South Valley Community Church volunteer Julie Carpenedo, Sunnyslope 4-H leader Sheryl Wenzlik, 4-H All-Stars Samantha Slykas and Makayla Wenzlik, and 4-H leader Jennifer Kelly. Photo by Andrew Pearson.

San Benito Lifestyle

Volunteers gather for Hollister fall cleanup

Organizations pitch in to beautify downtown.

Early morning in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

Election 2020: San Juan Bautista City Council

Four candidates compete for two seats.

Linda Lampe at the counter of Worth Saving Mercantile and Thrift Store. Photo courtesy of Linda Lampe.

Business / Economy

Secondhand stores struggle to stay in business

Three managers speak about having to close their doors and the challenges of reopening.

Julianna O'Hara paints in the studio with oils. Photo courtesy of Julianna O'Hara.

Art & Culture

Artists offer virtual studio tour

San Benito County Arts Council hosts online show during COVID-19 pandemic.

Linda Lampe, owner of outreach center My Father’s House and pastor with Hollister Community Outreach, prepares food for Hollister homeless. File photo by John Chadwell.

Nonprofits

Hollister Community Outreach offers free food boxes on Sept. 12

Distribution begins at 2 p.m. at Worth Saving thrift store.

Tyler Bennedetti, a Cal Poly SLO student from Hollister. Photo courtesy of Tyler Bennedetti.

Schools & Education

Pandemic grounds college students in San Benito County

Despite feeling bored and distracted, they would rather stay home for classes than attend in person.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista has no candidates in two local races

City seeking write-ins for city treasurer and city clerk.

Diners at the parklet outside 18th Barrel. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Pearson.

Business / Economy

San Juan’s Third Street parklet project gains definition

City’s Historic Resources Board relieves fears of compliance lawsuits.

Mike Fisher, chief volunteer cook for Soup for Seniors. He returns to teaching culinary classes at SBHS on August 13. Photos courtesy of Becky Herbert.

Food / Dining

Soup for Seniors program receives Slow Food grant

$500 award will help with food distribution in San Benito County.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Housing / Land Use

San Juan Bautista City Council seeks state aid for renters

City is applying for funding through a block grant program.

Frances and Joe Ostenson, proprietors of Mr. O's Academy of the Arts in Hollister. Photo by Andrew Pearson.

Art & Culture

Mr. O’s Academy of the Arts closing

Hollister institution ‘helped everyone get involved with music.’

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Justice

Former Hollister residents react to Supreme Court DACA decision

Justices rule Homeland Security did not justify repealing Obama-era policy.

Fireclay Tile's current facility in Aromas. Photo by Andrew Pearson.

Business / Economy

SBC Planning Commission approves Fireclay Tile expansion

Company looks to add offices, storage and production at Aromas location.

Kamal Yoga hosting a session outdoors. Photo provided.

Health / Fitness

Area fitness services adapting to pandemic guidelines

Oasis moving to a new location.