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Hot Holiday For Revelers

There were plenty of illegal fireworks bursting in the air Saturday night, July 4 - and a few fires as a result, one of which burned 11 acres at Duck Cove at Woodward Reservoir - but while several illegal fireworks were confiscated, no citations were given within the City of Oakdale, said officials.

July 08, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Leadership Group Gets Public Safety View

A group of six community members enrolled in the Leadership course sponsored by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce took a day to get an up-close and personal view of the issues inherent to public safety by spending a day with the police department, Thursday, June 25.

July 08, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Presale Movie Night Fundraiser Tickets

Support your local Oakdale Gator swim team and take your family out to an evening at the movies by buying presale movie night fundraiser tickets for Ice Age 3 and Transformers 2, showing Thursday, July 9 at the Oakdale Theater. Tickets are $7 and they must be purchased in advance.

July 02, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Finally…A New Release

It's felt like forever (10 months between releases is too long in my estimation) but finally, my sixth book will hit the shelves the second week in July and I'm so excited.

June 24, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Steves Chevrolet Survives GM Cuts

Jeff Steves, part of the Steves family who owns Steves Chevrolet, admits in the wake of the General Motors Chapter 11 tsunami, there were some sleepless nights caused by fear for the future of the locally-owned and operated dealership.

June 16, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Car Stereo Shop Makes Big Noise

Whether you're looking for a little thump in your trunk or just some crisp, quality sound, chances are Audio Plus, the new shop on West F Street next door to Pizza Plus, will have it.

June 09, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


London Fox Opens With Bling

If baubles, bangles and bling are your thing, check out the newly opened London Fox clothing store on Sierra Avenue.

June 02, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


ORFD Hires Firm For Fee Recovery

Oakdale Rural Fire District (ORFD) Board members recently approved the hiring of Fire Recovery USA to provide billing services for Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVAs).

June 02, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Adventures In Dreamland

Weeks ago I talked about my sleep apnea and the resultant recommendation for a CPAP machine. Well, the machine has arrived.

May 27, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Local Man Catches Sunbeam To Success

Sunshine gave Justin Krum the raw material he needed to succeed but it was his drive and ambition that turned the 28-year-old Oakdale native into a captain of the solar industry with his company, 1st Light Energy, which since 2004 has opened offices nationwide and shows no signs of slowing down its expansion.

May 27, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


SROs Leaving Oakdale Campuses

Tough times are here and as Fred Rich, Oakdale Joint Unified School District Superintendent put it, "The fluff is all gone and it has been for quite a while."

May 27, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Education


Hot Chocolate

The 17th annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival saw record heat on Sunday, May 17 with temperatures hitting 107 and sending many scurrying for the misters or any spot of shade but in spite of the heat, 43,000 people spent at least part of their weekend in Oakdale, sampling chocolate and perusing vendor booths.

May 19, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Rotary Maps Out Vacation Fundraiser

The local Rotary clubs, Oakdale and Sunrise, have teamed up again, only this time they're offering a chance to get in on the "Vacation of a Lifetime" fundraiser aimed at raising funds to purchase an Open Air Cinema for the community.

May 15, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Petition Seeks Chief Removal

More than 1,100 citizens of Oakdale - and counting - have signed a petition calling for the replacement of Police Chief Marty West as the threat of losing cops becomes more real and discontent continues to fester among the ranks of the police department, according to Joseph Parreira, Oakdale Police Officer Association President.

May 15, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | NEWS


Abbey Carpet Celebrates 25 Years In Business

The best thing about mom and pop operations is that, often, when customers walk through the front door they're not seen as just potential dollar signs - they're seen as people and possibly friends.

April 29, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


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