The eastbound Westside Parkway loop off-ramp to Truxtun Avenue will be reduced to one lane next week to enable work on the Kern River Bridge Improvements Project, according to the City of Bakersfield.

On Aug. 5, hundreds of volunteers and local children gathered at the northwest and southwest Kohl's stores to participate in the Bakersfield Active 20/30 Club’s annual Child Spree event in which club members donate back-to-school supplies and clothing to underprivileged children in Kern County.

The Early Childhood Council of Kern — a 30-member volunteer board that provides a forum for identifying local priorities for childcare and developing the means of meeting those needs — is taking applications to fill nine vacancies on it, according to a news release.

Power Machinery Center, which has been in Bakersfield since the mid-1950s has received the Platinum award from UniCarriers Americas Corporation as part of its Aftermarket Excellence Program Awards. The honor recognizes dealers who have excelled in aftermarket parts and service, according to …

Keith Brice, president and CEO of Mid State Development Corp., will be awarded the prestigious John Brock Community Service Award, it was announced Wednesday.

Bakersfield Memorial Hospital and Mercy Hospital Southwest received a five-star achievement award for their OB/GYN Care and seven national awards from Healthgrades, Dignity Health announced in a press release Tuesday.

Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera made U.S. News & World Report’s new 2017-2018 Best Children’s Hospitals list in the categories of Pediatric Orthopedics (36th), Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology (46th) and Pediatric Gastroenterology & Gastrointestinal Surgery (50th).

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.