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Theft Results In Bus Crash, Horse's Death

An Oakdale family is grieving the loss of a beloved horse after the theft of the horse's pasture gate was stolen. The horse was killed by a bus on Highway 108 carrying a load of passengers returning from Black Oak Casino around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 4. Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft, saying it's likely the theft was spurred by methamphetamine users looking for metal that they could turn into valley scrap metal centers for quick cash. The horse, a 16-hand quarterhorse, was used to help austic children in therapuetic settings. For ...

August 19, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


New City Manager Sees Busy Schedule

Even before his Aug. 1 start date as interim city manager for the City of Oakdale, Greg Wellman was at city hall getting acquainted with the council members and the executive staff to get caught up on the issues.

August 17, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Suspected OPD Materials Thief Turns Self In

Yuri Pearson, 34, the man suspected of stealing a variety of items from a locked storage cabinet in the Oakdale Police Department during a remodel of the station last year, turned himself in Thursday, Aug. 11, according to police reports.

August 12, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Home Wine Making Class Featured

Potential home viticulturalists could be in for a treat as Delicato Vineyards will once again be holding its Home Wine Making Workshop on Saturday Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 for those just beginning or those wanting to hone their skills.

August 11, 2011 | | Local News


Duo Hired For Seeking City Grants

With cuts to city staff and the inability of a previously contracted firm to perform, the City of Oakdale has decided to go with a local, smaller firm that has a proven track record in the area of obtaining city grants from state and federal agencies.

August 10, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Charges Filed Against Valley Home School Superintendent

Valley Home School Superintendent Thomas Kevin Hart was charged with felony child molestation on Friday, Aug 5 by the Stanislaus District Attorney's Office, including two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, one count of sexual penetration, and one count of a lewd and lascivious act upon a child.

August 10, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Food Services Director Resigns Amid Investigation

Longtime Oakdale Joint Unified School District Food Services Director Raymond Martinez abruptly resigned his position, effective Aug. 2 amidst allegations of possible theft, misappropriation of district property, and embezzlement of public funds.

August 10, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


ORFD Program Plays It Safe

It's summer time and Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District (ORFD) has been busy - rescuing people from the Stanislaus River.

August 10, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Music Fest Funds Local Scholarships

Each year since 2009, The Heidi Brunk Foundation has been able to offer the chance of a scholarship to more and more students from area high schools so they can pursue their education in music and the arts.

August 10, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Eager Students Search Class Lists

Fair Oaks Elementary students could hardly wait to discover who their new teacher would be for the 2011-2012 school year and there was quite a crowd assembled Thursday, Aug. 4 when the class lists were posted at 4 p.m. School starts bright and early at all Oakdale Unified School District sites Wednesday, Aug. 10.

August 08, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Reimbursement Fight Looms For Hospital

In an attempt to fight off cuts that could severely hamper the hospital's operation, Oak Valley Hospital Chief Executive Officer John Friel urged a letter writing campaign to elected officials to block a proposed bill.

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Horse Joins Police Department Family

The Oakdale Police Department equestrian budget is going to double -from $1 to $2 - with the recent addition of Moe, an 8-year-old bay quarter horse gelding.

August 03, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oak Valley Hospital Board Hears Special Districts Threat

The Oak Valley Hospital District governing board was painted a gloomy picture as they were informed of a joint meeting of the California Assembly's Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review and the Local Government Committee that discussed "California's Special Districts: Efficiency and Alternatives."

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Website Debuts For City Groups And Events

Described as a "one stop shop for groups and events," city volunteers introduced a new website designed to assist users in getting information about Oakdale all in one location.

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Members ‘Fence’ Over Issues

Several issues presented to the Oakdale City Council on Monday, Aug. 1 generated discussion by members who showed no hesitation in voicing their opposing views.

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Road Closure Notification

The City of Oakdale announced Friday morning that a road closure due to construction is planned for all day Friday, Aug. 18.

August 18, 2017 | | Local News


Annual Taste Of Oakdale Showcase Arrives Aug. 29

A highlight of summer, and the chance for local businesses to showcase their food and beverages, the annual Taste of Oakdale hosted by the Oakdale ...

August 16, 2017 | | Local News


Filing Deadlines Extended For November Elections

Deadlines are looming today, Aug. 16, for a number of races in the November election where no incumbent filed for the position.

August 16, 2017 | | Local News


Sutter’s Fort Offers Hands On History

Continuing a popular series of fun and interactive "Hands on History" activities offered each month, Sutter's Fort State Historic Park and Friends of Sutter ...

August 16, 2017 | | Local News


Caltrans Career Fairs Aim To Fill Vacancies

Caltrans is hiring, looking to fill more than 1,100 open positions, and is hosting career fairs statewide to attract potential employees.

August 16, 2017 | | Local News


Pump Prices Move Higher

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.81/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

August 16, 2017 | | Local News


Education Office Plans Livestream Of Solar Eclipse

A view from a solar telescope will provide live footage of the upcoming eclipse from the San Joaquin County Office of Education Campus in Stockton.

August 16, 2017 | | Local News


Biblical Historical Tour To Israel And Jordan

A Biblical and historical study tour to Israel and Jordan is scheduled to depart from San Francisco on Nov. 25, 2017. The 14-day Biblical journey ...

August 16, 2017 | | Local News


Videos For Sea Safety: A Girl Scout’s Project

It's fairly common to hear about young men's efforts in their Eagle Scout projects. It is, however, less common to hear about Girl ...

August 16, 2017 | By AUTUMN NEAL Leader Correspondent | Local News


Community Briefs

Summer Concert Series

August 16, 2017 | | Local News


Sheriff’s Department Identifies Suspect, Deputy In Shooting

Detectives continue to investigate the officer involved shooting that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 6 in Knights Ferry. The deputy involved in the shooting has been ...

August 10, 2017 | | Local News


AND THE BAND PLAYED …

Members of the Oakdale Community Band came out for National Night Out and played familiar tunes, much akin to those heard in Disneyland and at ...

August 09, 2017 | | Local News


StanCOG’S “Big-Picture Look” At Transportation In The Valley

Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) is looking to improve the quality of life valley-wide.

August 09, 2017 | By AUTUMN NEAL Leader Correspondent | Local News


Last Call: Local Business Is Brewing

There's something big brewing on the south end of town and it's not coffee.

August 09, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


City Faces Permanent Water Chlorination

If you live within the city limits and you think there's something stinky coming out of the tap - your nose isn't lying.

August 09, 2017 | By KIM VAN METER Special To The Leader | Local News


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