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 By Jamie Stewart    News 

State of the City: Big growth seen for Shafter

Mayor Chad Givens gave the annual State of the City Address at last Thursday's Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, with a promising look at the future. Givens said that the city is... — Updated 3/25/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News 

Young Adults Theater to present 'Singin' in the Rain'

The Shafter Young Adults Theater will be performing their production of the Broadway hit "Singin' in the Rain" at the Shafter Ford Theater Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1.... — Updated 3/25/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News 

Council nominates Reyna as representative for Air District Board

The Shafter City Council voted Tuesday night to nominate Wasco councilmember and former mayor and Gilberto Reyna to serve on the San Joaquin Valley Air District Board. Reyna was... — Updated 3/25/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News 

Kiwanis Club honors community members

The California-Nevada-Hawaii Kiwanis District 33 held a meeting and awards luncheon at Hodel's Country Dining recently, covering over 400 clubs in the western region of the United... — Updated 3/25/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News 

Boxing Club will lead Cinco de Mayo Festival

Miguel Ayon and the Shafter Boxing Club have joined an elite group of individuals and groups that have been honored with the title of Grand Marshal of the Shafter Cinco de Mayo... — Updated 3/25/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News 

Shafter chamber salutes outstanding citizens

The Shafter Chamber of Commerce held their annual Chamber Awards Banquet last Thursday night, recognizing some of Shafter's best and brightest. Chamber's Debbie Haley welcomed the... — Updated 3/25/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Richland schools celebrate Reading Across America

Schools in the Richland School District celebrated the Reading Across America event last week, with classrooms filled with special guest readers of numerous Dr. Seuss books. The... — Updated 3/14/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Mannel Park plays host to circus

Mannel Park hosted the Ventura Circus last weekend, giving several performances of their new showcase. This circus had a host of different acts that amazed and entertained the... — Updated 3/14/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Artist hanging new art in library

Charlotte White, who has works of art hanging all over Shafter and Kern County, has two new pieces on display at the Shafter Library and Learning Center. Director David Frantz... — Updated 3/14/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News

$1.5M surplus seen for city budget

Lower than expected labor costs will give the city a surplus in its operating fund this year, the City Council was told Tuesday night. In reviewing the midyear budget report for... — Updated 3/14/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News

A new Distinguished Young Woman coming March 24

The Shafter Distinguished Young Woman program is getting ready to name a new title holder to represent the city. The program will take place on Friday, March 24, at the Fred Starrh... — Updated 3/14/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Trial date to be set for alleged shooter

Elijah Sanchez, 21, will appear in court again on Monday, March 13, to get a trial date after pleading not guilty to an attempted murder charge.. Sanchez was arrested on Feb. 9, after the Shafter Police Department responded to a ca... — Updated 3/14/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News

SPD arrest Bakersfield man in shooting

Police arrested Elijah Sanchez, 21, of Bakersfield,.after he allegedly shot another man in the head outside the Shafter Starbucks last Thursday morning At approximately 9:37 a.m.,... — Updated 2/21/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion

Editor's Note: Where art though?

It has been a few years since the city of Shafter has been the site of the Colours Festival, which had been an annual event for a few years before that. The event, which started... — Updated 2/19/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Kiwanis honors local students

The Shafter Kiwanis Club held their monthly Terrific Kids luncheon, recognizing a group of outstanding students who were nominated by their teachers or staff. They were recognized... — Updated 2/19/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Maldonado trial date continued -- again

Former Shafter Code Enforcement Officer Matthew Maldonado saw his trial date set back to May 8, on charges on five counts of felony child molestion/annoyance. A readiness hearing wa... — Updated 2/19/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Distinguished Young Woman contest returns in March

Shafter's Distinguished Young Woman organization will be holding its annual scholarship program in March, giving a Shafter High School junior the chance to represent Shafter in the... — Updated 2/19/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    Sports

Shafter Boxing tops in the nation

The Shafter Boxing Club has spent the past two decades building a reputation of world-class boxers. At this year's National Silver Gloves Championships in Independence, Mo., they... — Updated 2/19/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Suspect arrested in downtown shooting

Police arrested a man into custody after he allegedly shot another man in the head outside the Shafter Starbucks Thursday morning. At approximately 9:37 a.m., Shafter police... — Updated 2/14/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Tuskegee Airmen helped so many in struggle; spent time at Minter Field

Minter Field has been giving residents a peek into the rich military history of the United States, as well as the history of the role that Minter Field has played in that history.... — Updated 2/13/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News

A closet more than just storage

Romero's Closets is celebrating four years of serving the communities of Wasco, Shafter and Bakersfield. The company brings expertise and pride in its original and custom designs.... — Updated 2/13/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Council approves $1.4M bid for shoulder project

The Shafter City Council approved the low bid of $1.4 million to start work on the Santa Fe Way Shoulder Project. This project spans from Santa Fe Way to Los Angeles Avenue to Galpi... — Updated 2/12/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Woman's generosity keeping community warm

A local woman, who has spent over 35 years crocheting blankets and beanies, has used this talent to help keep locals in need warm, as well as loved. Joy Duke, or "Grandma Joy," has... — Updated 2/9/2023

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Hitchcock's Auto Parts celebrating centennial

Hitchcock's Auto Parts has been serving the community for 100 years, becoming one of the longest-running businesses in Kern County. Founded by Charles Hitchcock in 1923, the... — Updated 2/9/2023


Shafter man charged with molesting Wasco girl, 14

No date has been announced for the arraignment of a Wasco middle school counselor arrested last week on charges of sexually molesting a 14-year-old student at the school. The employee was arrested on Jan. 30 after the girl charged... — Updated 2/9/2023


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