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 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 16, 2020 

Richland students improving

Richland students are improving overall, but still are testing below state averages in every category, according to the latest scores. At the recent Richland School District board meeting, a...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 16, 2020 

Ex-principal returns to front office

With the recent opening of the assistant superintendent's position, there were several teachers and administrators who put their name in the hat for the job. Ultimately, the Richland School District...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 16, 2020 

Shaved heds, caring hearts from wrestlers

In the competitive sport of wrestling, there are fierce rivalries amid the different leagues and divisions, making the season full of hotly contested matches, be it in duals or tournaments. But those...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 16, 2020 

Shafter PD nabs 1st in tree contest

A record-setting number of Christmas trees were on display for the month of December at the Shafter Depot Museum in their annual Christmas Tree decorating contest. There were 16 trees entered this...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 16, 2020 

How to recycle trees and brush this season

Yes, it is that time of year again. For those of you who are wondering what to do with your Christmas tree, the City of Shafter has a drop-off location that is available. They are accepting trees at...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 16, 2020 

Where 2- and 4-legged citizens are served

The Shafter Animal Control Department serves all of the residents of Shafter, those walking on two legs or four. Animal Control Officer Nick Riddick and his staff bring together residents of Shafter...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 16, 2020 

Council to hold special meeting on search for city manager

A special City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday morning, Jan. 21, at 7:30 a.m. focusing on the city’s search for a new city manager. There will be a time of public comment before the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 9, 2020

Interviews to start for city manager job

The City Council is moving forward on interviewing four candidates to fill the open city manager position. The regular meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, had been cancelled, but the council held a...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 9, 2020

Business landscape looks bright for city

The City of Shafter has been enjoying a reputation of being one of the fastest growing cities in business in recent years, attracting such companies as Target, Ross and several other big retailers....

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 9, 2020

'Aviator' author to speak at dinner

The author of the book behind the movie "The Aviator" will highlight this year's Minter Field Air Museum Founder's Day Banquet next month. George Marrett is a former test pilot who has written four...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    January 2, 2020

Some new rules to follow

In addition to the numerous laws affecting business, education and privacy, there are new Department of Motor Vehicles laws that take effect in 2020. The federal REAL ID Act tightens rules on which...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 2, 2020

Little gifts leave lasting legacy

There are so many ways that people can leave their mark on the world. Some write great novels, or paint masterpieces, and some leave their mark by their good deeds. Walter Bergen combined these...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 2, 2020

Soldier will be remembered Friday

Private First Class Daniel Rodriguez, 19, of Shafter, will be laid to rest on Friday after passing away on Dec. 15 in Texhoma, Texas, while on his way home for the holidays. Rodriguez graduated from...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 2, 2020

The year of 2019 in Shafter – in words and pictures

[4-LINE DROP CAPS]2019[TO HERE] has come to an end, and it has been a very eventful year in Shafter, full of highs, and some lows, too. The year started off like the Fourth of July, with plenty of...

 

Grant saves Healthy Start

With the majority of California schools and resource centers dealing with challenging budget cuts and uncertainty, the Shafter Healthy Start program received a much-needed boost from First 5 Kern,...

 

Depot Museum celebrates Christmas

The Shafter Depot Museum held their annual Christmas celebration this past Saturday with refreshments, music, Christmas trees and fun. The Shafter Brass Band performed for the crowd, playing a...

 

Music makes the season at Sequoia Elementary

Sequoia Elementary School held their annual Christmas Program last Thursday morning with the students performing a variety of holiday songs. In years past, it was hard to get a seat for the event,...

 

Loved ones remembered at service

Sequoia Elementary School held their annual Christmas Program last Thursday morning with the students performing a variety of holiday songs. In years past, it was hard to get a seat for the event,...

 

A great debut for 'A Good Man'

The Young Adult Theater of Shafter finished its debut production this past weekend with crowds on hand to see their performances of the classic "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown." Led by the YATS...

 

Music makes the season at Sequoia Elementary

Sequoia Elementary School held their annual Christmas Program last Thursday morning with the students performing a variety of holiday songs. In years past, it was hard to get a seat for the event,...

 

Learning Center to expand

The Shafter City Council voted to move forward on a project that will see the existing Shafter Learning Center and Library expand to include more classrooms and several areas that will make the...

 

Change on water bills

If you are wondering why you have not received a water bill this month, it is not a mistake, but a change the city is making in their billing procedures for utility customers. Currently, the city has been billing customers for their water in...

 

Golden Oak celebrates the holidays

The Golden Oak Tigers had a packed cafeteria on Tuesday morning as they held their annual Christmas program. Santa arrived and played emcee for the event as all of the classes had their turn on the...

 

Rudolph gets a break as Santa flies in

To the delight of over 150 people awaiting his arrival, Minter Field played host to the jolly old fellow from the North Pole on Saturday. The Minter Field Air Museum sponsored their annual Santa...

 

Candlelight service set

The First Southern Baptist Church in Shafter is inviting the community to their annual Candlelight Christmas Service that will be held on Sunday, Dec. 22. The service will begin at 6 p.m. The service will have a special message in this holiday time...

 

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