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4 in Wasco test positive for coronavirus; 2 serious

Four Wasco residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, including one in serious condition on a ventilator, according to a prayer chain request from a local church and local residents. The most serious illnesses have affected an older couple...

Teen tests positive for coronavirus; 1st confirmed case in Shafter

The coronavirus pandemic has hit close to home with the information this week a teenager living Shafter had tested positive for COVID-19. Joel Herrera, 19, confirmed that he has tested positive for...

Students can still get breakfast, lunch

With schools in the area closed temporarily, there was a void to fill if students were still to be served breakfast and lunch despite not having class. Details were ironed out and a plan was put into...

City update on COVID-19

The City of Shafter closed its offices to the public last week and they stay closed with no end date on the policy. There have been a few updates on their policies as the virus situation has evolved....

Funeral homes adjust to new world

Funeral homes in Shafter have seen a change in services offered due to the current COVID-19 situation and the precautions recommended. Basham & Lara Funeral Care still is serving the community...

DYW rescheduled for June 4 at Ford Theater

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Distinguished Young Woman of Shafter scholarship program, originally scheduled for March 20 was postponed. The program is now tentatively scheduled for...

Residents ordered to stay home

Wasco residents, like those throughout the state, are under orders to stay home and "shelter in place" as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Gavin Newsom told residents of California last Thursday that he was issuing a mandate that...

Tutoring goes online at Learning Center

Adding to the collateral damage of the coronavirus was the recent closure of the Shafter Learning Center. This facility has been instrumental in the ongoing education of our youth as well as the...

Amid disorder, Apple offers calm – and food

If you have been shopping in Bakersfield recently, you've most likely waited in a line just to get in the store only to be met with empty shelves. If you do happen to find a loaf of bread, you are...

Couch's Corner - March 26, 2020

By now, I’m certain that all of us have been impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and I’m also certain that you are keeping informed so I will not use our weekly Couch’s Corner to provide you any “breaking news,” as it changes so fast. But I...

Death Notices - March 26, 2020

Ray Pena, 51, of Shafter, passed away in Bakersfield March 20. Basham & Lara Funeral Care. Evertte Knight, 92, of Bakersfield, passed away March 23. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Karen Duke, 63, of Bakersfield, passed away March 18. Peters Funeral...

Arrest Report - March 26, 2020

March 23 Juan Alberto Campos, 29, of Shafter, was arrested for disorderly conduct. March 22 Kayla Michelle Thomas, 24, of Shafter, was arrested for driving without a license, false ID and on an outside agency warrant. March 21 Augustin Yovani...

Mystery History - March 26, 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 - March 26, 2020

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