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,"...

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...

Committee reflects on Rose Festival 2021

The Rose Festival Committee had to work quickly this year with three weeks to prepare after the festival got the OK from the City Council. "Several of us had been receiving inquiries from Wasco...

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...

Woman's Club holds Area B annual conference at home

The GFWC California Federation of Woman's Clubs held its Area B annual conference in Wasco at the Wasco Clubhouse on 7th Street. The topic for the annual meeting this year was reports, compiled by...

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...

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...

'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...

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....

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...

Generals to face title contenders

The Shafter High Generals football team is undefeated in SSL play, dominating their opponents for the most part. It hasn't always been pretty, but the Generals have found ways to win every SSL...

Death Notices - Oct. 21, 2021

Sammy Rodriguez Jr., 69, of Wasco, passed away Oct. 13, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Robert J. Thullen., 84, of Shafter, passed away Oct. 14, in Yucaipa. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Juan L. Dominguez, 77, of Wasco,passed away Oct...

Obituary: Joye Ann Carroll

Joye Ann Carroll was born on July 29, 1941, in Shafter to Obie and Lorene Hamlin. She joined her sister Leona and brother Obie. Eleven years later Yvonne would complete their family. Joye graduated from Shafter High in 1959. The following year she...

Arrest Report - Oct. 21, 2021

Oct. 11 Kailin Robert Beckemeyer, 23, of Shafter, was arrested for obstruction of a public officer and disorderly conduct: under influence of a drug. Oct. 15 Salvador Saldana Robles, 29, was arrested for evading a public officer: disregarding...

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