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Unsafe Motorists Put Children At Risk

A Valley Home School kindergartner had a close call recently as he boarded the bus for school one morning at the stop in front of his home on Valley Home Road.

December 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


School Nurse Advises Getting Booster Shots Now For Students

A state law that requires students currently in sixth through eleventh grades must have their whooping cough (pertussis) booster shots prior to starting school next year has the Oakdale Joint Unified School District urging parents to take care of it now. If students don't have shot records showing proof, they won't be allowed to enroll in school.

December 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Christmas Cheer - Old Fashioned Downtown Holiday

All that's missing is the roasting chestnuts over an open fire but even so, the third annual Old Fashioned Christmas on Third Avenue, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 10 is bringing the holiday cheer with Christmas carolers, twinkling lights, hot cocoa and cider, more than 40 vendors, wagon rides through downtown and even pictures with Santa.

December 08, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Sheriff’s Union Airs Warning

In an attempt to educate the citizens of the county, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff's Association is airing a message warning the public about the effects of county "budget restrictions," especially to public safety.

December 08, 2010 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Pharmacy Closes, Completes Sale Of Patient Files

Patients of Oakdale Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy owned by John Dayton, were given a shock when they received a letter in the mail - after the fact - that the pharmacy had closed its doors and their pharmaceutical needs would be handled by Walgreens, the newest pharmacy chain to open in Oakdale.

December 08, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Reaching Out - Tragedy Drives Mother

Bonnye Spray isn't a public speaker yet she chooses to stand before hundreds of teenage strangers any chance she can get.

December 01, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Drizzle Dampens Cowboy Christmas

The sun wasn't shining but that didn't stop Cowboy Santa from making his annual trek to Cowboy Christmas on Saturday, Nov. 27 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.

December 01, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Paul, Council Sworn In Monday

There will be a swearing in ceremony for Oakdale's newly elected mayor and two council members during the regularly scheduled Dec. 6 city council meeting.

December 01, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oakdale Welcomes In Black Friday

The Black Friday holiday shopping experience was alive and well in downtown Oakdale over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to a sampling of downtown merchants.

December 01, 2010 | | Local News


New Approach To Health Care Going To The Dogs

Anyone who has ever owned a pet knows of the incredible love and acceptance they bring. Pets don't care how the person looks or acts and accepts them unconditionally. For residents in challenging life situations at the Oak Valley Care Center, pets can be of special benefit.

December 01, 2010 | Richard Paloma Special To The Leader | Local News


Brennan Claims Council Seat By Nine Votes

The results are in, and Oakdale has a new mayor.

November 24, 2010 | | Local News


Community Hosts Holiday HappeningsIt will be almost like Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled into one

It will be almost like Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled into one this week in Oakdale, with the annual community dinner on Thursday and Cowboy Christmas on Saturday.

November 24, 2010 | | Local News


Season Of Giving

We want your 'feel good' stories. The ones about people - or organizations - in the community that are working hard already to make the upcoming holidays a bit brighter. And we want to promote the efforts designed to aid those in need in our area.

November 17, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Two Votes Separate Brennan, Murray

The race for the second Oakdale City Council seat remains close with current council member Michael Brennan leading city treasurer Mike Murray by two votes.

November 17, 2010 | | Local News


Late Mayor Garcia Honored With Tree Planting

On Saturday Oct. 30, Oakdale Mayor Farrell Jackson and his wife Gayle, joined the family of the late Mayor Elmo Garcia to accept, on behalf of the City of Oakdale, a tree that was donated by the family of Elmo Garcia. The day started off with a potluck luncheon at the residence of Alice Garcia and was attended by 45 family members and friends. The dedication of the Valley Oak tree (Quercus Lobata) was presented at L.B. Gilbert Park, which was the first park on the east side of Oakdale that Elmo helped initiate. Adolphe and Shirley Garcia and ...

November 17, 2010 | | Local News


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Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat

With two members of the Oakdale City Council stating they wanted someone with the same "business sense" as former Councilman Don Petersen, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to appoint local commercial real estate developer Richard Murdoch to the dais for the remaining two years left when Petersen resigned in February.

April 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

An eBay ad and the sharp eye of a tenacious victim led Oakdale Police to recover a $10,000 piece of construction equipment that was taken from a work truck last year.

April 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Annual Pioneer Rodeo In Late Fall Offers Oakdale Lasting Success

Covered Calistoga wagons and settlements complete with chow carts will descend on Oakdale this November as various Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone characters arrive in the city for the debut of Pioneer Days and the Pioneer Rodeo, The Leader has learned.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

Monday night marked my fourth Oakdale Testicle Festival, taking me a long way from my first time as a newbie with only a few weeks on for The Leader, and an editorial staff of women (sans sports guy) when I was "chosen" to cover the annual event.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

As many look ahead to lazy mornings and summer schedules Oakdale High School's Dana McLain has other thoughts on her mind.

April 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Annual Spring Fest Saturday

The City of Oakdale, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Oakdale, is hosting the ninth annual Kids Spring Fest on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News


Area Water Woes Linger As Irrigation Season Looms

Even as water began filling its canals this week, the Oakdale Irrigation District board discussed ways Tuesday morning to ensure there is enough to last until September.

March 18, 2015 | | Local News


Bond Refinancing Results In City Savings

Wearing a cowboy hat to reinforce his point, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pioneered the Monday, March 16 Oakdale City Council meeting, telling everyone that at no time the city was ever considering changing its 'Cowboy Capital' motto (see related story on this page).

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents Shoot Down Slogan

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents View ‘Pioneer Perfect’ As Off Track

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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