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Class Of 2015 Turns The Tassels

Balloons were bought, flowers delivered and tears shed as over 700 students of Oakdale Joint Unified Schools celebrated with commencement ceremonies over the past week. Students of Oakdale Alternative Education, Oakdale Junior High and Oakdale High School each turned tassels as they now begin the next chapter of their lives.

May 27, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Late Spring Drop Seen In Gas Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 4.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.44/gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.75/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

May 26, 2015 | | Local News


Micke Grove Hosts Memorial Day Ceremony

A Memorial Day celebration welcomes the community to honor those who have served in the US Armed Forces, enjoy a free-admission day at Micke Grove Regional Park and Museum, followed by a complimentary dinner on the grounds of the Historical Museum.

May 24, 2015 | | Local News


Seatbelt Use Monitored During Holiday Weekend

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is joining the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement agencies nationwide to promote the "Click It or Ticket" campaign, which focuses on seat belt use, during this year's Memorial Day Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP).

May 23, 2015 | | Local News


Boaters Can Help Fight Spread Of Invasive Species

California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain vigilant over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

May 22, 2015 | | Local News


D.A. Dismisses Case Of Jura’s Pizza Owner

The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office announced on May 19 that it would not prosecute the sexual assault case against Jura Aghassi, the former owner of Jura's Pizza formerly located on North Yosemite Avenue which closed last year.

May 21, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Safety Precautions Urged For Holiday Weekend

With great weather expected across most of the Golden State this holiday weekend, CAL FIRE urges everyone to use caution as fire danger remains higher than normal due to the drought. Memorial Day weekend is often said to be the official start of summer with everyone enjoying outdoor activities and recreation during the three-day break.

May 21, 2015 | | Local News


Council Studies Shelter Placement Zoning

With the required state obligation for a "Housing Element" within the city's General Plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, May 18 debated areas within the six-square mile town appropriate for various housing needs including in which zones a homeless shelter could be located.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move

If there was a common reaction among the Third Avenue merchants Thursday afternoon, May 14, it was one of frustration as to why the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau moved the weekly farmers market from the downtown area to the Oakdale Community Center Plaza.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Guzman, Crossman Top Two At OHS

Thirteen years of primary education will officially come to a close for the Class of 2015 this Friday night at the Oakdale High Corral. The 7 p.m. graduation ceremony will be their final moments on the field as Mustangs, only to then become alumni of the school.

May 20, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Chocoholics Celebrate At Festival

Great weather and high attendance combined to make this year's Oakdale Chocolate Festival a triumph on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Passions Rise At OID

With the irony of rain and stormy skies outside, the Oakdale Irrigation District held a water committee meeting to discuss this year's continuing drought from lack of rain and how the 106-year-old district was allocating its water to customers.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Music Download Aids Nepal Earthquake Victims

Two local independent record labels – Ronald Records (owned/operated by Jonathan Jennings of Turlock) and Way Grimace Records (owned/operated by Sean Duncan of Oakdale) – are spearheading an effort to raise money and awareness for the recent events that took place in Nepal.

May 18, 2015 | | Local News


Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move

If there was a common reaction among the Third Avenue merchants Thursday afternoon, May 14, it was one of frustration to why the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau moved the weekly farmers market from the downtown area to the Oakdale Community Center Plaza.

May 16, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


California Observes Endangered Species Day

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will recognize the 10th National Endangered Species Day on May 15 with a focused environmental concern. The purpose of the Endangered Species Act is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend to prevent extinction.

May 14, 2015 | | Local News


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Festival Of Trees

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


FANCY FEAST

Youngsters at The Learning Tree Preschool in Oakdale enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast recently, practicing for the real deal this week. They enjoyed turkey, mashed potatoes ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


SUCCESSFUL OPERATION

Coordinator for the local effort of Operation Christmas Child, Liz Greenlee, smiles after counting up the packed shoeboxes that will help make the holidays brighter ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


County Clerk Recorder Certifies Vote Totals

Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan announced the Nov. 7, 2017 Consolidated District Election canvass of the vote was completed on ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


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