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Ultimate Honor Awarded - Lifetime Achiever: Frank Clark

Frank Clark is a cornerstone within Oakdale - though he'd be the first to tell you he's not.

January 16, 2013 | Kim Van Meter Special To The Leader | Local News


Oakdale Police Pay Lowest In County

At a time when the City of Oakdale tries to pull itself out from the recent economic downturn, it must weigh the cost of compensating its employees fairly for their services as other cities also recover and offer more competitive wages to pull away qualified personnel.

January 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


River Trail Project Runs Into Barrier

A local councilman's hard fought goal of a river trail from the east to the west side of Oakdale possibly came to a halt when an expected property owner pulled support of an easement that would have allowed trail access from Valley View Park to Kerr Park.

January 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Contract Shows New City Manager Took Concessions

Newly hired Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer accepted concessions in retirement benefits of the four-year $160,500 annual salary employment contract and far less in total compensation than his predecessor to come over from the City of Hughson and assist the budget-strapped city of Oakdale.

January 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Trio Of Citizens, Businesses Saluted For Community Contributions

Oakdale Chamber of Commerce will host its annual awards dinner on Friday, Jan. 18. Tickets for the dinner and ceremony are on sale now at the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and on the Oakdale Chamber website for $40 per person. Seating is limited and tickets must be reserved by this Friday, Jan. 11.

January 09, 2013 | | Local News


Road Construction, Utility Work Come Under Council Scrutiny

City leaders and Oakdale residents were basically assured by Pacific Gas and Electric officials that the underground conversion of overhead power lines along South Yosemite Avenue would not result in any cost to local citizens.

January 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Orange Blossom Crash Claims One

An early morning accident on Thursday, Jan. 3 claimed the life of a Sonora woman and left a Riverbank man with major injuries.

January 09, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Man Arrested In Rape Of Teen

A 44-year-old Oakdale man was arrested Monday afternoon, Jan. 7, after police say he was named in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl. The teen, who admitted she had been drinking at a party hosted by the suspect, was later reportedly molested by him after falling asleep.

January 08, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Contract Shows New CM Took Concessions

Newly hired Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer accepted concessions in retirement benefits of the four-year $160,500 annual salary employment contract and far less in total compensation than his predecessor to come over from the City of Hughson and assist the budget strapped city of Oakdale.

January 04, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Early Morning Fatal On Orange Blossom

A two vehicle collision on Orange Blossom Road early morning Thursday, Jan. 3 claimed one life.

January 03, 2013 | | Local News


City, Gilton Collect Christmas Trees

Gilton Solid Waste Management and the City of Oakdale will be having a Christmas tree pickup starting Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 and running through Jan. 19. The pickup of the trees will be the same day as the scheduled garbage pickup day.

January 02, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Chamber Awards Night Slated

It's that time of year again - time to recognize the best of the best in Oakdale from businesses to students ‑ as the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce presents merits of distinction at a special awards night ceremony, Friday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. in the community center.

January 02, 2013 | | Local News


Final Look: Oakdale's Year In Review 2012

From the changes in city leadership, elected and appointed, to the extraordinary run to the state bowl game by the varsity football Mustangs late in the year, 2012 was filled with news, both good and bad. This week, we continue the 'Year in Review' by taking a look at the months gone by, with headlines from the second half of the year. These were taken from the pages of The Oakdale leader, July through December.

January 02, 2013 | | Local News


Culinary Arts - Classes Cook Up Interest

Preparing canapés for 80 isn't such an easy task when the clock is ticking and newly learned skills are put to the test.

January 02, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Motorists Prepare For New Laws

New rules that govern the California driving public will go in effect on Jan. 1, 2013. These rules are the product of legislation passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2012.

December 31, 2012 | | Local News


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Gusty Winds Prompt Health Caution

Blowing dust as a result of developing gusty winds has prompted local air pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement for Tuesday in the following areas of the air basin: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern counties.

October 13, 2014 | | Local News


Airport Appreciation: High Flying Success

Clear skies and sunshine was the forecast on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Oakdale Airport, which was picture perfect weather for a day of flying and being outdoors.

October 08, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local News


Council Approves Capital Improvements

Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer will be busy in the next few months approving work contracts and signing purchase orders for more than a half dozen city capital improvements that involve either construction or equipment acquisitions for the City of Oakdale.

October 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Accused Shooter Surrenders To Police

The man wanted for the Saturday morning shooting of a 24-year-old Oakdale man that resulted in a 12-hour SWAT action closing a portion of East H Street was arrested Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 30.

October 02, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tastes Of The Valley Showcased At Gathering

The 12th annual "Tastes of the Valley," a wine and cheese affair presented by the CSU Stanislaus Agricultural Studies Department and Friends of the Fair Foundation will be this Thursday, Oct 2, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock.

October 01, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Flights Soaring At Oakdale Airport

Fly into action, entertainment and fun at the Oakdale Airport Appreciation Day on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The WWII B-25 Bomber will arrive at the airport at 10 a.m. and be on display until 2 p.m. along with an assortment of other aircraft, cars, food and plenty of activities for the kids.

October 01, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local News


Shooting Leads To 12-Hour SWAT Standoff

A late night shooting that sent one man to the hospital resulted in a 12-hour police standoff with SWAT officers at an East H Street residence on Saturday, Sept. 27.

September 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OHS S-Club Awarded For Spirit

On a beautiful autumn afternoon just as school let out, Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul presented a plaque of appreciation to the Oakdale High School S-Club at Mustang Circle during a club gathering on Thursday, Sept. 25. The club was recognized by the city for its continued maintenance and upkeep of Mustang Circle.

September 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fair’s Tastes Of The Valley Approaches

The 12th annual "Tastes of the Valley," a wine and cheese affair presented by the CSU Stanislaus Agricultural Studies Department and Friends of the Fair Foundation will be this Thursday, Oct 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds.

September 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Early Morning Crash Results In DUI And Pot Grow Discovery

A single vehicle accident into a sideyard fence resulted in the arrest of the driver for DUI, but also revealed a backyard marijuana grow on Eucalyptus Avenue.

September 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Touchdown For Hershey Building

The City of Oakdale named Touchdown Realty as the commercial Realtor that would list for sale or lease the Hershey Building at 120 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale. City Manager Bryan Whitemyer announced the selection at the Monday, Sept. 15 council meeting.

September 24, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Ink Newman Dispatch Contract

In a move that aids the Oakdale Police Department with increased staffing in its communications center, Chief Lester Jenkins announced the city will pursue providing dispatch services for the Newman Police Department.

September 24, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Conflict Of Interest? - Questions Surround Fire Counsel

Attorney William D. Ross represents the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District. Ross was also the district legal counsel for the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District. So when the two entities met to draw up agreements, such as merger plans from earlier this year, the question has been asked if Ross had a conflict of interest and could adequately provide legal advice and represent the legal concerns of both sides.

September 24, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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