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  • OBITUARY: Charles Matthews Wedel

    Updated Sep 29, 2021

    Charles Matthews Wedel, of Wasco, was called to the Lord on Sept. 27, 2021. Chuck was born in Wasco on Nov. 14, 1954, to Larry and Judy Wedel. Wasco is where he would find the love of his life, Mickie Wedel. Charles and Mickie married on Sept. 1, 1972, and went on to have four amazing sons, Jeff, Jeremy, Nick and Chris. He is preceded in death by his father, Larry Wedel, and sisters Carol and Constance Wedel. Charles is survived by his mother, Judy Wedel; sisters Cherie and Ci...

  • OBITUARY: Hughey Young

    Updated Sep 29, 2021

    Hughey Young was born March 8, 1925, to Wesley and Minnie Young in Alma, Ark., and passed away peacefully at home with his family on Sept. 19, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Adele, brother James (Ruth); daughters Norma Luna (Danny) and Janet Drescher; son Terry Young; and stepchildren Sandy Thomas, Dusty Miller (Teresa), Ty Miller (Tereasa) and Kay Sukraw (Peter). He is also survived by grandchildren Angie Guiles (Tim), Mike Luna (Kristie), David Luna (JoHanna), Melissa...

  • OBITUARY: Loyd Link

    Updated Sep 8, 2021

    Loyd Earl Link was born Sept. 16, 1928, in Tyronza, Ark., to Arthur and Alta Link. He died on Sept. 6, 2021. Loyd was raised by his maternal uncle and aunt, Earl and Virgie Cook. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Janie Irene Armstrong, and son, Victor Loyd Link. He is survived by his son, Michael Loyd Gray, of Illinois; daughter, Toni Gae Holt, of Millington, Tenn.; sons, Craig Link, of Ventura, and Vincent Earl Link, of West Union, S.C.; and daughter, Lisa Lyn...

  • Death Notices - Sept. 9, 2021

    The Shafter Press|Updated Sep 8, 2021

    Garland “Rocky” Clark, 61, of Wasco, passed away Aug 24, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Willie Mae Wilson, 88, of Shafter, passed away Aug. 24, in Shafter. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Dale William Poznoff, 70, of Bakersfield, passed away Aug. 27, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Oscar Octavio Torres, 50, of Shafter, passed away Aug. 26, in Delano. Basham-Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Cecilia Saldana, 39, of Wasco, passed away Aug. 28, in Kernville. Basham-Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Samaiah Rose Val...

  • Classified Ads - Sept. 2, 2021

    The Shafter Press|Updated Sep 8, 2021

    Click on the PDF for this week's Classified Ads....

  • Pastor's Corner: Getting Closer to God

    Pastor Steve Dobbs, Community Circle Church, Shafter|Updated Sep 8, 2021

    SW Pastors Corner Steve Dobbs 9-2-2021 My wife and I just spent two weeks in the mountains in Frazier Park. Those that know me well know I am not an outdoors person. So why did I take two weeks of vacation from my job to spend in a place I would not normally go? The answer is simple. The Pentecostal Church of God has their annual summer camp for kids, junior high and high school ages. The camp this year was truly amazing. We had churches from McFarland to San Diego. We all had...

  • Fire Department makes kid's dream come true

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Sep 8, 2021

    Elardio Garcia has always loved firefighters. He loves the fire trucks, the uniforms and the people that save others by their bravery. Garcia had a dream to meet his heroes and see where they do that important job. Garcia's great-grandmother, Bule Rea, contacted the Shafter substation of the Kern County Fire Department to see if they could make his dream come true. Rea said, "We made an appointment and they said that as long as there was not an emergency, they would be happy...

  • Generals still looking for win

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Sep 8, 2021

    The Shafter High Generals dropped their matchup with the Highland Scots on Friday night, 20-13. For the second straight week, the Generals failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities in the first half, coming away with only one score, trailing at halftime 12-6. The challenge was made even harder in the second half, when quarterback Tyson Dozhier was injured as he was playing on defense, suffering a broken collarbone. Shafter started quickly on their first drive of the game,...

  • Arrest Report - Sept 2, 2021

    The Shafter Press|Updated Sep 8, 2021

    Aug. 18 Armando Valdez, 31, of Shafter was arrested on Elizabeth Ave for outside warrant. Aug. 19 Mario Bustamante, 43, of Shafter was arrested on 6600 block of Lerdo Hwy., for DUI. Aug. 20 Maria Edith Chavez, 19, of Shafter was arrested on the 300 block of Village Ave. for battery by gassing, willful cruelty to child, obstruction of a public officer and fight in a public place. Judith C. Trevino, 39, of Shafter was arrested on the 300 block of Village Ave. for obstruction of public officer and disorderly conduct: alcohol....

  • OBITUARY: Betty Jo Morris-Hasbrook

    Updated Sep 8, 2021

    Betty Jo Morris-Hasbrook, 67, of Canyonville, Ore., passed away Sept. 1, 2021 in Canyonville. She was born Nov. 24, 1953 in Wasco. She is survived by her husband, Randy Hasbrook of Canyonville; daughter Michelle McClellan of Riddle, Ore.; grandsons Logan and Owen Fain of Canyonville; sister Opal Morris of Shafter; three brothers, Richard Morris, John Morris and Tim Morris of Shafter; and many nieces and nephews. Services will be at noon on Sept. 18 at 638 Wiedmann Ave., Shafter....

  • HSR on track, but Wasco Amtrak subway years away

    Toni DeRosa, Wasco Tribune and The Shafter Press|Updated Sep 8, 2021

    A High Speed Rail Zoom meeting on Thursday provided some answers to questions that have been in the minds of many. The HSR plan to continue building a subway to access the Wasco Amtrak platform, and construction further south of Poplar Avenue, is two to three years away. Completion of the phase is expected with Package Number Four in late summer 2022. The HSR will not start the Highway 46 crossing until Poso Street is finished. This phase does not include laying any rail, as...

  • Job Fair brings local employment opportunities

    Toni DeRosa, Wasco Tribune|Updated Sep 8, 2021

    The City of Wasco was instrumental in coordinating a Job Fair held Thursday, August 26 at the Veteran's Recreation Hall on Poplar Avenue. Accounting Specialist 1 Nellie Garcia, Administrative Assistant 1 Claudia Garcia and City Office Manager Nancy Vela manned the City of Wasco's table where they had job opening information on the city's website cityofwasaco.org so applications can be filled out online. The city prefers that applications be filled out online, however, they...

  • Grow Academy helping students stay healthy

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Sep 8, 2021

    The Grow Academy, formerly known as Grimmway Academy, in Shafter, is working to keep children healthy as they learn. With a mission that includes a commitment to improving the health and wellness of the entire community, Grow Academy is a shining example of an institution that cares about its students. The educational mission at Grow Public Schools includes a commitment to improve the health and wellness of the entire community by teaching students and their families' ways to...

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