Jung Choi said she was remorseful for her involvement in the killing of Hollister resident Yoon Ji, but that did not sway the judge as he sentenced her to 11 years in prison. Photo by John Chadwell.


Jung Choi sentenced to 11 years for voluntary manslaughter

She had pleaded no contest to charges in the killing of Hollister resident Yoon Ji.

File photo of Hollister School District Superintendent Diego Ochoa. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

Facing budget pressures, HSD cuts school resource officer program

Superintendent Diego Ochoa expects ‘billions of dollars in deferrals for education funding this upcoming school year.’

Councilwoman Carol Lenoir said she began self-isolating on June 25 when she became ill. File photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister councilwoman tests positive for COVID-19

Carol Lenoir said she began self-isolation on June 25 when she became ill.

Caltrans attempted to deal with the South County curve on Highway 25 in 2015, but the rerouted portion of the road collapsed just a few months after opening. Now, repairs aren't expected to happen until at least 2022. Photo by John Chadwell.


Caltrans seeks public comments for Highway 25 curve alignment near Pinnacles

Project moving forward after a remedy in 2015 failed.

All Teknova employees must now wear masks and practice social distancing. Photo provided by Teknova.

Business / Economy

Teknova hiring spurred by COVID-19

The Hollister company is now seeking up to 15 people and expects more positions to open in the coming weeks.

County Information Officer David Westrick (right), Supervisors Peter Hernandez (center) and Anthony Botelho (left) announced the plan to give $1.5 million in grants to small businesses. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

County to allocate $1.5 million in grants for small businesses

Funds will be managed by the Workforce Development Board and disbursed by Aug. 31.

Construction workers on the roof of new housing units. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hollister council deadlocked over growth management plan

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez doesn’t want to be ‘bullied’ by Sacramento; Councilwoman Carol Lenoir warns ‘lawsuits are coming.’

Hollister Councilwoman Honor Spencer. File photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Councilwoman Spencer responds to accusations of unauthorized trip

Members argue over protocols for travel to Washington, D.C.

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez said the same group of people keep filing complaints against the city for the money. File photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister council denies harassment claims amounting to $500,000

Mayor defends Councilman Rolan Resendiz against allegations made by resident Irma Gonzalez.

RNs Cindy Dalcin, Courtney Parrinello, Ariana Sanchez and Laura Brigantino told stories of how the community reached out in support and gratitude during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hazel Hawkins Hospital staff send love letter to community

Nurses describe a windfall of support including food and protective equipment.

Participants in the #OpenSBCRally marched along San Benito Street on May 1. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

#OpenSBC holds rally in Hollister

50 business owners and residents gather to speak out against shelter-in-place order.

ER staff at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.


The COVID-19 surge that didn’t happen

Hazel Hawkins ER director attributes low number of local cases to people staying home, but thinks the virus poses a long-term threat.

The Hollister City Council is expected to discuss the future of the 2020 motorcycle rally in early May. File photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Future uncertain for 2020 motorcycle rally

Hollister City Council expected to discuss postponing in May.

Homeless at Dunne Park in Hollister. File photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister City Council approves $250K for homeless shelter

Funding will help maintain daily operations, which have switched to a 24-hour schedule since shelter-in-place went into effect.

Work can continue on Santana Ranch homes because the development includes affordable units not yet under construction. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

County’s health orders upset construction industry

Exemptions allowing some projects to continue during shelter-in-place have sparked confusion and controversy.