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Financial Advisor Takes On Labor Of Love

It's been said there are few things more challenging, more rife for disaster, than the remodel of a historic home. The risks are many, the financial undertaking staggering, and the frustration level epic.

February 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Cricket Connection

Even at a young age Brenda McDaniel had had an eye for the bad boy. When Paul McMillen managed to get himself kicked out of kindergarten in Knights Ferry, fate must've earmarked their futures together, for these two sweethearts spent a lifetime crossing each other's paths in one way or another and yet they led separate lives.

February 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Tattoo Boutique Seeks To Change Stereotype

It took six months of hang-ups, unreturned calls, and flat out refusals before Cristin and Jim McCoy, owners of Tainted Arts, found a landlord who would rent to them.

February 02, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Rural Fire To Reassess Parcels For Revenue

Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District volunteers will be paying a visit to the 1,900 parcels located within the district in the hope of discovering previously untapped revenue in the form of taxable improvements made on residential and commercial properties.

February 02, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Men Rob Costless Market At Gunpoint

Two men walked into Costless Market on Yosemite Avenue wearing ski masks and robbed the cash registers at gunpoint, Sunday evening, Jan. 30 around 10:40 p.m.

January 31, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


New Tattoo Boutique Breaks Stereotype

Cristin and Jim McCoy know a thing or two about being judged but they're all about changing people's attitudes and tearing down the stereotypes as the two recently opened a tattoo gallery that's nothing like the ones you see on television. Comfortable and professional, custom photography on the walls, this isn't your run-of-the-mill street shop. The duo are all about the art, not the hype, when it comes to inking someone's skin. Want to know what makes them different? Read all about them and their newest business venture in the next issue of the The ...

January 28, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Shattered - Another Teen Injured In Crosswalk Collision

Holly Wheeler, an 18-year-old, 2010 graduate of Oakdale High is among a growing number of people joining a club created of unfortunate circumstances.

January 26, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Stuff ‘n Nonsense - Daughter O’ Mine

I've never given my mother enough credit for raising four children, three of those being strong, willful and independent daughters.

January 26, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


The Glory Of Gold

On Jan. 24, 1848, James Marshall changed American history - particularly that of California - when he discovered gold in the American River near John Sutter's sawmill, unwittingly setting the stage for what would become the California Gold Rush. Even today, locals like Robert Guardiola - whose wife Mary is CEO of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce - devote time to the pursuit of striking "the Mother Lode."

January 26, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Grgich Carvery Offers Hof Brau Style Eatery

Jared Grgich, part owner of the newly opened Grgich Carvery, knows a thing or two about good food, having grown up in the catering business and now he's serving up the family recipes in his hof brau-style eatery.

January 19, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Former Schoolteacher Nabs Achiever Award

Patricia Graham embodies the spirit of a 1920s flapper in that she allows nothing to stand in the way of accomplishing her goal, whether it's conventional thinking or a busted hip, for the 86-year-old former Riverbank High school teacher has always chased after what she wanted - a character trait she encouraged and fostered in her students.

January 19, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


A Day To Celebrate Popcorn

Popcorn - a delicious snack that's been popping into people's mouths for close to 8,000 years - has its own National observance day.

January 19, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Bonsack Gallery To Facilitate Art Club

If there's one thing Debi Bonsack and husband Brad Keith know - it's art.

January 12, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Volt Energizes Dealership

Chevrolet is back in the game with the recent roll out of their newest innovation on four wheels - the Volt.

January 12, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


New Year Holiday Keeps Cops Busy

There were plenty of calls to keep Oakdale Police busy throughout the New Year's Eve holiday, said officials.

January 05, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


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Museum Honors Yosemite Connection

The Oakdale Cowboy Museum was filled with people Wednesday, Jan. 29 as the crowd came for the official opening of the museum's newest exhibit, "The Tales of the Yosemite Back Country, Mather Saddle & Pack Station, operated by the Barnes Family since 1929" in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act.

February 05, 2014 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Go! Fight! Win!

Last year, Oakdale High School Cheer Coaches, Heather Vieira, Sherry Kupper, and Melissa Xavier, started the Mini Mustang cheer clinic where little girls in grades K-6 would cheer for the first half of a home varsity Mustang game with the Mustang cheerleaders as well as perform the half-time show. The coaches had modest expectations but were blown away when 116 little girls participated.

September 25, 2013 | Kim Van Meter | Local Sports


Oakdale's Annual Chocolate Festival

Although the main attraction of the Oakdale Chocolate Festival is undoubtedly the chocolate, there are plenty of other things to see, taste, and experience at the 21st annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival hosted by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce.

May 15, 2013 | Kim Van Meter | Chocolate Festival 2013


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - Adjusting To The Dream Job

Who knew there would be an adjustment period to living the dream? I certainly didn't. Many of you know I published my first book in December 2006 and it's been a dream of mine for longer than I can remember to support myself solely on my fiction writing income. After many years of incredibly hard work, I managed to make that dream a reality and I left my post at The Leader to live the dream.

April 24, 2013 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Hottest Ticket - Annual Cowgirl Luncheon Wild Success 12 Times Over

It's the hottest ticket in town and for 464 lucky ladies - it's money well-spent.

April 17, 2013 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Chatting With Pam Thornberry, P.A.

Pam Thornberry, a Physician's Assistant with Dr. Lee Horwitz, has a smile that immediately puts patients at ease, whether she's discussing something serious or simply exchanging information about one's medical history. Thornberry, who received her medical training at UC Davis, has been a PA for 18 years and in the current Oakdale office for the past 12. For the special Healthy Living feature, this 'Q and A' is designed to help the community get to know a bit more about their friendly neighborhood medical professional, beyond the charts and prescriptions.

February 19, 2013 | Kim Van Meter | Healthy Living 2013


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - A Graceful Exit

I have an issue with finality. At the end of every year, as everyone is celebrating the ball drop on a New Year, I'm lamenting the fact that I'll never be in that moment again - another year lost to time, never to experience again. In that second before the big calendar change, I panic just a little knowing that it's over. I'm happy to report that the panic doesn't last but I can always count on it because I hate endings.

December 26, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


BOWL BOUND

The Oakdale Varsity Football team arrived bright and early Friday, Dec. 14 to board the bus headed for Carson, California for the California Interscholastic Federation State Football Championship Division II Bowl game -- a first for the Mustangs and there was a good-sized, rowdy crowd ready to send them off in style.

December 14, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Not-So-Merry - Thieves Pilfer Holiday Packages

The best part about the digital age is the ease with which retailers make it for consumers to do a large portion of their shopping from the comfort of their living room via the Internet. Emarketers estimated that Internet shopping will account for 24.3 percent of all U.S. retail spending during the traditional holiday season (November-December) and judging by the number of times the UPS, FedEx, and other mail carriers have been rumbling down city streets, that estimate seems on target.

December 12, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


House Of Beef, A Delicious Holiday Resource

December 07, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Holiday 2013


Holiday Safety - Police: Be Wary Of Opportunists

As the unseasonably warm Indian summer fades to the chill, foggy days of a Central Valley winter, Oakdale Police are reminding the community that criminals often look for quick opportunities to steal other people's property and a foggy night makes for perfect cover.

November 28, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


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


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