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  • Death Notices - March 21, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Eusebio Rodriguez, 55, of McFarland, passed away March 4, in Mexico. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Maria Nevarez, 70, of Shafter, passed away March 2, in Bakersfield. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. David Whitbey, 58, of Shafter, passed away March 2, in Shafter. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Ofelia Lopez, [75, of Shafter, passed away March 7, in Shafter. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Rafaela Lara de Arroyo, [75, of Shafter, passed away Feb. 13, in Shafter. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Martha Trujillo...

  • Classified Ads - March 21, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    To see this week's Classified Ads, click on the e-edition icon at the top of the page....

  • Pastor's Corner: Inheritance

    Pastor Ruben Zartman, Ebenezer Reformed Church, Shafter|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Receiving an inheritance was a big deal in the Old Testament. People set their hearts on entering into their inheritance, and were serious about maintaining that inheritance and passing it on to their own children. They had a great reason for that. God had promised to give them an inheritance, which we often call “the Promised Land.” We call it that just because God had promised it to them. God enacted special legislation to preserve that land as an inheritance. For instance, in order to prevent land passing from one tri...

  • Annette M. Castillo

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Annette M. Castillo was a kind and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law and friend. She passed away on Feb. 27, 2024, at the age of 64 after a 13-year battle. Annette was born to Angel and Madeline Barbosa on May 4, 1959. She attended St. John's Catholic School and graduated from Wasco High School in 1977. She married her husband, Julian Castillo, in 1978. She worked at Wasco Valley Rose Golf Course for 15 years. Before retiring, she had worked at GEO Correc...

  • Richard Keith Reding, Sr.

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Richard Keith Reding, Sr. was born Sept. 10, 1935, in Montgomery County, Tennessee to Richard Carroll Reding and Leola Keith Reding. He was the first of their three children, followed by a brother, John, and their little sister, Sue Ann. Sometime later, the Reding children's dad became the Sheriff of Cheatam County, Tennessee. He enlisted in WW2 because he possessed the skills needed, so his wife, Leola, finished his term as sheriff! In Mayfield, Kentucky, his family lived...

  • Super Students at Karl Clemens

    Karl Clemens Elementary School|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Karl F. Clemens Elementary School announced its Super Students for the week. Criteria for selection were based on significant math improvement, showing kindness to all friends, respect and hard work, following class procedures, helping other students understand new concepts and improving learning English. Front row, from left, are Mayr Rodriguez (2nd grade), Sonny Vargas (transitional kindergarten), Mateo Castro (1st grade), Gracie Garza (5th grade) and Principal Anabel...

  • Headlines in History - March 21, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    3 years ago: April 20, 1994 The candidates that ran for Shafter Cinco De Mayo Queen were Alma Moreno, Carmen Martinez, Vicki Perez, Consuelo Maravilla, Lorena Lopez, Irene Gonzalez, Monica Saldivar and Sagui Graciliano. 50 years ago: April 14, 1974 Six SHS juniors ran for Miss Shafter: Mary Lopez, Vicki Bender, Carla Crawford, Sheryl McGinty, Candy Paul and Anne Zachary. --Compiled by Erica Soriano...

  • Shafter Spartans shine at State meet

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    FRESNO – The Shafter Spartans youth wrestling team traveled to the State Tournament last weekend and came away with several medals, including a State Champion. The tournament was held at the Selland Arena in Fresno. Led by Coach Eli Espericueta, the Spartans had a champion in Jayden Gonzalez. Gonzalez, along with his brother Julian and sister Janali, all came home with medals. The Gonzalez family is no stranger to winning, with their older sister, Julissa, becoming the f...

  • 'Annie' brings singing, dancing to WHS stage

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    The Wasco High School Drama Club presented the musical Annie to hundreds over a three-day run of performances at the school's historic auditorium. A cast of 27 thespians graced the stage to put on a show that dazzled and entertained, complete with singing, dancing, original costumes and elaborate set designs. Annie is the classic tale of the red-headed orphan who eventually gets adopted by the millionaire Daddy Warbucks. Sophia Perezchica played the lead role of Annie. In a...

  • Club teams with city to spread values of good citizenship

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    In collaboration with the city of Wasco, the Wasco Rotary Club placed 4-Way Test signs along Highway 43 near Filburn Street. The effort symbolized the Rotary mission and was a way to remind the community to be the best citizens possible. "Our club members came together to support and provide service to our community while embodying the Rotary 4-Way Test, which is: 1) Is it the truth? 2) Is it fair to all concerned? 3) Will it build goodwill and better friendships? and 4) Will...

  • Beware of kidnapping scam, police warn

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    A kidnapping scam is targeting local people, Sergeant Herbert Stout from the Kern County Sheriff's Office told the City Council Tuesday night. "It involves telephone calls to residents in which the caller states that they have kidnapped a family member and demands money," Stout said. "They would then tell the person they are talking to to wire them money through a green dot card or a wire transfer through a local store. After transferring the money, they would hang up on...

  • Consuelo Salinas

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Consuelo "Chelo" Salinas, 79, entered the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 11, 2024. Consuelo was born Nov. 22, 1944, in La Fiera, Texas. She married Porfirio "Pilo" Salinas Feb. 23, 1965, in Edinburg, Texas. They quickly moved to California the same year and settled in Wasco. Consuelo began to attend a small church that was using a rented building on G Street called Mision Pentecostes. She served the church as a Sunday school teacher and became the...

  • Wasco approves donor support

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    The City Council approved taking current donations of $3,350 from local vendors, donors and Wonderful Company grants and future donations for the Wasco Police Department, and other city departments and projects. "From time to time, companies and residents generously donate to city operations, and as such, staff will provide a report of donors and request authorization to accept the funds and increase appropriations," City Manager Scott Hurlbert said in a report to the...

  • Sally Ann Holmes-Tatum (Firkins)

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Sally Ann Firkins was born on May 19, 1940, in Santa Monica. She spent her childhood years in Downey, before relocating to Shafter in 1946. In Shafter, her father, Charles "Chuck," owned Chuck's Flying A Service Station, while her mother, Celia, "Sally," worked at Stringham's Drug Store for 20 years, caring for Sally and her siblings Donald, Betty and Tommy Firkins. Sally, the eldest sibling, contributed to her family's endeavors from an early age, working in the cotton...

  • Mystery History - March 21, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Here's this week's challenge, courtesy of the Wasco Historical Society. If you know the location, circumstances, exact or rough date and/or people in the photo, send your educated (or semieducated) guess to the Tribune, 455 Kern St., Suite E, Shafter 93263, or e-mail it to [email protected]. Winners will be revealed here next week. LAST WEEK: Justesen's Grocery Store on 7th Street in the early 1940s. Now it's La Canasta Market....

  • Arrest Report - March 21, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    March 11 Julio Caeser Gallardo, 40, of Wasco, was arrested in the 1700 block of Highway 46 for felony burglary, misdemeanor obstructing an officer: resisting arrest and tampering with a vehicle. He was booked into the Kern County Jail. Manuel Magallanes, 26, of Wasco, was arrested near the intersection of Palm Avenue and Sequoia Drive on felony arrest warrants and for misdemeanor driving without a license. He was booked into the Kern County Jail. March 12 Rockcal Chanel Bradshaw, 38, of Wasco, was arrested near the...

  • Community Calendar - March 21, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    The Shafter Press and Wasco Tribune encourage local organizations to let the public know about coming events and activities through this column. Drop off or mail items at the office, 455 Kern St., Suite E, in Shafter, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, call 661-292-5100 or email [email protected]. Deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday prior to publication. Updates will be on TheShafterPress.com and WascoTrib.com. ANNOUNCEMENTS Egg Hunt – Spring it on! A free community event given by the Wasco Recreation and Parks District. At the...

  • Chamber honors some of Shafter's best

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    The Shafter Chamber of Commerce held its annual Awards Banquet on Thursday night, celebrating select individuals and groups who have helped make Shafter the city it is. The evening at the Ford Theater began with a State of the City address by Shafter Mayor Chad Givens (see separate story) Before the regular awards, a special award was given to the late Helen Gaede, which was accepted for the family by Shafter Depot Museum Curator Stan Wilson. Gaede had worked tirelessly for...

  • Emily McGuire passes on title to new DYW Friday

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    It has been a busy year for the Class of 2024's Shafter Distinguished Young Woman, Emily Mcguire. In addition to representing Shafter in the state competition, Emily had the opportunity to attend events such as the Cinco de Mayo Parade and the Christmas Parade. She also had the opportunity to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the Fourth of July Celebration, cut the ribbon for a new caboose at the Shafter Train Depot, light the town's Christmas tree and sing carols with her DYW...

  • Burnett is Cinco de Mayo Grand Marshal

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Retired Assistant Chief of Police Diana Burnett will lead this year's Cinco de Mayo Festival. Burnett was delighted by the festival committee's announcement and thinks that it is a huge honor. "I am so surprised and really humbled by their decision," said Burnett. She said that she has always loved the festival and is looking forward to being a part of it. "I have worked it so many years, and I just love all of the colors, the dancing, music and the wonderful time that the...

  • Shafter council OKs $1.5M for new General Plan

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    The city will spend up to $1.5 million for a new General Plan. The City Council approved a contract with Place Works, Inc., to create the updated document.. The agreement includes making a vision for the city for the next 20 years. This will include economic, business, retail expansion and education plans. The process is expected to take about two years to complete. The council also discussed regulations regarding the use of artificial intelligence in the city. This includes...

  • Strengthening family ties at WHS Parent Club paint night

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    It was more than just fun at the Wasco High School Tiger Parent Club Spring Paint Night – it was an evening of information to guide parents on better connecting with their children. Led by trained social workers, parents took home tools to inspire and motivate them to build stronger ties and closer relationships with their young ones. "The event aimed to provide a creative outlet for parents and students while offering practical strategies to help better serve their child a...

  • Shafter Mayor Givens sees a city 'where everything grows'

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Shafter has been and is a city "where everything grows," Mayor Chad Givens emphasized in his State of the City address at the Chamber of Commerce Awards Saturday night. "Over 100 years ago, people found this land, and realized that this was land where everything would grow," Givens started his address to nearly 200 in the Ford Theater. "Today, the city is still that. Shafter is the city where everything grows." Givens was not just talking about crops, or the population, but...