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Fair Offers Something For Everyone

The Stanislaus County Fair is in full swing and runs through Sunday, July 21.

July 17, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Donations Being Sought For National Night Out

Tuesday, Aug. 6 will be observed as the 30th National Night Out, which now involves over 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all over 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. River Paradise Mobile Estates will be hosting an event open to any resident of Oakdale. Last year's event was attended by nearly 250 Oakdale residents.

July 17, 2013 | | Local News


Python Ron At Library Today

"Python Ron" Mcgee will be at the Oakdale Library, today, Tuesday, July 16 at 10:30a.m. and 12p.m. showing off an assortment of his reptilian friends and sharing various educational facts and information about them. Python Ron will be dressed in his safari attire and will give children a chance to see the exotic reptiles up close and personal. They will also be able to touch some of the reptiles.

July 16, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Controversial Figure To Lead Council In Prayer

The City of Oakdale will join the list of cities that Reno's "acclaimed Hindu Statesman" Rajan Zed will appear at, providing the invocation for the July 15 city council meeting.

July 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


The Newest Superhero?

Oakdale Leader reporter Rich Paloma previewing The Stanislaus County Fair today, TURTLE POWER!!

July 11, 2013 | | Local News


Wine Booth Returns To Escalon Park Fete

Escalon Parks Foundation will host a wine booth at this year's Park Fete July 12 and 13 in downtown Escalon. Last year's wine booth was a new offering at Park Fete and well received by attendees. The booth will be serving red and white wine donated by Gallo Family Vineyards. Drink tokens will be $5 each and redeemable for beer or wine. Token sales close at 9:30 p.m. each day.

July 11, 2013 | | Local News


City Dilemma - Lack Of Union Concessions Creates Budget Uncertainty

Just two weeks after Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pushed through a proposed budget cutting $540,000 from the city's general fund, Oakdale city officials are hitting a snag that may reduce that cost savings.

July 10, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Auto Tech Class Starts Soon

The Columbia College Automotive Technology Program's five week Team Managed Projects class will begin on Monday, July 15. This course is designed to strengthen problem solving skills through teamwork and by using the total quality management (TQM) process. Problem solving is an everyday event. The TQM process allows for thoughtful decision making for just about any problem and by anyone. All skills levels come together to engage in this dynamic process. Projects are automotive based. There is still availability, but those interested are encouraged to enroll immediately. The class meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 8a.m.-1:35p ...

July 09, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale’s Olivo Quits MLB Marlins

Citing the lack of playing time as a third-string back-up catcher, and after asking for his release multiple times, Oakdale resident and Miami Marlins professional baseball player Miguel Olivo walked out of the dugout and "quit" the team during its June 14 game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

July 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Grocery Outlet Helps Fight Local Hunger

Hunger is a reality for over 50 million Americans, or one in seven people living in the United States. To create awareness of this issue and help their neighbors in need, the Oakdale Grocery Outlet store is kicking off of the third annual Independence from Hunger food drive, a month-long, company-wide campaign. Together Oakdale Grocery Outlet and their customers can help to feed people in Oakdale facing hunger and dealing with food insecurity. Over the past two years, over $500,000 has been raised in cash, gift cards and food donations company-wide towards this effort.

July 03, 2013 | | Local News


Mayor Seeks Crash Tax For Outsiders

A plan sought by Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul to dispel severe budget cuts to public safety by charging outside area motorists costs of the fire department for responding to accidents and car fires may progress as a way to generate much needed funds to city coffers.

July 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Debates Selling Off Properties

One structure has sat vacant for nearly a year in the center of town, another is dilapidated and in need of repair, a third was described by the city manager as "the blight of Maple Avenue." The Hershey Visitors Center, The Free Will Baptist Church, and a vacant rental house are the list of city owned properties City Manager Bryan Whitemyer wants to unload to apply to more than $1 million in a budget deficit.

July 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oak Valley Moves To Charge For ‘Dry Run’ Ambulance Calls

With a Code-3 run for the crew, ambulance drivers get the rush of the response, but Oak Valley Hospital gets nothing in return when none of the parties involved have to be taken to the hospital. It's a costly response when no assistance is administered.

July 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Filing Period For November Election

Lee Lundrigan, Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters reports candidates interested in running for local office during the Nov. 5, 2013 Consolidated District Election may apply during the filing period which will open and run from Monday, July 15 through Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. Candidates, including incumbents must file nomination documents during this period in order to file for office and appear on the ballot.

July 02, 2013 | | Local News


Scam Targeting Elderly In Area

"Grandma, what a big bank account you have."

June 28, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Developer Requests Cut In City Fees

At least 125 construction jobs and 80 full-time health care positions are at risk if a local developer pulls the pin on an anticipated 110-room assisted living facility for seniors planned for the west side of town. The reason: fees assessed by the city for the project.

November 21, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Community Spirit - Preparations Made For Thanksgiving Feast

In just barely one week, the kitchen area of the Gene Bianchi Community Center will once again be clanking and moving. Twenty one years later, the Spirit of Oakdale community meal is more than an institution; it is a fine oiled machine. On Thursday, Nov. 27 the small army and committee will once again open the doors at 11 a.m. and serve up a free Thanksgiving meal to anyone who stops by.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


City Addresses ADA Accessibility Issues

With the City of Oakdale required to do a self-evaluation of its Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and develop a formal transition plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, Nov. 17 unanimously approved an item for the city to address the changes necessary to implement accessibility in its buildings, parks and public rights-of-way.

November 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Ranks Fifth In State Water Conservation

While Central Valley residents are being urged to use water wisely during the drought, a new report shows that residents of Oakdale are coming through in their conservation efforts.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

A Sconza Candy Company employee has filed federal charges against a local bakers union and her employer for a litany of rights violations regarding mandatory union membership and a subsequent suspension she received for not joining the union in a timely manner.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Blue Star Moms Lead Donation Efforts

Veterans' Day now looks a bit different to Oakdale mothers Emmy McDaniel and Alicia London than it did two years ago. Both are now parents to sons who are on active duty in the military. That's a fact which prompted them both to become pro-active with Mid-Cal Blue Star Moms, a congressionally chartered Veteran Service Organization.

November 12, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Measure Y Wins Easily

Oakdale voters sent a message on Tuesday, Nov. 4 with a resounding "Yes" in approving Measure Y, the continuation of a local half-cent sales tax, passing it by a 70 to 30 percent margin.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Thanksgiving Day - OHS Freshman Earns Spot In Macy’s Parade

The 2014 Thanksgiving Break is going to start just a bit early for Oakdale High School freshman Hope Kindred. The 14-year-old will be boarding a plane on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 20, but she will not be headed for a tropical family vacation. Hope will be boarding a red eye flight out of Sacramento with a final destination of New York City.

November 12, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Operation Christmas Child Comes To Oakdale

Oakdale's The River Christian Community Church, 1351 E. G St., is a collection location this year for Operation Christmas Child.

November 12, 2014 | | Local News


Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

A Sconza Candy Company employee has filed federal charges against a local bakers union and her employer for a litany of rights violations regarding mandatory union membership and a subsequent suspension she received for not joining the union in a timely manner.

November 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bushwacker Bucks Legendary Career Into Retirement

The most prominent figure in sports to retire this year not named Derek Jeter lives right here in Oakdale.

November 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Irrigation District Enacts Higher Fees

With little fanfare and no public comment, the Oakdale Irrigation District raised the price of water for its 2,900 agricultural customers Tuesday. Later, board members moved to soften the financial impact of higher rates by supporting a proposal to help farmers pay for projects to improve irrigation efficiency.

November 05, 2014 | | Local News


Largent Claims Seat On Escalon School Board

Longtime Escalon Unified School District board member John Largent was returned to the board by an overwhelming majority in the Tuesday election.

November 05, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


CHP Continues Distracted Driving Campaign Crackdown

In response to this growing incidence of distracted driving, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has launched a yearlong, Adult Distracted Driving traffic safety campaign in partnership with the Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A minimum of 80 distracted driving enforcement operations and at least 500 traffic safety presentations will be completed statewide by the end of September 2015.

November 03, 2014 | | Local News


Amtrak Train Hits And Kills Pedestrian

Riverbank Police and Emergency crews responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by an Amtrak train around 9:13 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 near the area of Terminal Avenue and Claribel Road.

October 31, 2014 | | Local News


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