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CHANCE OF CHOCOLATE

Oakdale Parks and Recreation Director Cheryl Bolin, top photo, gets ready to roll the dice at the Craps table during the 19th annual Chocolate Ball hosted by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, Nov. 4. The Roaring '20s-themed event featured the usual spread of delectable chocolate treats from local and out-of-town bakeries but as an added bonus the community center was transformed into a mini casino for the night and attendees gambled with play money but had lots of real fun. At side, Oakdale Mayor Farrell Jackson, left, and Jerry Jones tried their hand at the Blackjack tables ...

November 10, 2009 | | Local News


Election Brings New Leadership

With a light turnout on Election Day, voters appeared to bring some new leadership on board, though the results will remain unofficial until all absentees are in and all votes are certified by the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters. Turnout was just under 16 percent.

Initial results show Oakdale voters electing newcomer Diane Gilbert to the Oakdale Joint Unified School District board, with 2,011 votes - for 26 percent - the leading vote getter of four people running for three available seats. All others were incumbents, with Mke House, 1962 votes, and William Dyer, 1882, poised to reclaim their seats. Incumbent ...

November 04, 2009 | | Local News


OID Concerned About Riverbank

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors expressed concern for the district and farmers in the Ag Improvement District 48 during a lengthy discussion about issues regarding the "Reinvestment Project Area" (RPA) in Riverbank at the Nov. 3 regular meeting.

November 04, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Cops Rally For Christmas Toy Drive

For Ann Farmer, Senior Outreach Coordinator for the Oakdale Police Department, when she heard that the annual Spirit Tree wasn't going to happen this year, she went through a range of emotions. First and foremost, she was sad for all those children who would go without this Christmas, then she got motivated.

November 04, 2009 | | Local News


Big Changes Slated For Plaza

A major facelift is scheduled for the plaza on the north end of town that houses the Costless Market, Sears, Oakdale Cinema and Ultimate Furniture, to name a few of the business currently taking up residence, and according to project facilitator and developer Richard Murdoch, the changes are going to bring a much-needed overhaul to the aging plaza.

October 28, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oakdale Dives Into Aquatic Center

Students at Oakdale High School are going to be in deep water. Well, about seven feet of it, as ground has been broken for the new OHS Aquatic Center.

October 21, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Peabody Champions Senior Issues

Activist, volunteer extraordinaire, and overall go-getter Mickey Peabody is Oakdale's version of the Unsinkable Molly Brown and currently, she has her sights set on the Capitol to make positive change for senior citizens.

October 21, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Police Add Spy Camera To Arsenal

Big Brother is watching - and hoping to catch vandals - thanks to the recent purchase of a special mobile surveillance camera manufactured by Q-Star Technology that will not only capture high-quality images but is triggered by motion.

October 21, 2009 | | Local News


Board Awards OHS Pool Bid

The Oakdale High School Aquatic Center project is officially moving forward and will have its ceremonial groundbreaking today, Wednesday, Oct. 14. The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees awarded the bid for the aquatic center to Diede Construction, Inc. in the amount of $2.96 million at the Oct. 12 regular meeting.

October 14, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Shelter Fundraiser Draws Generous Crowd

Former Stanislaus County Supervisor Pat Paul opened her Oakdale home to a worthy cause Thursday, Oct. 8 as citizens joined together for the Shelter Pet Alliance fundraiser aimed at gathering donations toward the creation of an exercise yard for the local animal shelter.

October 14, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Transient Issue Concerns Surface

Since the clean up along the Stanislaus River corridor near Costless Market and Kerr Park, complaints have increased regarding the transient population invading local parks, most notably Dorada Park, as they search for new places to inhabit.

October 14, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Seeks Water Ops Replacement

The Oakdale Irrigation District is embarking on a search to fill the Water Operations Manager position. Kevin King completed six years with the district and has held the Water Operations Manager position since early 2006. King's last day will be Nov. 2.

October 14, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Lions Club Honoring Military Personnel

The first two banners bearing the names and branches of service of service people from the local Oakdale area 95361 zip code have been placed on the light poles in the SaveMart Shopping Center at the corner of East F Street and Maag Avenue in Oakdale. Members of the Oakdale Lions Club and the parents of Sean Gage and Clay Kassahn were on hand as the banners were installed.

October 14, 2009 | | Local News


Homecoming Tradition Axed

Forty-plus years of a Homecoming tradition has been felled by an insurance requirement.

October 07, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Swine Flu Death Reported

Another county resident has fallen victim to the swine flu.

October 07, 2009 | | Local News


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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


Music Download Aids Nepal Earthquake Victims

Two local independent record labels – Ronald Records (owned/operated by Jonathan Jennings of Turlock) and Way Grimace Records (owned/operated by Sean Duncan of Oakdale) – are spearheading an effort to raise money and awareness for the recent events that took place in Nepal.

May 18, 2015 | | 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 to why the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau moved the weekly farmers market from the downtown area to the Oakdale Community Center Plaza.

May 16, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


California Observes Endangered Species Day

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will recognize the 10th National Endangered Species Day on May 15 with a focused environmental concern. The purpose of the Endangered Species Act is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend to prevent extinction.

May 14, 2015 | | Local News


Escalon Golf Celebrates 35 Years In Business

Escalon Golf, in commemoration of its 35th Anniversary, is presenting a $50,000 Hole-In-One Shoot-Out on Sunday, May 17.

May 13, 2015 | | Local News


Accolades, Farewells At School Board

It was a night of acknowledgements, general business and a fond farewell as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District hosted its final school board meeting of the traditional school year.

May 13, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | 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


National Police Week Begins May 10

The Oakdale City Council proclaimed recognition for National Police Week from Sunday, May 10 to Saturday, May 16 at its meeting on May 4.

May 06, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Directors, Farmers Battle In OID Water War

An emotionally charged debate about water allocations in the fourth year of drought broke out at Tuesday's Oakdale Irrigation District board meeting.

May 06, 2015 | | Local News


Every 15 Minutes: Lessons Learned

Upper grade classrooms were empty, halls sounded a bit hollow and local first responders stayed busy as Oakdale High School observed and brought to life the Every 15 Minutes Program on Thursday and Friday.

May 06, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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