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Oakdale Alum, Friends Set Stage For Spring Production

It has been five years since the Rodrigues family has shared the stage of Oakdale High School Theater. On Friday, April 1 audiences will be reminded once again of their talent and treasure as the husband, wife team of David and Diane Rodrigues are once again joined by oldest daughter Madeleine Marhulik as OHS Alumni and Special Guests present "The Fantasticks."

March 23, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Civil Grand Jury Applicants Sought

The selection process for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury has started. Citizens interested in serving on the Civil Grand Jury are encouraged to contact the Grand Jury Office at 558-7766 or go on line to download an application form.

March 23, 2016 | | Local News


Council Session Sees Snub Of Revised Sign Ordinance

After giving direction to city staff to revise a dated sign ordinance after it granted approval of an LED sign on the east side of town, the Oakdale City Council members decided to take no action at its Monday, March 21 meeting on a presented revision by City Manager Brian Whitemyer.

March 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Successful Central Valley Women Schedule Benefit Film Screening

The Successful Women of Central Valley (SWCV), a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will host a benefit film viewing of "Half the Sky" at the State Theatre in Modesto on Thursday, March 31. Proceeds will benefit three local women's groups: the Haven Women's Center of Stanislaus, Without Permission, and Successful Women of Central Valley. All three organizations have shared goals of supporting, educating, benefiting and improving the lives of women and young ladies in the Central Valley.

March 23, 2016 | | Local News


Candidate Forum Slated For Assembly Hopefuls

Who will help make laws that govern your life? The Stanislaus County League of Women Voters and the League of California Cities will be hosting a Candidate Forum where you can meet your candidates for the upcoming election in California Assembly District 12. It is free and open to the public. The district, which includes portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties including Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon, is currently represented by Kristin Olsen, who is terming out of the seat.

March 23, 2016 | | Local News


Veterans Resource Center Opening Soon

The Modesto Library will host a grand opening celebration for its Veterans Resource Center, Monday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. The festivities will feature U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, Stanislaus County Supervisor Dick Monteith and other officials, as well as a special performance of patriotic music by members of the Johansen High School band.

March 23, 2016 | | Local News


Stanislaus River Parks Implement Day Use Fees

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District will begin charging a $5 day use fee for park access beginning May 1 at Stanislaus River Parks near Oakdale.

March 23, 2016 | | Local News


Capacity Crowd Enjoys Annual Testicle Festival

There was no shortage of hungry attendees feasting on the breaded bovine nuggets at the 35th annual Oakdale Testicle Festival at the FES Hall on Monday night, March 21. The event, sponsored by the Oakdale Rotary Club, has been an Oakdale staple, getting the city national attention since the 1980s when local Rotarians sought something unique as a fund-raising affair that would reflect the local western heritage of the area.

March 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OHS Senior Honored For Overcoming Adversity

Christian Armstrong isn't your stereotypical high school student. To summarize him by title would almost be going against the grain of who he strives to be.

March 23, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


BATTLE STATIONS

Knights Ferry was awash in history with Confederate and Yankee soldiers milling about for the annual Civil War Reenactment held Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20. The Knights Ferry canyon echoed with the cannon blasts as the reenactors provided history, entertainment, and plenty of good old-fashioned fun for the annual event. Nine-year-old twin sisters Natalie and Julie from Turlock were in the Ferry for the annual reenactment, helping collect donations for the event. It costs $7 to $10 per cannon explosion and the American Civil War Association (ACWA) relies upon donations to keep history alive for attendees. A camp ...

March 23, 2016 | | Local News


Spaghetti Dinner In Knights Ferry

The annual Knights Ferry Community Club will serve up its annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, March 19 at 5 p.m. in the clubhouse.

March 16, 2016 | | Local News


Soroptimist International Schedules Motor Madness

Soroptimist International of Oakdale will host its annual Motor Madness fundraiser on Saturday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m., at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale. Guests will be entertained by Rob Ely who will present "The Rockin' 50's" and are encouraged to dress in 50's attire. The event includes hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, soft drinks, and dessert. Tickets are $100 each and admits two adults (must be 21 years or older) to the event and constitutes one entry for the door prize drawings.

March 16, 2016 | | Local News


Vacant Buildings, Water Still On Denham’s Radar

While in town on Wednesday, March 9, US Representative Jeff Denham stopped by The Leader office to discuss recent subjects that have been part of his focus this legislative year. Two issues, both introduced by the congressman, the Federal Asset Sale and Transfer (FAST) Act of 2016 and the Save Our Salmon (SOS) Act of 2016 were topics of the conversation.

March 16, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Olsen Making Bid For Supervisor Seat

Assemblywoman and lifelong Stanislaus County resident Kristin Olsen will seek a seat on the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors following the surprise retirement of Supervisor Bill O'Brien.

March 16, 2016 | | Local News


Elementary Schools Re-Zoned For 2016-17

The lines have been drawn and the boundaries approved.

March 16, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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Fishing Report

Last week I mentioned that I was going to be fishing for bass with a childhood friend. It's been at least six months since ...

May 04, 2016 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local News


Caltrans Sees Statewide Litter Pickup Day Success

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) held a statewide Litter Removal Day and Enforcement Day on Thursday, April 21 to pick up litter, trash and ...

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


River Clean Up May 7

Volunteers will meet near the river in the Cost Less parking lot. Bring gloves, boots, and energy. So far volunteers have collected over eight tons ...

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


Superhero NICU Reunion At Modesto Nuts Game

For the third year Doctors Medical Center will honor its "graduates" of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Superhero Night at the Modesto ...

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


McKenzie Cruises Into Ports Game A Winner

With only 8,736 fans to go, the Stockton Ports were anticipating reaching their six millionth fan to walk through the gates during Saturday or ...

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


Oak Valley Art Society Spring Show Winners

Members of the Oak Valley Art Society hosted their Spring Show earlier this month at the Escalon library. Following is the list of winners.

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


SPECIAL DELIVERY

A project that saw many contributors came to fruition on Monday morning at Haidlen Ford on East F Street in Oakdale. Here, recently-turned 16-year-old Hailey ...

April 27, 2016 | Melody Wann | Local News


Car Owners Help Raise Funds For Local OSPA

A great fun filled, sunny day at PDT Motorsports was had by all that showed up at the South Fifth Avenue location in Oakdale on ...

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


City To Use Grant $$ To Buy Electric Trucks

A San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District grant will enable the City of Oakdale to take advantage of an opportunity to obtain alternative fuel ...

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


Laugero Celebrates Milestone Birthday With Family, Friends

Longtime former Escalon resident Minnie Laugero, now living at Dale Commons in Modesto, turned 100 on Monday, April 4, 2016. She celebrated her birthday at ...

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


Pet Rescue Finds Niche In Repurposing

ASTRO Foundation continues to not only make its mark, but finds a way to make the most of its opportunities. The Animal Shelter to Riverbank ...

April 27, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Bagley Signs To Play Football With La Verne

Hard-hitting Oakdale Mustang outside linebacker and strong safety, Robby Bagley has come to a decision on where he will be playing football this upcoming fall ...

April 27, 2016 | | Local News


Love Oakdale Brings Community Together

With nearly 20 projects around town, volunteers gathered on Saturday, April 23 to share breakfast and then headed out to their assignments of painting, cleaning ...

April 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Relay Hits Right Notes For Community

In a fun-filled, yet often touching 24 hours, Relay For Life of Oakdale participants helped raise awareness of the programs and services of the American ...

April 27, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Relay Raises $75,000-Plus

While many American Cancer Society Relay For Life events are cutting down their hours – opting for shorter 12- or 18-hour versions, the Relay For Life ...

April 27, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


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