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Past Arrests - Candidate Drops From Race

In a discovery on Thursday May 17, The Leader learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested on suspicion of rape in December 2007.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local 4-Hers Show Their Fashion

Orange Blossom 4-H Club recently hosted the annual Stanislaus County 4-H Fashion Review at Valley Home Elementary School. Boys and girls ages seven to 17 years old competed in categories where they either made their own outfits or purchased them and then modeled the outfits in front of judges for a score. Orange Blossom 4-Hers Cory Barney and Matthew Black hosted the event to earn their Emerald Stars.

May 22, 2012 | | Local News


Solar Eclipse This Sunday

This Sunday, May 20, there will be a partial solar eclipse visible from the Oakdale/Modesto/Sonora area.

May 19, 2012 | | Local News


Donations Sought As Family Fights Illness

Justin Myers, an Oakdale graduate, has been fighting a mysterious illness that was discovered when he was in junior high. The Oakdale Leader has followed Justin's journey through several stories, including when he received his restored 1969 Chevy Camaro through the Make-A-Wish program. After eight years of frequent blood transfusions for what they can only determine is Pure Red Cell Anemia (partial bone marrow failure), Justin is showing signs of major organ failure. His liver is in Stage 3 Fibrosis due to iron overload, which drops his odds to 70-75 percent. Treatments are no longer effective but they have ...

May 18, 2012 | | Local News


Council Candidate Has Past Rape Arrest

In a recent discovery, The Leader has learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested for rape and penetration with a foreign object that occurred in Nevada County in 2007.

May 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Feathers Tapped As Manager

The Oakdale City Council announced that former Atwater Assistant City Manager Stan Feathers will take over as the part-time interim city manager on July 1when current Interim City Manager Greg Wellman is required to leave the post.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Overworked, Understaffed - City Audits Arrive Late

After a series of city financial crises coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's tardy 2010-2011 audit would be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. Last week the council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit report that had been withheld for nearly a year.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Housecleaning Leaves Leadership Quandary

Since the seating of the current city council in November of 2010, the City of Oakdale tribunal has purged or presided over the departure of nearly all of its department heads. Of the two that remain; the public works director has been given notice he will no longer be employed after July and the finance director may be in jeopardy of being gone by this July also.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Former Mayor Speaks Out About City Finances

Past Oakdale Mayor Farrell Jackson believes much that is being declared about the city's financial status may not be completely accurate.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Special Session To Discuss Finance Director

The Oakdale City Council announced that it will be holding a special meeting on Monday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in closed session to discuss the performance of Finance Director Albert Avila.

May 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


DNA May Reveal Deceased Baby's Mother

On Dec. 1, 2011 Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Bait Barn located at 12505 Yosemite Blvd in Waterford for an infant found in a garbage can. Fire personnel immediately responded and the infant was pronounced deceased.

May 11, 2012 | | Local News


City To Finally Receive 2010-2011Audit

After a series of city financial standings coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila has assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's 2010-2011 audit will be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. The council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit that had been withheld for nearly a year.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Debates Vacancy

Gridlocked by a series of two-two split motions, a packed council chambers on Monday possibly saw a glimpse into the future of a polarized Oakdale City Council stalemated on controversial agenda voting items if a fifth and deciding member is not appointed.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Perfect Day For Celebrating Flight

When the forecast calls for clear and sunny skies with a light breeze, it is a perfect day for flying.

May 09, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | Local News


Oakdale Residents Fill Several ‘Wrath’ Roles

Ma Joad is a strong and resilient woman. Tested by a harsh life on the family farm in Oklahoma, she has been the cement that has kept her family together. But the Great Depression of the 1930s and the horrific dust bowl conditions that accompanied that event, have just about worn her down. According to Jenni Abbott who portrays Ma in the critically and audience acclaimed production, currently running at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, she is "a woman who faces a dilemma. What do you give when you have nothing? But she is a woman with ...

May 09, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | Local News


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CAL FIRE Urges Caution This Memorial Day Weekend

With most of California expecting mild weather conditions over the holiday weekend, CAL FIRE urges everyone to be cautious and not let their guard down ...

May 26, 2017 | | Local News


Crews Urge Caution For Memorial Day

This weekend marks the unofficial start to the summer, and it is a three-day holiday weekend for many, with Memorial Day being observed on Monday ...

May 24, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Annual Chocolate Festival Draws Thousands To Town

For the Central Valley, the weather in the third week of May is a wild card - you get either rain or shine - and this year ...

May 24, 2017 | By KIM VAN METER Special To The Leader | Local News


Gas Prices On The Rise Along With Temperatures

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 12.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.95/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


Delays Due On Roadways

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the eastbound and westbound State Route 4/Crosstown Freeway connector ramp to northbound Interstate 5 for construction ...

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


Irish Society Hosts Gathering For Eugene Commemoration

California Irish gathered for the first commemoration for the Great Irish Hunger on Saturday, May 20 at the California Irish Hunger Memorial, in Eugene, California ...

May 24, 2017 | By GEORGE TRAINOR Special To The Leader | Local News


Silver Anniversary Chocolate Festival A Gem

The heat may have been a little more than festival attendees would have liked, but that didn't really deter anyone from making the most ...

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


State Capital Features Family Fun With Fair

Excitement, anticipation and exhilaration await attendees of the 81st annual Sacramento County Fair.

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


Tea Time Fundraiser Planned To Aid In Stowe’s Cancer Battle

Betsy Stowe has long been known throughout the community as a giver; now she's due her turn.

May 24, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Community Briefs

Speechtrain Session

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


Celebrate All Military This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is celebrated each May to commemorate the people who died in service of the United States of America.

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


Farmer’s Market Arrives With ‘Soft’ Opening Night

Oakdale's downtown Farmer's Market is now open; running every Wednesday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. along North Third Avenue ...

May 17, 2017 | | Local News


Housing Project Info Session May 17

Visionary Home Builders of California (VHB), Stockton's non-profit housing specialist, will be hosting an informational meeting to discuss the vision of their new project ...

May 17, 2017 | | Local News


American Veterans First Outfits Vet With ‘Wheels’

Waiting for the new Stanislaus Veterans Center at Sylvan Avenue and Coffee Road in Modesto to open, holding on to a walker, was World War ...

May 17, 2017 | Virginia Still | Local News


Open Road Calls OHS Alum From California To Costa Rica

Anthony Trujillo always knew he wanted to do something memorable once he completed college.

May 17, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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