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Substitute Pleads Not Guilty

Appearing with his attorney for only a few minutes, Oakdale Joint Unified School District Substitute Teacher Bryan Thies pleaded not guilty on Monday to two counts of felony lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 and three misdemeanor charges of annoying or molesting a child.

October 01, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Barktoberfest Benefits Shelter Pets

The Fifth Annual Barktoberfest Benefit for homeless pets of Oakdale and Riverbank is on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

September 30, 2013 | | Local News


Pair Plead Not Guilty In Homicide

At their Wednesday, Sept. 25 arraignment in Stanislaus County Superior Court, Brandon Scott Pettit, 25, and Felix Valverde, 26, pleaded not guilty to murder and arson charges in the deaths of Pettit's parents, Scott and Janet Pettit of Modesto.

September 27, 2013 | | Local News


Caltrans, Government Officials Celebrate Highway Projects

Caltrans and the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) will recognize significant milestones on State Route 12 (SR-12) including: completion of the $20.5 million smart corridor and operational improvements project from just east of Interstate 5 to the Rio Vista Bridge; the kick-off for the $46.7 million Bouldin Island Rehabilitation Project; and the ceremonial unveiling of a sign designating a portion of SR-12 as the Dana Cowell Memorial highway. The celebration is planned for this Friday, Sept. 27 starting at 11 a.m. at the Tower Park Marina in Lodi.

September 26, 2013 | | Local News


No Relief For Bogged Down Intersection

With growth to Oakdale come traffic issues; the following series takes a look at traffic concerns to the city as it population has nearly doubled in population from 20 years ago.

September 25, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Growing Strong – Almond, Walnut Harvest Time In Valley

The agriculture industry is a huge part of the Central Valley economy and most of the residents in this area know when summer is coming to an end due to the machines rumbling along the rows in an orchard and stirring up (more than) a little dust. Late August is the beginning of harvest for many of the nut growers that have trees that produce almonds and walnuts, with several weeks typically spent getting the crop in.

September 25, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News


Substitute Teacher Arrested For Lewd Acts

After a two-week long investigation, Oakdale Police arrested a Cloverland Elementary School substitute teacher for lewd acts with a child and child molestation.

September 25, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Substitute Teacher Arrested For Lewd Acts

After a two-week long investigation, Oakdale Police arrested a Cloverland Elementary School substitute teacher for lewd acts with a child and child molestation.

September 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Plenty Of Jobs At Stockton’s HIREvent

Stockton's HIREvent will feature a wide variety of job opportunities from both public and private-sector organizations, plus free expert help with résumés. Get ready for some job hunting on Tuesday, with the event taking place at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, 110 W. Fremont St., Stockton.

September 23, 2013 | | Local News


Special Monday Program Aims To Inform

A special program on 'Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease: The Basics" will be presented through the Alzheimer's Association on Monday, Sept. 23.

September 21, 2013 | | Local News


New Name, Same Undertaking

What is in a name?

September 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Emergency Response Drill Slated At MJC

Modesto Junior College has scheduled an emergency response exercise for staff this Friday, Sept. 20, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. The event will not disrupt classes or campus operations.

September 19, 2013 | | Local News


Brief, Successful Session For Oakdale Council

Oakdale City Council members breezed through a concise agenda in an hour-long meeting on Monday night, Sept. 16.

September 18, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Area Gears Up For Symbiosis

It's called the "Symbiosis Gathering" and for the Oakdale area, the name couldn't be more fitting. By definition, symbiosis is described as a merging together of two dissimilar organisms for a mutually beneficial relationship. Such beneficial merging is at the heart of this special gathering, as we see brought together, a small cowboy town and an explosion of art and culture from all over the world.

September 18, 2013 | Laura Morgan Special To The Leader | Local News


Military Academy Information Night

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham will hold a United States Military Academy Information Night on Monday, Sept. 23 in Modesto. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Joseph A. Gregori High School and will provide extensive information about the various U.S. military academies. It will also provide information on how students can be nominated to attend the academies.

September 13, 2013 | | Local News


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Woman Of The Year Honor Goes To Olsen

Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, was honored as California Women Lead's Woman of the Year during its 2016 Reception in Sacramento on ...

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


Three Valley Hospitals Join In AHA Campaign

During American Heart Month in February, Doctors Medical Center of Modesto, Emanuel Medical Center and Doctors Hospital of Manteca will join with the American Heart ...

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


International Groundwater Expert To Speak At Columbia College

A leading international expert in groundwater research, Dr. Ty Ferré of the University of Arizona, will be a featured speaker at Columbia College on Thursday ...

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


Search For Suicidal Teen Turns Tragic

Oakdale Police confirmed Friday afternoon, Jan 29 that the individual found with a gunshot wound to the head and later died was the 19-year-old teen ...

February 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Eleven Vie For Distinguished Young Woman Honor - main

The annual Distinguished Young Women of Oakdale program will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at Magnolia School Auditorium. Soroptimist International ...

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


Backyard Citrus Owners Cautioned

Due to the threat posed by the Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing, the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program urges citrus tree owners to obey pest ...

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


River Clean Up Efforts Kick Off

The call for volunteers has gone out, as an effort through the Department of Fish and Game is designed to clean up and create a ...

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


‘Point In Time’ Count Conducted

Across Stanislaus County – including the communities of Oakdale and Riverbank – human service agency officials and volunteers spread out Thursday to try and get an accurate ...

February 03, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


City’s OTVB Pitches New October Festival

A proposed western-themed festival, complete with a Friday night concert with a known country artist and a Saturday "international chili cook off" and dance was ...

February 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Modesto Garden Club Scholarship Opportunities

The Modesto Garden Club is now accepting applications for six $1500 scholarships from eligible high school seniors and college students. Completed applications packets are due ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


AARP Driver Safety

Oak Valley Hospital will host an AARP Driver Safety Course on Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Cocina Michoacana Fundraiser

The Oakdale community has come together in recent weeks to help one of their own. A four-year-old Oakdale resident has been diagnosed with cancer, and ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Frugal Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day

A day set aside to shower a loved one with gifts and touching words of affection, Valentine's Day brightens the often gloomy month of ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Valentine’s Day Flowers Can Go Beyond Roses

Valentine's Day is a great day for florists. According to the National Retail Federation, Valentine's Day is the No. 1 holiday for florists ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Jewelry Buying Guide: Valentine’s Day Tips

You can't buy love, but on Valentine's Day those in love certainly like to treat the special people in their lives to some ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


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