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Oak Valley CEO Still Presses Obstetrics Closure

Despite two heated public forums on the matter where citizens and employees alike opposed closing Oak Valley Hospital's Obstetrics Unit, CEO John McCormick will be recommending shutting the department at the board of directors meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

February 26, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lawsuit Filed In Death Of Off-Duty Officer

The family of the late Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek, who was tragically killed on Nov. 8, 2012 when his Honda Accord was rear ended by a semi-tractor trailer on Highway 132 in Modesto, has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful death, negligence, and "survivor actions."

February 22, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fire Chief On Administrative Leave

The Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District placed embattled Fire Chief Steve Mayotte on paid administrative leave pending an investigation on Friday, Feb. 15.

February 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Approves Annexation List

A revised list of parcels for agricultural annexation was approved by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at its Feb. 19 regular meeting. The approval was for a total of 812.1 acres, owned by seven applicants, to be annexed. This item had been tabled at the prior OID meeting.

February 20, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Tempers Flare, Accusations Fly At Hospital Forum

What started as an orderly public hearing on Wednesday night, Feb. 13, turned into shouting, arguing, accusations, and name calling from the audience as the Oak Valley Hospital board hosted its first forum on the proposed closing of the hospital's obstetrics department.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Area Congressman Responds To State Of The Union Address

Residents reacted with a blend of optimism and uncertainty after President Barack Obama delivered the 2013 State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, Feb 12.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Rotary Club Eyes Gazebo Revamp

After putting in a gazebo at C.E. Wood Park at a cost of $30,000 for the City of Oakdale in 1990, the Oakdale Rotary Club is looking at overhauling the wood marquee in favor of wrought iron or some other substance due to the neglect and vandalism it has had to endure.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Arrest Made In Infant Death

Oakdale Police announced that they arrested Nichole Todd-Smith, 31, in connection with the death of her 44-day-old daughter from December 11.

February 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Arrest Warrant For Mom Of Meth OD Baby

Oakdale police have obtained a felony arrest warrant for the mother of a 44-day-old girl that died in December. Toxicology results returned in January showed the infant had a high level of methamphetamine in its system at the time of its death.

February 18, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weekend Fundraisers Aim To Aid Local Youngsters

On Saturday, Feb. 19 at Karate For Kids, 3342 Santa Fe in Riverbank, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a car wash and bake sale to raise funds for one of the Karate For Kids students who is in need of heart surgery. They are accepting donations in any amount for the car wash. While the supporters' cars or trucks are being washed they can enjoy some food and beverages that will be available, again for an unspecified donation amount. On the menu, they will have hot dogs, chips, cookies, baked goods and beverages. Everyone ...

February 15, 2013 | | Local News


Oak Valley Forum On Obstetrics Closure Impassioned

What started as an orderly public hearing on Wednesday night, Feb. 13, turned into shouting, arguing, accusations, and name calling from the audience as the Oak Valley Hospital board held its first forum on the proposed closing of the hospital's obstetrics department.

February 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Merchants Battling Blight

Hours after the Oakdale City Council on Monday night, Feb. 4 approved Police Chief Lester Jenkins' recommendation to remove the downtown benches in an effort to combat loitering by vagrants, city crews were out on North Third Avenue Tuesday morning unbolting and hauling away the benches for "refurbishing." With the benches now gone, downtown merchants await to see if the result is positive.

February 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID To Revisit Select Parcel Annexation

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors chose to table an action item regarding the list of selected parcels for annexation at its Feb. 5 regular meeting. The item will come back before the board at the Feb. 19 regular meeting. OID General Manager Steve Knell said the board wants to make refinements to the selection criteria for the annexation, possibly by implementing a variance to increase the available water for annexed lands.

February 13, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Franciosa Takes Distinguished Young Woman Title

Oakdale High School junior Sabrina Franciosa was chosen the recipient of the title of Distinguished Young Woman, passed on to her from OHS senior and current Distinguished Young Woman Janki Mistry. The annual Distinguished Young Women of Oakdale program was hosted Saturday, Feb. 9 at Magnolia School Auditorium.

February 13, 2013 | | Local News


Thunder Team, Air Force Band Honor Military

Military Appreciation Weekend with the Stockton Thunder is set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16, with doors at the arena in Stockton opening at 6:30 p.m. each night and the puck dropping at 7:30 p.m.

February 12, 2013 | | Local News


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Special Shopping Spree

This past April at the Oakdale Cowgirl Luncheon, Carl and Kathy La Force, owners of the Oakdale Grocery Outlet, donated a two-minute shopping spree as ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Former Raider Makes Appearance At Kmart

Known as "The Judge" and "Lester the Molester" former Raider great Lester Hayes made a three-day appearance at the Oakdale KMart this past week. The ...

June 22, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


CHP Safety Tips Offered For Hot Summer Travel

California summers are an exciting time to enjoy traveling, vacations, and road trips. Many people consider the summer months a perfect opportunity to spend time ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Vote Aims To Strengthen U.S. Security, Preparedness

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) on June 16 supported the passage of H.R. 5293, appropriations for the Department of Defense for fiscal year ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Delicato’s Photo Show Wraps Up With Awards

The 20th annual Delicato Photography Show is in full swing at the winery's Tasting Room, off Highway 99 four miles north of Manteca. Off ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Turlock Teen Selected District 6 Dairy Princess

Nicole Sanders of Turlock was selected as the 2016 Dairy Princess for the California Milk Advisory Board's (CMAB) District 6. The crowning took place ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


First Travel-Related Case Of Zika Confirmed In County

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency has confirmed that a 19-year-old male county resident has tested positive for Zika virus. The affected individual contracted the virus ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


MJC Celebrates History Of Educational Excellence

The Modesto Junior College Foundation is 'Celebrating 95 Years of Educational Excellence' as the theme for this year's Summer Sonata which is slated for ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Mustang Alumnus Makes The Cut With Salon Location

Kelly Ashby is living a full-circle moment.

June 22, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Stanislaus County Libraries Offer More Operating Hours

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors recently approved a plan to expand library operating hours, effective July 8, 2016. This will mean opening all 13 ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Salmon Threatened By Non-Native Fish

Increasing the daily bag limit for bass fishing in the Delta and reducing the fish size limit could go a long way to reducing the ...

June 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt Special to The Leader | Local News


WAIT A MINUTE

Oakdale Library proved to be a popular stop this past Thursday, as close to 40 children and their families attended a "Minute To Win It ...

June 22, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Final Poll Shows Vogel, Flora In Assembly Race

Republicans Ken Vogel and Heath Flora will face a November General Election run-off with the final count in from both Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


River Plan Input Sought

Residents who want to have a say on how local river parks are utilized in the future have a chance to get their voices heard.

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Senior Crafters Earn Big Sales For Center

Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and noon are anything but boring at the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center. Like most days, the 450 E. A ...

June 22, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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