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 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 9, 2020 

A different kind of celebration

The Fourth of July weekend in Shafter was the first holiday in which the new illegal fireworks ordinance was in effect and the SPD issued 21 citations during the holiday weekend. Last month, the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 9, 2020 

Gossamer Grove waste taxes set

The Shafter City Council held a public hearing on the subject of placing the rate schedule for sewage and solid waste service for the Gossamer Grove area on the property tax roll. A report was...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 9, 2020 

Going back a few steps in crisis

For the second time in less than a month, restaurants that offer dine-in service have lost that option, following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order that made it necessary for all restaurants to close their dining areas. The move is the result of a spike...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 9, 2020 

Primex deals with outbreak

PrimeX, a major grower and processor of fruits and nuts in Wasco, is dealing with a major outbreak of coronavirus among workers, with 31 positive cases reported by the company and double that...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 9, 2020 

Virus forces closures of BofA, DMV

The coronavirus continues to affect Shafter, with the closures of the local Bank of America branch and the DMV office. Customers at Bank of America were found waiting outside of the local branch a lit...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 9, 2020 

Wasco parade -- and more

Friday began as a normal day off for many because the Fourth of July fell on a Saturday; however, that changed once messages appeared on Facebook announcing the Orange Heart Foundation would lead a...

 
 News    July 9, 2020 

Wasco couple dies from Covid

Wasco couple Billy Joe and Gloria Cox died late last month within days of each other after both contracted Covid-19.. Cox was 83. His wife was 77. It all happened so fast, like a spreading wildfire, their daughter, McDaniel told the [BEGIN...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 2, 2020

Apart, yet together

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Shafter High School sent their senior class across the stage, ending what was an unprecedented school year where a graduation ceremony had seemed unlikely just a couple o...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 2, 2020

Crackdown on illegal fireworks

The Shafter City Council held a special meeting this week to assist the Police Department in their fight against violators of illegal fireworks ordinances. On Thursday, June 25, the council voted...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 2, 2020

Reopening leaves questions

As tough as it has been for groups to get together with the quarantine and 6-foot social distancing, some activities in town have been able to move forward with a modified schedule. The Wasco...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 2, 2020

Reform WHS attacks harassment at school

hHarassment, no matter what kind, often leads to serious consequences. Students at Wasco High School (WHS) who are a part of Reform WHS are getting the word out that they demand to be heard and...

 

Dining Directory - July 2, 2020

Tin Cup Coffee 1101 E. Lerdo Hwy. 661-630-4061 Mon.-Fri.: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun.: Closed Rocy’s Mexican Food 749 S. Shafter Ave. 661-746-2619 Every day: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Tony’s Firehouse Restaurant 300 E. Lerdo Hwy. 661-746-9244...

 

SHS grad is a Marine

Andrew Pompa, a member of the Shafter High Class of 2019, recently completed boot camp at the Marine Corps Depot. The ceremony was streamed for family members and friends to view, with the ceremony...

 

With 31 positives, PrimeX shuts down

PrimeX, a local grower, producer and international trader, has shut down until July 3 after 31 employees tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. A worker first tested positive for the virus on June 10. After picketers protested outside the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 2, 2020

Walmart distributon center raises its first flag

The Walmart Distribution Center in Shafter, which has seen its opening date pushed back into the spring of 2021, celebrated the Fourth of July with a flag raising and a fundraiser benefiting the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 2, 2020

A possible return to staying at home

With the governor of California reinstating the Stay at Home order for one county in the state, 12 more counties have been put on a watch list, creating the possibility that the order may be...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 2, 2020

VBS kids learn of creation

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the community of Shafter still held its annual Community Vacation Bible School, letting the kids delve into the mystery of creation. This event was the result of...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 2, 2020

Video results in community support -- and arrests

An arrest was made over the weekend and three other cases were handed to the District Attorney’s Office for investigation regarding a rash of illegal fireworks activity in and around Shafter....

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 25, 2020

A tale of two budgets: Sales tax decline seen

The Shafter City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday night and approved the budget for 2020-21with a unanimous vote. The budget proposal was the same one that had been discussed over the past...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 25, 2020

A tale of two budgets: Revenue cut leads to deficit budget

The City Council unanimously approved a budget for 2020-21 that includes a $1.3 million operating deficit. The city's biggest expense is for safety (contracts with the Kern County Fire Department and...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 25, 2020

Illegal fireworks go viral

An arrest was made over the weekend and three other cases were handed to the Kern County District Attorney's Office for investigation regarding a slew of illegal fireworks activity in and around Shaft...

 

A split over face masks

There is a conundrum in Shafter and Wasco that has the cities split on the issue of wearing masks. Since the governor mandated the wearing of masks in public buildings and in situations where social...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 25, 2020

Wasco graduations were different – but safe

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Wasco High and Wasco Independence High were able to hold live graduation ceremonies, although they looked different than in years past. In order to maintain social...

 

Dining Directory - June 25

WASCO Barraza’s Delicioso Tacos 601 F. St. 661-758-8944 Mon.-Thurs.: 11 a.m.-midnight Fri.: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sat.: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Sun.: 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Take out only. Hong Kong Restaurant 912 7th St. 661-758-3338 Tues.-Sun.: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Teresa’s...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 25, 2020

Chamber carries on despite pandemic

The Shafter Chamber of Commerce has been busy at work, even as the majority of city businesses were at a virtual standstill for the past couple of months. The organization has been a go-to source of...

 

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