Two groundbreaking mayors, a prominent political consultant, a beloved pediatrician and children's advocate, and a respected police chief were among the notable residents of Bakersfield who passed away in 2018. Some lived well into their 80s and 90s, and some were taken much too soon.

• "Those two jurors are heroes and Mr. Bratton, while taking umbrage with the 10 'killer jurors,' owes his very life not just to jurors 8 and 9, and not just Ms. Singh and I, but to the entire American jury system that has been a hallmark of our nation since the Revolutionary War." — Deputy …

Even for a last-minute town, we were still in shock when Neil Young announced in late April that he was getting the band back together — Crazy Horse — for just five shows in the Central Valley. In a year that brought us a hot new pastime, new restaurants and entertainment venues, new festiva…

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, accounting for an estimated 10 percent to 15 percent of annual sales for major retailers. Stores have rolled out online and in-store discounts gradually, while shoppers have prepared by researching deals ahead of time and planning their moves.

Black Friday bargains can take so many different forms these days — free shipping, promotional codes, digital coupons — how's a shopper supposed to see beyond the price tag and spot the best overall deal?

The longest lines on Black Friday often lead to big-box retailers, which isn't surprising given the resources they invest in the start of the holiday shopping season. But they're hardly the only stores looking to rack up big sales this week.

When Jennine Ochoa became pregnant at the end of 2017, she didn’t know what to expect. At 42, she’d waited longer than most women to start a family. But she said her first five months were easy. “I had no morning sickness, nothing,” she said. “It was completely uneventful until May.”

Today is School Days and Wild Wednesday: There is free admission for children in preschool through sixth grade from 9 a.m. to noon. There are several activities available throughout the morning. People can pick up their Wild Wednesday voucher from Les Schwab Tires for $6 admission from 3 to …

Before the Kern County Fair gates opened at 9 a.m. for Tuesday’s School Days, a plethora of energy was seen and felt as children tried not to burst from excitement.

Tucked away with the popular classic Kern County Fair food such as the corn dogs, cinnamon rolls, funnel cakes and turkey legs — and local favorites such as the Boy Scouts' baked potatoes and the Basque and barbecue offerings — are lesser-known hidden gems that are awaiting more adventurous …

In the words of Templeton the rat and Goose from the children’s book "Charlotte’s Web," the fair is “a veritable smorgasbord” of food and the Kern County Fair is no different, offering a wide variety of delicacies ranging from sweet to savory to deep fried to meaty and more.

By the time you read this, you may have already been out to the Kern County Fair, which kicked off Wednesday. Then you would have certainly sampled some fair food favorites or maybe something new. For those who have yet to go — or plan to return for more — here's a closer look at some of tho…

It might not be the only day they come out to the Kern County Fair, but for those 62 and older, Senior Day is the best day to come. After all, free admission, health information and early access to all the fair favorites is hard to beat.

Even before the fair opened Wednesday, Kern County Fair CEO Mike Olcott had a colorful preview. While Brad's World Reptiles, one of the fair's new attractions, was setting up its display, some feathered friends from the show visited the man in charge.