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The homes decorated for Halloween on Severinsen Street in Hollister look great day or night. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

San Benito Lifestyle

Halloween on horizon for San Benito County

While the pandemic has changed how the spooky holiday will be celebrated this year, there are still several events planned in the coming days.

COVID-19 testing site set up inside the Veterans Memorial Building in Hollister. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Health

Fewer seeking COVID-19 tests in San Benito County

A drop in the positivity rate brings progress on the state’s ‘blueprint’ ranking.

Businesses on San Benito Street will be refunded up to $15,000 for constructing parklets. Photo courtesy of city of Hollister.

Business / Economy

Hollister approves downtown parklet program

Portion of San Benito Street to be transformed into one-way thoroughfare.

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Transportation

Work on San Benito Street begins Oct. 26

All outdoor dining furniture must be removed from San Benito Street prior to Oct. 26 at 5 a.m.

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Government / Politics

County receives complaints about public employee political activity

SBC said no evidence has been found that county employees, who are prohibited from such activities in their official capacity, have been involved in recent calls.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Oct. 23 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

1,432 people have tested positive since February, 25 are active patients, 1,392 have recovered and 15 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 1.9%.

Photo courtesy of Community FoodBank.

Nonprofits

Community FoodBank to receive 73,000 pounds of food

Largest donation in the organization's history.

San Benito County RMA Director Benny Young. Photo courtesy of the County of San Benito.

Government / Politics

San Benito County hires new RMA director

Benny Young comes from Monterey County with over 45 years of experience.

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San Benito Lifestyle

Final evenings set for Hollister drive-in movies

‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Hocus Pocus’ screenings slated before Halloween.

Ashley Neuman helps daughter Addyson, a second grader at Cerra Vista, with distance learning while her other children look on. Photo courtesy of Ashley Neuman.

Education / Schools

Parents want input on when to reopen Hollister schools

Mothers share how distance learning has impacted their children.

Scout Cody Silveira with door hangers. Photo courtesy of Bryan Feci.

Children and Youth

Scout-O-Rama goes virtual to gather hundreds for fun and games

A new approach brings three weeks of activities for scout troops and guests.

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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Choosing experience, collaboration and creativity for District 2 Supervisor

Beth Roybal writes in support of candidate Wayne Norton.

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Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: Conflicted—the distance learning/safety dilemma

Hollister Elementary School Teachers Association President Angela Hagins writes that HSD teachers support the decision to remain on distance learning despite all of the frustrations it brings.

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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: A modern fairy tale

No on Measure N sponsor Mary Zanger writes that the proposed Strada Verde project reminds her of a fairy tale in which San Benito County is Rapunzel, with 'golden hair of pristine water and fertile agricultural land.'

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