Brown was set to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Bakersfield chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Sunday night, but president Patrick Jackson was not in attendance to give the award. Brown’s son Edgar Moreland assured those in attendance that his mother would receive the award at a later time.
Family members thanked Brown for her work, from helping to get sidewalks and street lights in east Bakersfield to mentoring neighborhood kids. She helped get Clara Smith into Bakersfield College almost 50 years ago.
Of course, Brown also helped her own children. Moreland said he didn’t appreciate all she did until he was an adult.
Moreland said one lesson stands out: Always listen to your mother and do what you’re told, no matter how old you are.
Keynote speaker and McDaniel family member Thomas Masters came from Riviera Beach, Fla., where he’s the mayor. He spoke of many things that make up the McDaniel family, including activism and education.
ACCIDENT: The madness of reckless and drunken driving continues, with the latest incident claiming two lives on Rosedale Highway and Verdugo Lane. In that case, early Saturday morning, police said 29-year-old Dontrell Collins was speeding going west on Rosedale when he slammed into a compact white car, causing it to burst into flames. Two passengers were killed and a third was hospitalized with burns. These kind of tragedies are all too common, and in fact some folks in the Southwest have taken to calling Ming Avenue "blood alley" because of the high number of accidents involving alcohol or simply reckless driving.
Would you expect a 19-year-old to be a) in college; b) working full-time; c) partying at every opportunity; d) a homeowner? Thinking back to what I was doing at 19, answer c would likely be the top answer. But Brenda Ruiz is no ordinary 19-year-old.
Small business lender VEDC is opening its first office in Bakersfield, the latest sign that access to capital is coming back after slowing to a crawl during the recession.
Q: Considering the drought and California's ever-increasing demand for water, has the idea of government and/or water agencies offering rebates for artificial turf been considered?
They assaulted and murdered together. They were tried and convicted together. And they were sentenced to life in prison.
Ruben Garcia remembers life in the western Kern County town of Lost Hills 30 years ago when there were few street lights, little to do and most roads were dusty or, depending on the season, muddy.
"Trackers" have come to the valley.
Saturday was all about creativity in Kernville as the Kern River Valley Art Association put on its annual Sierra Arts & Crafts Fall Festival.
Two people were killed in a fiery crash early Saturday morning when a suspected drunken driver slammed into the back of their car on Rosedale Highway.