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Oakdale Alum, Friends Set Stage For Spring Production

It has been five years since the Rodrigues family has shared the stage of Oakdale High School Theater. On Friday, April 1 audiences will be reminded once again of their talent and treasure as the husband, wife team of David and Diane Rodrigues are once again joined by oldest daughter Madeleine Marhulik as OHS Alumni and Special Guests present "The Fantasticks."

March 23, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Civil Grand Jury Applicants Sought

The selection process for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury has started. Citizens interested in serving on the Civil Grand Jury are encouraged to contact the Grand Jury Office at 558-7766 or go on line to download an application form.

March 23, 2016 | | Local News


Council Session Sees Snub Of Revised Sign Ordinance

After giving direction to city staff to revise a dated sign ordinance after it granted approval of an LED sign on the east side of town, the Oakdale City Council members decided to take no action at its Monday, March 21 meeting on a presented revision by City Manager Brian Whitemyer.

March 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Successful Central Valley Women Schedule Benefit Film Screening

The Successful Women of Central Valley (SWCV), a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will host a benefit film viewing of "Half the Sky" at the State Theatre in Modesto on Thursday, March 31. Proceeds will benefit three local women's groups: the Haven Women's Center of Stanislaus, Without Permission, and Successful Women of Central Valley. All three organizations have shared goals of supporting, educating, benefiting and improving the lives of women and young ladies in the Central Valley.

March 23, 2016 | | Local News


Candidate Forum Slated For Assembly Hopefuls

Who will help make laws that govern your life? The Stanislaus County League of Women Voters and the League of California Cities will be hosting a Candidate Forum where you can meet your candidates for the upcoming election in California Assembly District 12. It is free and open to the public. The district, which includes portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties including Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon, is currently represented by Kristin Olsen, who is terming out of the seat.

March 23, 2016 | | Local News


Veterans Resource Center Opening Soon

The Modesto Library will host a grand opening celebration for its Veterans Resource Center, Monday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. The festivities will feature U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, Stanislaus County Supervisor Dick Monteith and other officials, as well as a special performance of patriotic music by members of the Johansen High School band.

March 23, 2016 | | Local News


Stanislaus River Parks Implement Day Use Fees

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District will begin charging a $5 day use fee for park access beginning May 1 at Stanislaus River Parks near Oakdale.

March 23, 2016 | | Local News


Capacity Crowd Enjoys Annual Testicle Festival

There was no shortage of hungry attendees feasting on the breaded bovine nuggets at the 35th annual Oakdale Testicle Festival at the FES Hall on Monday night, March 21. The event, sponsored by the Oakdale Rotary Club, has been an Oakdale staple, getting the city national attention since the 1980s when local Rotarians sought something unique as a fund-raising affair that would reflect the local western heritage of the area.

March 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OHS Senior Honored For Overcoming Adversity

Christian Armstrong isn't your stereotypical high school student. To summarize him by title would almost be going against the grain of who he strives to be.

March 23, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


BATTLE STATIONS

Knights Ferry was awash in history with Confederate and Yankee soldiers milling about for the annual Civil War Reenactment held Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20. The Knights Ferry canyon echoed with the cannon blasts as the reenactors provided history, entertainment, and plenty of good old-fashioned fun for the annual event. Nine-year-old twin sisters Natalie and Julie from Turlock were in the Ferry for the annual reenactment, helping collect donations for the event. It costs $7 to $10 per cannon explosion and the American Civil War Association (ACWA) relies upon donations to keep history alive for attendees. A camp ...

March 23, 2016 | | Local News


Spaghetti Dinner In Knights Ferry

The annual Knights Ferry Community Club will serve up its annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, March 19 at 5 p.m. in the clubhouse.

March 16, 2016 | | Local News


Soroptimist International Schedules Motor Madness

Soroptimist International of Oakdale will host its annual Motor Madness fundraiser on Saturday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m., at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale. Guests will be entertained by Rob Ely who will present "The Rockin' 50's" and are encouraged to dress in 50's attire. The event includes hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, soft drinks, and dessert. Tickets are $100 each and admits two adults (must be 21 years or older) to the event and constitutes one entry for the door prize drawings.

March 16, 2016 | | Local News


Vacant Buildings, Water Still On Denham’s Radar

While in town on Wednesday, March 9, US Representative Jeff Denham stopped by The Leader office to discuss recent subjects that have been part of his focus this legislative year. Two issues, both introduced by the congressman, the Federal Asset Sale and Transfer (FAST) Act of 2016 and the Save Our Salmon (SOS) Act of 2016 were topics of the conversation.

March 16, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Olsen Making Bid For Supervisor Seat

Assemblywoman and lifelong Stanislaus County resident Kristin Olsen will seek a seat on the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors following the surprise retirement of Supervisor Bill O'Brien.

March 16, 2016 | | Local News


Elementary Schools Re-Zoned For 2016-17

The lines have been drawn and the boundaries approved.

March 16, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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Kayaking, History Offered At Melones Visitors Center

The next couple of Saturdays will hold some special programs at New Melones Lake Visitors Center, with kayaking featured on April 23 and Me-Wuk heritage ...

April 20, 2016 | | Local News


Assembly Bill Aims To Track Cargo Theft

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Riverbank) said AB 2805, her bill to create a task force that would develop and adopt standards for detecting and tracking cargo ...

April 20, 2016 | | Local News


Sunday Drowning At Woodward Reservoir

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District officials reported that emergency crews responded to a possible drowning at the Woodward Reservoir on Sunday, April 17 around 4 ...

April 20, 2016 | | Local News


4-H Earns Top Honors At West Coast Rabbit Show

On the weekend of April 9th and 10th, 2016, the Orange Blossom 4-H Rabbit Project participated in the West Coast Classic Rabbit Show in Reno ...

April 20, 2016 | Molly Terpstra Orange Blossom 4H Reporter | Local News


Refurbished Sierra DinnerTrain Celebrates Re­Opening

Under vivid blue skies with a crisp breeze blowing, the train whistle blew at regular intervals through Oakdale on Sunday, April 17.

April 20, 2016 | | Local News


Love Oakdale Slated Saturday

The kickoff rally is planned for 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 23 at Wood Park in Oakdale, in the heart of downtown, as work ...

April 20, 2016 | | Local News


Parade Organizer Praises Help From Local Youths

In her first year as serving as coordinator of the Oakdale Rodeo Parade, Lisa Vandermeer said she got plenty of help … from an unexpected source.

April 20, 2016 | | Local News


Annual Peddler’s Faire Supports Local Museum

Whether it be a love of the outdoors, a unique find or a bit of history, Knights Ferry has it all to offer its visitors ...

April 20, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Market Moves Back To Third

After controversy with its location last year and the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau withdrawing its sponsorship, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, April 18 ...

April 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weekend Brings Annual Relay For Life

Teams, cancer survivors, caregivers and the community will gather this weekend at Oakdale High School, participating in the annual Relay For Life of Oakdale. This ...

April 20, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oakdale Resident, Author Runs Sub 3-Hour Boston Marathon

It was 33 years to the day that well known sports journalist and accomplished author Matt Fitzgerald crossed the Boston Marathon finish line for the ...

April 20, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


WELCOME TO MUDTOWN

Weekend rain may have made conditions less-than-ideal for all things rodeo, but it didn't matter, as competitors, parade watchers and rodeo enthusiasts of all ...

April 13, 2016 | | Local News


‘Smog Lady’ Reunited With Unique Collection

BY VIRGINIA STILL

April 13, 2016 | Virginia Still | Local News


Soul Travels: Oakdale High School Senior’s Sole-Fullness

By TERESA HAMMOND

April 13, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Community Briefs

Singing Senior

April 13, 2016 | | Local News


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