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Ex-enforcement officer charged

The city's first code enforcement officer was arrested on five counts of annoying or child molestation, all misdemeanors, a month after he resigned from his position. Matt... — Updated 1/13/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News 

Party store opens new location in Wasco

Be it having some good candy, jumping in an inflatable, or partying with friends, Nancy Guardado is there to help you out. Guardado just opened a Candy Land location in Wasco,... — Updated 1/13/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News

2021 a year of change, growth and coming together

2021 was a year that challenged everyone and also saw residents coming together like no other time in decades. With the covid-19 pandemic seemingly waning, residents, along with the... — Updated 12/31/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Brass band plays for shoppers on Christmas Eve

The Shafter Brass Band continued its joyful season on Christmas Eve, giving residents a mini concert in downtown Shafter, right next to the big Christmas tree. The band, made up of... — Updated 12/31/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Shafter man sentenced for crime spree

William Jack Hopkins was sentenced to multiple life sentences recently for a crime spree in 2019. Hopkins was sentenced by Superior Court Judge John R. Brownlee to life with a... — Updated 12/31/2021

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Shafter woman found guilty of murder

A Shafter woman was found guilty by a jury of murdering her newborn son in 2015. Jurors must now determine whether Elvira Farias is legally insane at a trial beginning Jan. 3.... — Updated 12/31/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

More of Shafter's year

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 By Jamie Stewart    News

Terrific Kids honored by Kiwanis Club

The Shafter Kiwanis Club recognized some Terrific Kids at their recent luncheon, honoring those students who best display the trait of the month for the Terrific Kids program. This... — Updated 12/18/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Kiwanis gives over 135 boxes of food to families in need

The Shafter Kiwanis Club held their annual Food Basket Giveaway this past week, doling out over 135 boxes of food to the community. There was enough food collected this year for 75... — Updated 12/18/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Golden Oak students honored with special lunch

The students at Golden Oak Elementary School are highlighted this month in the Richland School District Spotlight. Fifteen students were chosen at random from a group of Golden Oak... — Updated 12/18/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Shafter Woman's Club delivers joy to local seniors

The Shafter Woman's Club held their annual Christmas for Seniors event this past weekend, brightening up the holiday for local seniors. The organization prepared 137 bags filled... — Updated 12/18/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Shafter Library gives books to children at Depot Museum

The Shafter Depot Museum is celebrating its annual Christmas Tree competition, running through Jan. 8 with a number of events for the community. This past Saturday, in addition to... — Updated 12/18/2021


Former postal worker celebrates 90th birthday

Longino "Kino" Gonzales recently celebrated his 90th birthday, surrounded by family and friends, reminiscing about a life that has been filled with love, laughs, and plenty of... — Updated 12/18/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Floats travel through downtown celebrating return of Christmas parade

The Shafter Lions Club annual Christmas Parade made its return on Friday night, after a hiatus because of the health and safety restrictions in place last year. Gilbert Alvarado... — Updated 12/9/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

City reaches agreements with labor unions

The City Council ratified agreements reached with the labor unions representing the employees of the Shafter Police Department and the Public Works Department. Employees in the Publ... — Updated 12/9/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Students learn about agriculture in edible schoolyard

GROW Academy students can now get a firsthand experience of what is involved bringing food to the table with a new edible schoolyard. According to Principal Brook Webb, edible... — Updated 12/5/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Chamber award recipients announced

The Shafter Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual Awards Banquet and State of the City address on Thursday, Jan. 27 at the Shafter Ford Theater, at 5:30 p.m. The event... — Updated 12/5/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Hanner remembered as more than a pilot

Max Hanner, a pilot who died during a crash Nov. 3, was recently remembered at a memorial service at Minter Field. Max Hanner was a long-time pilot for Inland Cropdusters, Inc.,... — Updated 12/5/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

New trash collection service advances at council meeting

The City Council approved a proposal by American Refuse for the company to service the city residents for trash collection. Earlier this month the council had agreed to use... — Updated 11/19/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Generals' season ends with loss in quarterfinals

The Shafter Generals traveled to Boron on Friday night to take on the Bobcats with a trip to the Division V semifinals on the line. Shafter gave the Bobcats a battle but Boron was... — Updated 11/19/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    Sports

Tigers beat Generals in rivalry contest

In the 94th battle between the Shafter Generals and the Wasco Tigers, Wasco used a hurry-up offense that eventually battered the injury-riddled Generals into submission with a... — Updated 11/7/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Local man helping World War II legacy

A Shafter man has been working hard to make sure that World War II veterans are remembered in a special way. The Kern County World War II Memorial will be built in Bakersfield at... — Updated 11/7/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Wing 'n Wheels is back Nov. 13

The Minter Field Air Museum will be holding their annual Wings 'n Wheels event this year, after a one year hiatus due to health and safety concerns last year. The event is the... — Updated 11/7/2021

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Council signs with American Refuse for trash collection

The City Council approved a resolution to accept American Refuse as its franchise hauler to service the city and its trash collection. The contract begins in March 2022. The city... — Updated 11/7/2021


Students revved up for the game at rallies

The Shafter/Wasco Rivalry, one of the oldest and fiercest in the county, resumed last week as the schools went head-to-head on the football field Friday. Wasco won this year,... — Updated 11/7/2021


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