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Articles from the August 13, 2020 edition

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 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 13, 2020

Covid-19 takes its toll

According to the Kern County Department of Public Health, Shafter showed a significant decrease in new coronavirus cases from last week, with a little over 40 new cases, compared to 200 the previous week. However, the decrease may be the result of a...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 13, 2020

Schools open from a distance

The schools in the Richland School District opened their doors, at least figuratively, on Aug. 6, beginning a first semester that will have the students learning from a distance, as they did at the...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    August 13, 2020

Covid-19 takes its toll

Family-owned businesses are among the losers during the covid-19 pandemic. Familiar places that are part of the hometown landscape are shutting their doors and saying goodbye to longtime customers and friends. Prior to Hoyett’s Facebook...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 13, 2020

Shafter Children's Summer Theater performs The Lion King

The Shafter Children's Summer Theater celebrated its 25th anniversary with three performances of The Lion King over the weekend. The performances were put on at Shafter's Ford Theater and streamed...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 13, 2020

Local dancer shines on national stage

Aliyah Ramos Esquivel, a dancer who lives in Shafter, was recognized recently with a prestigious Team Scholarship award from the Hollywood Vibe Company. Hollywood Vibe is a national dance convention/c...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 13, 2020

Shafter loses another gentleman

AN APPRECIATION Shafter has a rich history, with founding families putting down roots and creating a city that has flourished into one of the most financially sound cities in the state. Shafter lost...

 

Car washes are all in the family

A local father owns one family-run car wash in Wasco and his son owns a car wash in Shafter. Shafter Car Wash is owned by Gerardo Garza. Garza was getting ready to retire and called his son Edward...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    August 13, 2020

Ignoring water woes costing city

As Wasco faces the consequences of ignoring recommendations in a decade-old study, City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez addressed the current water pressure problems in a report to the City Council on...

 

Wasco says rail authority creating problems, then evading responsibility

Wasco City Manager Daneil Ortiz-Hernandez submitted this press release Wednesday afternoon: The City of Wasco has been engaged with the California High-Speed Rail Authority and its contractor regarding the high-speed rail project for most of the...

 

Mystery History - Aug. 13, 2020

Here's this week's challenge, courtesy of the Shafter Historical Society. If you know the location, circumstances, exact or rough date and/or people in the photo, send your educated (or semieducated)...

 

Community Calendar - Aug. 13, 2020

As activities restart and businesses reopen, we will try to update readers on the status of events and activities throughout the area. Please contact Erica Soriano with additions and changes at [email protected] or call 661-292-5100 by...

 

Headlines in History - Aug. 13, 2020

10 Years Ago: 2010 After 20 years of business in Shafter, Holiday Ford decides to close their doors. Today, the Ford Theatre and Tin Cup are in that location at 1101 E. Lerdo Hwy. 20 Years Ago: 2000...

 

Crime Report - Aug. 13, 2020

Aug. 9 Jorge Luis Barrios, 26, of Shafter, was arrested for obstruction of a public officer, obtaining credit/etc. of other’s ID and turning without signal. Aug. 8 Angelica Zamora, 26, of Shafter, was arrested for inflicting corporal injury onto a...

 

Death Notices - Aug. 13, 2020

Ardele Mae Henning, 80, of Bakersfield, passed away Aug 6. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Pamela Cantele, 74, of Bakersfield, passed away Aug. 6 in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Johnette Kay Long, 77, of Shafter, passed away Aug 6....

 

Johnette Kay Long

Johnette Kay Long, known to all as Kay or Sis, was born on Sept. 1, 1942, in Emporia, Kansas, to Robert and Grace Alice Cottenmyre. She was one of nine children: Robert "Bobby" E. Cottenmyre, Harold...

 

Gordon Syron Skeels

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and fly fisherman, Gordy Skeels (Pops), is now fly fishing quality waters every day in heaven. Gordon Syron Skeels, of Wasco, passed away peacefully at his...

 

Pastor's Corner: Need to get deep?'

How many of you have ever heard somebody say, "I want to hear something deep in church. I need to get deep?" If you have never been to church and heard this statement that is OK. We are here for you....

 

Community Bible Study starts Sept. 1

Shafter's Community Bible Study class will begin its 36th year Sept. 1. The nondenominational program is an in-depth study open to all, with members from many of local churches. Valley Bible Church...

 

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