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Mustangs Keep Up Hectic Pace For Track, Field

On top of their Valley Oak League meet against Sierra on Thursday, March 26, the best of the best in high school varsity track and field came out to The Corral on Friday, March 27 for the annual County vs. County meet. Eighteen schools from both Stanislaus and Merced counties competed under the hot Oakdale early spring sun.

April 01, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports

Fishing Report 04-01-15

Every angler has his or her favorite fishing spot, I'm no different. Last weekend while fishing Lake Pardee, which is full by the way. My son and I were struggling to get any bites. We moved around from spot to spot until I decided that we try an old spot that I've been fishing since I was a kid. There was a time when that spot was the only place that I would fish on the lake, but as my boats have gotten bigger and more reliable, I've since ventured out. After fishing a while, my son ...

April 01, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports

Knights Ferry News 4-01-15

Here it is another month already! There are a lot of things happening in the Ferry this month. April 2nd is the Knights Ferry Community Club dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the clubhouse. April 4th is the Car Show with over 160 cars entered. The cars will all be around town, none on the other side of the river. There will be live entertainment, food, and T-shirts available. April 5th is Easter with sunrise services at the cross on Frymire's hill. April 8th the Garden Club is meeting at the cemetery at 10:00 a.m ...

April 01, 2015 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

Valley Home News 4-1-15

We hope everyone will take the opportunity to honor a local hero on Tuesday, April 7 when Gene Benedix receives the Purple Heart medal. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Gladys Lemmons Senior Center. This is such an amazing honor for someone very deserving!

April 01, 2015 | WINNINE MULLINS | Valley Home News

Marg-Ins-Of Bricks And Fellows

So it is that exciting time of year when baseball is in the air, basketball (March Madness, specifically) is just about in the rearview mirror and, for those with teams still in it, the Stanley Cup playoffs loom just around the corner.

April 01, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

Monday night marked my fourth Oakdale Testicle Festival, taking me a long way from my first time as a newbie with only a few weeks on for The Leader, and an editorial staff of women (sans sports guy) when I was "chosen" to cover the annual event.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

As many look ahead to lazy mornings and summer schedules Oakdale High School's Dana McLain has other thoughts on her mind.

April 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Annual Spring Fest Saturday

The City of Oakdale, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Oakdale, is hosting the ninth annual Kids Spring Fest on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News

Reclamation Report: No Change In Water Allocation Status

The Bureau of Reclamation reports that, due to continued dry conditions, the initial 2015 water supply allocation released on Feb. 27 for Central Valley Project agricultural contractors and municipal and industrial contractors remains unchanged.

March 30, 2015 | | Local News

NAOMI RUTH LUCAS SPERRY

NAOMI RUTH LUCAS SPERRY went to be with Jesus on March 22, 2015 in Oakdale, CA. She was born December 26, 1934 in Walter, Oklahoma to Walter Lee Lucas and Audie Pamelia Wilson. She spent her young life traveling between Arizona and New Mexico with her family to different farms where they picked a variety of crops. Her father loved to travel and was always on the move to a different location for work.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries

Runners Respond To Jessica’s Law Revisions

Jessica's Law authors George and Sharon Runner have responded to the recent decision by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to stop enforcing Jessica's Law residency restrictions statewide:

March 27, 2015 | | Local News

Museum Scholarship Offered

The Oakdale Cowboy Museum is proud to announce the 2015 Lowell C. "Doc" Dorius scholarship award to graduating high school seniors in the greater Oakdale area. This scholarship fund is in memory of Lowell C. "Doc" Dorius D.V.M. "Doc" had a passion for his profession and specialized in treatment of beef cattle and herd management. He took joy in mentoring young men and women on the care of cattle and they spent many hours with him making calls. A memorial scholarship was established through the Oakdale Cowboy Museum by friends and family after his passing in July of ...

March 26, 2015 | | Local News

Dried And Confused: Lunch Focuses On Water Rights

With California in its third drought year, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 42nd Annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon on March 19 brought in known attorney, Valerie Kinkaid, to discuss its chosen topic, "Three Major Threats to Water Rights."

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

OTVB – What Direction Now?

With the recent shoot-down of "Pioneer Perfect," the Oakdale Tourism and Visitor's Bureau decided to finally "embrace" "Cowboy Capital of the World" as it continues its mission to develop and promote tourism for the City of Oakdale.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

City Opposes Fed Plan

With the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation planning to release significant water flows down the Stanislaus River during a time of continued drought in the area, the City of Oakdale took a stand and opposed the agency's planned actions, expressing serious concerns with its 2015 Drought Contingency Plan.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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Oakdale Man Arrested For Sex Rendezvous With 13-Year-Old

Oakdale Police arrested a local man on Tuesday, Dec. 24, on suspicion of an array of sexual assault charges regarding a 13-year-old girl he met on Facebook.

December 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

ICON HONORED

In a special afternoon ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 18, "The Friends of Wes Stewart" dedicated a park bench in in the Oakdale Town Plaza at the Bianchi Community Center in memory of prominent Oakdale community member Wes Stewart who served 16 years in Oakdale City government and volunteered countless hours in the CAPS program

December 24, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Year In Review: Looking Back At 2014

From budget issues and the eventual continuation of a city sales tax measure, to the annual celebrations of Rodeo Week, The Chocolate Festival, and school graduations, 2014 was filled with Oakdale Leader headlines both good and bad. This week, we start our annual 'Year in Review' by taking a look at the months gone by, with stories from the first half of the year, January through June.

December 24, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Bond Refinancing Saves City $$

The City of Oakdale is looking into refinancing Bridle Ridge development bonds that will likely generate significant savings for the property owners and also generate capital funds for the road maintenance in the Bridle Ridge subdivision.

December 24, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

United Way Organizations Benefit From RV Sales

Throughout the month of January, Best RV Center in Turlock will donate $100 for every vehicle sold to United Ways serving the Central Valley. United Ways from Sacramento to Fresno will benefit from this drive.

December 24, 2014 | | Local Business

Pilot Program Considered For Respiratory Care

Modesto Junior College has submitted an application to be one of the 15 California Community Colleges to develop a baccalaureate degree pilot program. MJC's application proposes the creation of a four-year program in respiratory care.

December 24, 2014 | | Local News

Local Service Technician Recognized For Excellence

Brad Greer, an ASE Certified automobile technician from Oakdale, was recently honored with a national achievement award as the SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service/ASE Automobile Technician of the Year. Forty-seven automotive professionals were recognized on Nov. 19, 2014, at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

December 24, 2014 | | Local News

O’Neill Continues Mission Of Hope

When Storm Watch 2014 (aka Pineapple Express) was reported, Jonyce O'Neill was not thinking of a flooded landscape or a potential leaking roof … she thought instead of her friends, her 'peeps.' As many sat at a computer screen staring at predictions of how bad the storm would be, O'Neill put a plea on Social Media for trash bags, coats and blankets for her friends who would endure the elements ... outdoors.

December 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Guzman Working On Memorable Senior Year

Although the calendar will show that we are only at the midway point of the 2014-2015 school year, OHS senior Jennifer Guzman is off to a memorable start.

December 24, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports

Sonora, Riverbank Claw Their Way Past Oakdale

It was a rough night for the Lady Mustangs overall as teams at all three levels – freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams lost to longtime rivals, the Sonora Wildcats on Dec. 19. Even though Sonora is no longer in the Valley Oak League, there was that midseason atmosphere when the teams clashed in a non-league preseason girls' varsity basketball game in Oakdale. The youngest Lady Mustangs fell 57-19 and the JV team tumbled, 60-23 against the visitors.

December 24, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports

Mustangs Hold Off Falcons For Home Win

On a cold, damp night outside, the varsity boys were making it rain three's inside the Oakdale High School gym on the basketball court. The varsity Mustangs knocked down four treys to help lift them to a 57-52 victory over visiting Atwater on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

December 24, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports

Valley Home News

Family and friends were treated to a most special evening this past Friday night! The afterschool program presented a delightful Christmas program filled with magic and holiday spirit. The hard work of Tom Cassinetto, Bonnie Gellerman and their wonderful assistants provided the most spectacular holiday entertainment. The program featured Valley Home school students and every scene brought huge applause! A very special highlight was an appearance by recording artist Rich Price. Mr. Price is the grandfather of Valley Home 1st grader Sarah Gruenig and sister Caroline Gruenig. Mr. Price, dressed in the most beautiful sparkling Western attire, played guitar and ...

December 24, 2014 | WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News

Knights Ferry News

There were a lot of people in attendance at the Oakdale Rural Fire Board meeting. The board cleared up the rumor that the Knights Ferry station was being sold, it is not. The survey was commissioned because the LaDonne family said the station was over on their property. No sales were planned in the future. The historical structures in the Ferry were discussed, as they are wooden structures. The Fire Board said all such buildings should be alarmed and monitored for quick response. The Fire Chief is working on staffing both stations but has to work with the union on ...

December 24, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

MURRELL J. CAHOON,

Sept. 16, 1928 – Dec. 20, 2014

December 24, 2014 | | Obituaries

Bond Re-fi Will Save City And Residents Money

The City of Oakdale is looking into refinancing Bridle Ridge development bonds that will likely generate significant savings for the property owners and also generate capital funds for the road maintenance in the Bridle Ridge subdivision.

December 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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