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 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 8, 2021 

Council members call for Wasco Mayor Garcia to resign

Wasco Mayor Alex Garcia is being called to resign by some City Council members after his recent arrest for driving under the influence. At the City Council meeting, council members urged City Manager Scott Hurlbert to put the possibility of removing...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 8, 2021 

Over 1,000 people enjoy fireworks show

Over 1,000 people came out for the Fourth of July fireworks show this past weekend. The Shafter Chamber of Commerce helped the city celebrate the holiday with the return of its annual fireworks after...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 8, 2021 

City celebrates holiday, less restrictions

The city is coming back alive as restrictions are lessened and residents celebrated the Fourth of July. Over 1,000 people gathered for the annual fireworks celebration for the Fourth of July, celebrating being in a large group for the first time in...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 1, 2021

Wasco mayor arraigned for DUI in Shafter court

Mayor Alex Garcia was arrested for driving under the influence this week. Court records show an individual named Alexandro Cecelio Garcia, identified as being born in 1989, was arraigned in Shafter co...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 1, 2021

Shafter shot putter ranked number one in the world

Ken Hurlbert, of Shafter, is now ranked number one in the world in his age division in the shot put. Hurlbert, after a 15-month hiatus because of the covid-19 closures of track meet events, competed i...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 1, 2021

Teen takes third at national track and field competition

Joslyn Pierucci, 13, of Shafter, has won third place at a national track and field competition. Pierucci, a thrower, competed in Rome, Georgia at the USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships last...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 1, 2021

Farmers struggle to water fields during drought

Area farmers are having a tough time watering their fields as this year’s Shafter Wasco Irrigation District allocation is a half acre foot of water for every acre of land the farmer owns. The...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 1, 2021

Illegal fireworks still an issue locally

If you wander outside in the evening at this time of year, you are more than likely to see a light show in the sky, thanks to the continuing issue of illegal fireworks in the area. The Shafter Police...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 1, 2021

SHS graduate makes Deans' List

A former Shafter High student from Wasco has been named to the spring dean's list at the University of Nebraska. Willem Neufeld Waterhouse, of Wasco, has been named to the Dean's List at the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 1, 2021

Wasco asking visitors to City Hall to declare vaccination status

The City of Wasco has put out a Vaccination Declaration asking residents to inform the city of vaccination status when they visit City Hall. “We will also have one for city employees,” City Clerk Maria Martinez said Wednesday. “It’s just part...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 24, 2021

Wasco mayor arrested for DUI

Mayor Alex Garcia was arrested for driving under the influence this week. Court records show an individual named Alexandro Cecelio Garcia, identified as being born in 1989, was arraigned in Shafter co...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 24, 2021

Children learn about The Good Kingdom during Vacation Bible School

At Shafter's Ford Theater this past week, a group of children were learning about how to suit up and go to battle at the Annual Community Vacation Bible School. Multiple churches in Shafter came...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 24, 2021

Lerdo runaway inmate arrested after months-long search

Tyrone Johnson, a Lerdo Justice Facility inmate who escaped in April, was apprehended by Bakersfield Police after a short pursuit. Johnson, along with David Palms, escaped from Lerdo on April 28....

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 24, 2021

Shafter man arrested for stealing copper wire

A city man was arrested for allegedly stealing copper wire from different locations around Kern County. Juan Regalado, 44, was charged on June 15 in connection with thefts of copper wire in Shafter,...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 24, 2021

Local author to speak at Kern County Museum

Shafter native Barry Bongberg will be appearing at the Kern County Museum on Saturday, July 10 for a book signing and presentation involving several military themed authors and subjects. Bongberg...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 24, 2021

Recreation department hosting summer day camp

The Recreation and Parks Department has started their summer activities, and there are a lot to choose from. With the covid-19 restrictions easing, the department has opened its Summer Day Camp for...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 24, 2021

Lady Generals runner-up in Valley

The Valley Championship title slipped away from the Shafter High Lady Generals during the final game, losing 9-0 to the Highland Scots. Shafter's softball team had only one loss in the season before...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 17, 2021

Generals celebrate the end of their high school careers

The Shafter High graduating class of 2021 took their last walk across the stage as a student, beginning their lives of Shafter High alumni on Wednesday night on the Shafter High campus. The...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 17, 2021

New police officers announced

The City Council was introduced to three new officers who have joined the Shafter Police Department. Officer Marvin Gomez, who is a Kern County Sheriff's Office veteran of over 25 years, was hired by...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 17, 2021

Man arrested for vandalism at Green Hotel

A man has been charged by the Shafter Police Department after the fourth incident of vandalism at the Green Hotel in the last 10 months. Adolfo Morenocallejas was arrested Friday after being found by...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 17, 2021

Chamber hosts free vaccine clinic

The Shafter Chamber of Commerce held a free covid-19 vaccine clinic at the Shafter Veterans Hall on Saturday, June 12, helping residents get vaccinated as the state begins to reopen. The event was...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Sports    June 17, 2021

Lady Generals to play for Valley title

The Shafter High Lady Generals softball team advanced to the Central Section Division V Championship game with a 5-4 win against Bakersfield Christian on Tuesday afternoon. The top-ranked hosts...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 10, 2021

Shafter, Wasco seniors complete high school careers

It was an unusual year for high school seniors in Shafter and Wasco, but the students made it, graduating from high school and moving onto the next chapter in their lives. Shafter High School will...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 10, 2021

Dreams come true through mural

The ribbon is cut on the mural across from the Shafter Learning Center. SEE STORY ON PAGE 4....

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 10, 2021

Group celebrates new mural with ribbon cutting

A wall across from the Shafter Learning Center is blank no more after the ribbon was officially cut on the new mural, a project that began with a group of students dreaming about what it could be. In...

 

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