Reporter by day, romance novelist by night - and weekends - Kimberly Van Meter recently learned that she'd joined the ranks of Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, and Brenda Novak when she received a call from the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Friday, March 25 notifying her she'd been selected as a finalist in the 2011 RITA race.
Despite calling a special meeting on the subject on Wednesday, April 6, the Oak Valley Hospital District Governing Board still has not come to a decision on the fate of Chief Executive Officer John Friel on whether or not to extend his contract as the hospital's top administrator. Friel's current contract ends in October of this year.
Mary Beth Fullerton and her kitchen accomplice (and mother), Kathy Petsch subscribe to the Paula Deen mantra when it comes to creating culinary dishes: they don't cook for dieting, they cook for eating.
In an illustration of "politics makes strange bedfellows," the Oakdale City Council appointed two community members known for being on opposite sides of issues to co-chair an ad hoc committee on exploring a sales tax increase for the city to cover its recent deficits and cuts.
Rodeo entertainment and weekend antics kept people kicking up their heels in Oakdale as the 60th Annual Oakdale Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo took place on April 9-10 at the rodeo grounds.
Celebrating rodeo week in Oakdale is an annual tradition that kicks off each year with the Cowgirl Luncheon to raise money for the Oakdale Cowboy Museum. Find out what happens when you put 430 women, 60 good-natured cowboys, and free-flowing champagne in a room together.
Oakdale Rodeo Queen hopefuls were shivering in their custom leather outfits Thursday, April 7 at the annual Cowboy Museum mixer as they waited to learn who had earned the title of this year's rodeo royalty. The rain began around 5 p.m. and for a brief moment, snowflakes started to drift from the sky. Of course, nothing stuck and it was over before most people realized it had begun, but it certainly made for good conversation. For complete rodeo coverage of all the week's festivities and competition, don't miss the April 13 issue of The Oakdale Leader.
If you want to see crazy in action, just catch Oakdale before and during the rodeo weekend, and while it's a wild good time for most, for law enforcement and certain city agencies, it spells overtime, a black out on vacation time, and most certainly all hands on deck.
Battle lines are being clearly defined between the members of the Oak Valley Hospital Governing Board. The polarization between members was clear after the last meeting of the hospital's governing board of directors on March 23.
Purple was the predominant color in the audience at Monday night's city council meeting, April 4, as concerned seniors wearing Gladys Lemmons Senior Center shirts gathered, concerned about perceived threats posed to their facility.