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 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 21, 2021 

New assistant city manager ready to tackle challenges

The recently hired new Assistant City Manager Maria Lara is looking forward to facing her new job challenges. Lara has over 12 years of professional experience in local and state government. She has...

 

Mert Wiedmann, city icon, is dead at 97

Mert Wiedmann, a pioneer in the history of Shafter, city leader and longtime owner of Stringham's Shafter Drug Store, passed away Oct. 19. He was 97, and was living in the family home on Cross...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    October 21, 2021 

Council prohibits street parking along Highway 43

There will be no more parking along the corridor between Lerdo Highway and Central Avenue. The City Council recently voted to prohibit on-street parking there because of the car wash being built in...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    October 21, 2021 

'A Christmas with CS Lewis' coming to Ford Theater in November

David Payne will be presenting his production of "A Christmas with CS Lewis" Nov. 26-28 at the Ford Theater in Shafter. Payne has performed at the Ford Theater three previous times, portraying the...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 21, 2021 

Sgt. Martinez leaving Wasco Substation

Sgt. Peter Martinez told the City Council that Oct. 22 will be his last day as sergeant at the Kern County Sheriff's Office Wasco Substation. "I have really enjoyed the past four years in Wasco,"...

 

Kiwanis recognize some Terrific Kids

The Shafter Kiwanis Club held their monthly Terrific Kids luncheon last week as they recognized students in the Richland School District as part of their Terrific Kids program. Terrific Kids is a prog...

 

Woman's Club holds Area B annual conference at home

The GFWC California Federation of Woman's Clubs held its Area B annual conference in Wasco at the Wasco Clubhouse on 7th Street. The topic for the annual meeting this year was reports, compiled by...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    October 21, 2021 

Residents drop off bulk waste at event

Residents hauled their bulky waste to the Shafter Aquatic Center last Saturday, ready to dispose of it. The City of Shafter, Kern County Public Works, and American Refuse teamed up to hold the event....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 21, 2021 

Committee reflects on Rose Festival 2021

The Rose Festival Committee had to work quickly this year with three weeks to prepare after the festival got the OK from the City Council. "Several of us had been receiving inquiries from Wasco...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 21, 2021 

Kern County participating in covid-19 study

Area residents will be among those surveyed about vaccine protection and antibodies. Kern County Public Health Services is collaborating with several different organizations where people were randomly selected to complete an anonymous survey as well...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 14, 2021

State mandates school staff to be vaccinated

The Wasco Union Elementary School District Board has approved a new policy after the governor declared school staff must be vaccinated by Oct. 15. Superintendent Kelly Richers received unanimous...

 

Free covid vaccines at health center

Free Moderna covid-19 vaccines will be available Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Good Samaritan Health Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. First come first serve, with limited amount of vaccine available. Call 661-758-5500 to schedule....

 

County museum director to speak

Dr. Mike McCoy, executive director of the Kern County Museum, will be the speaker at the Shafter Historical Society Annual Meeting on Oct. 21. The meeting will be held at the Shafter Learning Center,...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    October 14, 2021

Fall/winter water restriction schedule is now active

Residents must now adhere to the fall/winter water restriction schedule, city officials said. The schedule is to encourage water conservation efforts. For those residents that live north of Lerdo...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    October 14, 2021

Tin Cup hosts pop-up event

Over 40 vendors gathered at the Tin Cup Saturday to offer a variety of goods including clothing, accessories, baked goods and homemade creations. One of the vendors was Kristen Page. Page and her...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 14, 2021

Freshmen crowned at Wasco Homecoming game

Freshmen Jackie Mendez and Jacob Ruiz were crowned Homecoming King and Queen at the game against Cesar Chavez High School. Not only were two freshmen crowned, but the Varsity Tigers beat Chavez 41-8....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 30, 2021

Kern County Fair smaller than usual but back in action

Although there weren't as many exhibitors or visitors to the Kern Country Fair, the fair was back in action this year. The fair began last week and was closed Monday, Sept. 27 and Tuesday, Sept. 28...

 

Richland talks about heroes, learn new math techniques

The Richland School District has been working to enrich their students' lives and educational experiences by teaching them new techniques, as well as keeping the tried and true ways that students...

 

Local veterans take the trip of a lifetime

Two local veterans joined about 170 other veterans on a recent Honor Flight to the nation's capitol, where they took in all of the memorials and monuments, and likely garnered memories that will last...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 30, 2021

Sno White ready for business

It's always nice to have a choice when it comes to selecting a restaurant for a good burger. Moving into a town with an already outstanding reputation for great food, Sno White offers a variety of...

 

Suspect arrested after traffic stop leads to car chase

A routine traffic stop turned into a car chase through the outskirts of Shafter that ended in front of the suspect’s residence in the city. On Friday night, at approximately 8 p.m., an officer from...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 30, 2021

Push for testing and vaccination increases

A vaccination clinic was held over the weekend in Wasco at the old courthouse to help encourage residents to get vaccinated. The lines were long and the push for vaccinating everyone is becoming more important, the Kern County Public Health...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 30, 2021

Air pollution is high in the state

While Arizona residents are dealing with extreme flooding, those in California are dealing with the result of too many fires, of which a by- product is smoke-filled air and ash floating down from the skies. All outdoor activities, including football...

 

Wasco couple celebrates 65 years of marriage

Leeman and Oli Mae Parker of Wasco met in 1955 at the Shafter Farm Labor Camp and were married Sept. 27, 1956 -- and they are still happily together 65 years later. Leeman wore many hats before he ret...

 

Chamber of Commerce invites nominations for community service awards

The Shafter Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for their 2022 Annual Awards Banquet. The event honors individuals, service groups, clubs, and businesses who have made significant...

 

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