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Year In Review: Looking Back At 2014

From budget issues and the eventual continuation of a city sales tax measure, to the annual celebrations of Rodeo Week, The Chocolate Festival, and school graduations, 2014 was filled with Oakdale Leader headlines both good and bad. This week, we start our annual 'Year in Review' by taking a look at the months gone by, with stories from the first half of the year, January through June.

December 24, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bond Refinancing Saves City $$

The City of Oakdale is looking into refinancing Bridle Ridge development bonds that will likely generate significant savings for the property owners and also generate capital funds for the road maintenance in the Bridle Ridge subdivision.

December 24, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


O’Neill Continues Mission Of Hope

When Storm Watch 2014 (aka Pineapple Express) was reported, Jonyce O'Neill was not thinking of a flooded landscape or a potential leaking roof … she thought instead of her friends, her 'peeps.' As many sat at a computer screen staring at predictions of how bad the storm would be, O'Neill put a plea on Social Media for trash bags, coats and blankets for her friends who would endure the elements ... outdoors.

December 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Local Service Technician Recognized For Excellence

Brad Greer, an ASE Certified automobile technician from Oakdale, was recently honored with a national achievement award as the SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service/ASE Automobile Technician of the Year. Forty-seven automotive professionals were recognized on Nov. 19, 2014, at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

December 24, 2014 | | Local News


Pilot Program Considered For Respiratory Care

Modesto Junior College has submitted an application to be one of the 15 California Community Colleges to develop a baccalaureate degree pilot program. MJC's application proposes the creation of a four-year program in respiratory care.

December 24, 2014 | | Local News


Bond Re-fi Will Save City And Residents Money

The City of Oakdale is looking into refinancing Bridle Ridge development bonds that will likely generate significant savings for the property owners and also generate capital funds for the road maintenance in the Bridle Ridge subdivision.

December 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Artwork Submission Sought For Arbor Week Contest

Trees are an essential part of California's climate and are vital to improving air quality and conserving water. To help educate Californians on the value that trees provide to building successful, healthy cities and neighborhoods, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and California ReLeaf are announcing the annual statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third, fourth and fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme "We Need Trees and Trees Need Us". Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by Feb. 13, 2015. Winners will be featured at the ...

December 20, 2014 | | Local News


Victims Not Cooperative In Home Invasion

With police attempting to combat crime and gang activity, Oakdale Police have become hamstrung in their latest attempts to solve a Dec. 11 home invasion.

December 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


CDFW Offers Holiday Gift Ideas for Outdoor Enthusiasts

If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has some suggestions.

December 18, 2014 | | Local News


Building On Success: Lego Days Kick Off At Library

Lego Day is now a monthly program at the Oakdale Library thanks to a generous donation from the Oakdale Rotary Club and the Friends of the Oakdale Library.

December 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Eaton Receives Naval Academy Nomination

Oakdale High School senior Logan Eaton was called to the office last week to take a phone call he will not soon forget. Eaton was one of 16 Central Valley high school seniors to receive a phone call from U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock). The nature of the phone call was to inform the senior he was one of the nominees named for the United States Naval Academy.

December 17, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Police Officer Positions Approved

As the city recovers financially, along with the recent passage of Measure Y – the continuation of the half-cent sales tax – Oakdale city officials moved to bolster the ranks of its condensed police force by adding two police officer positions to the department.

December 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Stop Leads To Stolen Goods

A mid-morning stop by police of a suspicious person followed with some additional investigation resulted in the arrest of an Oakdale resident for possessing stolen property from an earlier theft from Medlen's House of Beef.

December 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


National, Local Gas Prices Still Dropping

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 6.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.72/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 8.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.57/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

December 15, 2014 | | Local News


Shooting Tied To Earlier Assault

Police are investigating an early morning Dec. 10 shooting they believe is a continuation of an earlier assault from Quik Stop Market.

December 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | 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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