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Girl Brutalized After School

(Editor's note: Names* have been changed for the protection of the juvenile)

March 31, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oakdale Chef Named Culinary Clash King

Oakdale High graduate and resident Bryan Ehrenholm took home the distinction of Culinary Clash King on Thursday, March 25 after competing against three top-notch kitchen competitors in an Iron Chef-style contest sponsored by the DMC Foundation for the prize.

March 31, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


O’Bannon Named Young Woman Of The Year

Kelli O'Bannon was one of 17 women recently honored at the Stanislaus County Commission for Women (SCCW) annual dinner hosted by Stanislaus County Commission for Women - and she's a teenager.

March 24, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Ag Lunch Presenters Highlight Local Products

Attendance hit the 150 mark as attendees flocked to the community center Thursday, March 18 for the 37th annual Oakdale Ag Scholarship Luncheon to listen and learn about the "locavore" movement.

March 24, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Small Town Event Draws Study For Cancer Research

This April, the American Cancer Society will offer a unique and potentially life-changing opportunity to the tri-city area. On Saturday, April 24 the non-profit organization will host Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). The research project will be hosted at Oakdale High School between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., in conjunction with Oakdale's Ninth Annual Relay for Life.

March 24, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


OID Water Season Starts Late March

The 2010 water season to start at the end of March was approved by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the March 16 regular meeting.

March 17, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Annual Home Show Boasts Multiple Vendors

The fifth annual Home and Garden Show hosted by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce boasted nine additional booths and 17 vendors, creating a very busy environment for attendees to the free event, Saturday, March 13 at the community center.

March 17, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Tourism Roundtable Staged In Riverbank

Tourism is big business and every city, town, and even country wants you to visit, stay a while and leave a bit of your cash behind when you say goodbye. The 11th annual Tourism Business Forum held in Riverbank at the Antigua Event Center on Thursday, March 11 was all about capitalizing on the "Staycation" phenomenon, and showcasing the region's hidden jewels with presentations by Carl Ribaudo on sustainable tourism and Jesse Roseman on the Paddle to the Sea program.

March 17, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


UC Davis Students Visit Brennan Park For Field Trip

Local landscape architect Monica Perrone, ASLA, brought 18 of her UC Davis landscape architecture students to Brennan Park in Oakdale on Tuesday, March 2 to generate specific designs for the park in coordination with Cheryl Bolin, Director of Parks and Recreation, as part of their quarter final project.

March 10, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Pedestrian Struck, Killed On F Street

A 48-year-old Oakdale man was struck by a truck while crossing West F Street in the 1100 block on Saturday, March 6 around 8:15 p.m. He suffered major injuries and later died at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.

The man, identified as Michael Harrell, was not in a crosswalk when the accident occurred and preliminary tests revealed a very high BAC (blood alcohol content) limit, said police. The man had a history of alcohol abuse, according to police.

March 10, 2010 | | Local News


Numbers Dwindling - Economy Chews On Local Daycare, Preschool Enrollment

The struggling economy continues to cause ripples in the water, including that of the kiddie pool as preschools and daycares face dwindling enrollment.

March 10, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Sierra View’s Willy Wonka, Jr. Tickets On Sale

Oompa Loompas, candy creations, and Willy Wonka will take center stage at Sierra View Elementary School in its upcoming student performance of Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka, Jr." The elementary students have been rehearsing almost daily since late January with help from Oakdale High School drama teacher Bryan Mills and some of his drama students.

March 03, 2010 | | Local News


FFA Auctions Cakes, Raises Dough

In celebration of National FFA Week, the Oakdale High School FFA chapter held its annual dinner and cake auction fundraiser on Feb. 24, bringing out supporters who were there to open their wallets for the sweet stuff.

March 03, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Friendships And Finalists - Wallace Earns 2011 Junior Miss Medallion

Oakdale High School Junior Emily Wallace has earned the medallion as Oakdale's Junior Miss 2011.

March 03, 2010 | | Local News


Fair Oaks Celebrates Olympic Spirit

The Olympic Spirit is alive and well at Fair Oaks Elementary School. Organized and spurred on by self-proclaimed Olympic buff and fifth/sixth grade teacher Michelle Danner, the whole school joined in the activities and learned about the games.

March 03, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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Annual Pioneer Rodeo In Late Fall Offers Oakdale Lasting Success

Covered Calistoga wagons and settlements complete with chow carts will descend on Oakdale this November as various Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone characters arrive in the city for the debut of Pioneer Days and the Pioneer Rodeo, The Leader has learned.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

Monday night marked my fourth Oakdale Testicle Festival, taking me a long way from my first time as a newbie with only a few weeks on for The Leader, and an editorial staff of women (sans sports guy) when I was "chosen" to cover the annual event.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

As many look ahead to lazy mornings and summer schedules Oakdale High School's Dana McLain has other thoughts on her mind.

April 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Annual Spring Fest Saturday

The City of Oakdale, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Oakdale, is hosting the ninth annual Kids Spring Fest on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News


Dried And Confused: Lunch Focuses On Water Rights

With California in its third drought year, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 42nd Annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon on March 19 brought in known attorney, Valerie Kinkaid, to discuss its chosen topic, "Three Major Threats to Water Rights."

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OTVB – What Direction Now?

With the recent shoot-down of "Pioneer Perfect," the Oakdale Tourism and Visitor's Bureau decided to finally "embrace" "Cowboy Capital of the World" as it continues its mission to develop and promote tourism for the City of Oakdale.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Opposes Fed Plan

With the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation planning to release significant water flows down the Stanislaus River during a time of continued drought in the area, the City of Oakdale took a stand and opposed the agency's planned actions, expressing serious concerns with its 2015 Drought Contingency Plan.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Civil War Battles Rage

Sometimes, the South won. Sometimes, the North prevailed.

March 25, 2015 | | Local News


Panel Addresses Culture Of Violence In Schools

Audience members waited with bated breath as Oakdale Police Chief Lester Jenkins carefully formulated his answer on whether or not he personally believed that security personnel should be authorized to carry concealed weapons on school campuses.

March 25, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS | Local News


Area Water Woes Linger As Irrigation Season Looms

Even as water began filling its canals this week, the Oakdale Irrigation District board discussed ways Tuesday morning to ensure there is enough to last until September.

March 18, 2015 | | Local News


Bond Refinancing Results In City Savings

Wearing a cowboy hat to reinforce his point, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pioneered the Monday, March 16 Oakdale City Council meeting, telling everyone that at no time the city was ever considering changing its 'Cowboy Capital' motto (see related story on this page).

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents Shoot Down Slogan

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents View ‘Pioneer Perfect’ As Off Track

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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