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RICH IN THOUGHT -Heck With It, We're All No. 1

Around the newsroom this week, upcoming graduations were a popular topic as some of the reporters prepared to cover the high school commencements. At our last staff meeting I was taken back when I heard of one local high school's selection of four valedictorians and two salutatorians for its graduating class.

May 27, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

OJHS Graduates Speak At 2015 Send Off

Blake Morgan and Augusta O'Ferrall are now Mustangs. The graduating Oakdale Junior High School Rams spent their final days as students on the campus this past week, along with 320 other graduates.

May 27, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Youth Pastor Sentenced To Five Years

The Oakdale youth pastor that was arrested for possession of child pornography in February 2014 was sentenced to serve five years in federal prison followed by 15 years of supervised release once he is out of prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento.

May 27, 2015 | Report Abuse account | Crime

Ceremony Marks Service, Sacrifice Of Veterans

A respectful crowd, many having brought lawn chairs and others choosing to sit on tailgates or simply stand, gathered Monday morning at the Oakdale Citizens Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day service hosted by the Romain Schell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

May 27, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Class Of 2015 Turns The Tassels

Balloons were bought, flowers delivered and tears shed as over 700 students of Oakdale Joint Unified Schools celebrated with commencement ceremonies over the past week. Students of Oakdale Alternative Education, Oakdale Junior High and Oakdale High School each turned tassels as they now begin the next chapter of their lives.

May 27, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Micke Grove Hosts Memorial Day Ceremony

A Memorial Day celebration welcomes the community to honor those who have served in the US Armed Forces, enjoy a free-admission day at Micke Grove Regional Park and Museum, followed by a complimentary dinner on the grounds of the Historical Museum.

May 24, 2015 | | Local News

D.A. Dismisses Case Of Jura’s Pizza Owner

The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office announced on May 19 that it would not prosecute the sexual assault case against Jura Aghassi, the former owner of Jura's Pizza formerly located on North Yosemite Avenue which closed last year.

May 21, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Ending It Off Right

Here we are again. We made it. We did it and it's here.

May 20, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings

Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move

If there was a common reaction among the Third Avenue merchants Thursday afternoon, May 14, it was one of frustration as to why the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau moved the weekly farmers market from the downtown area to the Oakdale Community Center Plaza.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Guzman, Crossman Top Two At OHS

Thirteen years of primary education will officially come to a close for the Class of 2015 this Friday night at the Oakdale High Corral. The 7 p.m. graduation ceremony will be their final moments on the field as Mustangs, only to then become alumni of the school.

May 20, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Chocoholics Celebrate At Festival

Great weather and high attendance combined to make this year's Oakdale Chocolate Festival a triumph on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Passions Rise At OID

With the irony of rain and stormy skies outside, the Oakdale Irrigation District held a water committee meeting to discuss this year's continuing drought from lack of rain and how the 106-year-old district was allocating its water to customers.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Police Bust Island Spa

Oakdale Police arrested a 54-year-old Asian masseuse for solicitation for prostitution on Thursday, May 14, after conducting an undercover operation at Island Spa located at 730 East F St.

May 15, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Crime

OJUSD Looks To Future Technology Roll Out

It is little secret that we are living in a day and age of rapid technological advances. Gone are the day of chalkboards in classrooms and dry erase boards are slowly finding their way into classroom extinction.

May 13, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Bicyclist Injured In Collision

A Friday night accident left one woman with major injuries and saw traffic along a bus stretch of North Yosemite shut down for a brief time while traffic was detoured around the scene.

May 13, 2015 | | Local News

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Federal Funds Dedicated For Delta Pest Management

A partnership of county, state, and federal agencies, as well as allied boating and water resource protection interests, to improve control of invasive aquatic plants in the Delta has led to $1 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), Areawide Pest Management Program, county and state officials announced this week.

May 30, 2015 | | Local News

Canal Case Labeled Homicide

Two men were taken into custody Thursday, May 28, in connection with a body found floating in the canal at Henry and River roads in Escalon.

May 29, 2015 | | Local News

OHS Alum Parker Graduates Texas Southern University

Former Oakdale High School softball standout, Brianna Parker, graduated from Texas Southern University on May 16. Parker played for the university's softball team all four seasons and helped her team win the South West Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship the last two seasons. She was named to the All-SWAC All-Tournament her senior year.

May 28, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Gunners U16 Soccer Boys Capture Presidents Cup

Oakdale's competitive travel team, the Gunners Under 16 boys competitive soccer squad, has made big waves this season, including winning the Presidents Cup in NorCal state competition recently.

May 28, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Plunge In To Fun At Community Pool

Just in time for the arrival of some hot weather this weekend, the Royse Memorial Plunge will open for the season.

May 27, 2015 | | Local News

Late Spring Drop Seen In Gas Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 4.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.44/gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.75/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

May 26, 2015 | | Local News

Seatbelt Use Monitored During Holiday Weekend

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is joining the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement agencies nationwide to promote the "Click It or Ticket" campaign, which focuses on seat belt use, during this year's Memorial Day Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP).

May 23, 2015 | | Local News

Boaters Can Help Fight Spread Of Invasive Species

California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain vigilant over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

May 22, 2015 | | Local News

Swimmers Take Final Laps Of Season

Eleven of Oakdale's finest competed in the 2015 CIF Section qualifier swim meet recently, bringing their season to an end. Swimmers, fans and family gathered at the pool at Tokay High School in Lodi over the two-day meet to cheer on their teams. Four women and seven men represented Oakdale for the right to advance to the State meet. Oakdale turned in great performances but none of the 11 hopefuls punched their ticket to state.

May 21, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports

Soccer Girls Ousted By Eventual Champion

Oakdale faced off against a familiar foe in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff semifinals when the fourth seeded Lady Mustangs took on the top seeded East Union Lady Lancers. Like everyone else in the Valley Oak League, Oakdale fell to East Union twice during the regular season, and the playoff outcome was no different as Oakdale lost a tough contest, 3-1 on Wednesday, May 13 at East Union, ending the season for the Lady Mustangs. East Union went on to defeat VOL foe Manteca 2-0 in the Section final on Saturday, May 16.

May 21, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports

No Section Title Repeat For Varsity Softball Girls

The hopes of repeating as CIF Section champions came to a screeching halt when the Oakdale Lady Mustangs fell to Cordova on Tuesday night, May 12. Oakdale came out on the short end of a 6-1 score at the Sacramento Softball Complex in Sacramento to the Lancers.

May 21, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports

Baseball Mustangs End Season With Playoff Loss

Home field advantage was not enough to hold off Yuba City as the 11th seeded Honkers came to town and knocked off the Mustangs 10-5, to eliminate the Oakdale varsity baseball team from the 2015 CIF Sac-Joaquin Division III playoffs.

May 21, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports

Safety Precautions Urged For Holiday Weekend

With great weather expected across most of the Golden State this holiday weekend, CAL FIRE urges everyone to use caution as fire danger remains higher than normal due to the drought. Memorial Day weekend is often said to be the official start of summer with everyone enjoying outdoor activities and recreation during the three-day break.

May 21, 2015 | | Local News

OHS Grad Acknowledged For Perfect Attendance

Staying in bed, tucked under covers and moaning about a sniffle or bellyache would not be behavior of Oakdale High School graduating senior Jaycee Harden. The 2015 OHS graduate was recognized earlier this month at the school board meeting for an educational career of Perfect Attendance.

May 20, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Council Studies Shelter Placement Zoning

With the required state obligation for a "Housing Element" within the city's General Plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, May 18 debated areas within the six-square mile town appropriate for various housing needs including in which zones a homeless shelter could be located.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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