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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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Caliendo Brings Cast Of Characters To The Gallo

With all the political rhetoric that is going around and the negativity that can surround us, sometimes we just need to laugh. Frank Caliendo will ...

August 04, 2016 | Virginia Still | Local News


August Programs Scheduled At Oakdale Public Library

Preschool Story Time and Wiggle Worms will be off-session in August and resume in September.

August 03, 2016 | | Local News


Foreverland Group Performs At Summer Concert Series

Ripon's Lucca Winery continues the big-time fun with their stellar Summer Concert Series.

August 03, 2016 | | Local News


Love, Shelter Pets Soar With Wings Of Rescue

During July, an organization called 'Wings of Rescue' picked up several dogs from the Oakdale Animal Shelter and transported them to Washington. They were flown ...

August 03, 2016 | Virginia Still | Local News


Delta Gold Diggers Group Schedules Outdoor Festival

The Delta Gold Diggers will present the Gold and Outdoor Festival, sponsored by the Gold Prospectors Association of America, in the heart of California's ...

August 03, 2016 | | Local News


AARP Driver Safety Refresher Course Set

An AARP, American Association of Retired Persons, four-hour refresher course is scheduled at the Oak Valley Hospital Medical Center, 1425 W. H St., on Wednesday ...

August 03, 2016 | | Local News


Oakdale Running Company Already Lacing Up For Races -

Novice runner Matt Terry has taken his newly acquired passion and quite literally, he's run with it.

August 03, 2016 | | Local News


State’s Dairy Farmers Seek Financial Relief

California Dairy Campaign (CDC) President Joe Augusto commended members of Congress on Thursday for signing onto a bipartisan, bicameral letter calling on United States Department ...

August 03, 2016 | | Local News


RIVER WATCH

Volunteers gather once a month at the Stanislaus River bridge on North Yosemite Avenue for a clean-up effort and here are shown loading up some ...

August 03, 2016 | | Local News


Revitalized River’s Edge Offers Refreshing Setting

As Central Valley temperatures continue to stay around the century mark, locals may choose to cool off in the Stanislaus River or keep their kitchen ...

August 03, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Orange Blossom 4-H Enjoys Fair Success

For Orange Blossom 4-H members, summer time is fair time! Several members in the club participated in the California State Fair as well as the ...

August 03, 2016 | By MOLLY TERPSTRA 4-H Club Reporter | Local News


Fast Moving Fire Hits Knights Ferry

A rapidly moving grass fire threatened Knights Ferry homes on Saturday, July 30, reported after an assisting unit on an unrelated incident spotted the blaze ...

August 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale High Alum Interns With Scottish Parliament

It was just three short years ago that Oakdale High School alumnus Lindsay Combs graced the stage to accept her diploma along with other members ...

August 03, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Early Morning Pedestrian Fatality

Oakdale Police had West F Street closed off Wednesday morning, Aug. 3 due to a vehicle collision that killed an elderly woman pedestrian.

August 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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