What started out four years ago as a home-based hobby for Fred and Jennifer Smith, owners of Fred's Firearms, has turned into a full-fledged, thriving business prompting the husband and wife duo to open a storefront on West F Street in Randy Plaza.
National Night Out, Tuesday, Aug. 7 was a night of fun for several Stanislaus County communities, including Valley Home and Oakdale, with both locations participating in the event. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) continues to draw fire with its decisions, this time turning down sponsorship of the Sierra View Music Fest in lieu of financial support toward a first time, developing October event – the Oakdale Climbers Festival.
Oakdale High School senior Madison Lane was sworn in and took her seat on the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the Aug. 13 regular meeting. Sworn in by board president Mike Tozzi, Lane was selected as the student representative to the board for the 2012-2013 school year and will vote on matters before the board, except for personnel matters.
Two council incumbents, a former mayor, both the current and former treasurer, a community volunteer and two others have met the final deadline for three city council positions available in the November election, the Oakdale City Clerk's Office announced on Friday, Aug. 10. Two of the seats are full four-year posts and one is only a two-year period to fill out the term of Jason Howard, who resigned his seat last April due to outside-the-area job interests.
While there are still homeowners struggling with the foreclosure tidal wave that seemed to swamp many homeowners who purchased in 2009-2011, record low fixed mortgage rates and a modest inventory of homes has helped the market to slowly recover but true rebounding will take more time, according to real estate professionals.
An Aug. 7 city directive from Interim Oakdale City Manager Stan Feathers obtained by The Leader was sent to all Oakdale city employees, instructing them not to make city business statements to the media and advising them his office "…is responsible for the City's media relations, with the exception of most public safety issues."
Just like any other business we here at the paper experience our fair amount of turnover or for some 'turn around.' A fair share of the staffers here (myself included) have departed from this building only to later return to its 122 S. Third Ave address. In all honesty ... It's just that good of a gig.
The Oakdale 12-and-under all-star baseball team concluded summer play with two tournaments in July. A young team from the start of the All-star season, they matured over the two months that they played and practiced together. After winning the Oakdale Come As You Are tournament (4-0) and then finishing a disappointing third in the District 1 tournament (1-2), the team started to really come together in post-season tournament play.
The pools, fields, tracks and courses surrounding Oakdale High are awash with action these days as dedicated athletes put forth the work to provide stellar competition in the always tough Valley Oak League in the prep season that looms just around the corner.