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After seven Heritage Oak students placed regionally for the Americanism Essay contest in late spring, three students moved on to the state level competition. Two out of the three students won in their state division. This is a great achievement as many schools within the region and state com…

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Local author Jerry D. Mathes II has much to celebrate these days after being chosen as one of PEN America's Justice Fellowship writers commissioned for 2019-20.

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Holy broomsticks, Batman! It’s almost Halloween! On Saturday, Oct. 26, the BeeKay Theatre will again be transformed into the BooKay!

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Optimal Hospice Care will be hosting a new volunteer orientation training from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct., 18. The training will be held at the office at the Mountain Bible Church, Room 1, 630 Maple St.

This is a still from a video that Randy Weinstein recorded in Stallion Springs two weeks ago. In it, you can see three adult Gray Foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) and five kits. The baby foxes are simply adorable. With their upright ears and agility while climbing on rocks, they seem almost …

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Starting with a 160-acre purchase in the late 1860s, Fred William Fickert, along with his wife, Mary Fickert, over time built their cattle ranch into an empire of nearly 23,000 acres by the mid-1960s. Located in Bear Valley Springs, the ranch was was sold in the mid-1960s, and then a few yea…

There’s still time to join the Summit Singers Community Choir. Come share the broad range of choral music — old and new, madrigals to show tunes, folk songs to hymns and classic pieces, all beautiful music.

Cummings Valley School is seeking vendors for its upcoming Holiday Boutique, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., in the Cummings Valley School cafeteria.

Ricky Perez was the featured speaker at the October meeting of Tehachapi Mountain Democratic Club. He is the president of the Kern County Democratic Central Committee.

The 2019 Kern County Fair marked the ninth year of showmanship for Tehachapi High School senior Rachel Miller. Starting in 4th grade with chickens, Miller continued each year to add to her knowledge of animals and showmanship raising market sheep, goats, swine and finishing this year with a steer.

Cerro Coso Community College hosted the first statewide educators retreat for about 80 attendees teaching face-to-face college programs throughout California’s prisons and jails. Known as, BASECAMP 2019: Prison Educators Retreat, the event was held at Tehachapi Mountain Park from Sept. 26-29…

As the statewide Great Shake Out program approaches on Oct. 17, Heritage Oak School prepared the students with an interactive presentation on Sept. 25 from local fireman Capt. Jason Ghorbani.

The Salvation Army continues to grow the services it offers to the community by including free after-school programs for junior high and high school children. In addition to local students, the programs are available to home-schooled students as well.

U.S. Air Force Airman Peyton Speed graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

"Overcoming Poverty" is the topic at the next meeting of American Association of University Women. It will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Tehachapi Community Church Friendship Hall, 100 E. Green St. The public is invited to attend.

“Home for the Holidays” is the theme of this year’s Playwrights’ Festival produced by Tehachapi Community Theatre. Auditions for the Playwrights’ Festival will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. The auditi…

Have you had the opportunity to see some of the recent productions over the last couple of years at the beautiful BeeKay Theatre in downtown Tehachapi?

The Tehachapi Masonic Lodge will recognize one of its own Saturday, Oct. 5, when Clois Donnell Stephens will receive the prestigious Hiram Award. The Hiram Award is one of the highest honors bestowed upon its members by a Masonic Lodge in California.

The city of Tehachapi invites the public to an evening of free telescope viewing from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Aviator Park at the Tehachapi Municipal Airport.

RIDGECREST – The city of Ridgecrest will hold the sixth annual Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival celebrating the area’s historic Native American petroglyphs Nov. 2 and 3. The Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake is home to more than 100,000 petroglyphs, or Native American rock carvings — the la…

Katie Hill is a U.S. Representative for California’s 25th Congressional District who lives in Agua Dulce, yet she has ties to Tehachapi because her grandmother, Sarah Campbell, lives here. Hill was the keynote speaker at a Women in Politics Luncheon sponsored by Democratic Women of Kern.

Josiah Ormsby took this photo in Tehachapi of a female Orb Weaver spider along the side of a building. Also known as orb spinners, this is a large group of spiders representing several different genera.

Audiences were treated once again to an outstanding afternoon of music as venue host Country Oaks Baptist Church was filled during the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra's presentation of its fall concert on Sunday.

The Tehachapi Branch Library kicked off a series of events for adults Sept. 13 with a "Downton Abbey"-themed high tea. The event was well-attended with fun costumes. Guests enjoyed generous donations from local businesses such as delicious sandwiches from Steampunk Café, gorgeous petit-fours…

America is divided more today than it has been since the Civil War. Jesus said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Remember the fun you had singing in the school choir or glee club? Remember how you enjoyed the church choir? Do you love to sing in the shower? Are you one of the better ones on karaoke night?

Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce President Ida Perkins; Chamber Directors Stephanie Garcia, Carolyn Wiles, Liz Trejo and Jim Miller; Chamber Ambassadors Sandra Honea, Mindy Martindale, Carol Duetsch, Tina Larson and Carl Gehricke along with Mayor Susan Wiggins joined Big Papa's Steakhou…