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At 91, Jim Holt calling it quits

If you have lived in town any length of time, you have met this long-time resident of Shafter. He is colorful, feisty and a great storyteller. James Holt has been in business in downtown Shafter at...

Shafter, Wasco unite for a common goal

The cities of Wasco and Shafter have a rivalry which is one of the fiercest and oldest rivalries in the county, if not the state. Students face off on the gridiron and on the courts, and the...

One-stop shop for job seekers

The Kern County Department of Human Services held a Job Fest in Shafter last Thursday morning, the fourth in a series of events held throughout the year, culminating with the year-end event that...

SHS puts on 'beauty' of a show

The Shafter High School Drama Department put on their production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," Thursday through Saturday nights last week. Drama Club advisor Hal Friedman put together a show...

Plans to better the air

With the enactment of AB617 into law, 10 communities in California were chosen as "disadvantaged communities" and were selected to have a steering committee create a plan that will improve their air...

Little libraries more than a box of books

There are several little free libraries in Shafter now, giving residents a chance to read a book without having to go to the library. These libraries are maintained and stocked by their owners....

Pet vaccine clinic Saturday

It is that time of year, and the City of Shafter Animal Control will be hosting the annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic at Mannel Park on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. The goal of this clinic has always been to keep pets healthy by providing...

Couch's Corner

This past Monday night and Tuesday morning at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, the TRUTH Forum was long, and at times tense, but successful. We had great attendance, a lot of public input and solid interaction between the public, the supervisors...

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Jimmy Carroll

Jimmy D. Carroll, 76, died on Monday, May 6, 2019, at his Shafter residence. He was born to C.H. and Margie Carroll of Oklahoma, who preceded him in death, as well as brother Eldon Carroll. Jim...

Obituary: Noble Howze

Noble Howze was born in Marlow, Okla., on March 31, 1933. He moved to Shafter in 1941. He attended Rio Bravo School and Shafter High School. At a young age, Noble understood that hard work was...

Howard Stene

A graveside memorial service will be held for Howard D. Stene on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 10 a.m.. at West Side Cemetery in Taft. A celebration meal will follow at the Petroleum Club in Taft....

John Armendariz

John Armendariz Jr. of Perry, Ga., was born July 25, 1940, at a home in the outskirts of Bakersfield, and went to be with our Lord on April 30, 2019, after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife...

Arrest Report - May 16, 2019

May 5 Mario Guevara Sanchez, 44, of Shafter, was arrested In the 200 block of Central Valley Highway on an outside agency warrant. May 7 Javier Antonio Parada, 35, of Shafter, was arrested in the 500 block of Los Angeles Avenue on an outside agency...

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