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Chocolate Fest Goers Treated To Sweet Time

Tens of thousands of chocolate lovers came out for this year's Oakdale Chocolate Festival over the weekend with Mother Nature especially cooperative, bringing sunny skies with temperatures in the mid to upper-80s and a slight breeze to keep everyone comfortable.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council At Impasse With Appointment

The Oakdale City Council came to a stalemate during a recent special meeting for the appointment to fill the position left vacant by Jason Howard, who resigned in April. Without a selection by mid-June the matter goes to the voters in a special election in November.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Division 1 North - Oakdale Rural Moves Forward

If there ever was a general sense of confusion and frustration over what to do and how to do it, the situation facing Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District regarding area known as Division 1 North would qualify.

May 23, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Audit, Cell Tower Highlight Meet

With several items listed on Monday's Oakdale City Council agenda, two items – the city audit results and a proposed cell phone tower – sparked the most discussion between the public, city officials, and contracted commercial representatives.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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


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Caltrans Schedules Statewide Litter Pickup Day Thursday

Caltrans is hosting its annual statewide Litter Removal and Enforcement Day on Thursday, April 20. This activity is designed to increase public awareness of the ...

April 19, 2017 | | Local News


Veterans, Public Invited To Center Grand Opening

The Veterans Foundation of Stanislaus County is inviting honored veterans and the general public to the Grand Opening of the new Stanislaus Veterans Center at ...

April 19, 2017 | | Local News


Earth Day Festival Adds March For Science Event

Come celebrate the 29th Stockton Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Victory Park behind Haggin ...

April 19, 2017 | | Local News


Omelet Dinner Set April 29

It's almost time for the annual 'Build Your Own' omelet dinner, put on by the Escalon United Methodist Church.

April 12, 2017 | | Local News


Omelet Dinner Set April 29

It's almost time for the annual 'Build Your Own' omelet dinner, put on by the Escalon United Methodist Church.

April 12, 2017 | | Local News


Oakdale Soroptimist Club Selling See’s Easter Candy

Soroptimist International of Oakdale is selling gift wrapped See's Candy for Easter. A variety of one pound boxes ($19.75), peanut butter, chocolate butter ...

April 12, 2017 | | Local News


Family Resource Center Sets Third Annual Baby Shower

On Saturday, May 6, Center for Human Services – Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center will host its Third Annual Community Baby Shower. Up to 15 ...

April 12, 2017 | | Local News


Sun, Rain Greet Rodeo Parade Participants, Watchers

When it stepped off at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 8, the annual Oakdale Rodeo Parade played out under sunny skies and a cool breeze ...

April 12, 2017 | | Local News


Oakdale Rolls Out Rodeo Welcome Mat

From the wildly popular Cowgirl Luncheon to the crowning of new Rodeo Royalty, there is not a shortage of activities during rodeo week in the ...

April 12, 2017 | | Local News


RODEO WRAP

Rain, sun, wind and mud … all added up to a memorable weekend of rodeo action for the 66th annual Oakdale Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo, hosted ...

April 12, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Pair Of Easter Egg Hunts Scheduled On Saturday

With Easter Sunday coming up this weekend, it's time for the annual Kids Spring Fest, hosted each year at Kerr Park, at the end ...

April 12, 2017 | | Local News


Elementary School Pint Sized Scientists Bring Home Hardware

Oakdale Joint Unified School District was well represented on Saturday, April 8 at the 20th Annual Elementary Science Olympiad. Students from Cloverland, Fair Oaks, Magnolia ...

April 12, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Modesto Woman Killed In Friday Highway Crash

Just as the traffic was ramping up with an influx of visitors for the weekend Oakdale Rodeo, a late afternoon accident at the city's ...

April 12, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


OID Fallowing Faulted By Judge

The fallowing program proposed by the Oakdale Irrigation District last year has been criticized and the district itself taken to task by Stanislaus Superior Court ...

April 12, 2017 | | Local News


Swiss Echoes Yodeling Club Offers Annual Spring Concert

The San Joaquin Valley Swiss Echoes, a singing and yodeling club in Ripon since 1947, is having its annual spring concert and dance on Saturday ...

April 12, 2017 | | Local News


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