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 By Jamie Stewart    News    November 18, 2021 

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 too dominant when...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    November 18, 2021 

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 American Refuse for trash...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 18, 2021 

New Rec and Parks District board member appointed

Palm Avenue Middle School Principal Oscar Luna was appointed as a new board member to the Wasco Recreation and Parks District board. Sharon Sharp was also reappointed to the Wasco Recreation and...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 18, 2021 

Residents view concepts for beautification project

The city held a community meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 10 to present the results of a recent online streetscape survey. Concept design renderings were taped to the walls around the room so attendees...

 

Wasco undefeated regular season leads to conference title

When the game clock read 0:00 at the end of the 4th quarter, the (9-0, 6-0) Wasco Tigers were crowned the 2021 South Sequoia League Champions. Led by Coach Chad Martinez, a courageous coaching staff,...

 

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, 46-20. Before the game,...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    November 4, 2021

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 needed to sign a...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    November 4, 2021

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 major fundraiser of the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    November 4, 2021

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 Jastro Park, at the...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 4, 2021

Costumed kids enjoy Trunk or Treat at Barker Park

Many families began arriving at Barker Park on Oct. 28 well before 6 p.m. when the park's Trunk or Treat was officially to begin. A multitude of kids with parents snaked around Poplar all the way to P...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 4, 2021

City Council to offer Zoom meetings again

City Council meetings will again be held by Zoom. The City Council unanimously passed the following action regarding meeting protocol to hold all council meetings, until further notice, by...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 4, 2021

Recreation and Parks District selects district manager

Chris Serna needs no introduction to the residents of Wasco because she's been employed by the Recreation and Parks District for the past 18 years. Now she is the new district manager. Even though...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 4, 2021

Booster shots available to those that qualify

If you are 65 years or older and fully vaccinated, you qualify for a booster shot, the Center for Disease Control announced. If you are over 18 and have underlying medical conditions, live in a...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 4, 2021

Sixth graders successful in third chess tournament

Palm Avenue Middle School completed its third annual chess tournament. There were 16 participants ranging from sixth to eighth grade. Students wore masks and practiced sanitation and safe distance...

 

SHS recognizes Generals of the Month

Shafter High School recently named their Generals of the Month students. These students exhibited an outstanding performance in the classroom, as well as possessing traits that make being a General...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 4, 2021

Karl Clemens Super Students of the Week for Oct. 29.

Clemens Elementary School announced their Special Students of the Week for the week ending Oct. 29. In third grade, teacher Belinda Martinez, front row, named Jesus Jimenez who worked hard on...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    November 4, 2021

Aircraft down in Shafter

Authorities responded to the report of a downed aircraft in Shafter on Wednesday at approximately 12:45 p.m. Off of Driver Road and Lerdo Highway, officers located a downed aircraft in the middle of...

 

Mert Wiedmann, city icon, is dead at 97

Mert Wiedmann, a pioneer in the history of Shafter, city leader and longtime owner of Stringham's Shafter Drug Store, passed away Oct. 19. He was 97, and was living in the family home on Cross...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    October 21, 2021

Council prohibits street parking along Highway 43

There will be no more parking along the corridor between Lerdo Highway and Central Avenue. The City Council recently voted to prohibit on-street parking there because of the car wash being built in...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    October 21, 2021

'A Christmas with CS Lewis' coming to Ford Theater in November

David Payne will be presenting his production of "A Christmas with CS Lewis" Nov. 26-28 at the Ford Theater in Shafter. Payne has performed at the Ford Theater three previous times, portraying the...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 21, 2021

Kern County participating in covid-19 study

Area residents will be among those surveyed about vaccine protection and antibodies. Kern County Public Health Services is collaborating with several different organizations where people were randomly selected to complete an anonymous survey as well...

 

Kiwanis recognize some Terrific Kids

The Shafter Kiwanis Club held their monthly Terrific Kids luncheon last week as they recognized students in the Richland School District as part of their Terrific Kids program. Terrific Kids is a prog...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    October 21, 2021

Residents drop off bulk waste at event

Residents hauled their bulky waste to the Shafter Aquatic Center last Saturday, ready to dispose of it. The City of Shafter, Kern County Public Works, and American Refuse teamed up to hold the event....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 21, 2021

New assistant city manager ready to tackle challenges

The recently hired new Assistant City Manager Maria Lara is looking forward to facing her new job challenges. Lara has over 12 years of professional experience in local and state government. She has...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 21, 2021

Sgt. Martinez leaving Wasco Substation

Sgt. Peter Martinez told the City Council that Oct. 22 will be his last day as sergeant at the Kern County Sheriff's Office Wasco Substation. "I have really enjoyed the past four years in Wasco,"...

 

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