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Donations Sought As Family Fights Illness

Justin Myers, an Oakdale graduate, has been fighting a mysterious illness that was discovered when he was in junior high. The Oakdale Leader has followed Justin's journey through several stories, including when he received his restored 1969 Chevy Camaro through the Make-A-Wish program. After eight years of frequent blood transfusions for what they can only determine is Pure Red Cell Anemia (partial bone marrow failure), Justin is showing signs of major organ failure. His liver is in Stage 3 Fibrosis due to iron overload, which drops his odds to 70-75 percent. Treatments are no longer effective but they have ...

May 18, 2012 | | Local News


Council Candidate Has Past Rape Arrest

In a recent discovery, The Leader has learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested for rape and penetration with a foreign object that occurred in Nevada County in 2007.

May 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Feathers Tapped As Manager

The Oakdale City Council announced that former Atwater Assistant City Manager Stan Feathers will take over as the part-time interim city manager on July 1when current Interim City Manager Greg Wellman is required to leave the post.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Overworked, Understaffed - City Audits Arrive Late

After a series of city financial crises coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's tardy 2010-2011 audit would be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. Last week the council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit report that had been withheld for nearly a year.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Housecleaning Leaves Leadership Quandary

Since the seating of the current city council in November of 2010, the City of Oakdale tribunal has purged or presided over the departure of nearly all of its department heads. Of the two that remain; the public works director has been given notice he will no longer be employed after July and the finance director may be in jeopardy of being gone by this July also.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Former Mayor Speaks Out About City Finances

Past Oakdale Mayor Farrell Jackson believes much that is being declared about the city's financial status may not be completely accurate.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Special Session To Discuss Finance Director

The Oakdale City Council announced that it will be holding a special meeting on Monday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in closed session to discuss the performance of Finance Director Albert Avila.

May 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


DNA May Reveal Deceased Baby's Mother

On Dec. 1, 2011 Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Bait Barn located at 12505 Yosemite Blvd in Waterford for an infant found in a garbage can. Fire personnel immediately responded and the infant was pronounced deceased.

May 11, 2012 | | Local News


City To Finally Receive 2010-2011Audit

After a series of city financial standings coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila has assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's 2010-2011 audit will be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. The council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit that had been withheld for nearly a year.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Debates Vacancy

Gridlocked by a series of two-two split motions, a packed council chambers on Monday possibly saw a glimpse into the future of a polarized Oakdale City Council stalemated on controversial agenda voting items if a fifth and deciding member is not appointed.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Perfect Day For Celebrating Flight

When the forecast calls for clear and sunny skies with a light breeze, it is a perfect day for flying.

May 09, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | Local News


Oakdale Residents Fill Several ‘Wrath’ Roles

Ma Joad is a strong and resilient woman. Tested by a harsh life on the family farm in Oklahoma, she has been the cement that has kept her family together. But the Great Depression of the 1930s and the horrific dust bowl conditions that accompanied that event, have just about worn her down. According to Jenni Abbott who portrays Ma in the critically and audience acclaimed production, currently running at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, she is "a woman who faces a dilemma. What do you give when you have nothing? But she is a woman with ...

May 09, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | Local News


Hospital Audit Questions New Construction Costs

An independent audit done at the request of Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick earlier this year has identified $689,106 in questionable costs and $30,043 in unsupported costs for the new hospital construction project.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Treasurer Plans Resignation

City Treasurer Mike Murray has indicated he plans on resigning his position surrounding concerns of city financial mismanagement and a dispute in the process in which he was asked to sign overdue statements.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lions Club Lights Up Kerr Park

People often say that Oakdale is a community that looks after its own, whether it's a rallying cry for someone who is sick or injured, or a school program in desperate need of saving.

May 09, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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Human Services Program Offers MJC Fall Orientation

The Human Services Program at Modesto Junior College is sponsoring a Fall 2016 Orientation on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p ...

August 17, 2016 | | Local News


Veterans First Has Opened

The opportunity for the public to thank a veteran and first responders occurred this past Saturday at the Grand Opening celebration of Veterans First on ...

August 17, 2016 | Virginia Still | Local News


Les Schwab Tire Center Remodeled In Oakdale

Les Schwab Tire Centers has completely remodeled its Oakdale store and invites the public to a one-day grand reopening event on Saturday, Aug. 20.

August 17, 2016 | | Local News


Save Mart Makes Significant Investment In Oakdale Store

The Save Mart Companies has begun a major modernization and expansion project at its Oakdale store. This is the third location under the Save Mart ...

August 17, 2016 | | Local News


Fit Body Boot Camp Joins Oakdale Shopping Center

The southwest end of the Oakdale Shopping Center has seen a bit more traffic in the past few weeks. 'Traffic' via automobiles and fitness clad ...

August 17, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Digital Citizenship Is Focus Of SCOE Technology Night

The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) is hosting a Technology Night for Parents: Digital Citizenship on Tuesday, Aug. 23. The event is scheduled from ...

August 17, 2016 | | Local News


MARKET NIGHT FUN

Oakdale's downtown weekly Farmer's Market, each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on North Third Avenue, offers plenty of fun ...

August 17, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Incumbents Only For Local Election

Over the last few years, Oakdale residents have seen their elected city officials set service rates, determine the fate of city property sales, decide on ...

August 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Stanislaus County Sees Human West Nile Case

The first human case of West Nile Virus this year in Stanislaus County has been reported.

August 17, 2016 | | Local News


New Judge, No Change In OID Court Ruling

With a different judge on the bench, attorneys for the Oakdale Irrigation District on Tuesday, Aug. 9, attempted to dismiss a lawsuit regarding their water ...

August 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Makes Moves To Get New Park Built

With the city's South Yosemite Park project site prepped and the surrounding street construction in the finishing stages, the Oakdale City Council moved forward ...

August 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Students Return To School

On Wednesday, Aug. 10 Oakdale Joint Unified officially began the 2016-17 school year. As school bells began ringing at 7:40 a.m. at Oakdale ...

August 17, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Fundraising Efforts Underway For Annual Community Meal

It's never too early for Vickie Thompson to start planning when it comes to the Spirit of Oakdale community Thanksgiving meal.

August 17, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Oakdale Golf and Country Club

Low Net - Blind Draw

August 17, 2016 | | Local News


Weekend, Special Day Events Slated Through Fish, Wildlife

August activities scheduled through the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife offer up some fun and educational activities. Here is a listing of some ...

August 17, 2016 | | Local News


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