Parents held a protest the afternoon of Jan. 7 in response to unvaccinated sixth graders being sent home on Jan. 6. Photo by Leila Sadeghian.


Rancho San Justo sends about 40 unvaccinated students home

A parent claims the school breached student confidentiality and did not follow district COVID policy.

Many rural roads have become party meccas that draw heavy drinking and driving, fire danger and other safety risks. Photo by Leslie David


San Benito Sheriff’s Office has plan to build connections with residents

Responsibility Area Program breaks the unincorporated portions of the county into 19 zones.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.


Hollister School District faces COVID surge

Board of Trustees takes action to deal with teacher shortages and expand communication with parents.

Owner of Ella Boutique, Olga Arreola. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.


Hidden Gem Found in Downtown Hollister

Ella Boutique offers trendsetters a unique array of ladies’ clothing and accessories.

John Chadwell's book is in development to run as a TV series. Netflix is one of the production companies considering the project. Photo courtesy of John Chadwell.


BenitoLink reporter shifts from journalism to screenwriting  

John Chadwell chases his dream. He has been writing novels and screenplays since the late 1980s. 

Eight speed cushions have been installed on Cerra Vista Drive from Sunnyslope to Union roads. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.


Hollister council will look again at speed cushions on Jan. 22

Special meeting set to review proposed policy language.

Hollister City Council meeting Dec. 13, 2021. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Hollister council gets input on campaign finance

Consulting attorney says the city can’t block non-local contributions.

SBHS Board of Trustees Dec. 14 meeting. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Education / Schools

San Benito High School sees spike in disciplinary issues

Principal Adrian Ramirez addresses support and interventions students receive.

U.S. Air Force Veteran Steven Campos. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.


Veterans and community mark Wreaths Across America Day

Panetta and Rivas speak at Hollister’s fifth annual ceremony.

Bushes at the northeast corner of the Maple Street and Chappell Road intersection have created an obstruction of view for drivers. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.


Hollister council sides with traffic study results for problem intersection

Residents asked for stop signs at Maple Street and Chappell Road, but the city says adding them would likely lead to more accidents. Instead, speed bumps and landscaping changes are recommended.

Santa Claus made his appearance at the end of the parade. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.


San Juan Bautista parade returns

The Holiday of Lights brings San Benito County residents out to celebrate.

Emaan "Amy" Abbass. Photo courtesy of HB Investments.


A Hollister native goes global

Emaan ‘Amy’ Abbass is making her mark in feminine wellness and deepening her family bonds.

Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Government / Politics

Hollister City Council approves plan for parks maintenance

Local landscapers will be sought for parks, sound walls and landscaping.

Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez (left) and Councilmember Tim Burns at the Nov. 13, 2021 meeting. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Government / Politics

Redistricting process begins for Hollister City Council

Research firm says district populations are uneven after the last 10 years of growth.

Quilts of Honor recipients. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.


Veterans Day Ceremony celebrates past and current military members

They also participate in Hollister’s first Veterans Honor Walk.