An Oakdale man, on parole at the time of his crime, was convicted of residential burglary, possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of hash oil for sale, and the manufacturing of hash oil in Stanislaus County Superior Court on Oct 9.
The American Red Cross and many community partners and agencies continue to deliver humanitarian assistance to families in Calaveras, Amador, and Lake counties one month after two of the most destructive wildfires in California's history sparked. The Butte and Valley fires burned more than 150,000 square acres and destroyed more than 1,700 homes, displacing thousands of families.
On Saturday, Oct. 3 the Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance (OSPA) Strut Your Mutt Team leashed up, loaded dogs and headed west to strut for the homeless pets of Oakdale and Riverbank. OSPA took top honors for the second year in a row as the top fundraising team with a grand total of $20,719 along with earning a $1,000 bonus award from Best Friends Animal Society. The OSPA team and their dogs, many adopted from the Oakdale Animal Shelter, joined 400 others at McLaren Park in San Francisco for the third annual Strut Your Mutt event hosted by Best ...
A mild fall morning would prove to be just what the Run Doctor ordered as close to 2700 elementary school students of Oakdale Joint Unified School District took to their respective fields for the annual Jog-a-Thon on Friday, Oct. 9.
In a week that saw the Seniors beat the Juniors in Powder Puff action, new Homecoming Royalty crowned and an 'off-the-beaten-path' route for the Friday afternoon parade of floats, Oakdale capped its fall celebration with a big varsity football win over Lathrop on Friday night. (See story, photos in Sports, Page A10.)
Excitement in Valley Home ... This Saturday, October 17 our community will come together to celebrate another successful harvest season and raise much needed funds for our Valley Home School! The fun will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a huge Pumpkin Patch with pumpkins available to purchase ... included in the pumpkin patch area will be face painting, fall photos, pumpkin decorating and best carved pumpkin (pumpkins should be decorated and/or carved at home and brought to the festival before 5:15 p.m.) Cheers and applause will welcome the costume contest entries as they parade ...
Birthday greetings for the month of October go out to: Jim Boyer, Carol Davis, Bev Noe, Dick Muniain, Lisa Dolling, Nathaniel Van Ryn, Mike Ohe, Lis Whalen, Alec Ray, Lisa Fogarty, Andrew Schlegel, Austin Page, Dusty Hobbs, Bailey Stepp, Merna Jergentz, Ivan Garcia, Sydney Turner, Nicholas Gonzalez, Jenna Dickens and Jonathan Wheat.
(Editor's Note: As the Nov. 3 date for elections draws closer, The Leader reminds readers of our guidelines regarding political letters. It is the longstanding practice of the newspaper to not run any political letters in the issue just prior to the election. That issue is Oct. 28; therefore, the final issue for letters regarding the Nov. 3 election will be the Oct. 21 issue. Letters deadline is Friday at 5 p.m.; also, letters must be signed and include a daytime phone number for clarification of any questions.)
Legislation by Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, to allow the use of electrically-motorized personal transportation devices in California has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill provides for key safety measures, while allowing local governments the flexibility to regulate their use for individual communities.
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.62/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.31/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is implementing a regional effort to save lives and eliminate impaired drivers. To accomplish their mission and reduce traffic collisions involving impaired drivers, the CHP's Modesto Area office is using a federal grant to conduct a regional campaign against impaired drivers in Stanislaus County. The 12-month project started Oct. 1 and ends on Sept. 30, 2016.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosted its Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend on Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26 celebrating rodeo legends being inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame, as well as Ben Johnson Memorial Award and Tad Lucas Memorial Award recipients. Since 1955, cowboys and cowgirls have been inducted the Rodeo hall of Fame at the Museum, home to the world's largest national rodeo collection.