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 By Jamie Stewart    News

Kiddie Kollege longtime director to retire

Helen Gaede, the long-time director of the Shafter Kiddie Kollege, will be retiring at the end of the month, closing out a 49-year career. Gaede began at the school when the... — Updated 5/16/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Wilson to speak on potato history

The final Shafter Learning Center history lecture of the spring will be presented Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the center. Stan Wilson of the Shafter Historical Society will... — Updated 5/16/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Richland student places in county competition

Marlene Ayon, a seventh grade Richland Trojan, was recognized recently for placing in a countywide competition, Battle of the Books, which sets students against each other in... — Updated 5/16/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News

'Drowsy Chaperone' on SHS stage

The Shafter High Drama Department, with the accompaniment of the SHS Band, performs the Broadway hit "The Drowsy Chaperone" this weekend. The parody of American musical comedy of... — Updated 5/16/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Panel to review city charter, make recommendations for changes

The committee appointed by the City Council to review the city's charter and make recommendations on changes has begun its work. The City of Shafter became a charter city in 1995,... — Updated 5/16/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Taco Thursday at Basham & Lara

Basham & Lara Funeral Care recognized the Cinco de Mayo holiday on Thursday when they gave away tacos to the community, offering them to those visiting their facility. The... — Updated 5/16/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News

A sunny day for Shafter Cinco de Mayo parade

A sunny day for Shafter Cinco de Mayo parade Captions #1- The Perez family with one of Stanley's cars that were entered in the parade. #2- The Tea Cups were a big hit with the... — Updated 5/16/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News 

Shafter council approves purchase for bus shelter, recognizes city employees

The Shafter City Council approved the purchase of a new Bus Shelter that will be placed at the new bus stop located at Stringham Park. This bus stop is being relocated from the... — Updated 5/10/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News 

Potato shed burns in 5th recent fire

A potato warehouse on Lerdo Highway was burned to the ground last week, the fifth substantial fire in the city in recent months. A former Shafter fire dispatcher voiced concern... — Updated 5/10/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News 

Cinco de Mayo: A celebration of freedom

The Cinco de Mayo Festival is making its return to the streets of Shafter this Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. with a downtown parade. The celebration has grown every year, with... — Updated 5/10/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News 

Mannel Park hosts celebration

Mannel Park was the place to be on Saturday, with over 1,000 gathering for the return of the Cinco de Mayo celebration after the cancellation of the event for the past two years... — Updated 5/10/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    Sports 

Lady Generals outscore opponents 34-0

The Shafter High Lady Generals softball team took a shutout win last week as they blanked the McFarland Cougars in two games by a combined score of 34-0. On April 29, Shafter... — Updated 5/10/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News 

Pop up event gives vendors valuable exposure

Continuing a trend that has been gaining steam throughout the pandemic, a large pop-up event was held at Tin Cup in Shafter, attracting over 50 vendors selling products from homemad... — Updated 5/10/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News 

Air Museum members tour space facility

Members of the Minter Field Air Museum recently got the chance to tour one of the most advanced space and air facilities in the nation when they visited the Mojave Air & Space P... — Updated 5/10/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News 

Tacos La Villas to replace Del Taco in Shafter

If you have driven by Lerdo Highway and Central Valley Highway lately, you may have noticed that the Del Taco has closed its doors. The national chain eatery shut down operation... — Updated 5/10/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion

Editor's Note: SHS loses 'an institution' in Rekosh

It was a sad day recently when the city of Shafter, especially the community at Shafter High, saw the passing of Charles Rekosh. Rekosh was an invaluable part of the history of... — Updated 5/1/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Cinco de Mayo Festival returns to Shafter

The City of Shafter will celebrate this Cinco de Mayo holiday with its traditional festival, which returns after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic virus. Deanna Rodriguez-Root... — Updated 5/1/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Green Hotel tours available

The Green Hotel in Shafter will be offering tours on Saturday, April 30, giving residents a chance to see this iconic building inside and out. The Green Hotel, a registered... — Updated 5/1/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Compost giveaway a hit for Earth Day

Lynnda Martin, of American Refuse in Wasco, said that that the firm decided to try a giveaway event for Earth Day, not knowing what kind of response they would receive. Well, she... — Updated 5/1/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Pet of the Week: Come meet Jeff

The Shafter Animal Shelter is open for adoptions and is encouraging residents to come out and meet their possible future members of the family. Meet their very boisterous boy Jeff,... — Updated 5/1/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    Business

State Street Barber a cut above the rest

Johnny Sisneros has been on State Street for a few years now, serving the residents of Shafter, as well as a big customer base scattered over Kern County. Sisneros opened his shop... — Updated 5/1/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Festival entertaining for young and old

A new transplant to Shafter, All Seated in a Barn, a horse and donkey rescue organization, hosted an Easter event that gave children of all ages the chance to hunt Easter eggs,... — Updated 4/27/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Sunrise service celebrates victory

Mannel Park was the site for the Shafter Community Sunrise Service, celebrating this Easter Sunday, gathering for the first time at Mannel Park in two years. The return was a triump... — Updated 4/27/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    Sports

Generals have rough outings against rivals

The Shafter Generals softball and baseball teams had rough outings on Tuesday, both squads losing to rivals Wasco, 5-2 and 8-1 respectively. The Lady Generals took a 3-1 league... — Updated 4/27/2022

 By Jamie Stewart    News

Businesses passing on card fees to customers

If you have eaten out in Shafter recently, you may have noticed that there was an extra charge on your bill if you paid with a credit or debit card For example, a sign states that customers can take advantage of a 3.5% discount if... — Updated 4/27/2022


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