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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


Young Scientists Prep For Regional Science Olympiad

Oakdale student scientists from the junior high and high school are gearing up for the 24th Annual Stanislaus County Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 6. They will be competing amongst more than 550 students representing area junior and senior high schools in the daylong event.

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


Joint Staffing - Fire Agencies Fuse

The two local fire agencies - Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District and Oakdale City Fire - are blending families as of March 1 in a joint staffing agreement that will run on a trial basis for six months.

February 24, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Pond Mud Permit Modified

The second application to spread byproduct mud from Oakdale's Con Agra plant aerated ponds has been modified. This permit modification included the removal of properties adjacent to Oakdale's Woodward Reservoir.

The JND Thomas Company, Inc. that represents two separate Oakdale farming operations planning to use the byproduct pond mud as soil amendments from the Con Agra ponds filed a withdraw of three parcels earlier this month from its Stanislaus County Food Processing By-product Use project application made to the Stanislaus County Department of Environmental Resources.

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


Sierra View Students Go A Little Batty

Birds and bats both fly, but they are very different animals. Second graders at Sierra View Elementary School recently learned about the similarities and differences between these animals during a presentation that dovetailed with a story they'd just read called The Great Ball Game: A Muskogee Story.

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


Area Teen Expands Literary Horizons

When 17-year-old Taylor Hobbs left home for Oregon in late October of last year, the task at hand was pretty cut and dry - 50,000 words in 30 days. The task was presented as 1667 words a day, the equivalent of a 175-page novel in a month.

As a home schooled student, Taylor's mother Bridgette Hobbs, shared that as parents, she and her husband are always looking for experiences to challenge their children through 'unschooled' activities. On her quest to keep things engaging for her children Hobbs located Unschool Adventures. The Oregon-based organization was founded in 2008 by Blake ...

February 24, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


OHS Drama Club Presents The Crucible

Under the direction of OHS drama teacher Bryan Mills and student Jacob Korupp, the classic drama, "The Crucible," will be presented by the Oakdale High School Drama Club on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at the OHS theater. Tickets may be purchased at the OHS Main Office or at the door. Cost is $5 for students and $8 for adults.

The play recounts the experiences of the men and women of Salem, Mass. in 1692 during the witch hunt hysteria. It is ...

February 24, 2010 | | Local News


Bunny Photo Fundraiser Helps 4-H Club

It's almost springtime and a local 4-H club is offering a good way to commemorate the season by offering to take pictures of kids and bunnies.

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


Rural Fire District Laying Off Personnel

The Oakdale Rural Protection District is tightening its belt and making changes that, according to rural chief Lee Winton, have been long overdue.

February 17, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Rotary Clubs Recognize Public Service Standouts

For the seventh year running, a selection of Oakdale's finest public service employees received the red carpet treatment Tuesday evening, Feb. 9 at the awards dinner event held at the community center, hosted by the dual Rotary Clubs of Oakdale.

February 17, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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City Meeting Water Goals

With California in its fourth year of drought and Governor Jerry Brown putting out an executive order calling for cutbacks of 20 percent, the City of Oakdale announced that their figures show that the city and its residents have nearly met that mark based on 2013 figures.

April 15, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Kids Spring Fest Fun

Saturday, April 4 marked the 2015 Kids Spring Fest as over 1,000 kids and adults gathered at Kerr Park for a fun day under the sun. The ninth annual event, presented by City of Oakdale and the Kiwanis Club, held four separate egg hunts for kids in varying age groups, up to age 12, along with lunch, games and prize drawings among other activities for both kids and adults.

April 08, 2015 | | Local News


Area Trio Opening Dialogue On Mental Illness

One in four adults, or approximately 61.5 million Americans, have an experience with mental illness in a given year. With a current estimated population of over 21,000 within the Oakdale City limits that's over 5,000 Oakdale community members who will be affected by mental illness in some way.

April 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat

With two members of the Oakdale City Council stating they wanted someone with the same "business sense" as former Councilman Don Petersen, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to appoint local commercial real estate developer Richard Murdoch to the dais for the remaining two years left when Petersen resigned in February.

April 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

An eBay ad and the sharp eye of a tenacious victim led Oakdale Police to recover a $10,000 piece of construction equipment that was taken from a work truck last year.

April 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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


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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