New Kern County grand jurors were selected Tuesday during an annual transition ceremony held at Kern County Superior Court in downtown Bakersfield, according to a news release.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and Valley CAN will provide valley-area drivers who have owned their car for at least six months with a free vehicle emissions test Saturday, June 17, at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

The U.S. subsidiary of MRC Global Inc. has opened a new regional distribution center in Shafter that will hold about $15 million in inventory to support the company's operations on the West Coast and Alaska, officials announced Friday.

Two Cal State Bakersfield Department of Nursing faculty members recently received awards from the Kern County Chapter of the Association of California Nurse Leaders for their accomplishments in town. 

Kern County had a strong showing with six groups or individuals winning their categories at the California History Day competition May 5–7 in Rocklin, Calif., according to the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office.

For children and teenagers who lost a loved one, Hoffmann Hospice is offering a free camp to help them explore their emotions and begin healing through fun activities.

Take out your nonperishables and leave them by your mailbox next Saturday, May 13. U.S. Postal Service letter carriers will be collecting canned and boxed food left by mailboxes to donate to Kern County food banks and pantries.

Gosford Road will be reduced to one lane in either direction and part of District Boulevard will be closed to traffic as construction at the Gosford-District intersection happens this weekend.

Several social service and law enforcement agencies will hold the 20th Annual Kern County Elder Abuse Prevention Conference in Bakersfield June 15.