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Charges Filed Against Valley Home School Superintendent

Valley Home School Superintendent Thomas Kevin Hart was charged with felony child molestation on Friday, Aug 5 by the Stanislaus District Attorney's Office, including two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, one count of sexual penetration, and one count of a lewd and lascivious act upon a child.

August 10, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Food Services Director Resigns Amid Investigation

Longtime Oakdale Joint Unified School District Food Services Director Raymond Martinez abruptly resigned his position, effective Aug. 2 amidst allegations of possible theft, misappropriation of district property, and embezzlement of public funds.

August 10, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


ORFD Program Plays It Safe

It's summer time and Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District (ORFD) has been busy - rescuing people from the Stanislaus River.

August 10, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Music Fest Funds Local Scholarships

Each year since 2009, The Heidi Brunk Foundation has been able to offer the chance of a scholarship to more and more students from area high schools so they can pursue their education in music and the arts.

August 10, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Eager Students Search Class Lists

Fair Oaks Elementary students could hardly wait to discover who their new teacher would be for the 2011-2012 school year and there was quite a crowd assembled Thursday, Aug. 4 when the class lists were posted at 4 p.m. School starts bright and early at all Oakdale Unified School District sites Wednesday, Aug. 10.

August 08, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Reimbursement Fight Looms For Hospital

In an attempt to fight off cuts that could severely hamper the hospital's operation, Oak Valley Hospital Chief Executive Officer John Friel urged a letter writing campaign to elected officials to block a proposed bill.

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Horse Joins Police Department Family

The Oakdale Police Department equestrian budget is going to double -from $1 to $2 - with the recent addition of Moe, an 8-year-old bay quarter horse gelding.

August 03, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oak Valley Hospital Board Hears Special Districts Threat

The Oak Valley Hospital District governing board was painted a gloomy picture as they were informed of a joint meeting of the California Assembly's Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review and the Local Government Committee that discussed "California's Special Districts: Efficiency and Alternatives."

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Website Debuts For City Groups And Events

Described as a "one stop shop for groups and events," city volunteers introduced a new website designed to assist users in getting information about Oakdale all in one location.

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Members ‘Fence’ Over Issues

Several issues presented to the Oakdale City Council on Monday, Aug. 1 generated discussion by members who showed no hesitation in voicing their opposing views.

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Support - Life Jacket Program Buoyed

Oakdale fire and rural fire departments have been given $3,000 from Oakdale Irrigation District to use toward the purchase of 140 life jackets for a loaner program being implemented for use on Oakdale's waterways and the Stanislaus River. The OID Board of Directors voted 4-0 to support Oakdale's life jacket program in an action at the Aug. 2 regular meeting. Director Herman Doornenbal was absent.

August 03, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID To Fund Life Jacket Loaners

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved a donation of $3,000 to Oakdale fire and rural fire departments in an action at the Aug. 2 regular meeting to use toward the purchase of 140 life jackets for a loaner program being implemented for Oakdale's waterways.

August 02, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Huli Huli Fundraiser Saturday

The first Huli Huli fundraiser is slated for Saturday, July 30 at the Rodeo Grounds from 6 p.m. until midnight where attendees will enjoy a teriyaki chicken and rice dinner followed by dancing with music provided by local favorite Remedy. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

July 29, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Cowboy Capital Celebrates American Cowboy Heritage

The outside of the Oakdale Cowboy Museum looked like an authentic ranching camp on Saturday, July 23 with tents, a chuck wagon, branding design, and little buckaroos learning steer roping.

July 27, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Prepares For National Night Out

AvThe 2011 National Night Out celebration for Oakdale will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 2 in Burchell Park. The three-hour event starts at 5:30 p.m. and is open to all area residents.

July 27, 2011 | | Local News


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New Stanislaus Consolidated Chief Takes Oath Of Office

The post has been filled at the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District (SCFPD) for Fire Chief by Rick Weigele, who was sworn in at a ...

June 14, 2017 | Virginia Still | Local News


Surging River Waters Not Yet Float Ready

River rafting enthusiasts will need to wait just a bit longer before casting off and floating their way down the Stanislaus River. A wet and ...

June 14, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


How To Avoid Hot Weather Automotive Breakdowns

When the weather warms, many people take to the outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and rising temperatures. Summer road trips or vacations are the norm ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Common Grilling Mistakes To Avoid At Summer BBQ

Cooking food over an open fire imparts all sorts of flavor. Grilling tends to be quicker, less messy and more convenient than cooking in the ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Saturday Pet Adoption Event At Tractor Supply

Tractor Supply Company at 1580 E. F St., Oakdale, will host pet and livestock adoptions on Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. until 2 ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Accordion Club Gathers

The Good Time Accordion Club will host its next monthly Music and Social gathering on Wednesday, June 14 at 7 p.m.

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


“Snow Queen” Tale Takes Stage In June

Get ready for some chilling fun at Hutton's Hamlet in Oakdale, as the Performing Arts Center stages the production "Snow Queen" on Friday and ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Toe-Tappin’ Summer Entertainment Slated

The ever-popular Concerts In The Park, hosted by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce since 1991, is slated to kick off July 14 at Dorada Park ...

June 14, 2017 | By KIM VAN METER Special To The Leader | Local News


Annual Information Day Benefits Area Seniors

For the past 16 years the City of Oakdale and the Oak Valley Hospital District (OVHD) have been bringing the community together, providing the annual ...

June 14, 2017 | Virginia Still | Local News


Senior Menu

Senior lunches are served Monday through Friday at the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center in Oakdale. Call to reserve a lunch, 303-0946.

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Tourism And Visitors Bureau Project Brightens Up Oakdale

The Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau, also known as the OTVB, has started brightening up Oakdale, one light at a time.

June 14, 2017 | By AUTUMN NEAL Special To The Leader | Local News


Gas Prices Drop Down

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 7.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.93/gallon on Monday, according to ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Regional Roadwork Means Traffic Delays For Motorists

Several projects being done throughout this week by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will have an impact on local motorists.

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Laura’s Law Programs Considered For County

Laura's Law is a state law that enables counties to seek court-ordered Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) for people with serious mental disorders. Several counties ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Bachman Retires After Serving The Community For 29 Years

After 29 years of service to the Oakdale community, Rick Bachman has hung up his turnout gear for a new chapter – retirement. Battalion Chief Kevin ...

June 14, 2017 | Virginia Still | Local News


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