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School Board Must Cut $1.5M

Trustees for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District met Jan. 25 to discuss how to cut $1.5 million from the 2010-2011 budget during a special budget workshop. District staff said that cutting that amount from the budget will leave the district in good shape for cash, even in declining revenues.

January 27, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Drinking Water Risk? New Player Surfaces In Pond Mud Saga

A public meeting on Jan. 20 for a new, second permit filed to spread the remainder of Con Agra's byproduct pond mud onto rural Oakdale properties brought out less than a dozen people, including the presenters, but a new player is now in the mix.

The South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSJID) owns the Woodward Reservoir on the outskirts of Oakdale, which is bordered on the east side by portions of land listed on the permit that shed water to the reservoir.

January 27, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Promotion Pins: Oakdale Fire Honors Retirees

When retiring Oakdale City Fire Captain Gary Cortes made his farewell speech at the special promotional and retirement ceremony at Station II on Tuesday, Jan. 19, a person would have to have been made of stone not to feel something as the famously stoic man admitted with a tearful glitter that he didn't quite know how to put a cap on 30 years of service.

January 27, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Billboard Reminds Public Of Reward In Ross Case

On July 4, 2006, around midnight, 28-year-old Joseph 'Joey' Ross was stabbed to death while walking home from his business in the City of Oakdale. The Oakdale Police Department has pursued and exhausted all investigative leads and his murder remains unsolved.

January 27, 2010 | | Local News

Hershey Injury Ruling Announced

Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager announced that a resolution was reached with Hershey Chocolate and Confectionery Corporation "Hershey" arising from a March 24, 2007, incident at their Oakdale factory. The 'People' agreed to dismiss the pending criminal case against 'Hershey' in which Hershey was charged with violating Labor Code Section 6425(a), in exchange for a civil resolution pursuant to California's Unfair Competition Law, Business and Professions Code Sections 17200, et seq.

January 27, 2010 | | Local News

Six Troop 42 Scouts Earn Eagle

Six young men in Boy Scout Troop 42, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Oakdale 2nd ward, were honored and awarded the rank of Eagle Scout recently in an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony.

January 20, 2010 | | Local News

OID Scrutinizes Fringe Parcels

Oakdale Irrigation District's Board of Directors and OID General Manager Steve Knell held a lengthy discussion about the district's need and plans to limit water availability for out-of-district contracts and the use of OID water on lands outside OID boundaries at the Jan. 19 regular meeting.

January 20, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Record Attendance For Chamber Awards

It was a night of humble tears, joyous laughter, and appreciative smiles on Friday, Jan. 15 as the 64th annual Oakdale Chamber of Commerce awards dinner boasted record ticket sales and the community braved the chilly weather to celebrate and honor the community's best.

January 20, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Local Blood Drive Aids Two Firefighters

Rain, wind and less than desirable road conditions were not enough to keep people away from, of all things, donating blood.

January 20, 2010 | | Local News

Service Day: Volunteers Clean Up Community Garden

It was cold and wet, windy and dismal but the weather didn't dissuade a handful of people from participating in the first - and hopefully annual - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of community service on Monday, Jan. 18 at the Oakdale Community Garden and adjoining hiking trail on the north side of the city.

January 20, 2010 | | Local News

Oakdale Teen Reaching Goals, Dreams

He joined the Cub Scouts when he was eight years old and worked his way up through the ranks, earning merit badges and, according to his mom, maturing and learning to stretch and grow beyond his comfort zone.

January 13, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Piece Of Cake: 107 Just Another Number For Piccetti

Monday, January 4 was not just another Monday at the Gladys Lemmons Senior Center. It was a day, which marked the 107th birthday of Oakdale resident Vera Piccetti.

January 13, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Chamber Names Heath As Lifetime Achiever

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient - MaryAnne Heath - will be recognized with the honor at the upcoming annual awards dinner put on by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce. The dinner will be Friday, Jan. 15 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.

January 13, 2010 | Frank Clark Special To The Leader | Local News

New Sludge Spreading Permit Sought

The Stanislaus County Department of Environmental Resources will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 So. Second Ave., Oakdale to consider a request to issue a Stanislaus County Food Processing By-product Use permit to JND Thomas Co., Inc. for the land application of food processing by-products.

January 13, 2010 | | Local News

OID Considers Drilling Deep Wells

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors is seriously considering the prospect of drilling several deep wells for a variety of reasons including adding to water reliability, water sales confidence, but especially because there is concern about state legislation on the horizon that may put restrictions and regulations on drilling wells to tap groundwater.

January 06, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | 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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