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 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 16, 2020 

Richland students improving

Richland students are improving overall, but still are testing below state averages in every category, according to the latest scores. At the recent Richland School District board meeting, a...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 16, 2020 

Ex-principal returns to front office

With the recent opening of the assistant superintendent's position, there were several teachers and administrators who put their name in the hat for the job. Ultimately, the Richland School District...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 16, 2020 

Shaved heds, caring hearts from wrestlers

In the competitive sport of wrestling, there are fierce rivalries amid the different leagues and divisions, making the season full of hotly contested matches, be it in duals or tournaments. But those...

 

A new menu as Don Pepe's grows

In the two years Don Pepe's has been open, building a reputation as a family-oriented, friendly restaurant for Shafter. Owner Jose Martinez has been successful in his vision, with the restaurant...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 16, 2020 

Shafter PD nabs 1st in tree contest

A record-setting number of Christmas trees were on display for the month of December at the Shafter Depot Museum in their annual Christmas Tree decorating contest. There were 16 trees entered this...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 16, 2020 

How to recycle trees and brush this season

Yes, it is that time of year again. For those of you who are wondering what to do with your Christmas tree, the City of Shafter has a drop-off location that is available. They are accepting trees at...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 16, 2020 

Where 2- and 4-legged citizens are served

The Shafter Animal Control Department serves all of the residents of Shafter, those walking on two legs or four. Animal Control Officer Nick Riddick and his staff bring together residents of Shafter...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion    January 16, 2020 

Editor's Note - Jan. 16, 2020

Well, 2019 is in the rear view mirror, and the next decade is underway. This past year has been such a busy one for me. It has been full of some great times, like having a job that I just love,...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 16, 2020 

Council to hold special meeting on search for city manager

A special City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday morning, Jan. 21, at 7:30 a.m. focusing on the city’s search for a new city manager. There will be a time of public comment before the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 9, 2020

Interviews to start for city manager job

The City Council is moving forward on interviewing four candidates to fill the open city manager position. The regular meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, had been cancelled, but the council held a...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 9, 2020

Business landscape looks bright for city

The City of Shafter has been enjoying a reputation of being one of the fastest growing cities in business in recent years, attracting such companies as Target, Ross and several other big retailers....

 

Boxers KO competition at Regionals

The Shafter Boxing Club came home from the Silver Gloves Regional Championships with five competitors qualified to advance to the National Championships in Kansas later this year. The club, headed up...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 9, 2020

'Aviator' author to speak at dinner

The author of the book behind the movie "The Aviator" will highlight this year's Minter Field Air Museum Founder's Day Banquet next month. George Marrett is a former test pilot who has written four...

 

Focus on Local Business - Jan. 9, 2020

The City of Shafter continues to grow as it keeps strengthening one of the most financially stable cities in Kern County, if not the state of California. Shafter has a valuable weapon in its arsenal...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 2, 2020

Little gifts leave lasting legacy

There are so many ways that people can leave their mark on the world. Some write great novels, or paint masterpieces, and some leave their mark by their good deeds. Walter Bergen combined these...

 

Generals win championship in shootout

The Shafter High School soccer team took down some heavyweights in the Central Valley soccer world on its way to the championship of the Liberty tournament. This tourney draws some of the top soccer...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 2, 2020

Soldier will be remembered Friday

Private First Class Daniel Rodriguez, 19, of Shafter, will be laid to rest on Friday after passing away on Dec. 15 in Texhoma, Texas, while on his way home for the holidays. Rodriguez graduated from...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 2, 2020

The year of 2019 in Shafter – in words and pictures

[4-LINE DROP CAPS]2019[TO HERE] has come to an end, and it has been a very eventful year in Shafter, full of highs, and some lows, too. The year started off like the Fourth of July, with plenty of...

 

Grant saves Healthy Start

With the majority of California schools and resource centers dealing with challenging budget cuts and uncertainty, the Shafter Healthy Start program received a much-needed boost from First 5 Kern,...

 

Depot Museum celebrates Christmas

The Shafter Depot Museum held their annual Christmas celebration this past Saturday with refreshments, music, Christmas trees and fun. The Shafter Brass Band performed for the crowd, playing a...

 

Music makes the season at Sequoia Elementary

Sequoia Elementary School held their annual Christmas Program last Thursday morning with the students performing a variety of holiday songs. In years past, it was hard to get a seat for the event,...

 

Loved ones remembered at service

Sequoia Elementary School held their annual Christmas Program last Thursday morning with the students performing a variety of holiday songs. In years past, it was hard to get a seat for the event,...

 

A great debut for 'A Good Man'

The Young Adult Theater of Shafter finished its debut production this past weekend with crowds on hand to see their performances of the classic "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown." Led by the YATS...

 

A New York Deli in heart of Shafter

Everyone knows what you are doing if you say "I'm going to the King." The King is Frosty King, the fast food restaurant that focuses on great food and service. For over 20 years, Sammy Ayash and...

 

Music makes the season at Sequoia Elementary

Sequoia Elementary School held their annual Christmas Program last Thursday morning with the students performing a variety of holiday songs. In years past, it was hard to get a seat for the event,...

 

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