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Articles from the August 27, 2020 edition

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 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 27, 2020

Sign of the time: Wear a mask

he city of Shafter has begun a campaign encouraging residents to wear a mask in public, aiming to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Digital signs have been placed at different points of Lerdo and...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    August 27, 2020

Some businesses manage to thrive during pandemic

In spite of the covid-19 business closures, several local businesses have managed to stay open despite the decrease in customers and loss of income. Some local businesses have even been able to...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 27, 2020

Shafter keeping up with fundraising events

With many businesses closed or offering reduced services, the challenge of raising funds for local clubs and organizations has been daunting. There can be no events with large gatherings or events...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 27, 2020

Students learning from afar

Richland School District students are getting acclimated to their new reality, which includes raising their hand in class with the click of a button, and only being able to see their friends from a...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    August 27, 2020

WUESD successful at distance learning for first week of school

So far, the local schools are pleased with the newly created distance learning being delivered to the students, and they are very pleased with the responses by students engaging in the new system of a...

 

Arrest Report - Aug. 27, 2020

Aug. 23 Rogelio Barajas, 32, of Shafter, was arrested for disorderly conduct: alcohol. Edwin Hernandez, 21, of Shafter, was arrested on an outside agency warrant Aug. 22 Jose Reyes Soto, 37, of Shafter, was arrested for burglary in the first degree,...

 

Community Calendar - Aug. 27, 2020

NEW: Wasco/Shafter Free Virtual Citizenship Services will be provided by the United Farm Workers (UFW). Beginning October 2, 2020, fee wavier forgiveness will be eliminated. Call (661)324-2500 for information. Clases de ciudadanía virtual gratis...

 

Death Notices - Aug. 27, 2020

Nohemy Argueta Garcia, 62, of Wasco, passed away Aug 18 in Los Angeles. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Marcelino Fuentes, 70, of Wasco, passed away Aug 17 in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Justin Tyler Herzberg, 36, of Wasco, passed away Aug...

 

Pastor's Corner - Aug. 27,2020

Covid-19, civil unrest, political unrest, earthquakes, fires, division, corruption, fear, hate, riots, wars, explosions, killer insects, unemployment, suicide, child trafficking – Welcome to the reality of 2020 in just eight months! Do we have a...

 

Mystery History - Aug. 27, 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)...

 

Headlines in History - Aug. 27, 2020

20 Years Ago: 2000 Former SHS student Eli Espericueta graduated from West Point Military Academy. West is the oldest military academy in the nation. 30 Years Ago: 1990 Judy Soto was crowned SHS...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 27, 2020

Shafter keeping up with fundraising events

With many businesses closed or offering reduced services, the challenge of raising funds for local clubs and organizations has been daunting. There can be no events with large gatherings or events...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 27, 2020

Mobile car detailer has developed the Midas touch

For Shafter residents who want to give their vehicle a thorough cleaning, it usually means a trip into Bakersfield, or a long two hours in the sweltering heat to do it yourself, battling the weather a...

 

Wonderful $1M grant fund closes Aug. 31

Wonderful Company’s senior manager for community programming Kaitlyn Yates wants to remind everyone that the company’s $1 million Wonderful Covid-19 Relief Fund grant opportunity for the Central Valley closes Aug. 31. Those interested are...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    August 27, 2020

Farewell to a local favorite

There was only one table available at Hoyett's on a recent Saturday after 9 a.m. The favorite spot for good food was shutting its doors at 1 p.m. that afternoon. Hoyett and Easter Smothers owned Hoyet...

 

Ana María Barajas de Esparza

Ana María Barajas de Esparza, 66, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Aug. 18, 2020, at her ranch in Buttonwillow. Ana María was born in Mexicali, México, on Dec. 11, 1953, to her father,...

 

Willie Abernathy

Willie Eugene Abernathy went to be with the Lord on Aug. 29, 2020. Willie was born March 29, 1936, in White, Georgia, to “Son” Marvin Edward Abernathy and “Lee” Sally Leah Abernathy. He lived...

 

Francisco "Kiko" Verdugo

It is with great sadness that the family of Francisco "Kiko" Verdugo announce his passing after a tough battle. He entered the floodgates of Heaven on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, at the age of 33. Kiko wil...

 

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