but true rebounding will take more time, according to real estate professionals.

August 15, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Grocery Outlet Opening For Shoppers

With many people still struggling with the economy, finding new ways to stretch the budget is a challenge but with more businesses, such as the new Grocery Outlet grand opening Saturday, Aug. 4, that challenge is met with plenty of choices.

August 01, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Stuff N' Nonsense - From Cheer Mom To Cheer Coach

I'm not sure how it happened - I suspect cocktails were involved - but somehow I went from being a cheer mom to a cheer coach for the Rookie Stampede squad.

July 25, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Mayotte Takes Reins For Fire Agencies

In the name of efficiency and eliminating redundancy, Stanislaus County Consolidated Fire Protection District Chief, Stephen Mayotte, has assumed the role of Fire Chief by Contract for Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District, Oakdale City Fire Department as well as Stanislaus Consolidated as of July 1.

July 25, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Teen Recants Rape, Kidnapping Claim

A 16-year-old Oakdale girl who claimed she'd been kidnapped and raped on June 13 - sparking a frenzy of fear and concern within the community - has recanted her story, said police.

July 18, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Senior Center Refurbishing

After 12 years of constant use, the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center is getting a much-needed freshening up in the form of new furnishings.

July 18, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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