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Community Efforts Make Season Bright

Oak Summit Masonic Lodge #112 of Knights Ferry is supporting the annual 2015 Toys for Tots holiday toy drive. A number of collection barrels and boxes have been placed in Oakdale. They include Ace Hardware, SaveMart, Oak Valley Jewelry, Steves Chevrolet, Haidlen Ford, Suzy Belens, Pizza Hut, Saras Dry Cleaner, Kmart, Tractor Supply and Wells Fargo Bank. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will help the Toys for Tots campaign get holiday gifts to those in need.

December 09, 2015 | | Local News


Sheriff Christianson Travels For Counter Terrorism Training

With the awareness and threat of global terrorism on the forefront, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson has just returned from a best practices counter-terrorism program in Israel. As part of the course which ran from Nov. 15-24, he met with his Israeli counterparts on how to make Stanislaus County and America safer. With the rise of ISIS and other fanatic organizations – as was most recently seen in Paris – this type of program is more important than ever, according to sheriff's department officials.

December 09, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Veronica’s Care Closet Aims To Feed Families

This year marks the sixth Holiday season that the halls of Oakdale High School will not be brightened by the smile of Veronica Patron.

December 09, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Code-Water Enforcer Approved By Council

With code enforcement in the city basically dormant over the past few years, and the State of California requiring cities to enforce water conservation rules, the Oakdale City Council approved a combined code enforcement/water conservation officer position at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 7.

December 09, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Firefighter Seeking Marrow Match

After 11 years on the job, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Wise has battled countless fires and done his part to save lives. Now, after being diagnosed with leukemia in September, the decorated fire veteran and two-time City of Oakdale Firefighter of the Year is looking for his own hero to match him for a bone marrow donation as he contends with his biggest battle yet.

December 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


First Ever Chanukah Menorah Lighting In Downtown Oakdale!

Congregation Beth Shalom, The Center for Jewish Life in greater Stanislaus County and the Central Valley based in Modesto, has announced that they will host a public lighting ceremony of the Chanukah Menorah in downtown Oakdale on Sunday night, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Bianchi Community Center Plaza. The event is free, for all ages, rain or shine, and will feature the lighting of a five-foot tall Menorah, holiday songs and distributing holiday treats.

December 04, 2015 | | Local News


Wet Winter Weather Forecasts Prompt Red Cross Warnings

The forecast for a strong El Niño is making news with an El Niño weather pattern that could be one of the strongest on record. While there are no guarantees, there is the potential for a significant wet winter. As a result, American Red Cross is encouraging residents to prepare their homes and property for the coming wet weather and to arm themselves with safety tips – before significant storms arrive.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


Community Holiday Activities Scheduled

Oakdale's Family Support Network (FSN) will host its Third Annual Coats and Cookies Event on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Thursday, Dec. 10 between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FSN is located at 1405 West F St., Suite A, Oakdale.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


Annual Lamplight Tours This Weekend In Columbia

Columbia State Historic Park and Friends of Columbia are proud to present this year's Lamplight Tour, "The Surprise That Saved Columbia." Tours will run Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and leaving every 15 minutes.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


December Features Pet Adoption Promotion

A mirth-filled holiday season is yours for the low price of saving the life of a rescued pet: a mere $25 adoption fee will give you the not-to-be missed experience of opening your heart and home to a new furry family member or two from the Oakdale Animal Shelter.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


Hospital Auxiliary Offers Craft Fair

Oak Valley Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers will host their annual Craft Fair and Boutique on Friday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oak Valley Medical Plaza Building, 1425 W. H St., Oakdale.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


Annual Tree Lot Takes On New Mission

The spirit of giving is alive and well at 7712 Rodden Road in Oakdale, as River Oak Grace Community Church opens the gates of its annual Christmas Tree lot. The annual tree lot hosted on the hill of the north end church has taken on a new mission for the 2015 Christmas season. A tree lot which once utilized its profits to go toward camp for its youth ministries is now reaching beyond the church's Rodden Road location.

December 02, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Community Spirit Alive And Well

They were lined up outside the Gene Bianchi Community Center well ahead of the scheduled opening time for the doors on Thursday, as members of the community came to enjoy a festive Thanksgiving dinner. Offered to all free of charge, the menu included all the traditional holiday favorites, from turkey and mashed potatoes to salad and cranberry sauce, topped off with a variety of choices for dessert.

December 02, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Center For Human Services Places Holiday Angel Trees

In 2011, Center for Human Services (CHS) – Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center introduced Angel Trees to assist families in need during the holiday season. Last year, CHS – Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center hosted Angel Trees at nine different sites and were able to provide gifts for over 400 Angels (local children). This year, Angel Trees are at eight sites and plan to serve over 300 Angels. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting an Angel (local child) this holiday season, Angel Trees can be found at the following locations:

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


Congressman Plans Visit For Mobile Office Hours

This Friday, Dec. 4 is the date for the next stop in Oakdale for Congressman Jeff Denham.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


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Just Another Day In The Newsroom

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February 22, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


New Group Of Mustangs Get Down To Business

The future looks promising for students of Oakdale High School's Future Business Leaders of America as they recently competed in the FBLA Leadership Competition ...

February 22, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


OHS Cheer Takes Turn In Spotlight

Oakdale as a community has had many accomplishments in sports over the years. Just this past winter the Oakdale High School football team claimed the ...

February 22, 2017 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Violent Storm System Impacts Roads, Homes

Tree limbs came crashing down, power outages were reported, fences were damaged … the latest storm system to blow through the region left quite a mess ...

February 22, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Artists Display Talents At Local Event

Valley art enthusiasts were treated to a break from bad weather over the weekend, as Valley Art Association hosted its Annual 'Fall Carriage Art Show.'

February 22, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Tune In And Tune Up Event Slated Saturday

Free smog repairs are possible for those attending the Saturday, Feb. 25 Car Clean-Up Event in Stockton, with $500 vouchers available for repairs.

February 22, 2017 | | Local News


Focus On Safety For Night Driving

Though fewer cars are on the road at night than during the daytime, driving at night is still dangerous. In fact, the National Safety Council ...

February 22, 2017 | | Local News


Modesto Junior College Presents Screening Of Resilience Documentary

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a screening of the documentary film 'Resilience' on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 ...

February 22, 2017 | | Local News


Skinnovations Establishes Business Presence In Oakdale

Thirty minute commutes are now a thing of the past for Nikki Chiverrell. Chiverrell, a Licensed Cosmetology Esthetician (LCE), Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) and Holistic ...

February 22, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Square Dance Workshop Set

Calling all square dancers: Even if you haven't danced in some time, all are welcome to come and visit the Skirts 'n Flirts group ...

February 22, 2017 | | Local News


Program Honors Students Succeeding Despite Challenges

For the 12th consecutive year, the Stanislaus Association of School Administrators (ACSA) Charter, along with the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE), Mocse Credit Union ...

February 22, 2017 | | Local News


Community-Supported Ag Day Highlights Resolutions

If your New Year's resolutions about healthy eating are already in the rearview mirror, you're not alone, but you still have time to ...

February 22, 2017 | | Local News


Astoria Schedules Specialized Programs For Dementia Support

A Virtual Dementia Tour and an Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregiver Support Meeting are both planned on a regular basis at Astoria Senior Living, 700 Laurel ...

February 22, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

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February 22, 2017 | | Local News


Recognition Program Honors UPS Drivers For Safety

UPS, United Parcel Service, recently announced that 172 elite drivers from California are among 1,575 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an ...

February 22, 2017 | | Local News


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