Drivers wait in line for COVID-19 vaccines at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. Steve Hannah, CEO, said people who have been vaccinated outside have not had to pay for the service so far. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hazel Hawkins Hospital CEO gives COVID-19 update

Steve Hannah says infection rates are not expected to peak in April as predicted.

Peggy Kingman in 2020, the same year she received the Laurie Aretsky Bailie Social Justice Award from the Motherlode Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee. Kingman died at 87 on the MLK holiday. Photo courtesy of Shelley Abruzzini and the Union Democrat.


Former Hollister activist, philanthropist Peggy Kingman dies at 87

Kingman was a co-founder of Fishes and Loaves, started Women in Black and was active in many activities in San Benito before moving to Sonora.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

News Release

Seniors Council offers free tax preparation for older residents

Project SCOUT provides free tax assistance to seniors, individuals with a disability, low-income families and individuals in Santa Cruz and San Benito County.

San Benito County Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Hollister. File photo by John Chadwell.

News Release

Nominations open for SBC Chamber Woman, Man and Businesses of the Year awards

Submissions accepted until March 15.

Third Street in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

SJB approves assistant city manager position

Residents and council members raise concerns over $104,000 salary.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


March 3 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Eight new cases reported, 5,695 people have tested positive, 52 are active patients, 5,582 have recovered and 61 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 5.6%.