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Safety and Smiles

Safety with a smile, that's what the Oakdale City Police Department were offering Thursday, March 22 at Magnolia Elementary as Interim Police Chief Lester Jenkins and traffic officer Daniel Peters entertained and educated the afterschool recreation students about bicycle safety. A full story with more pictures will be featured in the Wednesday, March 28 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

March 23, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Surviving The Spring Allergy Season

For some - such as those who suffer from seasonal allergies - the appearance of delicate pink and white blossoms perched on various tree branches throughout the region in the spring is not a beautiful sight.

March 21, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | 209 CELEBRATIONS


City Crime Stats On The Rise

There were no big surprises with the recent crime statistics report released by the Oakdale Police Department but the numbers certainly seem to reflect the ongoing economic struggle faced by the state of California as crimes such as theft and vandalism have seen increases from the prior year.

March 21, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


Friday Fire Displaces Family Of Four

There was no mistaking the plume of gray smoke as it spiraled into the blue skies on Friday, March 9 as a house on East C Street began to burn from an out-of-control chimney fire and ended up displacing a family of four.

March 14, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Status Quo For Ordinance

After much discussion about the current wording of the existing planned development requirements, the Oakdale Planning Commission voted to keep the wording the same but took under consideration the suggestion to restructure the way the section is presented to be more user-friendly.

March 07, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Task Force Seeks Volunteers

In an attempt to fight against the rising tide of vandalism and graffiti that is washing over the City of Oakdale and leaving behind an undesirable eyesore, a newly formed task force is seeking volunteers to put their heads together to find workable solutions.

February 29, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Buzzing About Bees - Crowd Swarms To Hear About Health, Future Of Industry

Can you imagine farmers pollinating their orchards with feather dusters because all the bees have disappeared? That's what happened to China due to high levels of pollution and although California and New York have the strictest pesticide controls, there's something worrisome happening within the commercial honeybee industry that has beekeepers and growers concerned.

February 29, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Child Left Behind - Riverbank Councilman Crashes, Flees Scene

Riverbank City Councilman Jesse James White, 23, was arrested early Monday morning, Feb, 20 on charges of driving under the influence and child endangerment after his 2002 Corvette slammed into a parked vehicle in Oakdale around 1 a.m.

February 22, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


Cops Bust Two Possible Thieves

Police arrested two Oakdale men with outstanding warrants Wednesday, Feb. 15 after a patrol officer found the two men in a verbal confrontation on First Avenue and J Street near their illegally parked vehicle.

February 17, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Traffic Advisory For Sisk And Dale Road

On Friday, Feb. 17, State Route 219 (Kiernan Avenue) between Sisk Road and Dale Road will be closed for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 8:45 a.m. Traffic going eastbound will be detoured south on Sisk Road and Pelandale Avenue will be the alternate route. Traffic going westbound will be detoured south on Dale Road with Pelandale Avenue being the alternate route. The roadway is expected to reopen at approximately 9:15 a.m.

February 16, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Local Woman Carves Name For Self In Male-Dominated Field

Kelly Vermeer-Vella is a great testament to the wonder of chance and the power of fate.

February 15, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | 209 CELEBRATIONS


City Defends Choice Against Payment Plan

The dreaded pink slip; it can have many meanings.

February 15, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Sacramento Job Fair

Waste Management's Sacramento/Nevada Area will be hosting a local job fair to recruit Customer Service Representatives to work in their Gold River call center. The job fair will take place Feb. 15-16 in Sacramento, and interested candidates must pre-register by Friday, Feb. 10.

February 10, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Crossing Guards Braving Hostile Drivers For Kids

They've been cursed at, honked at, glared at, flipped off, and flat-out ignored in spite of their much-needed services in various locations throughout Oakdale - they're the city's crossing guards and they're doing their part to protect the city's children.

February 08, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Community Clean Up Spurs City Pride

A core group of residents have formed the Oakdale Women's Improvement Club and they're doing exactly as the name implies: improving Oakdale.

February 08, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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