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    History with a nod toward Central Valley celebrated

    Peter Bennett, 92, pitched a remarkable story in a rather unremarkable fashion to the veteran journalist listening about a year ago. "It's the God-damnedest story you have ever heard," Bennett told Betsy Lumbye, former executive editor of...

  2. KOO scholarship deadline apporaches

    The deadline is approaching for the annual Kappa Omega Omega Chapter scholarships for black high school students in Kern County. Kappa Omega Omega (KOO) is a local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the oldest Greek-letter...

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    THE GRADE: Common Core essay contest

    COMMON CORE ESSAY CONTEST: Should the United States pass immigration reform? That’s the question the Bakersfield City School District will be asking its sixth-, seventh- and eighth- grade students in the third annual Young Writers of Kern...

  4. The Lennon Bus stops in Delano

    Noel Burrell, a senior jazz band student at Delano High, stepped onto a 65-foot tour bus parked Tuesday outside of Cesar E. Chavez High School. "The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus" was painted along both sides of the vehicle. The Lennon...

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    Arax to share more stories of the Central Valley

    Noted journalist and author Mark Arax will be spreading the word in Bakersfield about a nonprofit effort built around his 25 years of Central Valley reporting. Arax, a former Los Angeles Times reporter, will publicize his newest effort at...

  6. Former Taft superintendent arrested again

    Former Taft City School District Superintendent Ron Bryant was arrested for the fourth time on suspicion of driving under the influence Friday, according to officials in the Buttonwillow offices of the California Highway Patrol. Bryant,...


    Stockdale wins Academic Decathlon

    A dynasty was preserved when Stockdale High School for the third year in a row won the Kern County Academic Decathlon, an academic competition in which students are quizzed on obscure information in a broad array of subject areas. Nearly...


    Taboo of bringing a phone to school may soon end

    Once upon a time, students caught using cell phones or other personal electronic devices on campus were disciplined. Their devices were confiscated, their parents contacted, their records marred. Eventually, and perhaps soon, students...

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    THE GRADE: Speech winners and love letters

    ORAL LANGUAGE FEST WINNERS: More than 30 local students placed in the 44th annual Kern County Oral Language Festival Saturday at Stonecreek Junior High School. Trophies were awarded to winners in five categories. WINNERS IN GRADES 4-6:...

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    KHSD board: more money for schools; new schedule approved

    The Kern High School District needs money, and lots of it, to build two new schools and reduce class size. Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to increase next year's state budget by $2.5 billion could help some. Those billions -- if approved by...


    Experience is only reward for We the People teams

    No sentence lasting much more than 10 seconds, local high school students rattled off speeches at the California We the People competition Saturday like they had been practicing since summer. And many of them had. Bakersfield's Arvin,...

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    Burrowing into Common Core Part Two: High school

    American 15-year-olds have, since 2003, fared worse than their peers internationally on a special test comparing math literacy of students in dozens of countries. The United States (with a score of 508 in problem solving) was more than 40...

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    PHOTO GALLERY: School 'snow day' a chance to learn, play

    Students at Owens Primary School played in eight piles of the closest thing they could get to actual snow Friday in a snow day for transitional-kindergarten and kindergarten classes. Close to 200 students, with help from parents and...

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