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Pandemic increases food insecurity in Kern County

By Kern Valley Sun / December 2, 2020

By Bob Pepalis Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK) delivered 24 million pounds of food to Kern County through October, which was 3.6 million pounds more than in all of 2019. “We are one of the most food-insecure counties in the nation,” James Burger, CAPK outreach and advocacy coordinator, told the Kern Valley Sun. “But […]

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Angel Tree aids children in need

By Kern Valley Sun / December 2, 2020

By Monica Lambert Each year the Family Resource Center hosts an Angel Tree Program. This year’s program got off to a bit of a later start. The program is for ages 11-18 years old. The parent can stop by the Family Resources Center between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to sign up. […]

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COVID spike leads to changes at schools

By Kern Valley Sun / December 2, 2020

KRV students back to online instruction By Bob Pepalis Kern County and Kern River Valley students resumed classes after the Thanksgiving holiday but did not return to school buildings as a surge in COVID-19 cases shifted pupils back to distance learning. Kern County and Kern River Valley students will remain in distance education through Monday, […]

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Lake Isabella man arrested again in less than 13 hours

By Kern Valley Sun / December 2, 2020

By Staff Reports Richard Ward, 42, was arrested twice and charged with four crimes over a 13-hour period. Ward was first arrested for alleged misdemeanor domestic battery at his home address at 2500 Webb Ave. in Lake Isabella on Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. The next morning, on Nov. 23 at 4 a.m. Ward was […]

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Kern Valley arrest report, Nov. 22-26

By Kern Valley Sun / December 2, 2020

Gregory Nametz of Lake Isabella for assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and graffiti, and resisting an executive officer. Date: Nov. 22 Richard Ward of Lake Isabella for violation of a protective order. Date: Nov. 23 Patrick Clary of Lake Isabella for battery and grand theft. Date: Nov. 26

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66-year-old faces charges related to deadly weapon

By Kern Valley Sun / December 2, 2020

By Staff Reports Gregory Nametz, 66, was arrested on Nov. 23 at 6:35 a.m. and booked on three misdemeanor counts. Nametz, of 5838 Lake Isabella Blvd., was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, destruction of property and threatening a police officer. In 2018, Nametz was arrested for a similar crime and charged with threatening […]

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Concerns growing that new family leave will hurt small businesses

By Kern Valley Sun / December 2, 2020

By Tamara Browning A California law set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2021, that compels companies of five or more employees to grant family leave for up to 12 weeks is among new laws that business advocates said can burden small businesses. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the legislation that “expands job protection to those […]

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Sheriff’s Office warns of new scam

By Kern Valley Sun / November 25, 2020

By John Sammon Phone thieves and scammers will likely operate in more significant numbers during the holiday season, law enforcement officers are warning. The Kern County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents about a phone scam in which a message, imitating a sheriff’s officer, is left. The voicemail tells individuals they missed a court date, and […]

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Creating homes

By Kern Valley Sun / November 25, 2020

Thorwegen turns vans into houses for veterans By Monica Lambert Jason Thorwegen knows what it is like to be homeless. That experience has led him to help veterans in a unique way. Thorwegen has retrofitted three vans that he donated to homeless veterans. Having been homeless since he was 8 years old, Thorwegen spent many […]

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