A free, three-hour job fair will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave.

Organized by the Kern County Department of Human Services, the event will kick off an hour early with an 8 to 9 a.m. workshop focused on topics such as how to project a professional image and how to follow up on job leads after the fair.

Job fair participants are advised to dress for success, wear comfortable shoes and bring at least 50 copies of their updated resume. Children are not allowed in.

Nineteen Kern County workers will soon be laid off as part of Corner Store’s deal to sell all its California operations to 7-Eleven.

The layoffs were disclosed in a letter San Antonio, Texas-based convenience store operator CST California Stations Inc. sent May 4 to the Kern County Board of Supervisors. It said the employees will be let go within two weeks of July 5.

Both Corner Stores in Kern County — the ones at 3225 Buck Owens Blvd. in Bakersfield, and 21938 Highway 46 in Lost Hills — were listed as closing, along with dozens of others elsewhere in the state.

Bakersfield home prices dipped in April as market supply and demand held relatively stable, according to a new report.

Preliminary data shared by local appraiser Gary Crabtree show the median price of an existing home sold last month declined to $215,000, 2.3 percent lower than March’s level but 2.4 percent more than April 2015’s median.

The number of existing homes listed for sale, a measure of supply, was 1,474, or less than half a percent more than March. There were 529 home sales completed in April, about a quarter of a percent more than the month before.

A Virginia company has identified Bakersfield as a city where it might want to launch its first California pool cleaning and maintenance franchise.

Virginia Beach-based Buzz Franchise Brands noted in a news release Bakersfield has more pool construction companies, per resident, than the state or the nation as a whole.

Buzz’s franchise, Pool Scouts, serves residential and commercial properties.

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