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Old Saint Nick Makes Surprise Local Appearance

This past Friday, Dec.11 proved to be a day of surprise and fun for the pint sized students of Oakdale's Head Start program, as they were treated to a visit by Old Saint Nick.

December 16, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Statewide Effort Focuses On Teen Driving Safety

For the past four years, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has partnered with Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) in a combined effort to decrease the number of teen distracted driver fatalities across the state. Through engaging presentations in schools, the ITD program reaches thousands of teens and parents each year to show how using a cellular telephone, texting, and other distractions while driving can have fatal consequences. Teenagers are considered at most risk for distracted driving, and the CHP and ITD are dedicated to reversing what is a completely preventable crisis.

December 16, 2015 | | Local News


SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

Members of the Orange Blossom 4-H group had a great time recently, bringing cheer to downtown holiday shoppers in Oakdale, singing Christmas carols outside stores and in one case, going inside and singing to Santa, who was on hand at the business. The kids split their forces with some singing, some members making scarves for the elderly, and others gathering items for their adopt-a-family project, helping two families to have a happy holiday season

December 16, 2015 | | Local News


Family Support Network Hosts Coats And Cookies

There was plenty of warmth, good tidings and smiles going around the Family Support Network facilities on West F Street recently, as the organization hosted its annual Coats and Cookies festivities on Dec. 9 and 10.

December 16, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Driver Sentenced In Fatal Accident

The driver that caused the death of a 64-year-old Oakdale pedestrian in February and then fled the scene has been sentenced to seven years in state prison.

December 16, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chanukah Menorah Lighting Hosted In Downtown Oakdale

Congregation Beth Shalom, The Center for Jewish Life in greater Stanislaus County and the Central Valley based in Modesto, hosted a public lighting ceremony of the Chanukah Menorah in downtown Oakdale on Sunday night, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Bianchi Community Center Plaza. The event featured the lighting of a five-foot tall Menorah, holiday songs and distributing holiday treats.

December 09, 2015 | | Local News


Crowd Flocks To Downtown Celebration

There was a definite chill in the air on Friday night, as vendors set up on the street, stores stayed open late, the clip-clop of horses' hooves could be heard … and Santa made an appearance.

December 09, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Community Efforts Make Season Bright

Oak Summit Masonic Lodge #112 of Knights Ferry is supporting the annual 2015 Toys for Tots holiday toy drive. A number of collection barrels and boxes have been placed in Oakdale. They include Ace Hardware, SaveMart, Oak Valley Jewelry, Steves Chevrolet, Haidlen Ford, Suzy Belens, Pizza Hut, Saras Dry Cleaner, Kmart, Tractor Supply and Wells Fargo Bank. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will help the Toys for Tots campaign get holiday gifts to those in need.

December 09, 2015 | | Local News


Sheriff Christianson Travels For Counter Terrorism Training

With the awareness and threat of global terrorism on the forefront, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson has just returned from a best practices counter-terrorism program in Israel. As part of the course which ran from Nov. 15-24, he met with his Israeli counterparts on how to make Stanislaus County and America safer. With the rise of ISIS and other fanatic organizations – as was most recently seen in Paris – this type of program is more important than ever, according to sheriff's department officials.

December 09, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Veronica’s Care Closet Aims To Feed Families

This year marks the sixth Holiday season that the halls of Oakdale High School will not be brightened by the smile of Veronica Patron.

December 09, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Code-Water Enforcer Approved By Council

With code enforcement in the city basically dormant over the past few years, and the State of California requiring cities to enforce water conservation rules, the Oakdale City Council approved a combined code enforcement/water conservation officer position at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 7.

December 09, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Firefighter Seeking Marrow Match

After 11 years on the job, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Wise has battled countless fires and done his part to save lives. Now, after being diagnosed with leukemia in September, the decorated fire veteran and two-time City of Oakdale Firefighter of the Year is looking for his own hero to match him for a bone marrow donation as he contends with his biggest battle yet.

December 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


First Ever Chanukah Menorah Lighting In Downtown Oakdale!

Congregation Beth Shalom, The Center for Jewish Life in greater Stanislaus County and the Central Valley based in Modesto, has announced that they will host a public lighting ceremony of the Chanukah Menorah in downtown Oakdale on Sunday night, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Bianchi Community Center Plaza. The event is free, for all ages, rain or shine, and will feature the lighting of a five-foot tall Menorah, holiday songs and distributing holiday treats.

December 04, 2015 | | Local News


Wet Winter Weather Forecasts Prompt Red Cross Warnings

The forecast for a strong El Niño is making news with an El Niño weather pattern that could be one of the strongest on record. While there are no guarantees, there is the potential for a significant wet winter. As a result, American Red Cross is encouraging residents to prepare their homes and property for the coming wet weather and to arm themselves with safety tips – before significant storms arrive.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


Community Holiday Activities Scheduled

Oakdale's Family Support Network (FSN) will host its Third Annual Coats and Cookies Event on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Thursday, Dec. 10 between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FSN is located at 1405 West F St., Suite A, Oakdale.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


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Police Beat

NOTICE: The names and incidents printed in the Police Log are obtained from the daily log of the Oakdale Police Department, which is a public ...

January 10, 2018 | | Local News


Red Cross Blood Shortage Prompts Call For Donors

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make ...

January 10, 2018 | | Local News


Community Service Groups Highlighted

A trio of community service organizations will be vying for top honors at this month's annual Oakdale Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner, recognized for ...

January 10, 2018 | | Local News


Jeans And Jerseys Crab Feed Celebrates 20th Anniversary

It's been 20 years since a group of Rams pulled on a bib, grabbed some crackers and enjoyed a feed on some crab. The ...

January 10, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


FINISHING TOUCHES

Crews from Collins Electrical Company out of Modesto wrapped up their portion of a project to install a lighted crosswalk at Yosemite and West H ...

January 10, 2018 | | Local News


New 2018 California State Laws On Books

The start of the New Year brought with it several new laws for California, ranging from marijuana legalization to firearms to the minimum wage. Following ...

January 10, 2018 | | Local News


County Projects Outlined In Series Of Meetings

The Stanislaus Council of Governments, StanCOG, is serving as the lead agency for preparing an Environmental Impact Report for the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan and ...

January 10, 2018 | | Local News


Library Schedules January Events

Preschool Story Time is every Tuesday at the library at 10:30 a.m. Books, flannel board stories, finger play, and music, geared for preschoolers ...

January 03, 2018 | | Local News


Learn To Square Dance

The Skirts 'n Flirts Square Dance Club will be sponsoring a New Dancer Class beginning Wednesday, Jan. 10.

January 03, 2018 | | Local News


AAUW Meeting Explores ‘Cradle To Career’ Movement

A shocking statistic for the Stanislaus area is that 71 percent of third graders do not read at grade level. Furthermore, these students are four ...

January 03, 2018 | | Local News


Interesting, Unusual Origins Behind Health Sayings

Language is shaped by many different influences. Over time, certain phrases become part of the vernacular and are spoken to signify how one acts or ...

January 03, 2018 | | Local News


Fires, City Building, Schools Figure In To Final Six Months

As The Leader continues its review of the top stories from 2017, the second half of the year showed no signs of the news slowing ...

January 03, 2018 | | Local News


Pet Adoption Event Set

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance will be on hand at Petco in the Riverbank Crossroads Shopping Center on Saturday, Jan. 6 from 10 a.m ...

January 03, 2018 | | Local News


Forecast Sees Return To Some Wet Weather

National Weather Service forecasters are calling for wet weather to return to the Central Valley area midweek.

January 03, 2018 | | Local News


Stanislaus County Reports Flu Death

A woman in her 60s is the first influenza (flu) – associated death this flu season in people under 65 years of age in Stanislaus County.

January 03, 2018 | | Local News


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