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 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 15, 2021 

2020 DYW Shelbee Ramos bids farewell

On Saturday night, Shelbee Ramos handed her title of Distinguished Young Woman of Shafter to Nicole Morris. This ended the year's reign of Ramos's service as Shafter's DYW. Usually, the DYW of...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 15, 2021 

Stadium to receive state-of-the-art scoreboard

The renovation project of the Shafter High School stadium is under way, with the demolition of the grandstands, press box and the surrounding track. One of the highlights of the new stadium is going...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 8, 2021

Landmark hotel vandalized

Shafter's Green Hotel, a historical landmark, was vandalized for the third time in the last 90 days over the weekend, after several windows were broken, the glass front door was smashed and the fence...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 8, 2021

Council approves committee to explore library use

The City Council approved forming an adhoc committee that would explore ways to keep the library open. The library is currently open two days a week until June. The City of Shafter came to an...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 8, 2021

Cemetery district manager to retire

Tim Unruh, who has served Kern County and specifically the areas around Shafter and Wasco, as the district manager of the Kern Cemetery District, is retiring at the end of this week. Unruh has held...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 8, 2021

Young Adult Theater following the Yellow Brick Road in May production

The city's Young Adult Theater will be presenting their annual production in a couple of weeks, taking local theater-goers down the Yellow Brick Road as they look for the Wizard of Oz. Cris Starrh...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 8, 2021

Easter message speaks of hope

After a year in hiatus due to the pandemic, the Shafter Community Sunrise Easter Service made a return on April 4. The event began at 6:30 a.m., with music being played as the sun broke over the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 8, 2021

3 sisters focus on creative businesses during pandemic

The Ceja sisters were determined to make the most out of the pandemic, launching new businesses that not only let them be creative, but bring in some extra income. Vahira Ceja, who has had experience...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Sports    April 8, 2021

Generals stomp Broncos, continue undefeated

The Shafter High Generals shut down the Kern Valley Broncos, 48-0, continuing their undefeated streak since their recent win against Arvin. Celebrating their seniors during Senior Night, Quarterback...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Sports    April 1, 2021

Generals win big in season opener

The Shafter High Generals took to the football field for the first time since the pandemic began, winning 52-3 against the Arvin Bears. The Generals began the game strong, scoring three times in the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 1, 2021

Vietnam veterans are honored at gallery

Vietnam veterans were celebrated and honored during a ceremony March 29 at the Portrait of a Warrior Gallery in Bakersfield as part of National Vietnam Veterans Day. Shafter native Ed Gaede, who has...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 1, 2021

Lennar opens new phase for community

Lennar Homes is opening a new phase in Gossamer Grove for homes. Lennar opened the Summer Series with models with three and four bedroom options, along with a flexible floor plan. Lennar also offers...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 1, 2021

Easter service begins at sunrise Sunday

Easter will once again be celebrated with a Sunrise Service on Sunday at 6:30 a.m. after the service was canceled last year due to the pandemic. The service will be held at “The Green,” at the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 1, 2021

New Distinguished Young Woman to be named April 10

The Distinguished Young Woman of Shafter program, previously known as the Shafter Junior Miss program, will be held on Saturday, April 10. Due to pandemic restrictions, the event will be shown online...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 1, 2021

Florist shop sees increased demand

Sun Country Flowers has continued producing bouquets and gifts as more people began to send flowers to loved ones, owner Carol Reichenbach said, making 2020 one of the shop's busiest years. Instead...

 

Pet of the Week: Trina is looking for her forever home

This girl is Trina, a brindle and white Pit Bull/Shepherd mix. Trina is about 1 year old and is a really sweet pup. She will need someone to teach her manners and some basic commands. She is shy...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 18, 2021

Generals ready to hit the field as sports resume

The Shafter High School sports programs got the green light and are preparing for an abbreviated season, with the only exceptions being indoor sports such as basketball, volleyball and wrestling. The...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 18, 2021

Shafter High program helps students thrive together

As the pandemic continued, a group of Shafter High students were feeling disconnected with their peers as they left the school campus to learn at home. The group soon developed a solution to help...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 18, 2021

Book details experience in Vietnam as a young soldier

A project 50 years in the making for Shafter resident Barry Bongberg has finally come to fruition. Bongberg recently published "Dear Mom and Dad - Letters from Vietnam," a project which began for his...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 18, 2021

Shafter Library to reopen for 3 months

The City Council approved an agreement with Kern County to open the Shafter Library for two days a week for the next three months, beginning in April. In March 2020, the library was closed due to the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 18, 2021

Shafter seniors returning to campus

Shafter High School and the rest of the Kern High School District schools are preparing to return to campuses in April. The district board approved a plan that would allow seniors to return to campus...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 11, 2021

Minter Field Air Museum gets new roof

The 80-year-old roof on the Minter Field Air Museum was peeled off this past week as the museum got a new roof thanks to the community's help. During the pandemic, the museum had to suspend the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 11, 2021

Motorcycle driver killed in crash

A Shafter man was killed after his motorcycle and a pickup truck collided on Lerdo Highway Tuesday. Jonathan Rosales, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene after the crash around 3:20 p.m. According...

 

Amazon to open distribution center in Shafter

Amazon is opening a distribution center in Shafter, making it the second Amazon facility to open in Kern County. The new center will be in the Wonderful Industrial Park and is expected to open later t...

 

Kern ag commissioner, state department at impasse over pesticides

Negotiations about pesticide notifications between the Kern Ag commissioner and the state Department of Pesticide Regulation have broken down. Kern Ag Commissioner Glen Fankhauser recently wrote a...

 

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