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Local 4-Hers Show Their Fashion

Orange Blossom 4-H Club recently hosted the annual Stanislaus County 4-H Fashion Review at Valley Home Elementary School. Boys and girls ages seven to 17 years old competed in categories where they either made their own outfits or purchased them and then modeled the outfits in front of judges for a score. Orange Blossom 4-Hers Cory Barney and Matthew Black hosted the event to earn their Emerald Stars.

May 22, 2012 | | Local News


Solar Eclipse This Sunday

This Sunday, May 20, there will be a partial solar eclipse visible from the Oakdale/Modesto/Sonora area.

May 19, 2012 | | Local News


Donations Sought As Family Fights Illness

Justin Myers, an Oakdale graduate, has been fighting a mysterious illness that was discovered when he was in junior high. The Oakdale Leader has followed Justin's journey through several stories, including when he received his restored 1969 Chevy Camaro through the Make-A-Wish program. After eight years of frequent blood transfusions for what they can only determine is Pure Red Cell Anemia (partial bone marrow failure), Justin is showing signs of major organ failure. His liver is in Stage 3 Fibrosis due to iron overload, which drops his odds to 70-75 percent. Treatments are no longer effective but they have ...

May 18, 2012 | | Local News


Council Candidate Has Past Rape Arrest

In a recent discovery, The Leader has learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested for rape and penetration with a foreign object that occurred in Nevada County in 2007.

May 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Feathers Tapped As Manager

The Oakdale City Council announced that former Atwater Assistant City Manager Stan Feathers will take over as the part-time interim city manager on July 1when current Interim City Manager Greg Wellman is required to leave the post.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Overworked, Understaffed - City Audits Arrive Late

After a series of city financial crises coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's tardy 2010-2011 audit would be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. Last week the council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit report that had been withheld for nearly a year.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Housecleaning Leaves Leadership Quandary

Since the seating of the current city council in November of 2010, the City of Oakdale tribunal has purged or presided over the departure of nearly all of its department heads. Of the two that remain; the public works director has been given notice he will no longer be employed after July and the finance director may be in jeopardy of being gone by this July also.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Former Mayor Speaks Out About City Finances

Past Oakdale Mayor Farrell Jackson believes much that is being declared about the city's financial status may not be completely accurate.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Special Session To Discuss Finance Director

The Oakdale City Council announced that it will be holding a special meeting on Monday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in closed session to discuss the performance of Finance Director Albert Avila.

May 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


DNA May Reveal Deceased Baby's Mother

On Dec. 1, 2011 Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Bait Barn located at 12505 Yosemite Blvd in Waterford for an infant found in a garbage can. Fire personnel immediately responded and the infant was pronounced deceased.

May 11, 2012 | | Local News


City To Finally Receive 2010-2011Audit

After a series of city financial standings coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila has assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's 2010-2011 audit will be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. The council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit that had been withheld for nearly a year.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Debates Vacancy

Gridlocked by a series of two-two split motions, a packed council chambers on Monday possibly saw a glimpse into the future of a polarized Oakdale City Council stalemated on controversial agenda voting items if a fifth and deciding member is not appointed.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Perfect Day For Celebrating Flight

When the forecast calls for clear and sunny skies with a light breeze, it is a perfect day for flying.

May 09, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | Local News


Oakdale Residents Fill Several ‘Wrath’ Roles

Ma Joad is a strong and resilient woman. Tested by a harsh life on the family farm in Oklahoma, she has been the cement that has kept her family together. But the Great Depression of the 1930s and the horrific dust bowl conditions that accompanied that event, have just about worn her down. According to Jenni Abbott who portrays Ma in the critically and audience acclaimed production, currently running at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, she is "a woman who faces a dilemma. What do you give when you have nothing? But she is a woman with ...

May 09, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | Local News


Hospital Audit Questions New Construction Costs

An independent audit done at the request of Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick earlier this year has identified $689,106 in questionable costs and $30,043 in unsupported costs for the new hospital construction project.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Community Band Concert Benefits Scholarship Fund

Two special concerts in September and October are planned at the Oakdale Senior Center, 450 E. A St., Oakdale. Tuesdays, Sept. 5 and Oct. 17 ...

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Community Park Celebration

Not all the finishing touches have been put on yet, but the City of Oakdale is gearing up for a special grand opening celebration of ...

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Reduce Vehicle Emissions With Kids Back In School

Pollution from back-to-school traffic could cause a spike in ozone. With school back in session the Valley Air District is asking the public to reduce ...

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


UNITY RALLY

Speaker Alejandro Carrillo, far right, joined community members and leaders to denounce racism at a rally aimed at unity Monday evening, Aug. 21 at the ...

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


New Website Connects Veterans

CalVet has introduced a new website to provide better, faster access to news and information for veterans.

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Reporter’s Notebook

I'm going to admit that writing this column is actually pretty hard. I have about four different introductions that I could be using; each ...

August 23, 2017 | By AUTUMN NEAL Leader Correspondent | Local News


OID, Valley Home School Feature November Races

Competition will be featured for two Oakdale Irrigation District seats this fall, including one post that is shared with the Escalon area in San Joaquin ...

August 23, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Report Supports California State Rail Plan

Caltrans has released Rail and the California Economy, a research report investigating how the state's vast passenger and freight rail system contributes to California ...

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Dos Reis Park Reopens

Dos Reis Regional Park in Lathrop reopened Monday, Aug. 21 for camping and day-use only. The park's boat launch remains closed due to dock ...

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Wish Granted For Oakdale Teen

Christopher Courtney spent his 13th birthday a bit different than the average teenager. The Oakdale Junior High eighth grader began his 13th year last Saturday ...

August 23, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Public Outreach Meeting Focuses On Wildlife Areas

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will host an outreach meeting on Saturday, Sept. 9 in Los Banos regarding Central Region Type A ...

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Human West Nile Cases Confirmed In Stanislaus County

A 53-year-old female and a 64-year-old male are the first confirmed human West Nile Virus (WNV) infections in Stanislaus County this year.

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Assyrian Festival Offered At The Fairgrounds

Immerse yourself in the culture that started it all at the Third Annual Assyrian Festival with authentic foods, historical exhibits, live entertainment and a kids ...

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Stanislaus County Recognizing Immunization Awareness Month

During pregnancy, people are often thinking about baby names, nursery colors, and prenatal vitamins, but they should also be thinking about vaccines. Vaccines during pregnancy ...

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


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