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  • Headlines in History - March 28, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    3 years ago: April 27, 1994 A few of the candidates in the Shafter Junior Miss competition were Stacy Becker, Raquel Herrera, Cindy Mayhew and Krystal Crook. 50 years ago: April 11, 1973 Some of the candidates in the running for Miss Shafter were Jenee Tadevich, Susan Franklin, Becky Witcher, Ellen Sill, Kim Handel, Jacque Janzen and Susan Franklin....

  • Paula (Sharina) Maria Lindsey

    Updated Apr 6, 2024

    Paula (Sharina) Maria Lindsey, 62, slipped peacefully into the arms of her loving Jesus the evening of March 29, 2024. Paula was born to Donald and Dorothy Sherman in Bakersfield on May 9, 1961, and was the second of five children. She graduated from Shafter High School in 1979 and married the love of her life, Jon Lindsey. They had just celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary on Feb. 16. Paula was a member of the Wasco Church of God (Tabernacle of Praise) for more than 40...

  • Pastor's Corner: The Gospel

    PASTOR JOHNNY MARTINEZ, Westside Family Fellowship Church, Wasco|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of hope, life and eternal life. There is no other message in the world that offers so many benefits and precious promises. ``Gospel’’ means good news in the Greek (Evangelion) in the Old Testament. In Psalm 103:1-5 King David blesses the Lord saying, ”Bless the Lord O my soul and forget none of His benefits who forgiveth all thine sins, who healeth all your diseases, who redeemeth your life from destruction, who crowneth you with loving kindness and tender mercies, who fills your mouth...

  • Death Notices - March 28, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    Richard Keith Reding Sr., 88, of Wasco passed away March 17, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. June Knight, 86, of Bakersfield passed away March 21, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Carmen Abundis De Contreras, 80, of Wasco passed away March 20, in Wasco. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Dolly K. Kirschenmann, 88, of Shafter passed away March 19, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter....

  • Classified Ads - March 28, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Apr 6, 2024

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

  • A night of steel drum magic at Wasco High

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    The historic Wasco High School auditorium was filled with the rhythmic beats of steel drum music of the WHS Groove Steelers at their Pan Rocks concert last week. Known for the band's infectious and soulful melodies, the performance featured a special guest appearance by Tracy Thornton, whose presence added an extra layer of excitement to the evening's festivities. In an interview after the show, Eduardo Jimenez Corona said performing in front of a live crowd is stressful,...

  • Pet of the Week: Meet Paco

    Wasco Animal Shelter|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    Paco came into the Wasco Animal Shelter as a stray. He is approximately a 1-2 year old male chihuahua. He is great with staff and other dogs his size. It is unknown if Paco is house/crate trained at the time. Dogs are not tested with children, and his behavior toward children is unknown. Paco will be available for adoption on Tuesday, April 2. Everyone is welcome to adopt from our facility, and we like to give everyone the same opportunity to adopt. Adopters can be from out of town and/or local. We do not place holds for...

  • Richard Keith Reding, Sr.

    Updated Apr 6, 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...

  • Honoring creativity at Wasco Woman's Club Fine Arts Awards

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    The Wasco Woman's Club held its 2024 Wasco High School Fine Arts Awards recently, giving Wasco High School young talent a platform to shine and exhibit their exemplary artistic skills. Under the guidance of art teacher Julie Pineo, eight students received accolades for their one-of-a-kind art pieces created in various mediums. Mahalia Bradshaw won the Graduating Senior Art Award for her torn-paper mosaic, "Thoughts." "With my self-portrait piece, I wanted it to really be a...

  • Egg hunt unites families in fun, festivity

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    The annual Spring it On Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Wasco Recreation and Parks District brought families together for a day filled with excitement, laughter and plenty of Easter eggs. At Barker Park, parent Cristal Landeros appreciated the activity. "I came to bring my little one. He's been wanting to do activities for Easter, and I love that the city put this together for the kids and families." Gayle Coleman brought her three grandchildren. "It's an excellent time for...

  • SHS softball opens league season with tie

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    The Shafter High softball team opened its SSL season with a 0-0 tie against Chavez High School. This game was a pitcher's duel, with both teams finding it hard to find some offense. The Lady Generals then competed in the Fowler Softball Tournament, opening with a game against highly touted Orange Cove. The Lady Generals fought hard, but came up short in the contest, dropping the game by a score of 5-2. The loss drops Shafter's season record to 9-4-1. Coached by Sharaya Durant...

  • Man alleged to take body parts from accident

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    A Wasco man was arrested for allegedly removing human remains from the scene of an accident. The accident occurred on March 22 at approximately 8:05 a.m., when a train fatally struck an individual at the Amtrak station in the city, according to the BNSF Railway and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. Rosendo Tellez, 28, of Wasco, was taken into custody for taking evidence from the scene and for multiple outstanding warrants. He was booked into the Kern County Jail. The county Co...

  • Maria Martinez keeps seniors moving

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    At the Shafter Chamber of Commerce Banquet last week, the awards committee recognized Maria Martinez with the Health Award. Martinez has spent the last couple of decades dedicated to the health and happiness of Shafter's seniors. Martinez is the senior adult coordinator for the Shafter Recreation Department, heading up a variety of programs and activities that are geared to keeping Shafter's seniors moving. "I think that our seniors can be an active, productive members of the...

  • Corrections - March 28, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    A front-page headline in last week's paper said the Distinguished Young Woman's event would be held on Saturday. It was on Friday. A picture of candidate Celeste Perez was misidentified as Kaitlyn Arismendez. A sports picture of Navian Jimenez was miscaptioned as his brother, Jayden Jimenez. The Shafter Press regrets the errors....

  • From art to GaGa Ball at Richland schools

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    The students in the Richland School District have had a busy month of March, with several events and activities in each of the Shafter public elementary schools. At Golden Oak Elementary, they held their annual Open House event. Students had a chance to show their parents examples of their work and art, as well as the classroom environment that they spend so much of their days in. The parents also had a chance to meet with their children's teachers, getting to know them, as...

  • Timothy Sheldon named to state corrections panel

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Shafter’s Timothy Sheldon to the California Corrections Peace Officers Commission. This position is a part of a commission that optimizes the well-being and performance of correctional peace officers. The commission’s mission is to prioritize the correctional peace officers’ well-being, resilience, and performance by elevating training through standards development, apprenticeship improvement, and training evaluation. Sheldon has worked in co...

  • Community Calendar - March 28, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Apr 6, 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 Prisoner of war camp lecture – The Shafter Library and Learning Center hosts Shafter Depot Museum c...

  • Mystery History - March 28, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Apr 6, 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, CA 93263, or e-mail it to [email protected]. Winners will be revealed here next week. LAST WEEK: A round oscillating storage cabinet for various size nails and screws from Wasco Hardware, then at the corner of 7th and F...

  • Arrest Report - March 28, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    March 19 Mariano Evaro, 48, of Wasco, was arrested in the 1100 block of D Street for felony vandalism, misdemeanor cruelty to elderly dependent, and on misdemeanor and felony bench warrants. He was booked into the Kern County Jail. German Abel Gaxiola, 26, of Wasco, was arrested near the intersection of Poso Avenue and F Street for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. He was booked into the Kern County Jail. Andy Magallanes, 26, of Wasco, was arrested in the 13...

  • Grant to pay for solar at Shafter senior center

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    The Shafter Recreation Department will be installing a solar array with part of a federal grant for just over $230,000 for improvements at the Walker Senior Center. The grant also will fund an upgrade to the parking lot. According to District Manager Phillip Jimenez, the grant was a pleasant surprise. "We didn't know what to expect when we applied for the grant. We are pretty small compared to other organizations that got a similar grant from the same program. We are very...

  • Richland breaks ground on new building

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    The Richland School District broke ground recently on a new building that will house a portion of its Expanded Learning Opportunity Program, servicing local elementary school students. The ELOP, explained Richland's Jaime Cherry, is an after-school program that gives students an opportunity to learn, as well as have fun after school. "The program allows parents to have a sense of peace while they are at work, knowing that their children are being provided extra opportunities...

  • Camryn Eubanks is Shafter's new Distinguished Young Woman

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    Camryn Eubanks was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Shafter for the Class of 2025 on Friday night. Camryn won $2,300 in scholarships, in addition to a medal and the opportunity to represent the city at the State DYW program to be held in July in Bakersfield. She was sponsored by Mashburn Transportation and is the daughter of Nick and Roya Eubanks. Winning the First Alternate title was Celeste Perez, and the Second Alternate was Adriana Moreno Bravo. The Shafter program...

  • City in good shape financially, official tells council

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    The Shafter City Council Tuesday afternoon discussed the status of the city's budget for the fiscal year 2023-24, and also talked about the future numbers dealing with the fiscal year 2024/2025. The city saw an increase in the net position financially, with an increase of $8.1 million, giving the city a net position of $235 million in assets. This increase, according to Financial Director Roger Sanchez, is a result of an increase of sales tax and property tax revenue. Sanchez...

  • Remembering Richard Reding: A life of service, faith and community impact

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    Richard Keith Reding, Sr., born on September 10, 1935, in Montgomery County, Tenn., lived an exemplary life of service above all. He was a man of faith and family, going over and beyond to serve his beloved community of Wasco, where he lived for 59 years. He passed away on March 17 at age 88. Reding taught physical education, health and typing at Thomas Jefferson Middle School for 35 years. The Richard K. Reding Gymnasium at Palm Ave Middle School was named after him. Reding...

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