Andrew Barragan with players. Photo provided by SBHS.

Schools & Education

Barragan family donation to provide lights at new SBHS field

Lights expected to be in place for the 2021 softball season.

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Government / Politics

Hollister upgrades citywide phone system

Work expected to be completed by Jan. 31.

Ripe apricots dry in huge trays. File photo.

Agriculture

San Benito County celebrates National Apricot Day

B&R Farms shares snack recipes with simple, minimally processed ingredients.

County Office Building on Fifth Street in Hollister, which houses the San Benito County Elections Department. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

Notice of Official Election Mailing to all Active Registered Voters

Elections office informs voters of pre-election mailings and reminders about how to prepare for the primary election on March 3.

Christy Schroeder with Anderson Homes gives a check to Gary Byrne (left) and Tracy Taggart (right), both with the Community Foundation for San Benito County. Photo by Sharlene Van Rooy.

Nonprofits

Anderson Homes gives back

Several nonprofits benefit from campaign which introduces new homebuyers to local programs and projects.

Perez-Barragan Family first baby of 2020. Photo provided by HHMH.

Children and Youth

First 2020 baby born at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital

Bunny Perez and Jose Barragan welcomed their son Saleen on Jan. 1 at 6:18 a.m.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Health

Flu spreads in California

As of Sept. 29, 39 people have died from the flu in California, including four children.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista implements 2019 Building Code

Every three years, California adopts new building codes to establish uniform standards for the construction and maintenance of buildings, electrical systems, plumbing systems, mechanical systems, and fire and life safety systems.

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The Esperanza Center, located at 562 San Benito Street, is San Benito County Behavioral Health's wellness center. File photo.

Children and Youth

Esperanza Center holds grand opening for new youth drop-in program

Drop-in center is aimed at supporting young people ages 14-21, particularly at-risk or systems-involved youth residing in San Benito County.

Photo provided by SBHS.

Education / Schools

HPD donates surplus vehicles to SBHS auto program

The addition of two 2009 Ford Crown Victoria police cars offer more opportunities for students to learn and improve their automobile diagnosis and repair skills.

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Agriculture

Winter fruit tree pruning workshop comes to San Juan Bautista

Free class will cover proper pruning techniques that encourage trees to produce fruit.

Pledge of Champions in its final hours

BenitoLink, San Benito County’s local, nonprofit news is in its final hours of the annual Pledge of Champions fundraiser. This community driven fundraiser is made up of donations by citizens who value and support their local news provider. At this time of publishing, BenitoLink is just below its matching goal of $35,000 and poised to

Intersection of Highway 156 and Highway 25. Photo by Leslie David.

News

Safe roads mean happy holidays

Make sure you get everyone home safe. If you go out to celebrate the New Year, start it off right by designating a driver.

A few of the BenitoLink team members gather in downtown Hollister for a photo. Left to right: Leslie David, Carmel de Bertaut, Laura Romero, Nicholas Preciado, John Chadwell, Becky Bonner and Noe Magaña. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Features

BenitoLink reporters reflect on 2019

Several BenitoLink reporters share stories that they feel either impacted the community or meant something to them personally to work on.

Police / Fire

CHP Checkpoint planned for Friday, Dec. 27

CHP will be having a sobriety checkpoint in the unincorporated area of southern Santa Clara County.