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Assemblywoman Olsen Saluted For Rural Representation Efforts

The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) has selected Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) as one of two recipients for the annual "Patti Mattingly Award" for 2012. The Patti Mattingly Award is given to a policymaker who has demonstrated leadership on rural issues and an understanding of the unique challenges that rural communities face.

January 17, 2013 | | Local News


Ceremony Recognizes Veteran For Service

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) recently honored Vietnam combat veteran and Turlock native Rufino "Joe" Centeno with the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) among other awards and decorations earned for his distinguished service during the Vietnam War in 1968, but did not receive following his discharge from the armed services.

January 16, 2013 | | Local News


River Trail Project Runs Into Barrier

A local councilman's hard fought goal of a river trail from the east to the west side of Oakdale possibly came to a halt when an expected property owner pulled support of an easement that would have allowed trail access from Valley View Park to Kerr Park.

January 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Police Pay Lowest In County

At a time when the City of Oakdale tries to pull itself out from the recent economic downturn, it must weigh the cost of compensating its employees fairly for their services as other cities also recover and offer more competitive wages to pull away qualified personnel.

January 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Ultimate Honor Awarded - Lifetime Achiever: Frank Clark

Frank Clark is a cornerstone within Oakdale - though he'd be the first to tell you he's not.

January 16, 2013 | Kim Van Meter Special To The Leader | Local News


OID Raises Out Of District Rates

In keeping with a plan to raise out-of-district water rates incrementally until a rate of $100 per acre foot is met by water year 2016, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously approved to increase 2013 out-of-district water deliveries to $55 per acre foot for all measurable deliveries in an action at the Jan. 15 regular meeting.

January 16, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Orange Blossom Crash Claims One

An early morning accident on Thursday, Jan. 3 claimed the life of a Sonora woman and left a Riverbank man with major injuries.

January 09, 2013 | | Local News


Road Construction, Utility Work Come Under Council Scrutiny

City leaders and Oakdale residents were basically assured by Pacific Gas and Electric officials that the underground conversion of overhead power lines along South Yosemite Avenue would not result in any cost to local citizens.

January 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Trio Of Citizens, Businesses Saluted For Community Contributions

Oakdale Chamber of Commerce will host its annual awards dinner on Friday, Jan. 18. Tickets for the dinner and ceremony are on sale now at the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and on the Oakdale Chamber website for $40 per person. Seating is limited and tickets must be reserved by this Friday, Jan. 11.

January 09, 2013 | | Local News


Contract Shows New City Manager Took Concessions

Newly hired Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer accepted concessions in retirement benefits of the four-year $160,500 annual salary employment contract and far less in total compensation than his predecessor to come over from the City of Hughson and assist the budget-strapped city of Oakdale.

January 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Man Arrested In Rape Of Teen

A 44-year-old Oakdale man was arrested Monday afternoon, Jan. 7, after police say he was named in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl. The teen, who admitted she had been drinking at a party hosted by the suspect, was later reportedly molested by him after falling asleep.

January 08, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Contract Shows New CM Took Concessions

Newly hired Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer accepted concessions in retirement benefits of the four-year $160,500 annual salary employment contract and far less in total compensation than his predecessor to come over from the City of Hughson and assist the budget strapped city of Oakdale.

January 04, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Early Morning Fatal On Orange Blossom

A two vehicle collision on Orange Blossom Road early morning Thursday, Jan. 3 claimed one life.

January 03, 2013 | | Local News


Final Look: Oakdale's Year In Review 2012

From the changes in city leadership, elected and appointed, to the extraordinary run to the state bowl game by the varsity football Mustangs late in the year, 2012 was filled with news, both good and bad. This week, we continue the 'Year in Review' by taking a look at the months gone by, with headlines from the second half of the year. These were taken from the pages of The Oakdale leader, July through December.

January 02, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Chamber Awards Night Slated

It's that time of year again - time to recognize the best of the best in Oakdale from businesses to students ‑ as the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce presents merits of distinction at a special awards night ceremony, Friday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. in the community center.

January 02, 2013 | | Local News


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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


Passions Rise At OID

With the irony of rain and stormy skies outside, the Oakdale Irrigation District held a water committee meeting to discuss this year's continuing drought from lack of rain and how the 106-year-old district was allocating its water to customers.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bicyclist Injured In Collision

A Friday night accident left one woman with major injuries and saw traffic along a bus stretch of North Yosemite shut down for a brief time while traffic was detoured around the scene.

May 13, 2015 | | Local News


Pabalan Captures Volz Scholarship

The newspaper business will be minus one well spoken, mature-beyond-her-years teen as Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan turns her sights elsewhere heading into her collegiate future.

May 13, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Crowds Come To Market

It didn't appear to be the largest opening night crowd in history – but it was also a little difficult to tell.

May 13, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Savvy Theft Victim Helps Trap Suspect

A citizen who thought she was helping a family friend became the victim of a large theft of personal items but turned things around in getting one of the thief's accomplices arrested when they tried to sell the stolen items back to her.

May 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Probation Search Nets Drugs, Two Arrested

A mid-day probation search in a quiet upscale neighborhood resulted in the seizure of narcotics, paraphernalia, and two subjects from the house taken to jail on drug charges.

May 09, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Man Tries To Light Roommate On Fire

A dispute between cohabitants on Thursday morning, May 7, escalated to the point where one of the participants was arrested for attempted murder after he doused his female roommate with gasoline and attempted to light her on fire.

May 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Interupted Burglary Leads To Chase, Manhunt, And Arrest

An interrupted residential burglary in the Del Rio area off Stewart Road and McHenry Avenue on Wednesday, April 29, led to a high speed chase with the vehicle being discarded outside of Oakdale off Rodden Road. The suspect fled on foot and swam across the Stanislaus River back into the city causing police to lock down the area as sheriff's units conducted a neighborhood search for the man.

April 29, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Unsavory Spa Rubbing Some The Wrong Way

In the dark underground world of sex trafficking, acts of prostitution and its victims, the women forced to work in the sex trade, are often concealed in a single business: brothels posing as massage parlors.

April 24, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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