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Downtown Christmas Slated For This Saturday

The Christmas Spirit is alive and well in the city of Oakdale. This Saturday, Dec. 2 downtown businesses will extend their hours and open their doors in support of the Ninth Annual Downtown Christmas. The event will be hosted from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

November 29, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


New Cannabis Businesses Face Tax Responsibilities

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the cannabis cultivation tax and excise tax will take effect. Cannabis businesses need to be aware of the new tax rates and how they apply to their business activities, said officials from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Turkey Is Nutritious Throughout The Year

Aside from the occasional sandwich, many people think turkey is solely for the Thanksgiving dinner table. However, turkey is much more than a holiday centerpiece. Anyone concerned about healthy eating would be wise to learn more about the health benefits of turkey and find ways to include it in their diets throughout the year.

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Slowing Trend In Central Valley Employment Growth Continues

In line with predictions made in previous San Joaquin Valley Business Forecast Reports, total employment growth in the San Joaquin Valley continues to slow. Since the slowing of growth is at a more significant rate than in previous years, the Valley economy is displaying signs of plateauing. That's the outlook of Gökçe Soydemir, the Foster Farms Endowed Professor of Business Economics at California State University, Stanislaus, in his biannual Business Forecast Report.

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


MJC Agriculture Fundraiser Benefits 4-H Program

As the holiday season approached, Modesto Junior College agriculture students felt compelled to give back to the community. The Young Farmers Club organized a BBQ chicken meal on Nov. 1 that raised over $2,000 to benefit the Westside Ministries' Community Cultivators 4-H program. Westside Ministries has the primary purpose of providing opportunities for low-income children. The funds donated by MJC's Young Farmers Club were used to purchase fair supplies and equipment for the 4-H program.

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


CalGuard Bonus Debacle Now Nearing Conclusion

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) on Monday met with CalGuard Commander, Major General Baldwin, during a meet and greet at the Manteca VFW Hall to discuss and recognize the near end of the CalGuard bonus repayment ordeal and the favorable resolution of California's 10th district constituents' cases.

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


City Earns National, State ‘Night Out’ Honors

The City of Oakdale is ranked second for California and 20th in the United States for this summer's National Night Out event.

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Highest Thanksgiving Gas Prices Since 2014

GasBuddy, the only smartphone app connecting 70 million drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop, has projected that Thanksgiving will see the highest average gas prices since 2014 as the country prepares for the busiest traveling weekend of the year. Yet the average gas price in four of five U.S. states is lower than a week ago, coming as the number of Americans driving is expected to surge by 20 percent over last Thanksgiving, according to GasBuddy's Annual Holiday Travel Survey.

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Keep Holiday Light Decorating Safe, Efficient, Festive And Fun

Every Thanksgiving, after the turkey has been devoured and families settle down for an evening of parades and football, many people begin to think about how they'll decorate their homes and businesses for the holiday season. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds customers that while holiday lighting truly adds to the season, it can also significantly increase the potential for fire risk, injury and electric shock if the proper precautions aren't followed while decorating. Adding to possible safety risks, older, non-energy-efficient lighting can severely impact customers' power bills.

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Another Night Before Christmas At Sierra Rep

Closing Sierra Repertory Theatre's 2017 Season is a contemporary musical about cynicism, belief, and the real meaning of Christmas. 'Another Night Before Christmas' plays Dec. 1 through 23, at the East Sonora Theatre.

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Red Cross: Saving Lives Easier Than Ever

The holidays are known for the giving spirit and a hectic pace. This holiday season, the American Red Cross is sharing three ways to give the gift of life in less time.

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Turkey Trot, Gobbler Walk Planned For Thanksgiving Day

Modesto Junior College Cross Country Team invites anyone looking for some exercise before their Thanksgiving Day dinner to participate in the 18th Annual Modesto Turkey Trot and Gobbler Walk on Thursday, Nov. 23 at the Tuolumne River Regional Park in Modesto.

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Soroptimists Help Girls Learn To Dream And Do

Local service organization Soroptimist International of Oakdale hosted 23 girls from seventh through tenth grades at its "Dream It, Be It" conference held in the Oakdale High School library on a recent Saturday. Gaby Ceja, Oakdale's Distinguished Young Woman and senior at Oakdale High School, served as keynote speaker relating personal experiences and providing advice and encouragement to the girls as they navigate school, activities, and life. She also stressed the importance of getting an education advising the girls to look to the future with excitement and curiosity because they have the potential for endless amounts of success. In ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Office Closed For Holiday

The 122 S. Third Ave., Oakdale, office of The Oakdale Leader, The Riverbank News and The Escalon Times will be closed both Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Festival Of Trees

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


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Pair Of Promotions Announced At Oak Valley Community Bank

Oak Valley Community Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ:OVLY), announced the promotions of Julie DeHart to Senior Vice President, Retail ...

January 03, 2018 | | Local News


Slight Hike At Pumps

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.90/gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy ...

January 03, 2018 | | Local News


Oakdale Police Department Out In Force For New Year’s Weekend

While alcohol-impaired driving remains the most serious problem on our roadways, the percentage of drivers in fatal crashes with other impairing substances in their system ...

December 30, 2017 | | Local News


Be Mindful Of Air Quality Over The Holiday Weekend

A persistent and strong high-pressure system influencing the Valley this week has caused stagnant conditions and led to unhealthy air quality. Officials at the Air ...

December 29, 2017 | | Local News


Setting Healthy Resolutions For The New Year Ahead

Many people see the dawn of a new year as the perfect time to implement changes that they hope will have positive impacts on their ...

December 27, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Continued Learning

December 27, 2017 | | Local News


Merrily Musical Oakdale Student Body

The month of December was one of music and merriment for students and families of Oakdale Joint Unified School District. From choir to band, concert ...

December 27, 2017 | | Local News


LEADING THE WAY

Oakdale High School leadership students, thanks to some generous donations, were able to deliver close to 150 toys and 26 teen-themed shoebox gifts to Oakdale ...

December 27, 2017 | | Local News


Oakdale Preps For Inaugural Father-Daughter Boots, Bows

The Oakdale Sunrise Rotary is planning a brand new community-wide event for 2018. It's called "Boots and Bows," and is billed as a Father-Daughter ...

December 27, 2017 | | Local News


Community Closes Books On Eventful Year In 2017

New faces in city government, the end of an era for Oakdale High School academic decathletes, plenty of rain … those were just a few of ...

December 27, 2017 | | Local News


Denham’s Office Sets First 2018 MDO Hours

Friday, Jan. 5 is the date for Oakdale residents to have a chance to meet with Congressman Jeff Denham in the local area.

December 27, 2017 | | Local News


Northern San Joaquin Valley Adds Residents

The Northern San Joaquin Valley – San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties – was the fastest growing region in California from July 2016 through June 2017.

December 27, 2017 | By DENNIS WYATT Special To The Leader | Local News


Marathon Viewing Is A New Year’s Tradition

Streaming television service providers and on-demand services offered by cable and satellite companies have opened the door for television fans to engage in marathon viewing ...

December 27, 2017 | | Local News


SPECIAL VISITOR

Prior to his annual Christmas Eve world tour, Santa Claus paid a visit to Forever Young Childcare in Oakdale. Santa and Mrs. Claus made a ...

December 27, 2017 | | Local News


HOLIDAY WISHES

The staff of The Oakdale Leader, The Riverbank News and The Escalon Times gathered recently for a special 'holiday greetings' photo, taking time to pose ...

December 27, 2017 | | Local News


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