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- 09/18/14--10:56: Alumni BBQ brings community together to support BC athletics
- 09/18/14--15:08: SJCH launches new Quest Imaging center in Shafter
- 09/18/14--16:42: Retiring Shafter principal prepares for new role with district
- 09/18/14--17:12: Local veteran shares her story of service during WWII
- 09/18/14--17:52: Deaths of two women in Rosedale make 14 DUI fatalities this year
- 09/18/14--18:11: Teacher to win free Lasik procedure
- 09/19/14--07:24: Woman's body found in Lamont
- 09/19/14--08:44: Dozens line up at Valley Plaza for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch
- 09/19/14--09:11: 12th Honor Flight Kern County set for take-off
- 09/19/14--11:28: $3.6 million awarded to Kern County transportation projects
- 09/19/14--13:28: Pet of the Week - Sept. 19, 2014
- 09/19/14--15:38: Deputies investigating homicide near McFarland
- 09/19/14--16:56: Blaze announce new affiliation with Seattle Mariners
- 09/20/14--17:44: Man on motorcycle collides with van on Niles St
- 09/20/14--17:56: Two arrested in Delano pot bust
- 09/20/14--18:20: First-ever MADD fundraising walk/run a huge success
WWII Veteran Madonna Marek is one of them.
"My friends used to call me the ripple because I'm so short, but we were officially NAVY WAVES," said Marek.
She was just 17 years old when she joined the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.
Marek said, "We had to go to bootcamp and then we had to go to training school and then we had our jobs."
They took on a variety of duties during WWII. Marek worked in accounting in Cleveland, Ohio.
"My job there was to make sure the wives of the servicemen go their allotments on time. Because the women had to live on that. If they didn't get, they would write their husbands. Here they're over fighting a war and then they have to worry about their wives too. So it was very important," she said.
About 280,000 women served in the armed forces during WWII -- 86,000 of them were waves.
Marek said, "I loved it. I felt very important. I felt like I was a part of our country. Whenever there's a flag, I salute it. I'm part of this country. I'm not over there fighting, but I'm doing my part for it."
Marek says being in the Navy changed her life for the better.
"Because I was in service, I was able to go to school on the GI bill. Because I was able to go to school on the GI bill, I became a teacher and I was a teacher for 48 years and I loved that part of it," she said.
Marek says she's had a fulfilling life, but there's one part of her service she'll never forget.
"I met this Merchant Marine and he taught me to dance. We became inseparable. We danced so well that they used to make circles and watch us around," she said.
They were engaged to be married, but the thing they enjoyed so much also kept them apart.
Marek said, "He had his leg cut off and he wouldn't contact me anymore because he knew I loved to dance and didn't want to hurt me. I never heard from him after that."
Getting ready to relive some of WWII, during honor flight, brought up some of those memories.
"It's going to sound crazy, but maybe there's a possibility my friend might be on the flight from out of New York or something. I just might meet him, I don't know. I can always hope."
The twelfth Honor Flight Kern County will take off from Meadows Field, Saturday at 6:30 a.m.. You're encouraged to see them off. If you plan to do that, organizers say you should get there around 5 a.m.
They'll return home Monday night. 17's Kristin Price will be in D.C. with them. We'll have more from the trip this weekend.
The problem of drinking and driving doesn't seem to be getting better. That's why Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Kern County is holding its first ever Walk or Run Like MADD 5K September 20th to raise awareness and give families and friends of victims a chance to remember like Carla Pearson.
June 2, 2002, Pearson's son was killed. Adam Pierce, was a 23-year-old motocross superstar. As his life was soaring, he got into a car with a repeat drunk driver behind the wheel.
"I told a good friend of mine the other day that I sat on my couch and 2 days ago and I just cried. We couldn't fix him. We couldn't fix what had happened. And I think that's what I struggle with the most, and I try to make something good come out of something so horrific in our life," said Pearson.
As a member of MADD, Pearson continues to make good. The non-profit helps victim's through the legal process, holds classes for offenders, and offers overall support and prevention.
Now, Pearson is helping bring a DUI awareness event, Run or Walk Like MADD to Bakersfield. A community can see real victims and their families facing pain that could have been prevented.
"I mean the numbers they don't seem to be going down which is why a walk like this and a run like this is needed to raise awareness," said George Barrientos, who is helping market the event.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports a driver will be under the influence 87 times before they are caught. And, someone is killed in a DUI crash every 51 minutes.
"People for for what ever reason don't seem to be getting it. There's no reason you should be drinking and driving in this age," said Barrientos.
"We live this every day and and it just goes over and over and over in your mind. And you seem to not be able to clear it," said Pearson.
But she can spread it, the message, drinking and driving destroys and it needs to stop. And, it can with a community coming together for this event, taking the steps toward a solution and reassuring the pain is not in vain.
"You know, I think the biggest thing for people that when their loved one was lost that people will forget them. And this is a chance to say you're not going to forget them," said Pearson.
The Walk or Run Like MADD 5K is this Saturday, September 20, at the Park at River Walk. Registration begins at 5:30 in the morning. The program starts at 7:00. Victims, friends and family members will be there as well as County District Attorney, Lisa Green to address the crowd.
The money raised goes toward the local MADD chapter.
According to a news release, Empire Eye and Laser Center is teaming up with Advanced Center for Eyecare, ACE, and Center for the Blind and Visually
Impaired, CBVI, to host a contest where one deserving, local teacher will win a free Lasik procedure.
Bakersfield area principals have received a letter regarding the giveaway, each
school has the opportunity to submit the name and story of one deserving teacher of their choice via the Empire Eye and Laser Center website, www.empireeyeandlaser.com to be selected to win a free LASIK/laser eye surgery procedure.
Submission deadline is Friday, October 17, 2014. A committee will review all entries and 3 finalists will be selected. The three finalists will be invited to Empire Eye and Laser Center for a free consultation and screening to make sure they are candidates for Lasik. The three finalists will also receive an invitation to ACE’s Annual Appetite for Sight Dinner Event, Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:00pm where they will be recognized for their hard work and the final winner will be announced. The winner receives their LASIK procedure at no charge, performed by Daniel H. Chang, M.D. at Empire Eye and Laser Center, 4101 Empire Dr. Ste 120, Bakersfield, CA.
The remaining finalists will also receive a discount on a Lasik procedure at Empire Eye and Laser Center. Typically valued at $2595 per eye, Cornea Specialist, Daniel H. Chang, M.D. with Empire Eye and Laser Center says the Lasik giveaway provides a unique opportunity to recognize and reward local teachers who have made a difference educating our local youth. As one of the few practices that offers Intralase (blade-less laser vision correction), Dr. Chang says Empire Eye and Laser Center’s advanced technology offers all patients highly precise and effective treatment for restoring vision and reducing dependency on glasses.
Deputies were called out just before 9 p.m. Thursday to the 12000 block of Adobe Road.
Deputies said when they arrived they found a woman in the backyard of a home with trauma to her body.
Officials said county firefighters attempted life-saving efforts, but she died at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing.
An autopsy is scheduled to determine how the woman died.
If you have any information, call the sheriff's office at 861-3110.
Pre-orders for the devices began Monday, and set a company record with four million copies sold, twice the number of iPhone 5 pre-orders.
Fans who spent their night waiting on the sidewalk for doors to open were also prepared to open their wallets, with the two phones costing between $200 and $650, depending on which carrier contract, if any, they chose.
In addition to the standard upgrades expected of any new iPhone iteration, the iPhone 6 Plus marks Apple's first entry into the phone-tablet hybrid market, or "phablet," as they've been called. The 5.5-inch screen comes with some pros and cons.
"Let's say you're used to something like this, which is the iphone 5S, which is usually my day to day phone. This might feel a little bit big," said Re/code columnist Lauren Goode. "It didn't fit well in some of my pockets, I couldn't carry it with me when I was working out. So as with most large screen phones, there are positives and there are some downsides to having such a big screen."
Besides the larger screen, the camera has seen improvements, able to capture high-definition footage with a sharper focus.
The phones also boast the new Apple Pay system, turning customers' handsets into wallets by allowing them to purchase items by swiping their phones over credit card readers.
The new iOS 8 software was released Wednesday, allowing iPhone 4S, 5, and 5S users to upgrade.
The flight, carrying 39 veterans, leave Meadows Field at 6:30 a.m. Saturday to take them to see the memorials built for them.
Organizers recommend that anyone wishing to see the veterans off arrive at the airport at 5 a.m.
They will return on two flights Monday night at 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Eight biking and walking projects were adopted by the Kern Council of Governments through the 2014 Active Transportation Program.
These funds come in addition to the previous $4.3 million awarded in August from the California Transportation Commission.
A full list of the approved projects is available below:
Agency Project Cost
Wasco Clemens and Jefferson School Bike and Ped Improvements $305,827
Kern County Walter Stiern Middle School Pedestrian Improvements $125,000
Arvin Sidewalk Improvements at Various Locations $680,000
Wasco Highway 43 Pedestrian Lighting $593,565
Wasco Prueitt Elementary School Bike and Pedestrian Improvements $473,136
Bakersfield Bike Lane and Route Projects Group B (West) $270,000
Bakersfield Safe Routes to School Improvements-Frank West School $311,850
Tehachapi Safe Routes to School Gap Closure Project $884,622
Agency Project Cost
Delano Safety and Education for an Active Delano School Community $392,463
Wasco Palm Avenue Elementary School Ped Infrastructure Improvements $458,181
Wasco Burke Elementary School Bike and Ped Infrastructure Improvements $1,794,594
Kern County Horace Mann Pedestrian Improvements $310,000
Kern County Highland Elementary Pedestrian Improvements $275,000
Tehachapi Valley Boulevard Bikeways Facilities Project Phase II $1,292,000
Grand total $8,165,238
The Centennial students brought the books as part of the One Book at a Time club. The club is designed to combat illiteracy in the Bakersfield area.
School officials said the library is underfunded and the books will help foster a love of reading among children.
Meet Moonie, a five month old chiweenie who needs a home and is waiting for adoption at the SPCA.
If you're interested in adopting our pet of the week, you can call the SPCA at 323-8353, or go down and visit the many animals they have up for adoption... the Bakersfield SPCA is located at 3000 Gibson Street in northwest Bakersfield.
Witnesses say the victim had been working in the area prior to being shot. There is no information on a suspect and no arrests have been made. 17 News has a reporter and photographer on scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available.
The team had been previously affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds. According to published reports, The Mariners have been affiliated with the High Desert Mavericks of Adelanto since 2007, but Seattle didn't renew that agreement.
The accident happened just after 3:30 p.m.
The condition of the motorcycle rider has not been released yet.
However, the California Highway Patrol has classified the crash as possibly involving major injuries.
Niles and Mt. Vernon were closed for about an hour while officials investigated the incident.
The event honors the lives of those lost in DUI-related accidents, highlighting the need for sober driving.
Supporters held signs with pictures of loved ones who have died in what organizers say could have been prevented.
Event organizers said many of the 700 participants have been affected by an impaired driver's decision.
Organizers say many of the seven-hundred participants have been affected by an impaired driver's decision.
The "Walk/Run Like MADD" event is a national fundraiser but it is the first time the outing has taken place in Bakersfield.
However, they shattered that goal...raising more than $45,000.