Tax bills for unsecured property in Kern — business equipment, farm equipment, aircraft, boats and the like — must be paid by Aug. 31 in order to avoid a 10 percent penalty, the county has announced.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has set aside $11.6 million for the Central Valley — including $4.7 million for Kern County — to support people without a home or are at risk of being put out onto the street because of hardships relating to the coronavirus crisis.

Bakersfield College on Wednesday highlighted a two-week series of events to mark Juneteenth, the annual celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States in 1865.

The Kern Economic Development Foundation is giving local first-responders, businesses and families $100 gasoline cards donated by Chevron Corp.

The Women's & Girls' Fund has announced up to $50,000 in grants allocated in its 13th cycle of competitive grant making to Kern County nonprofit organizations, according to a press release. 

The Peter Lebeck Chapter 1866 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, an organization dedicated to the appreciation and recognition of local history, will honor a local historian next month.

Caltrans has announce a multi-day ramp closure of the off-ramp from southbound Highway 99 to Highway 223 (Bear Mountain Boulevard) from Sunday at 6 p.m. until Wednesday at 6 a.m. A posted detour will be available. The closure will allow for roadway maintenance.