After being on a combat tour in Afghanistan for more than six months, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Vince Havelaar recently arrived home in Oakdale with his new wife Shelby (Hamilton) on Dec. 23, in time to celebrate Christmas with his family.
As the year comes to an end with its cold weather, community leaders are showing an interest in the welfare of Oakdale's homeless population.
An estimated dozen residents attended an incident review at Oakdale's Fire Station 1 on Dec. 15 regarding a California Avenue house fire and the delayed response in late October that allowed the fire to gain a stronghold before crews arrived on the scene.
In a meeting where transferring Bridle Ridge funds and the health of the city budget were discussed, newly-elected Oakdale City Council member Jason Howard was chastised and reprimanded by fellow council members for his taking of confidential documents from city hall.
There's a new police officer on the streets, his name is Lobo - and he's not going to cost the City of Oakdale a dime.
"Thank you for making my Christmas special."
New developments have evolved in the fatal shooting that occurred Friday, Dec. 10 on the Oakdale Waterford Highway, near Milnes Road, following what was originally believed to be a botched home invasion in Hickman, causing investigators to suspect the attack was motivated by drugs.
A Valley Home School kindergartner had a close call recently as he boarded the bus for school one morning at the stop in front of his home on Valley Home Road.
A state law that requires students currently in sixth through eleventh grades must have their whooping cough (pertussis) booster shots prior to starting school next year has the Oakdale Joint Unified School District urging parents to take care of it now. If students don't have shot records showing proof, they won't be allowed to enroll in school.
All that's missing is the roasting chestnuts over an open fire but even so, the third annual Old Fashioned Christmas on Third Avenue, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 10 is bringing the holiday cheer with Christmas carolers, twinkling lights, hot cocoa and cider, more than 40 vendors, wagon rides through downtown and even pictures with Santa.
In an attempt to educate the citizens of the county, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff's Association is airing a message warning the public about the effects of county "budget restrictions," especially to public safety.
Patients of Oakdale Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy owned by John Dayton, were given a shock when they received a letter in the mail - after the fact - that the pharmacy had closed its doors and their pharmaceutical needs would be handled by Walgreens, the newest pharmacy chain to open in Oakdale.
Bonnye Spray isn't a public speaker yet she chooses to stand before hundreds of teenage strangers any chance she can get.
The sun wasn't shining but that didn't stop Cowboy Santa from making his annual trek to Cowboy Christmas on Saturday, Nov. 27 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.
There will be a swearing in ceremony for Oakdale's newly elected mayor and two council members during the regularly scheduled Dec. 6 city council meeting.
True to his breed, "Stitch," is a lively spirited 7-year-old Standard Manchester Terrier that has game he loves to show.
The Oakdale City Council is still sorting out and finalizing property issues associated with the now-defunct Oakdale Redevelopment Agency.
A two-week long mystery was brought to a close Tuesday morning as Fair Oaks students were treated to a ceremonial ribbon cutting of their newest playground.
Body cameras could be coming to the Oakdale Police Department, outfitting officers with the new hardware.