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Jobless Rates Still High

Yearly unemployment figures for the area saw only a slight drop from where they started in January 2010, raising uncertainty regarding recovery in 2011.

January 12, 2011 | | Local News

Superintendent Search

A timeline of the Superintendent search process was covered at a special meeting of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees on Monday, Jan. 10. Dr. Wendell Chun of Educational Leadership Services (ELS), who was selected to conduct the school district's search for a new superintendent, provided the review.

January 12, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

OID Creates New Job

The Oakdale Irrigation District is at a point in modernization and automation of its canal facilities that it needs to hire a technological person to manage and maintain its control and data acquisition (SCADA) sites, said OID General Manager Steve Knell at the Jan. 4 regular meeting of the Board of Directors. The board unanimously approved a new staff position for an information technology/SCADA coordinator.

January 05, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Oakdale Chamber Announces Annual Award Nominees

At the Oakdale Annual Awards Banquet each year the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce honors members of the community for Citizen of the Year, Junior Achievement, Community Service, Business of the Year and Lifetime Achievement. The purpose is to honor individuals, organizations and businesses who have worked unselfishly to improve our Oakdale community and help others.

January 05, 2011 | | Local News

Council Extends Public Invitation

Calling on citizens for input, members of the Oakdale City Council asked residents to attend two important meetings that will shape the city's budget and strategic plan for the next few years.

January 05, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Fund Transfer Sought

Oakdale city officials are asking the city council to borrow up to $450,000 from the Bridle Ridge South Trail fund to pay for completion of the update for the city's General Plan.

December 29, 2010 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Toy Giveaway Spreads Christmas Joy

For Samantha Carr, a young mother struggling to put food on the table, the toy giveaway spearheaded by Anne Farmer, Community Service Officer with the Oakdale Police Department, made Christmas possible for her 2-year-old son Johnny.

December 29, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


After being on a combat tour in Afghanistan for more than six months, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Vince Havelaar recently arrived home in Oakdale with his new wife Shelby (Hamilton) on Dec. 23, in time to celebrate Christmas with his family.

December 29, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Concerns For City’s Homeless

As the year comes to an end with its cold weather, community leaders are showing an interest in the welfare of Oakdale's homeless population.

December 29, 2010 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Fire Officials Provide Investigation Update

An estimated dozen residents attended an incident review at Oakdale's Fire Station 1 on Dec. 15 regarding a California Avenue house fire and the delayed response in late October that allowed the fire to gain a stronghold before crews arrived on the scene.

December 22, 2010 | Richard Paloma Special To The Leader | Local News

Newest Council Member Chastised

In a meeting where transferring Bridle Ridge funds and the health of the city budget were discussed, newly-elected Oakdale City Council member Jason Howard was chastised and reprimanded by fellow council members for his taking of confidential documents from city hall.

December 22, 2010 | Richard Paloma Special To The Leader | Local News

Volunteer Adds Mounted Patrol To OPD Ranks

There's a new police officer on the streets, his name is Lobo - and he's not going to cost the City of Oakdale a dime.

December 22, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Christmas Joy - Shopping Spree Delights

"Thank you for making my Christmas special."

December 22, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Drugs Involved In Fatal Shooting

New developments have evolved in the fatal shooting that occurred Friday, Dec. 10 on the Oakdale Waterford Highway, near Milnes Road, following what was originally believed to be a botched home invasion in Hickman, causing investigators to suspect the attack was motivated by drugs.

December 15, 2010 | | Local News

Unsafe Motorists Put Children At Risk

A Valley Home School kindergartner had a close call recently as he boarded the bus for school one morning at the stop in front of his home on Valley Home Road.

December 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

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Oakdale Man Arrested For Child Sex Solicitation

Oakdale Police detectives arrested a 65-year-old man for solicitation of sex acts with a child on Wednesday, Nov. 25 after anonymous sexually explicit letters were ...

November 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Holidays Made Brighter Through Shoebox Effort


November 25, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News

OPD Considers Sending Recruits


November 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Annual Cowboy Christmas And More This Weekend

An Oakdale holiday tradition – Cowboy Christmas – is among the special events coming up this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and Nov 28 for the community ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Kids Tackle Turkey Time

In celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday a few Cloverland Elementary second graders were asked: How do you cook a turkey? Here are their answers.

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Gold Dust Pizza Spices Up North End


November 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Recreation Round-Up

Visit the City web page at or Like us on Facebook at - City of Oakdale Recreation and Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Community ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Orange Blossom 4-H Makes Time For Giving


November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Holiday Travelers Will Enjoy Lower Gas Prices This Week

Americans hitting the road for Thanksgiving will certainly have something to be extra thankful for: the cheapest gasoline prices since March 2009. The low prices ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Operation Christmas Child Continues

The River Christian Community Church is serving as a collection site for Operation Christmas Child-the world's largest Christmas project of its kind. The ...

November 19, 2015 | | Local News

Winter Weather Closure Along State Route 108

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed Sonora Pass/State Route 108 for the winter as of Monday, Nov. 16. The road is closed ...

November 18, 2015 | | Local News

Severe State Drought Tips: Saving Water Saves Energy

With Governor Brown's mandatory water restrictions, the state's most severe drought in decades, and temperatures rising during an extra hot summer, Energy Upgrade ...

November 18, 2015 | | Local News

Clerk-Recorder Announces Completion Of Vote Tally

Lee Lundrigan, Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters & Clerk-Recorder released the final daily Consolidated District Election update.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News

State Fire Officials Remain On Alert

While recent rains and cooler temperatures have lowered the threat of wildfires in some areas of the State, CAL FIRE continues to have extra firefighter ...

November 18, 2015 | | Local News

Veterans Honored For Service

Veterans Appreciation Day ceremonies were held at the Veterans Monument in William A. Fish Veterans Park on Wednesday, Nov 11 by the local VFW Post ...

November 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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