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  • Freddie O'Neal Dunnahoe

    Updated Jun 11, 2024

    In Loving Memory Freddie O'Neal Dunnahoe, 86, of Shafter, passed away on May 28, 2024. Born on June 11, 1937, in McGehee, Arkansas, Freddie was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Freddie enlisted in the Army in 1957. He served and was Reserve until 1963. After serving in the Army, Freddie moved to California with his family and settled in Kern County. He worked for various farmers before joining Handel and Wilson Farms in 1973. Freddie worked for...

  • A special opening night for the Wasco PD

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    The community came together last Thursday night for the grand opening ceremony of the new Wasco Police Department, marking a new chapter in the community's safety. There was food, music and speakers recognizing key stakeholders, including the chief of police, Charles Fivecoat, the city manager, Scott Hurlbert, and Councilmember Gilberto Reyna, who played significant roles in establishing the police department. "Tonight was extremely humbling," Chief Fivecoat said. "I truly...

  • James Harrison

    Updated Jun 11, 2024

    James Harrison, 90, passed away June 6, 2024. A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 20, at 11 a.m. at Truelight Missionary Baptist Church, 1104 14th St. in Wasco. A graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. at Wasco Memorial Park, 300 Leonard Ave.. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco....

  • GROW pulls Shafter mayor from graduation keynote

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jun 10, 2024

    Shafter Mayor Chad Givens was disinvited as GROW Academy's keynote graduation speaker last week, after he said he refused to remove a Bible reference from his remarks. Despite being listed in the program for Thursday night's graduation, school officials announced at the event that Givens was "unable to attend."School officials had asked to see Givens' speech before the ceremony took place, the mayor said. The speech, according to Givens, contained a scripture from the Bible....

  • Pastor's Corner: Watch out for spiritual drowsiness

    Rev. Ruben Zartman, Ebenezer Reformed Church, Shafter|Updated Jun 9, 2024

    Psalm 121:4 tells us, "Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep." That's a good thing for us! We all have a certain tendency to drowsiness. We "zone out" of what we're doing, or nod off in the middle of something. That can be pretty dangerous if it happens while we’re driving, but even with other activities it at least means we miss out on part of the experience. That's also true spiritually. Because of this, the New Testament often commands us to watch, that is, to stay awake. I counted 10 unique c...

  • Pet of the Week: Andy needs a loving home

    Wasco Animal Shelter|Updated Jun 9, 2024

    Andy came into the Wasco Animal Shelter as a surrender. He is approximately a 4-6-year-old male Queensland mix. He is great with staff and selective with dogs. At the time, it is unknown if Andy is house/crate trained. Dogs are not tested with children and cats; his behavior towards cats and children is unknown. Andy is available for adoption on Thursday, June 6, and fees have been waived. Everyone is welcome to adopt from our facility, and we like to give everyone the same...

  • Firefighters battle intense 3-alarm home blaze

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jun 9, 2024

    Kern County firefighters were dispatched at 12:14 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, to a 3-alarm fire at an abandoned home on the 1000 block of 6th Street. Multiple dwellings were affected, and abandoned vehicles also caught on fire. Thirty-nine Kern County firefighters worked on the fire, which involved eight fire engines and one fire truck. The Wasco Police Department also assisted. According to an incident report from the Kern County Fire Department, Engine 31 arrived on the scene...

  • Wasco High Athletic Hall of Fame to induct 8 in October

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jun 9, 2024

    The Wasco Union High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct eight accomplished athletes, coaches and teams on Saturday, Oct. 26. The 2024 Hall of Fame class is comprised of the 2012 Tiger Football Team, Sherril Boyett (basketball, football, track), Elizabeth Holtermann (basketball, golf, volleyball), Mike Johnson (football, wrestling), Sean Medley (football, track and field, wrestling), Coach Rusvel Prado (football), Veronica Sanchez Gregory (cross country, track and field)...

  • Juneteenth: A celebration of freedom and history

    Veronica Jacuinde, The Shafter Press|Updated Jun 9, 2024

    Juneteenth is a day to commemorate the freedom of African Americans from slavery in the country. On Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Barker Park, the community is invited to join in Juneteenth: a celebration of "Heritage, Healing and Hope." "We also use this holiday to highlight the rich Black history in this town. We try to do both. Wasco has a rich black history unlike any small town in this area in Kern County," New Generation Church Assistant Pastor Marcus...

  • Elks Blaine Willard Car Show set for Oct. 5

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jun 9, 2024

    Wasco Elks Lodge #2419 will present its annual car show on Saturday, Oct. 5. Since 2017, the free event will be in memory of long-time Elks Lodge member Blaine Willard. "The Blaine Willard Memorial Car Show will be a fun day for all ages to enjoy," said Trustee Jerry Bozarth, who has been a member of the lodge since 1978. "It will commemorate a past member who did so much for the club and community. He participated in all our projects, working hard with his tireless efforts,...

  • Classified Ads - June 6, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated Jun 9, 2024

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  • Wasco secures grant to combat underage alcohol sales

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jun 9, 2024

    At Tuesday's City Council meeting, the City of Wasco accepted a $50,000 state grant to fight the illegal sale and marketing of alcohol to minors. City Manager Scott Hurlbert said, "It's just a piece of the entire policing effort in Wasco. This portion helps fund targeted efforts related to improper sale of alcoholic beverages." Police Chief Charles Fivecoat also reported that in the department's first seven weeks, over 2,300 incidents have been reported and handled. The...

  • Mystery History - June 6, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated Jun 9, 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: The Shafter-Wasco football game trophy, awarded for games of 1948-53....

  • Arrest Report - June 6, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated Jun 9, 2024

    May 27 Crystal Diaz, 37 was arrested at 1209 Hwy 46 on a misdemeanor warrant. She was cited and released at the scene. Ocar Leon-Jaramillo, 31, was arrested in the 900 block of 16th Street on a felony warrant. He was booked at the Lerdo Justice Facility. May 28 Gary Ramos, 58, was arrested at Broadway and 5th Place for disorderly conduct: alcohol. He was booked into the Lerdo Justice Facility. Rodney Thomas, 64, was arrested at D and 14th streets on a felony warrant. He booked into the Lerdo Justice Facility. May 29...

  • 'We believe we have achieved our goal…"

    Stanley Wilson, Owner, The Shafter Press|Updated Jun 9, 2024

    Shafter-Wasco Publishing owner Stanley Wilson presented these remarks at Tuesday night’s Shafter City Council meeting. My name is Stanley Wilson and I am one of the owners of Shafter-Wasco Publishing, publishers of The Shafter Press and Wasco Tribune. As you know we had a proposed contract on the May 21st council agenda. I was sorry that I was not here to speak to the proposal. On ,May 16, I consulted the Shafter city website and found the notice that the May 21st meeting had been canceled. I visited the bulletin board o...

  • Generals fall just short of title game

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jun 9, 2024

    The Shafter High Generals baseball team saw their season come to an end on Thursday afternoon as they dropped a heartbreaking game to SSL rival Chavez High School 4-2 in eight innings. Shafter had used a powerful offense in the second half of the season, pounding out hits and playing stellar defense, conquering all who were in their way. But the Generals didn't get that offensive performance in the State tournament games, relying on one big inning in each game to eke out...

  • Community Calendar - June 6, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated Jun 9, 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 Miss Juneteenth Freedom/Beauty Pageant – Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Barker Park, 1250 Poplar Av...

  • Generals celebrate a new chapter at graduation

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jun 9, 2024

    The Shafter High football stadium was the site for a celebration as students walked across the stage as seniors and stepped down as graduates. There were 410 graduates this year, one of the largest classes in Shafter High history. It also was memorable because they were freshmen that began their high school careers by studying online, the first class that was hampered by required distance learning, due to the covid-19 pandemic. The class didn't even get to gather in person...

  • Trojans become Generals at graduation

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jun 9, 2024

    Over 250 Richland Junior High students celebrated their last night as Trojans last Thursday night, preparing themselves for four years as Shafter High Generals. This achievement is no small feat, and the rewards for the hard work were a diploma and a big welcome by Shafter High Principal Russell Shipley, who congratulated all of the graduates and said that he looked forward to meeting every one of them. There were two student speakers at the event, the valedictorian and the...

  • Shafter Library and Learning Center ready for summer

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jun 9, 2024

    The Shafter Learning Center and Library will be undergoing some renovations during June, so attention will move to the annual Reading Challenge that will be held from Monday, June 3, to Thursday, July 18. There will be work being done inside the building on a couple of new classrooms, giving the programs more room for the growing numbers that the Library and Learning Center have been attracting. The Reading Challenge will reward those readers who complete 20 books and a book...

  • Council hears options for use of Shafter Railway, gets feedback on Shafter Press decision

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jun 9, 2024

    The Shafter City Council heard a couple of different options for the city's railway at their meeting last week. The first option was to be purchased by BNSF, which is used to connect to their main line. The second option was to be used by third party transporters for their products, including connecting the two coasts. There will be further discussion on the topic, with both options having merit, Mayor Chad Givens said at the Tuesday night meeting. Because Shafter's facility...

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