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Home at last: Emotional Haggard accompanies boxcar to museum

Merle Haggard and his sister Lillian Haggard Rea hold an angel that will lie on the foundation underneath the boxcar home they both grew up in once it is in place at the Kern County Museum. "I wanted an angel to watch over the home," said Dianne Sharman, who helped organize the effort to preserve the Haggards' home.

With their childhood home sitting on a flatbed nearby, Merle Haggard and his sister carefully climbed up on the raised foundation near the train tracks at the Kern County Museum and searched for a private moment together as dozens of observers, fanning themselves in the brutal heat, kept a respectful distance.

“This is a blessing to our parents because they’re not here to do it,” Lillian Haggard Rea, 94, told her brother.

“I never saw that window before,” Haggard remarked, pointing to the front of the boxcar his mother and father converted into

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Dean Gardner, businessman and two-time Assembly candidate, dies at 72

Dean Gardner, a Bakersfield businessman known for his two bruising battles against Nicole Parra for a Kern County Assembly seat, has died. He was 72. Gardner died Monday of prostate cancer, which he’d fought since 2005, according to his wife, Ruth. Gardner tussled with Parra for what was then the

Ally Bryant, right, with friends at the Bakersfield Music Theater during an audition in a local production of "Les Miserables." Bryant recently was named Distinguished Young Women of California for 2016.

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The first Bakersfield teen in a decade to compete in the national finals of Distinguished Young Women, the scholarship program formerly known as the Junior Miss pageant, will be a senior at Liberty High this fall. Ally Bryant, 17, placed first in Distinguished Young Women

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