Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • American flag stolen from Veterans Building

  • Flag was first raised at special ceremony on Memorial Day weekend.
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  • An American flag, raised for the first time just over two months ago, is missing and presumed stolen.
    The flag had flown day and night over the county-owned Veterans Building at Cedar and Taylor street in Ford City since Memorial Day weekend, when it was raised in a special ceremony with the Kern County Honor Guard, Taft Lions Club as well as the City of Taft and Fourth District Supervisor David Couch's and his staff in attendance.
    Couch, Taft City Councilman Orchel Kier and others attended the May 25 ceremony that included a new flag pole and light so the flag could properly be displayed 24 hours a day.
    Now its gone.
    All that's now is an empty flag pole and a cable that has apparently been cut.
    There is evidence bolt cutters may ave been used to one one of the metal guides for the cable
    Larry Robison of the Lions Club went to the building today.
    He looked at the cut cable and empty flag pole.
    "It's sad. Just sad," he said.