By Richard Beene
The Dome, the Bakersfield entertainment center know as a venue for boxing and live music, has been purchased by a local church-affiliated organization. The new name will be the Cross Family Center at The Dome. Toure Tyler, pastor of the Cross Christian Church, said they hope to continue using the Dome for concerts and boxing, but he also has plans to make it more of a community center to reach out to needy youth.
Congratulation to Abby Wattenbarger, a former Garces Memorial High School athlete who has been named 1st Team All America in lacrosse at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She played tennis and basketball at Garces and never played lacrosse until going to school at CSU. She is the daughter of Doug and Elle Wattenbarger.
There are always two sides to every story, and Bonnie Navarrette wrote to present her side. She admitted being the driver who rolled through a four-way stop sign near East Hills the other day, only to be chastised by another driver.
"I am the woman involved in the altercation (the reader) described except, he didn't state the whole story. (He) is implying that he was just trying to be nice when in fact he stalked me down in the Big 5 parking lot and after he didn't get the response he was looking for, (he) told me to kiss his (a...), flipped me off and went tearing off in the parking lot. I do not make it a habit to get in arguments with old men in parking lots, especially with my children with me, so I went in the store. What else was I supposed to do? The only lesson my children learned that day was there are very rude people in this town trying to disguise themselves as polite."
The local office of state Assemblywoman Shannon Grove is taking applications for unpaid summer internships. There is a five-week commitment for high school graduates who are 18 years old and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. If interested, send a resume, cover letter, and transcript to: Cathy Abernathy, Office of Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, 4900 California Ave #100 B, Bakersfield, Calif. 93309.
Taft College will be holding its commencement on Friday, May 24, at the Taft Union High School football stadium. This comes while the school is showing a 15 percent jump in enrollment for summer and an 18 percent increase for the fall.
Among the 300-plus teams out at Relay for Life last week was Dominic's Dugout, named in memory of Dominic Cornejo, a Garces High graduate who died of cancer several years ago. His parents, Gerry and Irma Cornejo, told me the team raised $45,000. "We relay so that those lost to cancer will not be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated," they said.