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March 14 - 21 2018 • Volume 11 Issue 39

“Serving the West Kern County Communities of Taft, South Taft, Ford City, Maricopa, Fellows, McKittrick, Derby Acres, Dustin Acres, and the Cuyama Valley”

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Taft Business of the Week The Oasis Restaurant Bar and Nightclub

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Taft Business of the Week- The Oasis Restaurant, Bar, and Night Club at 414 North Street. The Oasis is locally owned but now is under new Management. The Oasis is open 7 days a week for Breakfast and Lunch. They are open Friday and Saturday Nights for Dinner. Dine in or carry out. They are known for their Daily Specials. They have Taco Tuesday starting at 4. The Night Club has several Concerts, Comedy Shows, and much more coming up. “See you at The O!” Come in or call 765-5188 for carry out orders or for Night Club rental info.

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By Andreas Fault Come join the Westside Little League for the kick off their 65th Anniversary Season at 10:30am on Center Street! Line Center Street and watch our kids parade downtown going west from 2nd Street to 7th Street. All the Baseball and Softball Teams will be in the Parade. Opening Ceremonies will be held indoors at the beautiful, historic Fox Theatre Taft with a couple short presentations, recognition of volunteers, sponsors, and Hall of Fame members, and some closing remarks from some very special guests! After Opening Ceremonies stay for a free showing of Field of Dreams, with concessions open! Several restaurants and shops will be open early and throughout the day for shopping, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, etc. Shop Taft. Friday- Soroptimist Bunco at The Fort at 6pm. Saturday- Westside Little League Parade and Opening Ceremonies. Wildcat Invitational at the Taft High Track at 9am. Alpha House Auction and BBQ. Call 763-4357 for info. St. Patrick’s Party at The Bank, Oasis, and Art’s Corner. Tuesday- Taco Tuesday at The Oasis and The Bank Sports Lounge. Discount Night at the Fox Theatre. The Fox is open 7 nights a week. Thursday- “Spring Fling” shopping event on Center Street from 5-8pm. Raffle at 8pm in the 5th Street Plaza. Everyday- March Madness is on at The Bank Sports Bar. Save the date for these Future EventsMarch 24th: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Rec. RSVP at the Rec or call 763-4246. Only $5. Easter Egg Hunt at A Street Park at 10am. March 27th: Blood Drive at the Taft Chamber from 12-6pm. March 28th: The Taft Chamber is hosting “Breakfast with Assemblyman Vince Fong” at 9am at the Transit Center. $10. RSVP @ 765-2165. April 1st: Easter Sunday. April 3rd: Taft High Baseball & Softball at Home vs. Shafter at 4pm. April 4th: Taft Industry Night at the Taft Petroleum Club. Dinner at 7:30pm SSL Track Meet at Home at 2pm. April 5th: State of the City Luncheon at OT Cookhouse. April 6th: Fund the Fireworks at 4th and Kern Street. Taft High Wildcats Night at the Westside Little League. 1st Friday Spring Cruise Night on Center Street at 6pm. April 10th: Taft High Baseball & Softball vs. Arvin at Home at 4pm. April 13th: “WrestleMania Night” at the Westside Little League. Leon Patterson Track Invitational at 2pm at the Taft High Track. April 14th: Taft ARC BBQ. April 17th: Taft High Baseball & Softball at Home vs. RFK at 4pm. April 20th: Taft College Al Baldock Golf Tournament. April 21st: Taft Rotary Health Fair from 8am-noon at Buena Vista High School. Free admission. TUHS Hall of Fame Dinner. Westside Youth for Christ Dinner. April 24th: Taft High Baseball & Softball at Home vs, Wasco at 4pm. April 26th: Taft Fort Wine Tasting. May 4th: Fund the Fireworks on Kern Street. Pre Car Show Cruise Night on Center Street. May 1st: Taft High Baseball & Softball “Senior Night” at Home vs Chavez May 5th: Taft Chamber Car Show on Rails to Trails. Mother/Son Date Night at the Rec. May 8th: Candidates Forum May 19th: Soroptimist Spring Garden Tour May 25th-27th: Old Farts Boogie at Skydive Taft. June 1st: Fund the Fireworks on Kern Street. June 6th: Taft Union High School Graduation. June 7th: Lincoln Jr. High Graduation. June 8th: Taft Friends of the NRA Fundraiser. Call 203-5880 for info. July 4th: Taft Fireworks Show September 29th: Taft Chamber Golf Tournament October 11th: The Fort “Bubba’s Okie Dinner.” October 27th: Taft Chamber GalaWeen. November 1st: Fall Fort BBQ. November 17th: Taft Chamber Fishing Derby. December 3rd: Taft Christmas Parade. Taft Friends of the NRA “16th Annual Friends of the NRA Fundraiser” is Friday June 8th, at 5pm and OT Cookhouse. Live Auction, Silent Auction, Special Drawings, Limited Edition Firearms, Custom Knives, NRA Commissioned Art, and Special Ladies Merchandise. Tickets start at $50. for info call Travis @ 203-5880, Toody @ 599-7652, or Tom @ 768-8669

TUHS Students Mock Rock Talent Show March 20 Taft Union High School students and staff will present Mock Rock and Talent show for the community at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the school auditorium, announced April Ashmore, the Associated Student Body adviser. Admission costs $2 with children under 5 admitted free.



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Letters & Rants Homeless in Taft Dear Editor:

Miller Time By Randy Miller I’m trying to wrap my head around the idea that some cities in California are declaring that they are sanctuary cities for illegal foreign nationals that have come illegally across our borders to settle in to enjoy all the benefits that we legal citizens have earned. Now the State of California through our state legislature and our governor has declared CA a sanctuary state. No county that I am aware of have declared themselves sanctuary counties except maybe for San Francisco which is both a city and county. Certainly the city of Taft has not and mostly likely will not declare Taft a sanctuary city any time soon. It is all rather confusing. Who are these cities and the state trying to protect ?? I get that the farm laborers and the service industry folks are just trying to make a living and are sending money back home to support family. They are here earning a living because employers illegally hire them and in many cases unemployed Americans will not do the work that they do. But there are very few farm laborers in San Francisco and Oakland and other coastal cities. So who are they trying to protect; the criminal element and the ones who are abusing our benefits programs ?? Do we really want people coming across our borders to commit crimes against Americans ?? Do we really want people to come across our borders to collect welfare, rent subsidies, food stamps, Medical and other benefits because their host countries won’t provide for them ?? Do we really want people who come across our borders that are not bringing any skill sets or educational skills, who carry various communicable diseases ?? How are they able to meld into the nation and begin to contribute rather than take ?? So, it seems that these sanctuary cities are protecting the very people who we would not want to come to America even if we had an immigration funneling process in place. Requiring, from the state level, that cities, meaning their police departments and county sheriffs, are to not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to arrest known criminal felons is flat out scary and wrong. The worry I suppose is that if ICE gets a tip on a known felon and goes to arrest them, say when they enter a residence, they will sweep up any illegal aliens living there too, because they can’t knowing not arrest nor let them go. So to protect those so called innocent illegal’s, the mayor of Stockton puts out a warning that ICE is coming and they need to go hide, which many did. So those felons get a free pass and guess what a felon does with a free pass, commits more felonies of course. Thanks mayor, guess you live in a safe neighborhood but what about the neighborhoods where these criminals operate; they continue to get bludgeoned. The problem for these supposed innocent illegal’s is that they live with and associate with criminals. Kick them out of the house, some issues are then resolved. Our legislature seems to think we can allow both felons and benefit cheaters to prey on all the rest of us Californians who have to turn our homes and communities into Fort Knox and whose city and county budgets are straining at the core to provide services for these folks. Besides giving benefits and get out of free cards to felons, they are getting driver’s licenses and are getting to vote because they have a CA DL. An aside, prisoners in CA are allowed to vote. What if you were to leave the USA, what country would you go to that would do all that we do ?? Don’t see mass migration of people disgruntled with our country hopping trains or jumping fences to get to other countries; folks coming here seem to want to turn our country into the kind of places that they are supposedly fleeing from. My last comment is the fact we have a law in place where a pregnant woman, comes to this country, husband or not, illegal or not, gives birth, and that child from non citizen parents receives full American citizenship and a social security number and all the rights and privileges thereof. Way back when this was written and enacted, did they really envision this situation now ?? That is one of the major reasons they come; keep producing kids that anchors their family here, so that the parents and other family members can receive those rights and privileges too. In all this, most of these folks are not contributing to help pay for these rights and privileges while the rest of us are. By the way, most of those kids born to non citizens were born in hospitals whose bills were paid for by the tax payers. If I lived in another country, hummm, where can I go to get a better deal for myself and burgeoning family ??? As long as we make it easy for them, the more will be coming here any way they can. Getting by Border Patrol should not mean freedom and safety, this isn’t a frivolous game; it is deadly serious. Still looking for thoughts and ideas how to address our homeless and drug situation. Hammering the council on supposed inaction on social networks is not getting us anywhere to a solution. Just think about what you would do to get out of the cold and rain, I can’t. I know that anything that we do will cost time, lots of money, volunteers, outreach, change of family structure, and thoughtfulness. What are you thinking ??

Shame on you for using the name of our late President William H. Taft to slam your so called bums hanging out around Taft. It has been total inaction by the City of Taft for allowing this problem to get out of hand. This response is also directed to councilman Millers column dated the same day. In your travels did you offer a free bottle of water, a sandwich or a kind word? Did you report to the police the person defecating in the alley as it’s a serious health violation, or even offer them a ride out of town? The city just cleans them out of one location and they move onto another time and time again. In south Taft they move into an abandon house, burn it down and move onto another as no one cares to have the property owner board the place up. Nearby residents only say “oh I saw squatters living there before in burned” but do not bother to call authorities. The city “five amigos” have taken little action compared to Bakersfield coupled with other cities are in line to share about $3B (that’s billion dollars) to set up programs for the homeless and that’s not for a ride out of town. The city needs to take action to HELP these people. If a family or friend of yours was down on their luck would you just move the bum out of town? I bought a homeless man looking into trash cans at Veterans park a burger/fries/soda and he was so grateful. I have given cold water on hot days. Last Christmas I gave a homeless guy sitting at Veterans park $5 and he said “God bless you and Merry Christmas”. When I left I thought he would buy a cheap bottle of wine but after all it was Christmas. A few days later he was back at the park listening to a radio. He said “thanks for the $5 I bought batteries for my radio, I love country music”. No bum there. These folks are human beings just like you and me and could use a little respect. If you don’t want to help them pack up and move from our fine city. It will be one last hater to deal with. James McCall Taft

The Chamber Announces State of the City Luncheon on April 5 The Taft District Chamber of Commerce has announced the annual State of the City Luncheon at OT Cookhouse, Thursday, April 5, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The Kiwanis Club of Taft has hosted the State of the City Luncheon for the past seven years. These luncheons are a way for the leadership of our community to report to the people about the important issues facing their represented groups and how current situations affect the citizens of Taft and the surrounding areas. The Taft District Chamber of Commerce sponsors these luncheons and is in charge of inviting the speakers. The speaker invitation list is based upon what is currently happening in our community—not just the challenges, but also the positive examples of the reasons we enjoy living in Taft. This year’s theme, Build It and They Will Come, is a nod to the new construction that is being completed or will be starting this year. The Chamber has secured the commitment of our Mayor, Dave Noerr, and our City Manager, Craig Jones, who will talk about the recently-completed Transit Center and the plans for its use, and the new car wash. Mr. Bob Colston, one of Taft’s most productive construction icons, will share the next phase of his Sandy Creek Estates. Representatives of the West Side Health Care District will update us on the progress for the new Healthcare Campus, and Dr. Deb Daniels, Superintendent/President of the West Kern Community College District, will update us on the progress of the new Student Center currently under construction at Taft College. “Economic downturn, big business moving out, and challenges with homelessness are real issues, but they are not our community’s whole story. We still have much to celebrate,” remarked Chamber Executive Director Dr. Kathy Orrin. The Chamber is hopeful that the citizens of Taft take advantage of this opportunity to hear from the people in our community who have a vision for what can be built . . . literally, in Taft. These leaders are putting their time, expertise, and money into our community. “The Luncheon begins at 12 noon, and the speakers will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. We plan to conclude the Luncheon by 1:30 p.m.,” stated Orrin. Please call the Chamber at 661-765-2165 to reserve a space. The cost of the lunch is $15 and can be paid at the door, but you must reserve a place by Tuesday, April 3. OT Cookhouse is located at 205 N. 10th Street, Taft.

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MOTHER SON DATE NIGHT FIESTA Saturday, May 5, 2018 6:00-9:00 p.m. Community Center Auditorium, Taft $35 per couple, $10 each additional son Moms and boys ages 4+ are invited to join us for a night of DJ music, dinner and dancing! A minimum of 40 families must be registered by Thursday, April 5 or the event risks cancellation. If the minimum is met, then registration will continue through Thursday, April 26. (Recommended minimum age is 4 years old; 2-3 year olds will be allowed at parent’s discretion.) Space is limited, so be sure to register promptly! Register in person or over the phone in the District Office (763-4246) or Recreation Center (765-6677). BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY **A minimum number of participants is required or the event will be cancelled; register by Thursday, March 22.** The Easter Bunny will be hopping by the Community Center for breakfast, visiting and photos. Join us for a pastry and juice (coffee and milk, too!) breakfast, crafts and some time with the Bunny. Register now in person or over the phone in the District Office (763-4246) or the Recreation Center (765-6677). **Registration is required for everyone attending; including parents. Who: All Ages When: Saturday, March 24 Time: 8:00-9:30 a.m. Where: Community Center Auditorium, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Fee: $5 per person (ages 3 and older - ages 2 and younger are free) Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 22 EASTER EGG HUNT Saturday, March 24 10:00 a.m. SHARP! ‘A’ Street Park, Taft Ages 2-8FREE! Bring a basket and be sure to show up at least 15 minutes early for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Kids will get to “hunt” for candy, plastic eggs, and prizes in different areas, divided by age groups. The Easter Bunny will also be there and the fun will take place rain or shine! Be sure to bring a camera for photos! BBQ LUNCH & MOVIE Monday, March 26 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room Grades K-8 $3 per person Hot dogs! We’ve got hot dogs! Bring your appetite and a friend to this fun lunch outing. We will serve barbecued hot dogs, chips, drinks and watch the movie “Coco.”

SIDEWALK CHALK ART Tuesday, March 27 10:00 a.m. Community Center Parking Lot Ages 3+ FREE! All young artists and creative minds are invited to leave their mark on our sidewalk. We’ll provide the chalk - you just choose a big spot to decorate as you wish. Drop-in any time between 10:00-11:00 a.m. CANDY BAR BINGO Tuesday, March 27 2:00-3:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room Grades 1-8 FREE! Join us for an hour of Bingo fun where you can win candy prizes. Be sure to bring a friend! KIDS FUN DAY Thursday, March 29 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Recreation Center Grades K-6 $7 per person ** registration deadline – Wednesday, March 28 Join us for a fun day of games, crafts, pizza lunch, snacks, bowling, sports and more! The more the merrier, so be sure to sign-up with a friend! Pre-registration is required. KIDS SCIENCE LAB Wednesday, March 28 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Recreation Center Grades K-5 $5 per person ** registration deadline – Tuesday, March 27 Debbie Potaczala will lead this hands-on workshop where kids will learn about science and conduct some fun experiments. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. TIE-DYE T-SHIRTS Wednesday, March 28 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Community Center Activity Building Grades 2-8 $5 per person ** registration deadline – Tuesday, March 27 Bring a new, 100% cotton t-shirt and you will be able to tie-dye it some cool colors. Kids are encouraged to wear old clothes to work in. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. STOP PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS (Strive To Optimize Participation) Did you know that the District has a youth scholarship program? Children in low income, single parent or multiple participant households are eligible! For more information, or to find out how your child can take advantage of reduced program fees, give us a call in the District Office at 763-4246. WEST SIDE RECREATION & PARK DISTRICT 500 Cascade Place, Taft CA 93268 * District Office, 763-4246 * Recreation Center, 765-6677

New Police Chief Sworn In By Jerry Livingston J.D.

New Police Chief Damon McMinn was sworn in Tuesday night by City Clerk ,Yvette Mayfield. Present for the swearing in was Chief McMinn’s family including his father former Taft Chief of Police Ken McMinn, a majority of Taft’s Police force as well as a large contingent of law enforcement officers from around Kern County. After completing the swearing-in Taft Mayor, Dave Noerr, pinned the Chiefs badge on McMinn. When asked if he had any comments McMinn said he is looking forward to a brief review of the Department as he begins his tenure as Chief and then moving forward on continuing the good work of the Department championed by the former Chief.

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City Council Honors Whiting and Clark By Jerry Livingston J.D. The Taft City Council took a moment to honor Les Clark Jr. and Retired Police Chief Ed Whiting for the service to the community. In honoring Clark the Councils proclamation noted his over forty years of service to the oil industry as both Vice President and then Executive Vice President of the Independent Oil Producers Agency starting in 1980. The commendation noted that Clark’s retirement in December of last year coincided with the IOPA closing its doors in December as well. Councilmember Randy Miller in making the presentation noted that the award was from a former Mayor of Taft to the current “Mayor of Ford City” drawing laughter from the audience. Ed Whiting was also honored by the Council for his many years of service to the City, noting his rise from Officer to Chief during his thirty-two year tenure. It was especially noted that during his service on the police force Whiting became and acknowledged expert in the investigation of narcotics cases allowing him to become a Certified Narcotics Expert for the local courts. Also noted was Whiting’s fostering of a close working relationship with the County Sheriffs Department. Whiting’s commendation was presented by Mayor Dave Noerr.

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Colston Construction Breaks Ground on 16 new lots for New Homes, Begins Phase 2 of Sandy Creek Estates Homes

Home builder Bob Colston has begun ground preparation for the building of 16 new homes in Sandy Creek Estates, near Hillard Street in Taft. Colston has already completed 28 homes in the Phase 1 development that totaled 32 lots. Phase 2 of the 200 new home project will see 16 large lots available to the public ranging from 80 foot to 90 foot wide lots. Potential home buyers can call Colston at 763-3517 and reserve a lot for a semi custom built home.



Donald Goodman Hollingsworth 1930-2018 Our heavenly Father called Don home on February 9, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Don was born in Anniston, AL on August 31, 1930, to Lucy and Goodman Hollingsworth. He was thier only child. Don was alway a business owner. He had a burger joint, bar and grill and an oilfield company. Glennville Hardware Store was his last place to work. He always was the boss and worked hard. Don enjoyed traveling across the United Sattes with his wife Bonnie. She was the love of his life. He enjoyed fishing and golf with his boys, going to church in Glennville with his girls and Friday night dinners with family. Don was preceeded in death by his mom Lucy, his dad Goodman and his wife Bonnie, his wife of 42 years. Don is survived by his boys Mike, Don and Pat and their families and his daughters Diana, Julie, Cindy, Debbie, Kathy, and Cevi and their families. He was persistent, some would say stubborn, in his love of family. Don loved the Lord and now he is in Heaven enjoying his family and friends. Celebration Of Life Saturday, March 10, 2018 at noon 2901 Summit Circle, Bakersfield. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Leo Cedric(Rick) Hudson Jr

Barbara Theresa Shaffer

Few people can say they were born after their mother died. Rick is one of these people. His mother Shirley Hudson died in childbirth in Taft February 9, 1945. Rick was born by C-section the same day. He passed away at home in Taft on February 25, 2018. He was 73 years old. Most of his life he lived on the Hudson Ranch with his grandparents Percy and Lourena Hudson. He spent some time with his grandparents Jack and Nadine Miller in Maricopa. He also stayed with his Aunt Nettie and Uncle Vance Webb in Taft. Rick attended Maricopa School and graduated in 1963. He met his wife Karol at Taft College. They were married August 29,1965 at the Fellows Baptist Church. Rick worked in the oilfields for Schlumberger, CWOD, Union Oil, Chevron, Sun Oil, Oryx Energy, and Arco. He worked for Safeway, Kern County Parks, and Beauro of Land Management. He was night watchman for TUHS. Rick got his teaching credential and subbed for TUHS, Maricopa, Buttonwillow, and other schools. Then Rick was hired to teach at Wackenhut which became GEO and is now MTC. He retired in 2011. Rick was also a Boy Scout Unit Commissioner. Rick also enjoyed working on the Deacon’s Fellowship Fund at First Baptist Church. Rick was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Shirley Hudson and his sister Judy Bass. Rick is surrvived by his wife Karol, their son Richard,his wife April and their sons Gabriel and Cedric (Ricky); their daughter, Nancy Craig, her husband Bob and their children Zacary and Samantha. Rick is also surrivived by cousins, nieces, and nephews. He will be missed by family and friends. Services wiill be at First Baptist Church, 220 North St in Taft on March 24 at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity, Deacon’s Fund, or Needs Center.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Barbara passed away on March 8, 2018. The family cannot begin to express our deep sorrow at her passing. She was born on July 17, 1954 in Springfield, Massachusetts and had 11 siblings. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Wilfred Peterson and Ruth Teresa Hite (Lopez), and her brother Ricky Peterson. Barbara called the town of Taft home for over 30 years with her beloved husband Steve. Barbara was an enthusiastic crafter and quilter, as well as very active with the Girl Scouts. She was a devout Christian and had many friends, especially among her church family at the New Hope Temple. She always said tomorrow is not a given so take the time today to let the people you care know about it. She never ended a phone conversation without expressing her love for you. She loved her family very much, and we will miss her terribly. Barbara is survived by her husband of 25 years, Steve Shaffer; her children, Wendy and John Coffman, Tracy Bergeron, Timothy and Vanessa Bergeron, Heidi and Christian Gray, and Brooke Theresa Rose Shaffer; her 12 grandchildren, Gabe, Ben, Max, Mandi, Kerry and Michelle, Dalton, Hailey, Brayden, Madison, Samantha, and Andrew; her 6 great grandchildren, Renee, Aimee, Annalee, Kaleb, River, and Ayden; her siblings Danny Peterson, Lori Gatlin, Edward Cave, and Dolores Garcia, and her former spouse Bruce Bergeron. Barbara will also be forever remembered by her numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends. A celebration of Barbara’s life will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 12 p.m. at the New Hope Temple at 308 Harrison Street in Taft, California. She will be privately cremated. The family is grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, but declines flowers and donations.

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(661) 765-7131 531 Kern Street - P.O. Box 985 (661) 765-4798 FAX Taft, CA 93268 • (661) 203-6694 Cell License No. 0E02096 E-Mail: Your Hometown Insurance Store

Yates’ Detailing 600 Center Street Taft, California

(661) 623-0827 (661) 765-1171

All your detailing needs! Wash, Wax, Shampoo, Buffing and Window Tinting. Call for Appointment Today! Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“ “Freely Given” Clothing Giveaway Every 3rd Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Upstairs in the Education Building outside the front gates

Pastor Cindy Brettschneider Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 AM Adult Bible Study and Sunday School 11:45 AM Adult Bible Study Monday 6:00 PM Wednesday Night Service 6:00 PM PraiseTeam meets onThursday at 4:00 PM

Maricopa Community Church Pastor Stephen McCurtis 600 Hazelton, Maricopa 661-303-0124 Sunday worship 10:00 am Wednesday bible study 6:30 pm


604 Main Street • P.O. Box 578 Maricopa, CA 93252 • (661)769-9599

Gateway Temple

Sunday Morning Worship 9:45 Sunday Evening Worship 5:00 Monday Evening Mens Prayer 7:00 Wednesday Evening Worship 6:30 For a ride: Call Dorine Horn 4279722 Pastors Charle (Tommy) and

New Hope Temple “Connecting Lives” 308 Harrison Street 765-4572 Sunday Morning Worship Service 10 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship Service 6 p.m Bible Classes All Ages Wednesday 7 p.m.

Taft First Assembly Your Neighborhood Church 314 Asher Ave Join us for our Encounter Service Sundays 10:30 am Pastors Rich and Erica Johnson Childcare Available During Services Info call 765-7151

Community Christian Fellowship 631 North Street Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Bible Study Wednesday 6 p.m.

Sunday Service - 10 a.m. The Rev. Heather Mueller 703 5th Street - Taft (661) 765-2378

Trinity Southern Baptist Church  400 Finley Drive We invite you to join us each week as we worship


Sunday Bible Study 9:45 am Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study 6:00 pm


Peace Lutheran Church- LCMS


Taft- A caring community under Christ We welcome you to worship with us at peace lutheran church, 26 Cougar Court (across from the College). Worship service begins at 10:00 a.m. Communion will be offered 1st and 3rd Sundays

510 HARRISON ST. TAFT, CA 93268 661-833-0142 661-333-8755

If you have a prayer request please call (661)765-2488. Leave a message if the pastor or secretary is not available

Revival Worship Center

Ken Shugarts

Air Conditioning & Heating

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Steven J. McDaniel Pastor Service Sunday 10am & 6pm Wednesday 7pm 400 S. 6th St. Taft, CA 93268

Plumbing • Septic • Rooter Framing • Electrical • Concrete We Do All Phases of Construction Kitchen and Bathroom Specialists Ken Shugarts (661) 343-0507

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Westside Waste Management 274 E. Cedar, Taft, CA 93268 (661) 763-5135


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Classified Ads are $3.00 per issue for up to three lines, $5 per issue for Classified $2.00 per off up to 5 lines,Ads andare $7 per issue forline. up toPhone, 10 lines.fax, Yardmail Sale or adsdrop are free. your adfax, tomail the or Taft Independent. Phone, drop off your ad to the Taft Independent. Deadline for submission is Wednesdays at Noon. Boxed\outlined\bolded classified ads start at $12.00 for 8 lines, $16 for 12 lines, $20 for 15 lines, $25 for 20 lines. Ad your photograph for $5. Ad your company logo for $5. Boxed adsCar, aretruck $5 or additional. E-mail us $5 (orper bring Photo Ads. house for sale ads are week,toor our $10 office) a photo ofus your home, car,office) truckaor motorcycle and with a photo. Email (or bring to our photo of your home, we’ll do the rest. car, truck or motorcycle and we’ll do the rest. Yard Saleads ads are $3 isfor 3 lines, additional lines $2 each. Classified deadline now Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Classified ad deadline is Wednesdays at Noon. Phone: 765-6550 Phone: 765-6550 Fax: 765-6556

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Joyce Properties (661) 769-6469 Preserving for the Future

Rentals Real Estate Real Estate Services Laura Vega DRE 01942324

(661) 769-6469

322 Kern Street Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-5000 102 E Lucard St 2/1 $950


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302 E San Emidio St 3/2 $1150

Payment can made by cash, check, or card. credit card. Payment can bebe made by cash, check, or credit Taft Independent210 508 CA 93268 Taft Independent 6thCenter St., Taft,St., CA Taft, 93268. YARD SALES



Help Wanted Assistant wanted. For cleaning and errends. Gardenders also wanted. 661-7454186

Equipment Operator Monthly Salary Range of $3,297 - $6,557 Plus benefits West Kern Water District is looking for a motivated individual to join our team in the construction and maintenance of water lines, services and meters. If you have working knowledge of the mechanical operation of a variety of equipment and tools required for waterworks construction and repair activities then apply immediately at 800 Kern Street, P.O. Box 1105, Taft, CA 93268 or download a District application on line at Deadline for submitting application is 4:30 pm on Friday, February 16, 2018. Resume will not be accepted in lieu of

District application. The successful applicant will be subject to a pre-employment drug screen and physical exam, thorough background check and must provide a current DMV report. E.O.E. Help Wanted Part time Taft City School District is accepting applications for Substitute ASES Activity Leaders, Bilingual Instructional Aides, Bus Drivers, Crossing Guards, Custodians, Food Service workers, Instructional Aides, Playground/ Cafeteria Supervision and Transportation Aides. Employment process includes written exam, application screening, interview, DOJ fingerprint clearance, and physical exam with drug screen. Application and Job Descriptions may be picked up at the District Office, 820 Sixth Street. EOE Help Wanted Part time Taft City School District is accepting applications for Playground/ Cafeteria Supervisors. Employment process includes written exam, application screening, interview, DOJ fingerprint clearance, and physical exam with drug screen. Application and

Job Description may be picked up at the District Office, 820 Sixth Street, and must be returned by Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. EOE HELP WANTED M & S Security Now hiring security officers for Taft area. Guard card required. 661-7634279. Apply at 200 South 4th Street in Taft. HOMES FOR SALE


HOUSE FOR RENT 2 Bd. 1 Bath. 155 North St. Fully renovated. Includes appliances, garage w/room, carport, W/D hookup. No pets. 323-3635899. $850/mo/ plus deposit. House for Rent. 218 E Street. 3bd. 1 3/4 bath. New paint, flooring and A\C. $950 mo. $1200 dep. 661765-5414. West Valley Real Estate West Valley Real Estate (661) 763-1500 CalBRE Lic # 01525550 FOR RENT

218 4th St #9 1/1 $475


205 W Ash St #C 2/1.5 $700

Spacious, newly redone 2+1 in Taft with high ceilings. Two car 215 S 10th St #C 2/1 detached garage, private $725 back yard. New Carpet, paint, flooring and kitchen 710 4th St 2/1.5 appliances. Washer and $725 dryer hook-up inside the unit. Call Cindy to 605 4th St 2/2 $725 preview at 661-768-8159.

Home for sale w/pool,spa and detached guest house @501 Sunset Lane. $299,999

106 Buena Vista Place 2/1 $750 419 Fillmore St 2/1 $750

$99 Move in Special. Apartments for Rent.1 bd. 1 bath. 108 Center 507 A St 2/1 $850 Street. $99 move in special. $25 application 215 S 10th St #A 3/2 fee. $900 661-745-4564. 717 B St 2/1 $790

Call Century 21 for appointment to see 661 654-1600

Creekside Apartments. 1 BD and 2 BD. Pool, AC & Appl. 661.765-7674. 420 Finley Dr.

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Now Developing Phase 2 16 New 3 & 4 Bedroom Homes on Large Lots Most with RV Parking Available

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