Former Dallas Cowboy football coach Barry Switzer and Kirk Ward on the set of 'The Turkey Bowl.' Photo courtesy of Kirk Ward.

Sports & Recreation

Baler football inspires movie from alumnus Kirk Ward

‘The Turkey Bowl’ pays homage to local rivalry and players.

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Gabriel Moulaison told the HSD Board of Trustees that the school has collected $3.1 million in fees so far this year. Photos by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

HSD trustees receive report on developer fees

Revenues are at $3.1 million so far this year.

It's taken over 20 years, but developer Marty Miller is finally seeing his dream of an active-adult community being built in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Dream for active-adult homes comes true

Twin Oaks community is now under construction with first sales expected to close in April.

Jose Antonio Barajas has been held without bail since being extradited from Mexico in 2018. He is expected to face a 10-day jury trial in January 2020. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Barajas set for 10-day jury trial in January

He is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and kidnapping in 2014 incident.

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Alma Smith spoke at the Sept. 16 Hollister City Council meeting and said she never thought she would end up in a homeless shelter. Photos by John Chadwell.


Homeless shelter residents praise program

Two describe their stay at the HOME Resource Center.

Councilwoman Honor Spencer says the FPPC ruling sets her free to vote on matters concerning the high school. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

FPPC rejects conflict of interest complaint against Hollister councilwoman

Councilman Resendiz targeted comments made by Honor Spencer.

Albert Rodriguez with the Hollister Vikings Youth Football League said kids need a home field to play on. Photos by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

Youth sports leagues want to play on a home field

Representatives speak at SBHS meeting over use of Andy Hardin Stadium.

Defense attorney Arthur Cantu and defendant Sang Ji in San Benito County Superior Court on Sept. 11. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Ji and Choi trial-setting hearing is Oct. 4

Judge Steven Sanders denies motions from both defendants.

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.


Hwy. 25 repairs near Pinnacles delayed until 2022

An indigenous site was found near the project in 2018.

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Joseph and John Wynn sat through discussion of their cannabis project at the Sept. 3 Hollister City Council meeting. They were ready to show a slide presentation for the project, but were not asked to do so. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Cannabis and smart glass projects moving forward

John Wynn’s 200-acre cannabis campus would be complemented by a 40-acre electromagnetic glass manufacturing operation.

HPD Capt. Carlos Reynoso said it has been 16 years since motorcycle traffic enforcement has operated in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Hollister City Council approves two motorcycle officers

Dedicated HPD traffic enforcement units will return after a 16-year absence.

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Inside the San Benito County Free Library, built in 1960. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister council passes support resolution for library expansion

Facility is undersized for the number of programs it provides.

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The San Benito High School Board of Trustees at an Aug. 27 meeting, where they heard from parents and a special education teacher about alleged inappropriate behavior in a classroom. Photos by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

SBHS trustees hear criticism over alleged inappropriate behavior

Parents and a special education teacher voice dismay with school board and administrators.

At the Aug. 19 Hollister City Council meeting, Councilman Marty Richman said that Mayor Ignacio Velazquez would rather argue about the General Plan than do something about it. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Infighting over housing development splits Hollister council

3-2 vote approves pre-zoning for a project on Buena Vista Road.

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City Manager Bill Avera said staff needed to know the council's preferred number of homes that could be built annually in order to update the Growth Management Plan. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister City Council aims to reduce market-rate housing

But members are unable to settle on a compromise number.

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