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Theft Results In Bus Crash, Horse's Death

An Oakdale family is grieving the loss of a beloved horse after the theft of the horse's pasture gate was stolen. The horse was killed by a bus on Highway 108 carrying a load of passengers returning from Black Oak Casino around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 4. Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft, saying it's likely the theft was spurred by methamphetamine users looking for metal that they could turn into valley scrap metal centers for quick cash. The horse, a 16-hand quarterhorse, was used to help austic children in therapuetic settings. For ...

August 19, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


New City Manager Sees Busy Schedule

Even before his Aug. 1 start date as interim city manager for the City of Oakdale, Greg Wellman was at city hall getting acquainted with the council members and the executive staff to get caught up on the issues.

August 17, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Suspected OPD Materials Thief Turns Self In

Yuri Pearson, 34, the man suspected of stealing a variety of items from a locked storage cabinet in the Oakdale Police Department during a remodel of the station last year, turned himself in Thursday, Aug. 11, according to police reports.

August 12, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Home Wine Making Class Featured

Potential home viticulturalists could be in for a treat as Delicato Vineyards will once again be holding its Home Wine Making Workshop on Saturday Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 for those just beginning or those wanting to hone their skills.

August 11, 2011 | | Local News


Duo Hired For Seeking City Grants

With cuts to city staff and the inability of a previously contracted firm to perform, the City of Oakdale has decided to go with a local, smaller firm that has a proven track record in the area of obtaining city grants from state and federal agencies.

August 10, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Charges Filed Against Valley Home School Superintendent

Valley Home School Superintendent Thomas Kevin Hart was charged with felony child molestation on Friday, Aug 5 by the Stanislaus District Attorney's Office, including two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, one count of sexual penetration, and one count of a lewd and lascivious act upon a child.

August 10, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Food Services Director Resigns Amid Investigation

Longtime Oakdale Joint Unified School District Food Services Director Raymond Martinez abruptly resigned his position, effective Aug. 2 amidst allegations of possible theft, misappropriation of district property, and embezzlement of public funds.

August 10, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


ORFD Program Plays It Safe

It's summer time and Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District (ORFD) has been busy - rescuing people from the Stanislaus River.

August 10, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Music Fest Funds Local Scholarships

Each year since 2009, The Heidi Brunk Foundation has been able to offer the chance of a scholarship to more and more students from area high schools so they can pursue their education in music and the arts.

August 10, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Eager Students Search Class Lists

Fair Oaks Elementary students could hardly wait to discover who their new teacher would be for the 2011-2012 school year and there was quite a crowd assembled Thursday, Aug. 4 when the class lists were posted at 4 p.m. School starts bright and early at all Oakdale Unified School District sites Wednesday, Aug. 10.

August 08, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Reimbursement Fight Looms For Hospital

In an attempt to fight off cuts that could severely hamper the hospital's operation, Oak Valley Hospital Chief Executive Officer John Friel urged a letter writing campaign to elected officials to block a proposed bill.

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Horse Joins Police Department Family

The Oakdale Police Department equestrian budget is going to double -from $1 to $2 - with the recent addition of Moe, an 8-year-old bay quarter horse gelding.

August 03, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oak Valley Hospital Board Hears Special Districts Threat

The Oak Valley Hospital District governing board was painted a gloomy picture as they were informed of a joint meeting of the California Assembly's Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review and the Local Government Committee that discussed "California's Special Districts: Efficiency and Alternatives."

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Website Debuts For City Groups And Events

Described as a "one stop shop for groups and events," city volunteers introduced a new website designed to assist users in getting information about Oakdale all in one location.

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Members ‘Fence’ Over Issues

Several issues presented to the Oakdale City Council on Monday, Aug. 1 generated discussion by members who showed no hesitation in voicing their opposing views.

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Pump Prices Steady For California Drivers

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have not moved in the past week, averaging $2.56/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of ...

November 09, 2016 | | Local News


Musicians Pick Up Award

Local music group Blindfold recently was honored with the MAMA award for best Alt-Indie rock band.

November 09, 2016 | | Local News


Oakdale, Riverbank Join Forces To Offer Relay

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Oakdale-Riverbank will be hosting its kickoff for the 2017 event later this month.

November 09, 2016 | | Local News


Operation Christmas Child Collection Week Approaching

The River Christian Community Church, 1351 E. G St., Oakdale, will once again serve as a collection site for the shoeboxes being packed as part ...

November 09, 2016 | | Local News


Disney’s “Cinderella, Kids”

The Stanislaus County Office of Education's YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Kidettes will present Disney's "Cinderella, Kids" beginning at 7:30 p.m. on ...

November 09, 2016 | | Local News


Datebook

Datebook lists upcoming events in and around the Oakdale area.

November 09, 2016 | | Local News


Weekend Ferry Festival Celebrates Chinook Salmon

Come November, the view from the Knights Ferry Bridge is sure to include Chinook salmon during the peak of their migration. It is this time ...

November 09, 2016 | | Local News


‘At the Corner’ Business Makes Itself At Home

It took a little bit of vision and a lot of elbow grease, but with the help of friends and family Patty Dycus has transformed ...

November 09, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


OVCB Celebrating 25 Years Of Banking Success

The idea to create a local bank in Oakdale began in 1990 where a few local investors sat at a table and began the process ...

November 09, 2016 | Virginia Still | Local News


Veterans Appreciation Day Ceremonies Set

The community is encouraged to come and join in to remember, honor and celebrate veterans on Friday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at the ...

November 09, 2016 | | Local News


Check Our Website For Election Results

Due to time constraints and production schedules, The Leader was not able to include Tuesday's election results in this week's issue. The newspaper ...

November 09, 2016 | | Local News


New Broadcast Equipment Approved For City Sessions

With the city's current broadcast equipment dated and in need of replacement, the Oakdale City Council approved the purchase of $75,000 in digital ...

November 09, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Spirit Of Oakdale Has Needs To Fill

It is a tradition which has truly stood the test of time.

November 09, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Pumpkin Fun In The Ferry Rolls On For Another Year

Pumpkins were rolling, tri tips were grilling, ice cream was melting … and Knights Ferry was packed with residents and visitors alike for the 53rd annual ...

November 09, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


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