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 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 9, 2020 

A different kind of celebration

The Fourth of July weekend in Shafter was the first holiday in which the new illegal fireworks ordinance was in effect and the SPD issued 21 citations during the holiday weekend. Last month, the...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 9, 2020 

Gossamer Grove waste taxes set

The Shafter City Council held a public hearing on the subject of placing the rate schedule for sewage and solid waste service for the Gossamer Grove area on the property tax roll. A report was...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 9, 2020 

Going back a few steps in crisis

For the second time in less than a month, restaurants that offer dine-in service have lost that option, following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order that made it necessary for all restaurants to close their dining areas. The move is the result of a spike...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 9, 2020 

Virus forces closures of BofA, DMV

The coronavirus continues to affect Shafter, with the closures of the local Bank of America branch and the DMV office. Customers at Bank of America were found waiting outside of the local branch a lit...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 2, 2020

Apart, yet together

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Shafter High School sent their senior class across the stage, ending what was an unprecedented school year where a graduation ceremony had seemed unlikely just a couple o...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 2, 2020

Crackdown on illegal fireworks

The Shafter City Council held a special meeting this week to assist the Police Department in their fight against violators of illegal fireworks ordinances. On Thursday, June 25, the council voted...

 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Editor's Note: For fireworks, leave it to the pros

It is that time of year again. The weather is warming, trees and plants are needing to drink more water to keep that green hue, and there are the sounds of bombs bursting in air. No, you are not in do...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 2, 2020

Walmart distributon center raises its first flag

The Walmart Distribution Center in Shafter, which has seen its opening date pushed back into the spring of 2021, celebrated the Fourth of July with a flag raising and a fundraiser benefiting the...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 2, 2020

A possible return to staying at home

With the governor of California reinstating the Stay at Home order for one county in the state, 12 more counties have been put on a watch list, creating the possibility that the order may be...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 2, 2020

VBS kids learn of creation

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the community of Shafter still held its annual Community Vacation Bible School, letting the kids delve into the mystery of creation. This event was the result of...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 2, 2020

Video results in community support -- and arrests

An arrest was made over the weekend and three other cases were handed to the District Attorney’s Office for investigation regarding a rash of illegal fireworks activity in and around Shafter....

 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 25, 2020

A tale of two budgets: Sales tax decline seen

The Shafter City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday night and approved the budget for 2020-21with a unanimous vote. The budget proposal was the same one that had been discussed over the past...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 25, 2020

Illegal fireworks go viral

An arrest was made over the weekend and three other cases were handed to the Kern County District Attorney's Office for investigation regarding a slew of illegal fireworks activity in and around Shaft...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 25, 2020

Chamber carries on despite pandemic

The Shafter Chamber of Commerce has been busy at work, even as the majority of city businesses were at a virtual standstill for the past couple of months. The organization has been a go-to source of...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 25, 2020

Tigers roar back to the mats

Tigers' Taekwondo, with studios in Shafter and Wasco, were back in action as training sessions began on Monday June 15. The studios had been closed for almost three months due to the coronavirus...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 25, 2020

Shelter resumes rescue operations

One group of the population that has been hit hard with the current pandemic is the animal residents of the county, with its shelters limiting their services, including suspending all adoptions and...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 18, 2020

'Chilling' budget preview

The Shafter City Council got a sneak peek at the 2020-21 budget at a special meeting Monday night. The budget is very different than what had been projected in earlier discussions, primarily the...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 18, 2020

Kindness to highlight Woman's Club year

After a hiatus due to the coronavirus, the Shafter Woman's Club met on June 10 to install new officers. President Angie Nelson's theme, "Fostering Kindness," will guide the club for two years. Social...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 11, 2020

Shelbee Ramos Is Distinguished Young Woman

Shafter has a new Distinguished Young Woman, and her name is Shelbee Ramos. With the competition held online, including video interviews, taping their routines, including Self Expression and the...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 11, 2020

Rebuilding beginning

The City of Shafter has reopened government buildings, including City Hall, with safety restrictions in place. At a recent City Council meeting, City Manager Gabriel Gonzales said, “We are opening o...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 11, 2020

No Beech in roundabout, council says

The Shafter City Council voted last week to approve a plan to move forward on the engineering phase of the roundabout project that includes Santa Fe Way, Los Angeles Avenue, Highway 43 North and Highway 43 South. The council’s approval means that...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 11, 2020

It's the Truth! Church marks 10 years in town

Truth Church, which began its journey conducting local home Bible studies, celebrated its 10-year church and pastoral anniversary. "We have a rich apostolic heritage, coming from Greater Bakersfield...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 11, 2020

Mom to appear in child's death

Breanna Jimenez, 31, of Shafter, is scheduled to appear on June 24 for a preliminary hearing on vehicular manslaughter charges related to an accident in which one of her children was killed. The...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 11, 2020

Responses lagging for 2020 Census

The 2020 Census has been in motion for months, and the response from this area has been well below the state average, leading Census Bureau staff to take action in attempting to increase the local...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 4, 2020

The classes of coronavirus

It may have been a different type of ceremony, but the result was the same. Over 300 graduates from Richland Junior High made the transition from eighth-grade Trojans to Shafter High Generals last...


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