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Low Count Closes Hospital Ward

A dropping occupancy rate in Oak Valley Hospital's surgical and medical ward to only two patients caused the closing of the unit earlier this month until the number of in-house care patients was able to rise at the 35-bed facility. The two remaining patients were transferred to the hospital's intensive care unit for their care.

January 30, 2013 | | Local News

Stabbing Leads To Arrest

Oakdale Police arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder on Sunday, Jan. 27 after responding to the Quik Stop Market on East F Street regarding a call at 4:22 a.m. of a suspicious male dressed in camouflage clothing and carrying a knife.

January 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Hospital Considers Closing Obstetrics Ward

Citing the financial well-being of the hospital district, Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick announced that he will be looking into shutting down obstetrics treatment and child birthing at the Oakdale hospital. The move, if finalized, will force Oakdale and Riverbank residents to Modesto and Manteca hospitals for nearby child birthing care.

January 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Closer Look Given To Shared Services

The Oakdale Animal Shelter has been contracted with the City of Riverbank for animal control services since 2008. The animal shelter is at 9800 Liberini Ave., Oakdale. The shelter is 800 square feet and was built in 1974. Sue Fitzpatrick, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Riverbank brought the Oakdale Animal Shelter issue up at a recent Riverbank council meeting and shared the following details. The building was designed to serve approximately 5,000 people and is now serving two cities with approximately 50,000 people.

January 30, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News

Shot Fired At Officer Leads To Manhunt In City

Two men fired shots at an Oakdale police officer on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 29 which resulted in a multi-agency dragnet and the eventual arrest of one suspect. No officers were hurt or struck by the gunfire and one suspect remains at large.

January 29, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Oak Valley Ponders Closing Obstetrics

Citing the financial well-being of the hospital district, Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick announced that he will be looking into shutting down obstetrics treatment and child birthing at the Oakdale hospital.

January 24, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Motorcycle Crash Severs Rider’s Foot

Oakdale emergency crews responded to a motorcycle crash on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, and requested a helicopter to transport the driver to a Modesto hospital due to a partially severed foot.

January 23, 2013 | | Local News

Murder Suspect Found Dead

Stanislaus County Sheriff's officials announced Thursday, Jan. 17 that Ryan Mazzariello, 26, the suspect in the double homicide at Oakdale Market last November, was found unresponsive in his Stanislaus County jail cell that morning and was later pronounced dead.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Airport Problems Still Loom

The operational function of the Oakdale Airport essentially remains unchanged as the city council has delayed one longtime lease proposal with one occupant and denied a large hangar lease to another that would have established repair and flight services. Add to that, a city staff reduction that has seen the departure of its part-time airport manager, no public works director in place, and a series of interim city managers has gutted any progress to the 67-year old facility.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Mayor To Address City

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oakdale will host its annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.

January 23, 2013 | | Local News

County Officials Urge Flu Precautions

Cases of Influenza A have been identified in Stanislaus County. Health officials remain concerned because of low vaccination during the fall. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. Check with your primary care provider or your local pharmacy for vaccine availability. You can also find a vaccine provider in your area by visiting

January 23, 2013 | | Local News

U.S. Postage Stamp Prices To Rise

On Oct. 11, 2012, the Postal Service announced new prices and product features for the following domestic and international mailing services, effective Jan. 27:

January 23, 2013 | | Local News

Tumbler Damages Canal

An event that geologists refer to as a "rock tumbler" sent a swath of rocks about the size of a half a football field spilling into the main canal just 1,000 feet downstream from Goodwin Dam at 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

January 23, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt Special To The Leader | Local News

Chamber Honorees Recognized

City leaders, governmental figures, business owners, and well-versed citizens turned out on Friday night, Jan. 18, as the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce hosted its 67th Annual Awards Dinner.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

No Council Meeting Monday or Tuesday

The regular city council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22 has been cancelled. The meeting was originally scheduled for the Tuesday night due the Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday falling on Jan. 21.

January 18, 2013 | | Local News

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OHS, Community Prepare For Homecoming Parade

Streets will once again close down to make way for the Oakdale High School student body and the Annual Homecoming Parade. The event will be ...

October 12, 2016 | | Local News

OHS FFA Represents At National Competition

Academic and sports teams are not the only areas where Oakdale High School is making its mark. As Oakdale Agriculture programs continue to grow and ...

October 12, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Clear Skies Perfect Setting For Airport’s Open House

Whether you like Piper Cubs or prefer a good Cessna 195, chances are you could have found them on Saturday.

October 12, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Fishing Report

Have you ever had an idea that you thought could possibly be a great invention but weren't sure whether or not that idea was ...

October 12, 2016 | | Local News

New Legislation Requires Ignition Interlocks For DUI

In action on Wednesday, Sept. 28, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1046 into law, expanding a four-county pilot program that requires ignition interlocks for all ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

College Financial Aid Info Meeting Scheduled

Modesto Junior College is offering a 'Cash for College Night' for high school seniors and recent graduates. The workshop is set for today, Wednesday, Oct ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

Recreation Round-Up

Visit the City web page at or Like us on Facebook at - City of Oakdale Recreation and Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Community ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

AAUW Planning Annual Scholarship Fundraiser

The local American Association of University Women, Oakdale, Riverbank, Escalon (AAUW ORE) Branch is currently planning its major scholarship fundraising event to be held on ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

October’s Library Schedule Packed With Multiple Events

A jam packed schedule of events has been prepared for the Oakdale library during October.

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

Local Author Offers Alzheimer’s Presentation

Maureen Minnehan Jones, author and registered nurse, will be presenting a talk on Alzheimer's and Ronald Reagan and prevention of this devastating disease during ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

Soroptimists Set To Offer Dream It, Be It Conference

Local service organization Soroptimist International of Oakdale is sponsoring a "Dream It, Be It" conference for seventh through ninth grade girls who attend Oakdale, Valley ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

Congressional Visits Set For Central Valley Cities

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced Mobile District Office Hours for the month of October. Mobile District Office Hours are an opportunity for ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

ASTRO Offers October Kitten Adoption Special

The ASTRO (Animal Shelter To Riverbank & Oakdale) Foundation has an abundance of over 100 kittens and cats that are currently available for adoption. The majority ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

Tea Party Session Set

The next Stanislaus County Tea Party Meeting will be on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Grizzly Rock Cafe, 4905 N. Golden State Blvd., Turlock, at ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

Join Block Party Event

Center for Human Services (CHS) - Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center will host its Sixth Annual Community Block Party on Friday, Oct. 7 from 2 ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

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