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 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 16, 2019 

Plans to better the air

With the enactment of AB617 into law, 10 communities in California were chosen as "disadvantaged communities" and were selected to have a steering committee create a plan that will improve their air...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 16, 2019 

Shafter, Wasco unite for a common goal

The cities of Wasco and Shafter have a rivalry which is one of the fiercest and oldest rivalries in the county, if not the state. Students face off on the gridiron and on the courts, and the...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 16, 2019 

One-stop shop for job seekers

The Kern County Department of Human Services held a Job Fest in Shafter last Thursday morning, the fourth in a series of events held throughout the year, culminating with the year-end event that...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 16, 2019 

SHS puts on 'beauty' of a show

The Shafter High School Drama Department put on their production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," Thursday through Saturday nights last week. Drama Club advisor Hal Friedman put together a show...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 16, 2019 

At 91, Jim Holt calling it quits

If you have lived in town any length of time, you have met this long-time resident of Shafter. He is colorful, feisty and a great storyteller. James Holt has been in business in downtown Shafter at...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 16, 2019 

Little libraries more than a box of books

There are several little free libraries in Shafter now, giving residents a chance to read a book without having to go to the library. These libraries are maintained and stocked by their owners. People...

 By Nick Riddick    News    May 16, 2019 

Pet vaccine clinic Saturday

It is that time of year, and the City of Shafter Animal Control will be hosting the annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic at Mannel Park on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. The goal of this clinic has always been to keep pets healthy by providing...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 9, 2019

City celebrates Cinco de Mayo

For the 28th straight year, the City of Shafter celebrated the first Saturday in May with a Cinco de Mayo Festival, honoring the Mexican Army's victory over the French in 1892. The festival was the...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 9, 2019

More $ for move of Public Works

The City of Shafter approved an amount close to $800,000 for improvements to land recently purchased by the city to house the new Public Works yard and its offices. The property down the street from...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 9, 2019

Maple School rebuilding on schedule

It was just under a year ago when Maple School held a groundbreaking ceremony, celebrating the beginning of the next chapter in the school's history. Flash forward, and the renovation project has...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 9, 2019

'Beauty and the Beast' on stage at Shafter High

The Shafter High Drama Department is inviting the community to be their guest on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as they put on their production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." The performances...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 9, 2019

New pastor at Valley Bible Church

With the departure of long-time pastor Mike Polley, Valley Bible Church has been looking for a new pastor the past few months. After a careful search, the church has found its next leader: Carlos...

 News    May 9, 2019

Letter carriers helping to stamp out hunger

May 11 will mark the 27th anniversary of the National Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger campaign. This program has collected 1.67 billion pounds of food over the 26 years it has been in existence. "We...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 9, 2019

Low-cost clinic set for pets on May 18

Shafter Animal Control, in conjunction with Kern County Animal Services, will be holding a Low Cost Vaccination and License Clinic on Saturday, May 18, at Mannel Park in Shafter. All dogs must be on...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 2, 2019

Community cleans up

The community of Shafter gathered at the Shafter Aquatic Center on Saturday morning to do some spring cleaning at a citywide bulky waste and clean up event. Organized by Angie Nelson, president of...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 2, 2019

Police help hero's family rebuild home

Shafter Police Chief Kevin Zimmermann and Bryceton Patterson, president of the Shafter Police Officer Association, joined other volunteers from Kern County to participate in "Rebuild Day" Saturday at...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 2, 2019

Girl tells a tale of tragedy, triumph

Trista Miller, the 11-year-old granddaughter of former Shafter residents Richard and Robin Miller, competed in the National History Day competition and won second place with a riveting tale of...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 2, 2019

Cinco de Mayo celebration set

The area’s Cinco de Mayo celebration is set for Saturday in Shafter, promising to be a great event once again, according to founder Deanna Rodriguez-Root. Root will be doing double duty this year as her and her daughter, Brandi Root, are grand...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 2, 2019

'Good neighbor' State Farm team holds open house

Ramona Herrera and her team at State Farm Insurance held an open house for the community recently, greeting residents and customers, and answering questions, as well as treating them to a variety of r...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 2, 2019

Grimmway Academy recycling honored

Grimmway Academy was presented a certificate of recognition by Kern County Supervisor David Couch at a recent supervisors meeting. The certificate recognized Grimmway Academy's staff and students for...

 News    May 2, 2019

Give Big Kern Saturday

Give Big Kern, “One Day to Celebrate the Giving Spirit of Kern County!” is coming Tuesday, May 7. More than 100 organizations are fundraising through, where the public can give to the nonprofit of their choice. The minimum...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    May 2, 2019

Banquet helps Shafter Commanders

The Shafter Commanders Youth Football teams held their annual Banquet and Auction recently, raising funds for the upcoming football season. A crowd turned out to the Shafter Veterans Hall on Saturday...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    May 2, 2019

Kidnap attempted in Wasco

A 12-year-old Thomas Jefferson Middle School student narrowly escaped being kidnapped recently, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. On April 12, the boy’s mother asked him to go across the street to his aunt’s house near the corn...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 25, 2019

New law presents challenge

A special joint meeting between the Shafter City Council and Shafter Planning Commission on new environmental requirements facing the city and strategies to deal with them.. One issue that was...

 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 25, 2019

A Starrh passes

Fred Starrh, longtime farmer and leader in the cotton industry, passed away last week at the age of 89. He passed surrounded by family at his home following a stroke. A Shafter resident since his fami...


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