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Shafter High seniors adopted

As Shafter High seniors faced the end of their high school career without a proper graduation ceremony, the community of Shafter came together to honor those students for the twelve years they have...

Community sends teen off with a parade

Shafter High student Nick Garza, who was diagnosed with leukemia just a month before the start of the SSL wrestling season, received a hero's parade as he prepared to travel to Los Angeles for a bone...

Spotlight on SHS grads

Shafter High seniors were honored last Friday when the Generals' football field was lit up with a tribute to this year's graduates, complete with Class of 2020 painted on each...

Some local businesses open up with announcement from governor

Gov. Gavin Newsom approved Kern County's request to enter Phase II of his masterplan to integrate the openings of local businesses with specific guidelines in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. In...

Creating the next new world

As of Tuesday, Wasco has had 36 cases of COVID-19, with 26 recoveries. In Shafter, there have been 34 confirmed cases with 30 of those reported as recovered. No one here has died of the virus, according to the county Department of Public Health’s...

Council tables study on pay -- for now

The Shafter City Council voted unanimously to table a compensation study that would determine what other comparable cities pay the employees in their different departments, such as Public Works....

WHS seniors adopted

Due to the virus pandemic and the governor's order of a state lockdown, Wasco High School graduate Ruth Loza Ramos came up with the idea to Adopt a Senior. "I did this because it's the last year of...

WHS hopes for a live graduation

Wasco High School Principal Kevin Tallon sent a letter to all senior parents last week outlining options for the 2020 graduation ceremony: “The governor of California may allow the reopening of...

Take-out Directory - May 21, 2020

SHAFTER Tin Cup Coffee 1101 E. Lerdo Hwy. 661-630-4061 Drive through Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Sun. closed Rocy’s Mexican Food 749 S. Shafter Ave. 661-746-2619 Open every day 8 a.m.—9 p.m. Tony’s Firehouse Restaurant 300 E....

Pastor's Corner - May 21,2020: Pandemic, politics and ping pong balls

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34 Solomon in all his wisdom hit the nail on the head with this nugget of truth, didn’t he? The Psalmist said...

OBITUARY: Vivian Bergen

Vivian Grace Bergen was born August 17, 1921, in Shafter. She was the second of four children born to Zacharias and Ida Bartel. Vivian attended local schools and graduated from Shafter High in 1939....

Ivan Perea Torres

Ivan Perea Torres passed away peacefully in his home with his family by his side on May 14, 2020 in Shafter. He was born on May 26, 1984, in Bakersfield to Nicolas Hernandez Torres and Maria Perea...

Death Notices - May 21, 2020

Vidal Martinez, 59, of Bakersfield, passed away May 10 in Bakersfield. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Manuel Gonzalez Ortega, 75, of Shafter, passed away May 13 in Shafter. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Veneranda S. Torres, 82, of...

Arrest Report - May 21, 2020

May 17 Anthony Chavez, 25, of Shafter, was arrested for vehicle theft, burglary of first degree, vandalism, inflicting corporal punishment on a a spouse and possession of controlled substance. Alex Jesus Neri, 36, of Shafter, was arrested for felon...

Mystery History - May 21, 2020

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 educated (or semieducated)...

Classified Ads - May 21, 2020

#1 YARD SALE SHAFTER #1 YARD SALE WASCO #2 AUTO/MOTORCYCLES FOR SALE 2005 Chrysler 300, $2,000. Clean tags, NON-OP. NEW parts, custom rims, etc. Needs work. Call 661-340-1544. Got an older car, boat or RV? Do the humane thing. Donate it to the...

Headlines in History - May 21, 2020

10 years ago: May 19, 2010 A ceremony for some former Shafter High School athletes inducted in Shafter's Athletic Hall of Fame. Among were Dave Anderson (1947), Steven Rodriguez (1948) and Scott...

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