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Valentine’s Day Flowers Can Go Beyond Roses

Valentine's Day is a great day for florists. According to the National Retail Federation, Valentine's Day is the No. 1 holiday for florists, as 40 percent of the holiday's dollar volume goes toward the purchase of fresh flowers.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Jewelry Buying Guide: Valentine’s Day Tips

You can't buy love, but on Valentine's Day those in love certainly like to treat the special people in their lives to some lavish tokens of affection. According to the National Retail Federation's Valentine's Day Consumer Spending Survey, Americans spend an estimated $19 billion on gifts, flowers, dinners, and more come Valentine's Day.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Kinsey Collection Debuts At Gallo Center

For over 35 years, Bernard Kinsey and his wife Shirley have amassed a collection of art and history that documents the African American experience from 1595 to the Civil Rights era. As part of Destination Graduation's sharing of best practices, and to celebrate African American History Month, the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and Modesto City Schools have invited Bernard Kinsey to discuss "The Kinsey Collection" at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $5 and are available at Galloarts.org or may be purchased at the ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Howard Training Center Plans Annual Crab Feed

It's almost time for the annual Howard Training Center Crab Fest, set this year for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6. All seats are reserved, doors open each day at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 .m.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


El Niño Program Scheduled Friday

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer the presentation "El Niño: Earth's Climate Heartbeat" by Noah Hughes, professor of Earth Sciences at Modesto Junior College. The free event is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sierra Hall 132 on West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Devastating State Fires See Insurance Claims Skyrocket

Two of the most destructive fires in California's history, the Valley and Butte Fires, ravaged nearly 150,000 acres in Northern California last fall and caused an estimated $1 billion in insurance losses. The Valley fire pillaged 1,958 structures in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties, resulting in approximately $700 million in insured losses and making it the third most damaging wildfire in state history based on total structures burned. In terms of structures lost, the Butte Fire is the seventh most destructive fire to hit California, damaging 818 structures in Amador and Calaveras counties and causing an estimated ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


CHP Preps For Super Bowl Traffic With New Web Site

As preparations continue for the National Football League's biggest event of the season, the Bay Area is bracing for a surge in motor vehicle, foot, and bicycle traffic that comes with it. In an effort to give the public a heads-up before they head out, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) worked with the California Department of Transportation to develop a Super Bowl 50 traffic information website: www.superbowl50traffic.com.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


New Patch, Badge Introduced For Oakdale Police Department

Even before he was appointed as police chief, Lester Jenkins thought the Oakdale Police Department needed a design change to its uniform shoulder patch.

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Country Group Parmalee To Perform At County Fair

You won't want to "Close Your Eyes" for this – as Parmalee is set to perform this summer at the Stanislaus County Fair.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


February Programs Offered At Oakdale Library

Story Time Sessions will continue throughout February at the Oakdale library, with a number of other special events also planned.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


City Settles Lawsuit

The City of Oakdale has entered into a "separation agreement" with former Public Works Supervisor Mark Ozbirn, who had a pending lawsuit with the city from 2015.

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Homecoming Fun For Mustangs

It was a busy, fun and festive week leading up to a pair of basketball games and crowning of Homecoming Royalty in Oakdale this week. The events were staged as part of a rally on Friday and the varsity girls and boys basketball teams were in action that night. That's also when the courts were presented to the crowd and the new royalty named.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


CROWNING GLORY

Smiles all around, top photo, for the new Winter Homecoming Queen TJ Verdegaal, crowned at the Friday night festivities at Oakdale High School in between the varsity girls and varsity boys basketball games. Shown is last year's queen, Emma Burke, left, presenting Verdegaal with her tiara. Oakdale's 2016 Winter Homecoming royalty included, from left: King Clayton Verdegaal, Prince Jack Verdegaal, Queen TJ Verdegaal and Princess Kennedy Brewer.

January 27, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


City Council Advised Of Citrus Pest Threat

Both the Stanislaus County Agriculture Commissioner and a member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture were on hand Tuesday night, Jan. 19 to update Oakdale City Council members on the current threat of the Asian Citrus Psyllid, ACP, a pest recently located in the city.

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Relay Fundraiser In Escalon

Relay For Life of Escalon will be hosting a fundraiser on Monday, Jan. 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

January 23, 2016 | | 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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