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Audit, Cell Tower Highlight Meet

With several items listed on Monday's Oakdale City Council agenda, two items – the city audit results and a proposed cell phone tower – sparked the most discussion between the public, city officials, and contracted commercial representatives.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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


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Canal Case Labeled Homicide

Two men were taken into custody Thursday, May 28, in connection with a body found floating in the canal at Henry and River roads in Escalon.

May 29, 2015 | | Local News


Drowning Claims Lathrop Man At Woodward

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department officials confirmed reports and updated a previous story that a person drowned during Memorial Day weekend at Woodward Reservoir Regional Park outside of Oakdale on Saturday, May 23.

May 28, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Plunge In To Fun At Community Pool

Just in time for the arrival of some hot weather this weekend, the Royse Memorial Plunge will open for the season.

May 27, 2015 | | Local News


Ceremony Marks Service, Sacrifice Of Veterans

A respectful crowd, many having brought lawn chairs and others choosing to sit on tailgates or simply stand, gathered Monday morning at the Oakdale Citizens Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day service hosted by the Romain Schell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

May 27, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Class Of 2015 Turns The Tassels

Balloons were bought, flowers delivered and tears shed as over 700 students of Oakdale Joint Unified Schools celebrated with commencement ceremonies over the past week. Students of Oakdale Alternative Education, Oakdale Junior High and Oakdale High School each turned tassels as they now begin the next chapter of their lives.

May 27, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Late Spring Drop Seen In Gas Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 4.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.44/gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.75/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

May 26, 2015 | | Local News


Micke Grove Hosts Memorial Day Ceremony

A Memorial Day celebration welcomes the community to honor those who have served in the US Armed Forces, enjoy a free-admission day at Micke Grove Regional Park and Museum, followed by a complimentary dinner on the grounds of the Historical Museum.

May 24, 2015 | | Local News


Seatbelt Use Monitored During Holiday Weekend

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is joining the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement agencies nationwide to promote the "Click It or Ticket" campaign, which focuses on seat belt use, during this year's Memorial Day Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP).

May 23, 2015 | | Local News


Boaters Can Help Fight Spread Of Invasive Species

California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain vigilant over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

May 22, 2015 | | Local News


D.A. Dismisses Case Of Jura’s Pizza Owner

The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office announced on May 19 that it would not prosecute the sexual assault case against Jura Aghassi, the former owner of Jura's Pizza formerly located on North Yosemite Avenue which closed last year.

May 21, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Safety Precautions Urged For Holiday Weekend

With great weather expected across most of the Golden State this holiday weekend, CAL FIRE urges everyone to use caution as fire danger remains higher than normal due to the drought. Memorial Day weekend is often said to be the official start of summer with everyone enjoying outdoor activities and recreation during the three-day break.

May 21, 2015 | | Local News


Council Studies Shelter Placement Zoning

With the required state obligation for a "Housing Element" within the city's General Plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, May 18 debated areas within the six-square mile town appropriate for various housing needs including in which zones a homeless shelter could be located.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move

If there was a common reaction among the Third Avenue merchants Thursday afternoon, May 14, it was one of frustration as to why the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau moved the weekly farmers market from the downtown area to the Oakdale Community Center Plaza.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Guzman, Crossman Top Two At OHS

Thirteen years of primary education will officially come to a close for the Class of 2015 this Friday night at the Oakdale High Corral. The 7 p.m. graduation ceremony will be their final moments on the field as Mustangs, only to then become alumni of the school.

May 20, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Chocoholics Celebrate At Festival

Great weather and high attendance combined to make this year's Oakdale Chocolate Festival a triumph on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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