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High school board candidates discuss priorities

The three candidates for the WUHSD board, Joel Ackerknecht, Sharon Nicol and John Steward introduced themselves to attendees at the virtual candidates' forum on Monday, Oct. 19 held at Peters Funeral...

Groups of students to return to the Wasco classrooms

Small groups of students will return to school Oct. 26, Wasco High School Principal Kevin Tallon announced. Tallon said because the county is now in the red tier, which allows schools to bring students back for in-person instruction, small groups...

City Council candidates discuss goals, outlook

Come November, there will be a couple of races in the local election that will help shape the city of Shafter. There are three City Council seats up for grabs with six candidates vying for those slots. Chad Givens, Manuel Garcia, and Gilbert...

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Shafter residents encouraged to clean up in virtual event

In August, the Kern County Public Works Department held a very successful virtual clean-up event. They are following up that event with a fall clean-up event to be held on Nov. 7. This is a...

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Shafter Christian Fellowship welcomes new pastors

Mario Gomez and his wife, Candy Gomez, were installed as new lead pastors at Shafter Christian Fellowship recently after the departure of Justin Medlock and his wife, Rosie. Gomez has over 16 years...

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8 apply for Shafter Planning Commission

The City Council interviewed candidates for the Planning Commission at their regular Council meeting on Tuesday night. The terms of Planning Commission members Jon Johnston, Kirk Mouser and Peter...

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City's IT system locked after ransomware attack

The City of Shafter's IT system was attacked by ransomware over the weekend, resulting in the entire system being frozen and locked. City Manager Gabriel Gonzales said that their IT department...

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Betty Petrie celebrates 105th birthday

Betty Petrie and a few of her close friends gathered at Giovanni's Italian Eatery in Shafter recently to celebrate Betty's 105th birthday. Owner Noy Soutchay prepared some of Betty's favorites,...

Parks district seeks grant to upgrade pools

In August, the Kern County Public Works Department held a very successful virtual clean-up event. They are following up that event with a fall clean-up event to be held on Nov. 7. This is a county-wide event that encourages all residents to...

Red tier means more businesses open in city

Kern County entered the red tier on Tuesday, opening the doors of more businesses and public buildings. The tiers, determined by the state and Public Department of Human Safety’s Virus Grading Scale, dictate how the county is handling the...

Pastor's Corner: The on-time God

God does not slumber or sleep. He is aware of all things. He sees time different than we do. 2 Peter 3:8 says one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. Peter was warning his hearers that in the last days...

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Obituary: Manual "Angel" Cortez

Manuel "Angel" Cortez May 18, 1972 -- Oct. 18, 2020 Angel Cortez was born May 18, 1972, in Coalinga to Gilberto and Estella Cortez. They moved to Lost Hills in 1973. He graduated from Wasco High in...

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Andy Sharp Jr.

Andy Sharp was born in Shafter on Sept. 2, 1943, to parents Andrew and Bertha Sharp. Andy died at his residence in Shafter, on Sept. 27, 2020. He attended local schools and graduated from Shafter...

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Obituary: Omer Charles Adams

Omer Charles Adams was a beloved husband and father. Omer was born Jan. 18, 1941, in Poteau, Okla. He came to California by Greyhound bus in 1957 at 16 years old with his family, where they settled...

Death Notices - Oct. 22, 2020

Jo Ruth Armstrong, 88, of Bakersfield, passed away Oct. 15. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Gloria Mora De Garcia, 76, of Wasco, passed away Oct. 14 in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Madeline Mary Romero, 64, of Wasco, passed away Oct. 15...

Arrest Report -- Oct. 22, 2020

Oct. 12 Anthony Aguerria Rocha, 38, of Wasco, was arrested in the 500 block of D Street for felony possession of a controlled substance, prohibited owner of ammunition, prohibited owner of a firearm, illegal discharge of a firearm with negligence,...

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