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  • Wardrobe for Wildcats helps dress up Semitropic students

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated May 19, 2024

    Semitropic School students wear uniforms to school. This can be a financial hardship for some families. Recognizing this pressing need, teacher Melody Gebhardt started the "Wardrobe for Wildcats" project. "We are seeking donations from local community members with the ultimate goal of providing two full uniforms, a school t-shirt and a school sweatshirt to each Semitropic School student for the 2024-25 school year," Gebhardt said. There are over 160 students. Each uniform...

  • Year's sentence in human remains case

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated May 19, 2024

    A Wasco man was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading no contest to several charges in the Superior Court of Kern County. Tellez was charged with felonies, including two counts of removal of human remains from other than a cemetery, destroying/concealing evidence, and resisting a peace officer. Resendo Tellez, 27, was additionally charged in Shafter Municipal Court with possessing drug paraphernalia, but the case was continued until the outcome of this hearing was...

  • Super Students at Karl Clemens

    Karl Clemens Elementary School|Updated May 19, 2024

    Karl F. Clemens Elementary School announced its weekly Super Students. 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. From left are Vice Principal Angela Devin, Arlene Hernandez (5th grade), Adam Barboza (2nd grade), Angel Zagal (4th grade), Jesus Hernandez (kindergarten), Matthew Mendoza (1st...

  • Mystery History - May 16, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated May 19, 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: An electric pencil sharpener used in schools of the 1940s....

  • Woman's Club hosts special prom

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated May 19, 2024

    The Wasco Woman's Club treated students with special needs from Wasco High School to a Cinco de Mayo-themed prom, where they enjoyed an afternoon of dancing, laughter and memories. Leo Chavez is a special education teacher at Wasco High School. "Our kids get super excited about the prom. It's a good way to end the school year. It's fun for the kids and staff because they get to enjoy listening to music, dancing and socializing. It's almost like all the hard work they put in...

  • Classified Ads - May 16, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated May 19, 2024

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

  • Headlines in History - May 16, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated May 19, 2024

    4 years ago: May 14, 1984 A few of the 1984 candidates for Junior Miss were Jennifer Dobbs, Stephanie Dobbs, Maribel Gonzalez, Terri Armstrong and Sheila Wells. 30 years ago: May 25, 1994 Luhzina Valdovinos was named Shafter's Young Woman of the Year. --Compiled by Erica Soriano...

  • SHS sweeps Wasco to end SSL baseball season

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press and Wasco Tribune|Updated May 19, 2024

    The Shafter High Generals baseball team swept their rivals last week, completing their SSL season in second place. The teams came into the series tied for second place. The Generals beat the Tigers at home, 2-1, to get a game separation between them heading into the final game of the regular season. Shafter traveled to Wasco on Thursday and completed the sweep with a 12-10 win. The Generals used timely hitting in the first meeting, with a strong pitching performance by Jesus...

  • Generals qualify three for Masters track

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated May 19, 2024

  • Pastor's Corner: Feeding the hungry right here

    Pastor Pat Coyle, Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church|Updated May 19, 2024

    Prior to the expanding spread of covid-19, the Shafter Community Task Force hosted a group from Kern County, "Waste Hunger, Not Food," in our church dining room. They gave an inspiring presentation of a food recovery program that had been started in Bakersfield in order to feed those who struggled with "food insecurity" issues. As it was discussed at our Task Force and plans were being prepared, unfortunately, covid-19 put a stop to all of it. However, those plans have been revisited over these past several months, and I'm...

  • Death Notices - May 16, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated May 19, 2024

    Gary Gonzales, 62, of Ridgecrest, passed away May 1, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Robert Bracich, 73, of Clovis, passed away May 6, in Colvis. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Richard Suderman, 56, of Bakersfield, passed away May 3, in Bakersfield. Monarch Memorial, Bakersfield....

  • WHS honored at Disneyland ceremony

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated May 19, 2024

    Wasco Union High School, represented by certificated, classified and administrative staff, was recognized as a 2024 California Distinguished School at an awards ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel on May 3. WHS is one of only 293 middle and high schools in California to be selected for the prestigious title. The awards were announced in February by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond in recognition of schools that demonstrate excellence and growth in...

  • Arrest Report - May 16, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated May 19, 2024

    May 6 Elijah Gonzalez Sr., 33, was arrested during a traffic enforcement stop in the intersection of F and 5th streets for driving with a vehicle with tinted windows and driving with a suspended license. He was cited and released at the scene. David Vargas, 32, was arrested during a traffic enforcement stop in the intersection of 5th Street and Barker Place for using an expired registration and driving with a suspended license. He was cited and released at the scene. May 7 Francisco Guerrero, 29, was arrested during a...

  • Pet of the Week: Introducing Noel

    Wasco Animal Shelter|Updated May 19, 2024

    Noel came into the Wasco Animal Shelter as a stray. He is approximately a 2-year-old male husky. He is great with staff and other dogs. At the time, it is unknown if Noel is house/crate trained. Dogs are not tested with children, and his behavior towards children is unknown. Noel is available for adoption on Thursday, May 16. 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...

  • Red Wagon Café to host author Bongberg

    Susan Grisham, For The Shafter Press|Updated May 19, 2024

  • Community Calendar - May 16, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated May 19, 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 Job Fest – Shafter Community Action Partnership of Kern at the Shafter Youth Center, 455 E. Euclid A...

  • Palm Avenue makes it to world robotics stage

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated May 19, 2024

    The Palm Avenue Middle School robotics team took high honors at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas late last month. Both the 1920R CLS Invaders and 1920D Coneheads teams were there representing Wasco. They went onto a global stage, competing against over 400 teams split into divisions of 80-plus teams from all over the world, including facing teams from Korea, China, Australia, the United Kingdom and across the United States April 27-30. Students on the 1920D team...

  • A Wild West Mother-Son Dance

    Jamie Stewart, Wasco Tribune|Updated May 19, 2024

    Mothers and sons in Wasco had a very special time on Saturday, attending the inaugural Mother-Son Dance, sponsored by the Wasco Parks and Recreation Department. The event attracted over 60 pairs and had a theme of the Wild West. Attendees came dressed in the Western outfits, complete with cowboy hats, blue jeans and boots. There was also a western-themed backdrop as they entered, with hay bales, balloons and horseshoes decorating it, giving each mother and son a chance to...

  • Lavender Garden 5K to support FFA students

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune and The Shafter Press|Updated May 19, 2024

    The Wasco AG Boosters will host the first Lavender Garden 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, June 1, opening the Lavender Garden Festival. Proceeds from the run will support Wasco High School FFA students. Benito Juarez is a Booster member and coordinator of the event. “The organizers of the Lavender Garden Festival wanted to create an event that would draw people to come to the festival, and their thought was to create the run. And they were looking for someone to put it on, and t...

  • Jobfest coming to Shafter

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated May 19, 2024

    Shafter will host a Jobfest event on Thursday, May 23, expecting to attract over 40 employers who will be on hand. With finding a job becoming a challenge, events such as this will help as being a one-stop-shop for job seekers. Registered employers and recruiting firms include the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, Fastrip, Walmart, Harvest Grow and Apple One Employment Service. Frank Cabrera, pastor for The Truth Church in Shafter, also works for the County of Kern and is h...

  • Wasco council sees $15.1M budget for 2024-25

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated May 19, 2024

    The Wasco City Council reviewed the preliminary 2024-25 budget and found it balanced, with general fund revenues of $15.4 million and general fund operating costs of $15.1 million. Public safety was the largest cost area, accounting for 43% of general fund operating costs, comprising fire, police and animal control. Animal services accounted for $0.45 million, fire services for $0.74 million and police for $5.38 million, for a total of $6.56 million. Public Works added $3.44...

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