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Petroleum Club offers fantastic view of fireworks while other Fourth of July events stick to tradition


Whether it's watching fireworks or resting a spell in a lawn chair waiting for the steaks to come off the grill, the Fourth of July is typically an outdoor holiday. So if you're really not interested in parting from the relief of air-conditioning, your options for holiday fun are usually limited. Read more


THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW for June 29, 2017


Freeman sworn in as Ward 5 councilman; Council passes $494 million city budget

The City Council meeting had seven voting members Wednesday for the first time in six months. Read more

Sophie, the last original resident of California Living Museum, dies at 35

Her longevity, her slightly imperious but sweet-natured personality, and her loud and unmistakable braying were enough to make her s… Read more

Local woman's estate gifts $100,000 to Teen Challenge

The estate of the late Beverly L. Layman, a local woman who battled addiction, has gifted Teen Challenge of Kern County $100,000, it… Read more

TBC FIVE @ 4: Wednesday, June 28

In today's edition of TBC's Five @ 4, it's a sad day at CALM after the passing of Sophie, the donkey that was the last of the origin… Read more

Blaze smokes out House of Smoke shopping center for second time in a month

For the second time in a month, a strip mall on the southeast corner of H Street and Brundage Lane went up in smoke and flame Wednesday. Read more

Valley Children's Hospital makes best hospital lists

Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera made U.S. News & World Report’s new 2017-2018 Best Children’s Hospitals list in the categor… Read more


Boys Swimmer of the Year: Central Section champion never backed down from a challenge

Julio Alcantar’s highly competitive nature doesn’t have an off switch. Read more

Girls Swimmer of the Year: Continued growth huge for Skeggs

Every time Ariane Skeggs jumps in the water at the start of a race, the only opponent she is focused on beating is the clock. Read more

2017 BVarsity All-Area Boys Swimming

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Viera Dixon

Viera "Jeri" Dixon was born on February 2, 1935 in Blackburn, Oklahoma to Levi & Ellen Bryant. Read more

Karl Henry

Karl E. Henry 63, of Bakersfield, went home to be with the Lord on June 3, 2017 after a hard fought battle against cancer and COPD. … Read more

Lori Ingram

Lori was born with CP and in spite of her physical obstacles, she obtained her Master's Degree from Cal State and served on the Boar… Read more

Arts & Entertainment

STEFANI DIAS: Summer youth theater in spotlight this weekend

Summer programs are keeping families busy but are the fruits of these activities just for them? Luckily, the efforts of hard-working… Read more

CESAREO GARASA: Rickey Bird pulls back curtain on process before Hectic Films release party

Rickey Bird, the driving force behind Hectic Films, isn’t one to stay still or keep quiet. He's too busy balancing as many spinning … Read more

Red, red wine: Judge varietals at Krush Bar's Wine Wars on Friday

Wine lovers always have their favorites, and at an event on Friday, they can use their refined tastes to determine a winner as two w… Read more

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