Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.


Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital receives first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine

Front line, direct patient care workers in the acute care setting, along with employees from the skilled nursing facilities are eligible for the vaccine during the first batch of immunizations.

Students are socially distanced in the classroom. Photo courtesy of Spring Grove.

Education / Schools

Spring Grove School moves two classes to distance learning after student tests positive for COVID-19

Superintendent states the student had not been at school since Dec. 10.

Vivian Stubblefield said, "I'm for the Constitution and against the lockdown." Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Group protests stay-at-home order

Around 30 people gather in support of reopening businesses under current COVID-19 guidelines.

Santa's mailbox was also set up for children to place their letters. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Benito Lifestyle

San Juan residents compete in holiday lights competition

Rotary Club-hosted contest replaces traditional parade.

HOME Resource Center in Hollister. File photo by Noe Magaña.


COVID-19 outbreak hits homeless shelter

No new clients will be accepted while those exposed are in quarantine.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.


Searching the Sky: The Christmas Star of Bethlehem

David Baumgartner writes that on Dec. 21, Jupiter and Saturn will be close enough to each other to look like a double star.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Environment / Nature

Recology customers can recycle Christmas trees at the curb

Collection of Christmas trees will occur during the first three weeks in January. 

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Dec. 16 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

2,642 people have tested positive since February, 445 are active patients, 2,175 have recovered and 22 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 13.9%; San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.