(Editor's Note: When the original story of an area teen mowing lawns in Oakdale neighborhoods came to our attention, we chose not to report on the story due to some additional facts uncovered during researching the issue. However, due to the amount of attention this story has received, now going nationwide, The Leader offers the other side of what has become a polarizing story.)
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 9.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.56 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.04/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Caltrans and Federal Highway Administration leaders recently signed a charter establishing the California State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC), which will serve as a forum for advocating and overseeing the rapid deployment of innovations in the transportation sector.
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced Mobile District Office Hours for the month of April 2016. Mobile District Office Hours are an opportunity for 10th district residents to meet with the congressman and staff to hear more about his work in Washington, D.C. and the Central Valley, have their questions answered or get help with specific casework.
Stanislaus Presentation Day was held at the Stanislaus County Ag Center on Saturday March 12. Six Orange Blossom 4-H members from Leader, Joyce Reed's Public Speaking project participated in the competition. All members chose the type of speech they gave, and have been preparing and practicing since the fall. All members who participated were awarded gold awards, the highest honor at the county level for this event.
The severe consequences of Proposition 47 in the Oakdale community were evident as Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson gave an overview of rural crime affecting local agriculture at the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 43rd Annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon at the Bianchi Community Center on March 17.
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."
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.