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Traffic stop leads to weapons, arrest

A Shafter man was arrested when a simple traffic stop turned into more serious charges when a weapon was found in the vehicle. Kern County Sheriff's deputies stopped the man, later... — Updated 1/21/2023

Wasco welcomes new leadership

Vincent R. Martinez is the new mayor of Wasco. He brings experience, enthusiasm and a willingness to work as a team. Together with the council, he hopes to empower residents and... — Updated 1/21/2023

Shafter remembers another legend, Merril Lehman

Everyone who has lived in Shafter for any length of time knows about the man who had a real train on his property. Kids growing up would marvel at the machine as it chugged along... — Updated 1/21/2023

City celebrates historic football season with downtown rally

Shafter celebrated its most historic football season in history with a downtown rally on Friday night, honoring the Shafter High Generals, who finished the season as the State... — Updated 1/22/2023

Bakery delivers the finest desserts

There is a new bakery in town that will surely delight your taste buds. Vane's Cakes and Bakery opened last November with rave reviews. Husband and wife team Wences Flores and... — Updated 1/22/2023

At Wasco Library, a wealth of resources, information

The Kern County Library Wasco Branch has an exciting lineup of free fun activities for January and February for young and old. The fun begins on Jan. 23, with an adult project... — Updated 1/22/2023

Childrens author comes to library

The latest in the Shafter Library and Learning Center's ongoing series of author appearances, featuring Saida Woolf, was a standing-room-only event. Woolf is a 19-year-old writer... — Updated 1/21/2023

Country to come alive on stage

On the heels of its successful winter recital, Planet Dance Studio has begun preparations for its upcoming summer gala on June 17 at the Shafter High School Auditorium. The theme... — Updated 1/22/2023

Wasco Council approves water and sewer rate adjustments

At the regular City Council ouncil meeting on Tuesday, a resolution was passed approving the water and sewer rates adjustments. The new rates will become effective on Feb. 1. A... — Updated 1/21/2023

Program makes impact on children of migrant farmworkers

The Wasco Union Elementary School District has a Migrant Education Program with the mission to empower students that come from migrant farmworker families. For families following... — Updated 1/21/2023

Editor's Note: Where art thou?

It has been a few years since the city of Shafter has been the site of the Colours Festival, which had been an annual event for a few years before that. The event, which started... — Updated 1/22/2023

Pastor's Corner: 'Carry on'

If you've ever watched a TV show or movie involving the military, you've probably heard the phrase "carry on" used a few times. The phrase apparently came from the British Navy several hundred of years ago, where it was given as... — Updated 1/21/2023

Death Notices - Jan. 19, 2023

Paula J. Johnson, 79, of Bakersfield, passed away Jan. 11, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Cesar E. Martinez, 64, of McFarland, passed away Jan. 10, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Edgar Perez, 31, of... — Updated 1/21/2023

Arrest Report - Jan. 19, 2023

Jan. 8 Luis Ojeda Jr., 25, of Shafter, was arrested on an outside agency warrant. Juan Jose Flores, 47, of Shafter, was arrested in the 100 block of Stone Avenue on an outside agency warrant. Esteban Lara Jr., 36, of Shafter, was... — Updated 1/21/2023

Mystery History - Jan. 19, 2023

Here's this week's challenge, courtesy of the Shafter Historical Society. If you know the location, circumstances, exact or rough date and/or people in the photo, send your... — Updated 1/21/2023

Classified Ads - Jan. 19, 2023

To see this week's Classified Ads, click on the e-edition icon at the top of the... — Updated 1/21/2023

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