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Successful Run Concludes For 2014 County Fair

Midway lights, great food bites, and daily concert nights were just some of the many highlights as the Stanislaus County Fair celebrated its 103rd year.

July 24, 2014 | | Local News

Council Boosts Fees

A Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District (LLMD) agenda item on fee increases that prompted lengthy discussion at the previous meeting, and eventually delayed the vote until questions could be answered, was approved at a relatively brief Monday, July 21 Oakdale City Council meeting.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Day Camp Wraps Action Packed Summer

This week marks the final week of Oakdale's Super Summer Camp program offered through the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. Camp is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade and campers can attend any or all of the weeklong summer sessions.

July 23, 2014 | | Education

Water Plan Finalized

With California water regulators having voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, the City of Oakdale must now come up with a conservation plan for its residents and 7,000 water customers.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Swift Follow Up Leads To Arrest

The man wanted in connection with the rape of a teenaged girl was spotted and arrested on the grounds of Oakdale High School on Tuesday night, July 15.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime

Breaking Bread, Breaking Ground

At a ceremony on July 15, Oakdale Joint Unified School District officials broke ground for the new 5000-square foot steel structure that will be the Central Kitchen. This will be the first of a handful of projects spearheaded by the Facilities Committee.

July 23, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

RICH IN THOUGHT – Being Papa For Grayson

After the excitement wore off when I first heard I was going to be a grandfather, I wondered if I was destined to be a loveable old man who wore a little fedora with a feather and plaid Bermuda shorts with calf-high dark socks in sandals. Or, if taking after my family lineage, it was time for me to get in the role of 'Papa' and eventually start having a garden with zucchini, fava beans, tomato plants and other vegetables like both my grandfathers had when I was young.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

Lions Club Seeking Community Support

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July 23, 2014 | | Your Views

Mommy Musings - Fair Fun

The timing of returning to the Newsroom could not have come at a better time … Fair week!

July 23, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings

Golden Anniversary Celebration

Grover and Frances Francis recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 4 with a trip to London and Venice. The two were married at the Presbyterian Church in Escalon; both attended Lone Tree Grammar School and graduated from Escalon High School.

July 23, 2014 | | Anniversaries

Knights Ferry News Week of July 23, 2014

There is a new sign up on the highway, a gateway sign for Knights Ferry. It points to the town and tells that there is food and recreation there. Sponsors for the sign so far are: River's Edge, 50's Roadhouse, River Journey, Knights Ferry History and Museum Associates and the Ice Cream and Sweets Shop. It looks really nice.

July 23, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

U19 Girls Start Competitive Soccer Season Strong

Four games over two days and a battle for top honors added up to an exciting weekend of soccer.

July 23, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports

Second Place Showing For Oakdale U13 Boys

Playing at the Turlock Mid Summer Classic on July 19 and 20, in the Silver bracket, the Oakdale United Under 13 boys came home with second place medals to show for their efforts.

July 23, 2014 | | Local Sports

Gators Final Swim Meet Set For Saturday

With summer days drifting away, and fall just around the corner, the Oakdale Youth Swim team, known as the Gators, wraps up their season this Saturday, July 26. The Summer's End Invitational meet is set to begin at 9 a.m. at Oakdale High School's Aquatic Center. The young swimmers have been hard at work since their first meet on June 7 and have since improved their swimming abilities in all aspects in the pool. Members of the community are welcome to support and cheer on the Gators Swim Team for their final competition of the year. Oakdale ...

July 23, 2014 | | Local Sports

Fishing Report

Last week while driving to a favorite camping spot of mine, I got behind a boat that was being towed by a small SUV. It wouldn't have been too bad if the boat being towed was small but the boat was a lot bigger than the SUV which is very dangerous. Just because a car or truck can pull a boat or trailer, doesn't mean that it's safe. In the event that they were to blow a tire or have to suddenly stop, there's no way they would be able to gain control of their trailer ...

July 23, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports

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Mary A. Morris

Mary A. Morris, 105, of Oakdale died Monday, April 7 after a lengthy illness.

April 16, 2014 | | Obituaries

Ron “Ronnie” Enos

Ron "Ronnie" Enos, 74, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, April 4 at home, surrounded by those he loved, after a short battle with cancer.

April 16, 2014 | | Obituaries

REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK – One Greenhorn And 464 Cowgirls

I have to admit, this is my first experience with Rodeo Week due to usually taking anniversary vacations in April during my time here at The Leader.

April 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Join In Kids Spring Fest Saturday

Weather forecasters are calling for sunny skies and temperatures peaking in the 80s on Saturday, picture perfect for some egg hunting and fun.

April 16, 2014 | | Local News

Saturday Parade Kicks Off Rodeo Weekend

The final event in nearly a week of festivities before the start of the actual rodeo, Saturday morning's parade along F Street through downtown Oakdale draws dozens of entries and hundreds of participants.

April 16, 2014 | | Local News

Staff Recognized For Saving Teacher’s Life

A group of Oakdale Junior High School staff members were recognized for saving the life of seventh grade science teacher Fred Yerzy in early March during the public comments portion of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting on April 14.

April 16, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education

High-Flying Rodeo Success

From the nearly perfect weather to well-attended events throughout the week, Oakdale's 63rd annual PRCA Rodeo culminated with a fast-paced weekend of competition. All Around champion at the Oakdale Saddle Club-sponsored rodeo was Elko, Nevada resident Dakota Eldridge. He earned the title and the championship buckle, finishing in the money in both steer wrestling and tie down roping.

April 16, 2014 | | Local News

Screening Of ‘Chasing Ice’ Planned

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a screening of the documentary film "Chasing Ice" on Thursday, April 17, at 7p.m. in Forum 110 on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. This is the final event of the CEP Spring Film and Lecture Series and admission is free. Campus parking is available for $1 in student parking lots.

April 15, 2014 | | Local News

Reclamation Increases Stanislaus River Flows

Beginning on Monday, April 14 the Bureau of Reclamation began increasing releases from Goodwin Dam into the Stanislaus River to benefit Stanislaus River steelhead and San Joaquin River Chinook salmon. Goodwin Dam is located downstream from Tulloch Dam and New Melones Dam and Reservoir, features of the Central Valley Project.

April 14, 2014 | | Local News

Emergency Dispatchers Recognized For Service

You may be in the midst of a chaotic moment, a health crisis, or even worse and the three numbers that come to mind to call in the emergency are 9-1-1. The people answering the phones are highly trained professionals who may calmly give direction on what to do, or perhaps give life-saving instructions. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) honors the brave men and women you do not see who are behind the scenes. National Public Safety Telecommunicators week is April 13 – 19 and it is a chance to give thanks to the men and women on the other end ...

April 11, 2014 | | Local News

Computer Classes Legislation Gets Committee Nod

Assemblymembers Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, and Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, have announced that AB 1764, a bill that would encourage districts to expand computer science courses in high schools, has unanimously passed the Assembly Committee on Education.

April 10, 2014 | | Local News

Fishing Report

Last week I wrote about taking my dad out fishing for the day. The response I got from that column highlighted what I believe is a growing trend among today's youth. There are far too many of them that have never been fishing. I can understand a kid that is 10 or 12 years old, but there are teens out there that have yet to go fishing. While doing a little research on the Internet, I came across an article where the author challenged his readers to take at least two kids out fishing each year. I really hope ...

April 09, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports

Join The Oakdale Gators Swim Team

The Oakdale Gators swim team is now accepting new swimmers for their summer swim team and is also providing swimming lessons located at OHS Aquatic Center. This will be the team's 44th year as they have been a part of the community dating back to 1970.

April 09, 2014 | | Local Sports

Oakdale Golf Splits Pair Of VOL Matches

The Mustangs golf team was on the road for a pair of Valley Oak League (VOL) matches this past week. They played Tuesday, April 1 against Manteca and Thursday, April 3 against Sierra, with both matches held at Manteca Park Golf Course. Oakdale walked away with a 242-257 victory against Manteca and just fell short 230-244 against Sierra.

April 09, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports

Varsity Baseball - Mustangs Blank Visiting Weston Ranch

The Mustangs varsity baseball team is off to a white hot start to the season and it continued to show on Wednesday, April 2 when the team shut out Weston Ranch 11-0 in front of the Oakdale faithful. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 1 but it was postponed to severe weather.

April 09, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports

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