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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


Toy Giveaway Spreads Christmas Joy

For Samantha Carr, a young mother struggling to put food on the table, the toy giveaway spearheaded by Anne Farmer, Community Service Officer with the Oakdale Police Department, made Christmas possible for her 2-year-old son Johnny.

December 29, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Volunteer Adds Mounted Patrol To OPD Ranks

There's a new police officer on the streets, his name is Lobo - and he's not going to cost the City of Oakdale a dime.

December 22, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Christmas Joy - Shopping Spree Delights

"Thank you for making my Christmas special."

December 22, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Stuff N' Nonsense - Holiday Hustle Bustle

Right about now if you haven't finished your Christmas shopping you're a card-carrying member of the Last Minute Club - of which I'm the president.

December 22, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Homicide Shuts Down Milnes Road

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputies shut down parts of Oakdale Waterford Highway, Milnes and Claribel roads around 7:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10 in response to a homicide that may be connected to a home invasion robbery in Hickman that occurred earlier that morning.

December 10, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


Christmas Cheer - Old Fashioned Downtown Holiday

All that's missing is the roasting chestnuts over an open fire but even so, the third annual Old Fashioned Christmas on Third Avenue, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 10 is bringing the holiday cheer with Christmas carolers, twinkling lights, hot cocoa and cider, more than 40 vendors, wagon rides through downtown and even pictures with Santa.

December 08, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oakdale Pharmacy Closes, Completes Sale Of Patient Files

Patients of Oakdale Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy owned by John Dayton, were given a shock when they received a letter in the mail - after the fact - that the pharmacy had closed its doors and their pharmaceutical needs would be handled by Walgreens, the newest pharmacy chain to open in Oakdale.

December 08, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Reaching Out - Tragedy Drives Mother

Bonnye Spray isn't a public speaker yet she chooses to stand before hundreds of teenage strangers any chance she can get.

December 01, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Drizzle Dampens Cowboy Christmas

The sun wasn't shining but that didn't stop Cowboy Santa from making his annual trek to Cowboy Christmas on Saturday, Nov. 27 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.

December 01, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Stuff ‘n Nonsense - The Measure Of Success

My ninth book is hitting the shelves in December. I was recently nominated for best Silhouette Romantic Suspense for 2010 by Romantic Times magazine for my first romantic suspense, To Catch A Killer, and I've just finished writing my 13th book (which will come out in 2011). My publisher seems to really like my work and in a difficult business, I'm doing a good job of carving a name for myself. I have my first true speaking engagement (I'm being paid!) in February where a group of people will gather to listen to what I have to ...

November 24, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


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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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