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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


Hospital Audit Questions New Construction Costs

An independent audit done at the request of Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick earlier this year has identified $689,106 in questionable costs and $30,043 in unsupported costs for the new hospital construction project.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Treasurer Plans Resignation

City Treasurer Mike Murray has indicated he plans on resigning his position surrounding concerns of city financial mismanagement and a dispute in the process in which he was asked to sign overdue statements.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lions Club Lights Up Kerr Park

People often say that Oakdale is a community that looks after its own, whether it's a rallying cry for someone who is sick or injured, or a school program in desperate need of saving.

May 09, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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Final Stretch Looms For Local Shoe Drive

Joe and Jennifer Brown are doing their best to make a difference in the life of those in need.

August 24, 2016 | | Local News


Oakdale Businesses Prep For Food, Drink Showcase

Oakdale's Bianchi Community Center will be turned in to a place for some fine wining and dining soon, with the annual Taste of Oakdale ...

August 24, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


SMOOTH SEASON START

Despite some concerns over mosquitoes ruining the party, the more than 650 youngsters ready to play soccer in the Oakdale Youth Soccer League this season ...

August 24, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


OHS Alum Interns In Washington DC

Madison Lane lived a summer which she hopes serves as a glimpse into her future.

August 24, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Pesky Mosquitoes Abuzz In City

Oakdale residents are seeking protection and adjusting routines as a result of a rising threat to the community's health.

August 24, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Group Calls for Recall of OID Director Santos

The Wednesday night, Aug. 17 meeting of Oakdale Irrigation District directors kicked off with Linda Santos getting served with a notice of an intention to ...

August 24, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Church Hosts Event

Celebration Center Oakdale Church will host "Hot August Night," a community outreach event on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m ...

August 23, 2016 | | Local News


OYSL Season Opens

Opening Day for the Oakdale Youth Soccer League is fast approaching.

August 17, 2016 | | Local News


LITTLE BIG WINNER

Oakdale's Colby Crofts was named winner of outstanding breeding meat goat exhibitor during the Stanislaus County Fair in July. The local youth was also ...

August 17, 2016 | | Local News


Creating A Great Study Environment At Home

A student's academic performance is influenced by a host of factors, including the learning environment both inside the classroom and at home. While students ...

August 17, 2016 | | Local News


Local Newspapers Provide Variety Of Benefits

Local newspapers play vital roles in communities across the globe. The Information Age has changed the way many people get their news, but local newspapers ...

August 17, 2016 | | Local News


State’s Fire Safe Council Grants Top $2.1 Million

California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) officials on Monday announced the council has awarded over $2.1 million in federal grant funds to 20 at-risk California ...

August 17, 2016 | | Local News


Study Shows Stanislaus River Trout Population Plummets

The once healthy population of rainbow trout living in the Stanislaus River declined precipitously during the California drought, according to survey results released Monday, Aug ...

August 17, 2016 | | Local News


Sergeant Shimmel Retiring From Oakdale Police Department

Nearly his entire adult life, Brian Shimmel has worn a uniform. This month he becomes a civilian for the first time in over 30 years ...

August 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Refrain From Vehicle Idling As Kids Return To School

With school back in session the Valley Air District is asking the public to reduce vehicle emissions by carpooling or walking their children to school ...

August 17, 2016 | | Local News


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