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A tragedy becomes a blessing for child

Four-year-old Olivia Morales has been battling illnesses for most of her life. She got to connect with the family who helped her win her fight recently when she and her mother, Gabby Morales, were...

Spring Break courses at SLC

The Shafter Learning Center will be offering courses for first through eighth graders while the students are out for spring break. The SLC has supplied the city with a variety of classes for all...

A message of hope

The First Southern Baptist Church in Shafter held an evangelistic event last weekend that drew a multidenominational crowd with Raul Perez, from El Paso, Texas visiting, bringing a message of hope....

Rotarians receive special award

The Shafter Rotary Club celebrated their 80th year in existence recently with a special event held at Benji's Basque Restaurant in Bakersfield. President Garry Nelson led the proceedings that...

Colours ends with 'visit' from C.S. Lewis

The Shafter Colours Festival concluded with a performance by David Payne and company, documenting a challenging time in the lives of famed author C.S. Lewis and his wife Joy. The play, "Weep For...

Calls from city aren't for real

Residents have reported that they have received suspicious phone calls with the “City of Shafter” appearing in the caller ID. Callers have given numerous reasons for the contact, including water bill issues, loans, etc. The City of Shafter...

SHS open SSL play

The Shafter High baseball and softball teams opened league play last week after a busy nonleague season. The Generals baseball team is 5-6 overall and 0-1 in league after a 22-3 loss to Arvin. The...

Week's SHS sports

This past week the Generals baseball team played in the Wasco Tournament. The Generals went 2-1 in a tournament with very good competition. They lost the first game by a very close contest by a score of 2-1. Then they picked it up the second game...

SHS sports calendar

Thursday, March 14 Golf at Delano, 2 p.m. Swimming vs. Taft, 4 p.m. Tennis vs. Chavez, 4 p.m. Friday, March 15 Track and Field Invitational at Buchanan High School, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16 Softball JV, tournament at Wasco Tuesday, March 19...

Pastor's Corner - March 14, 2019

We’ve all heard of “smart cars,” “smart phones” and even “Get Smart,” but how about “smart goals?” At an annual pastor’s retreat that I attend, our guest speaker, Gordon Penfold, gave us a good dose of leadership principles, one...

Gloria Lynn Stinnett

Gloria Stinnett was born in Shafter on Nov. 23, 1941 to Ernest and Ethel (Bergman) Schultz. She attended local schools and was an alumni of Shafter High. Gloria was married to Hank Stinnett in May of...

Jose "Joe" Farias

Jose "Joe" Farias was born Sept. 18, 1943 in Edinburg, Texas, and joined the Heavenly Kingdom March 5, 2019 in Bakersfield at the age of 75. Joe proudly served his country by joining the U.S. Army...

Wilma Joyce Plumley

Joyce Plumley was born in Bakersfield on Oct. 4, 1950 to Allie Dee Jones and Thomas Beam. She was married to Joseph Plumley and together they raised their three children in Shafter. Joyce dedicated...

Death Notices - March 14, 2019

Rosalio A. Martinez, 71, passed away Feb. 26, 2019 in Bakersfield. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Larry L. Black, 76, passed away March 1 in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home,...

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