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Residents Wary Of Cell Tower

In a move likely to frustrate some local residents, Oakdale City Council members will not be discussing a lease agreement for the installation of a 70-foot cell phone tower at their Jan. 17 meeting as previously anticipated. The discussion was pushed to a later meeting, officials said, because of the longer than normal agenda for Jan. 17.

January 11, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Dry Weather Pattern Cause For Concern

Unseasonably dry weather so far this winter is leaving the area in an unsettled condition.

January 11, 2012 | | Local News


Wastewater Treatment Plant Subject Of City Tour

Upgrades and repairs to the Oakdale Wastewater Treatment Plant are finally complete, and Oakdale City Council members toured the completed facility on Monday, Jan. 9. The tour was considered a special meeting of the Oakdale City Council, but the council took no action during the session.

January 11, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Lifetime Achiever - Bill Dyer Tapped For Recognition

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce has awarded Bill Dyer, a former Oakdale High School teacher, the former familiar face behind Community Sharing, and an overall volunteer extraordinaire the honor of Lifetime Achiever for his years of humble service with various causes, clubs, and organizations.

January 11, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Will OID See Winter Irrigation?

The Oakdale Irrigation District's Tuesday, Jan. 17 meeting agenda will contain an item related a possible "winter" irrigation, said OID General Manager Steve Knell. He said that OID has had a number of inquiries about having an irrigation rotation due to the lack of rainfall but that the decision is up to the board of directors.

January 10, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Oakdale Man Sentenced In Federal Court For Drugs

Modesto Area Drug Traffickers Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Terms

January 06, 2012 | | Local News


Wastewater Plant Tour Open To Public

Oakdale City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 9 at the Oakdale Wastewater Treatment Plant. Council and members of the public will take a tour of the facility to view progress on plant upgrades.

January 05, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Newsworthy Final Six Months Of Year

A swift-running river, bad news for schools in terms of state funding, and an increase in gang activity all found their way on to the front pages of The Leader during the latter half of 2011. Following are some of the top stories, July to December.

January 04, 2012 | | Local News


Battery Ingestion Harms Toddler

Jaden Mayfield was doing what probably any two-year-old boy would do one afternoon when he found something shiny …he put it in his mouth. Little did he or his family know that his age-appropriate curiosity would turn into a long hospital stay.

January 04, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


California Rings In New Laws For 2012

The New Year brings fresh opportunity and challenges for most people but it also brings new laws for everyone to abide by. More than 800 laws will go into effect. Some laws directly affect your day-to-day, others not so much, but it's a good idea to know what's legal and what's not. Here is a small list of some of the more talked-about laws that will go into effect.

January 04, 2012 | | Local News


Locals Not Affected - Sears Holding Company Announces Store Closures

Although the list posted at the Sears Holding Company website is still not completely updated, the Oakdale Kmart and Sears locations seem to have escaped the chopping block as they are not among the 80 stores slated for closure throughout the country.

January 04, 2012 | | Local News


Redevelopment Decision Prompts Review

Oakdale city officials are scrambling to action after the California Supreme Court upheld the state's right to dismantle redevelopment agencies across the state in a Dec. 29 decision. The Supreme Court also ruled that an alternate strategy, which some were calling "ransom payments," was unconstitutional. This decision leaves the City of Oakdale scrambling to meet a four-month deadline to ensure repayment of around $1.5 million owed by the RDA to city held funds.

January 04, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Scarves For Seniors

Several Orange Blossom 4-H club members, in contributed photo at side, made approximately 110 scarves in December to contribute to the Oakdale Police Department's senior outreach program coordinated by CAPS (Citizens Auxiliary Police Services) member Lupe Aguilera.

January 03, 2012 | | Local News


Crime Scene Investigator Killed In Hughson

Sheriff Adam Christianson announced Friday morning, Dec. 30 that the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office lost a crime scene investigator while she was investigating an active crime scene in Hughson.

December 30, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oakdale Evaluates Retail Potential

Looking to capitalize on existing opportunities, members of the Oakdale City Council have approved spending $16,000 of Redevelopment Agency money to fund a retail business study.

December 28, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


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Downtown Vandalism Causes Widespread Damage For Merchants

Merchants along North Third Avenue were stunned Thursday morning, April 28, when decorative plants along the historic area had their two-foot deep pots smashed by ...

April 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Caltrans Sees Statewide Litter Pickup Day Success

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) held a statewide Litter Removal Day and Enforcement Day on Thursday, April 21 to pick up litter, trash and ...

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


River Clean Up May 7

Volunteers will meet near the river in the Cost Less parking lot. Bring gloves, boots, and energy. So far volunteers have collected over eight tons ...

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


Superhero NICU Reunion At Modesto Nuts Game

For the third year Doctors Medical Center will honor its "graduates" of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Superhero Night at the Modesto ...

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


McKenzie Cruises Into Ports Game A Winner

With only 8,736 fans to go, the Stockton Ports were anticipating reaching their six millionth fan to walk through the gates during Saturday or ...

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


Oak Valley Art Society Spring Show Winners

Members of the Oak Valley Art Society hosted their Spring Show earlier this month at the Escalon library. Following is the list of winners.

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


SPECIAL DELIVERY

A project that saw many contributors came to fruition on Monday morning at Haidlen Ford on East F Street in Oakdale. Here, recently-turned 16-year-old Hailey ...

April 27, 2016 | Melody Wann | Local News


Car Owners Help Raise Funds For Local OSPA

A great fun filled, sunny day at PDT Motorsports was had by all that showed up at the South Fifth Avenue location in Oakdale on ...

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


City To Use Grant $$ To Buy Electric Trucks

A San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District grant will enable the City of Oakdale to take advantage of an opportunity to obtain alternative fuel ...

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


Laugero Celebrates Milestone Birthday With Family, Friends

Longtime former Escalon resident Minnie Laugero, now living at Dale Commons in Modesto, turned 100 on Monday, April 4, 2016. She celebrated her birthday at ...

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


Pet Rescue Finds Niche In Repurposing

ASTRO Foundation continues to not only make its mark, but finds a way to make the most of its opportunities. The Animal Shelter to Riverbank ...

April 27, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Bagley Signs To Play Football With La Verne

Hard-hitting Oakdale Mustang outside linebacker and strong safety, Robby Bagley has come to a decision on where he will be playing football this upcoming fall ...

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


Love Oakdale Brings Community Together

With nearly 20 projects around town, volunteers gathered on Saturday, April 23 to share breakfast and then headed out to their assignments of painting, cleaning ...

April 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Relay Hits Right Notes For Community

In a fun-filled, yet often touching 24 hours, Relay For Life of Oakdale participants helped raise awareness of the programs and services of the American ...

April 27, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Tracy Arrest Tied To Oakdale Robbery

Oakdale Police are investigating the likelihood that a suspect arrested on April 22 in Salida by Tracy Police investigators is linked the Valley First Credit ...

April 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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