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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


Diversification Key To Success

The Bountiful Valley is a three-part series that will focus on different aspects of the agricultural industry in Stanislaus and parts of San Joaquin County. The series kicks off with various field crops.

July 11, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Crews See Busy Fourth

Illegal fireworks and two brush fires started by fireworks in two separate areas kept local fire crews busy all night, Wednesday, July 4.

July 11, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Brush Fires, Illegal Fireworks Make For Busy Fourth

Illegal fireworks and two brush fires started by fireworks in two separate areas kept fire crews busy all night, Wednesday, July 4.

July 06, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Woman Rescues Dog From Hot Car

Lynne Podesta didn't set out to be a hero that Monday, June 18, when she went to Costless Market for a few items but that's exactly what happened when she rescued a distressed Chihuahua from the confines of a locked car.

July 04, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Suspicious Character Puts School on Alert

Parents with students enrolled at the Oakdale High School were alerted to the possiblity of a man seen videotaping a young high school girl Wednesday, June 27. In light of the recent report of a 16-year-old girl who was kidnapped Wednesday, June 13 as she was walking home from summer school and later raped before being returned to campus, the school thought it prudent to inform parents.

June 29, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Division 1 Debate Sent To Committee

Questionnaires sent by Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District (ORFD) to the residents in the Division 1 North response area were returned with 86 percent voting "No" that they did not want to be annexed into the rural district for fire protection service.

June 27, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Council, Cops - New Video Surveillance Approved

Oakdale City Council recently approved the purchase of a new digital video recorder and surveillance video system, which will replace the outdated and malfunctioning system and correct several issues the officers were facing when using the video in court as evidence.

June 20, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Stuff N' Nonsense - Humbled

A few weeks ago I shared something incredibly personal with the community through my column. I hoped that in sharing my experience, it might resonate with as well as encourage others in their own personal journey.

June 13, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


New Business Model For RAC, Bordona’s

When Ron Bordona, owner of Bordona's Oakdale Home Furnishings and Appliance realized his business was losing a significant number of big-ticket sales when customers couldn't qualify for credit, he knew he had to think outside of the box.

June 13, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Performance Dyno Tuning Feeds And Entertains

As the final stop in the Graffiti '12 Park & Shines week-long event, Performance Dyno Tuning (PDT) and Al's Furniture teamed up to offer a free lunch during PDT's open house, Friday, June 8 in Oakdale.

June 13, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Plunge In! - City Pool Opens For Summer Season

Although the actual summer season has gotten off to a bi-polar start - one minute it's hot, the next it's raining - the Oakdale City pool, The Plunge, opened officially Saturday, June 2 to eager swimmers.

June 06, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Chad Condit Visits Oakdale For Meet And Greet

Independent candidate Chad Condit visited Oakdale Wednesday, May 30 for a meet-and-greet event at Cafe Bravo in the hopes of reaching out to voters before the upcoming Tuesday, June 5 primary election.

June 01, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oakdale Paranormal Society Seeks Members

If you've always been fascinated by the unknown, have an open mind, and enjoy sitting in darkness waiting for something otherworldly to happen, the Oakdale Paranormal Society may be the right fit for you.

May 30, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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