Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

How the census affects local school districts

Funding goes toward school services and programs such as special education, Head Start, after-school programs, classroom technology, food assistance, and maternal and child health programs.

Mike Fisher cooking up the latest batch of vegetable soup for seniors and at-risk people served by Community FoodBank. Photos provided.

Business / Economy

Serving soup to San Benito seniors

Farmhouse Cafe owner and high school culinary teacher team up to feed those in need.

The Hollister City Council was split 2-2 when it came to approving an annexation at 1070 Buena Vista Road. Photo courtesy of Google Satellite.

Government / Politics

Hollister council in stalemate over property annexations

Marty Richman’s seat will remain vacant until November election.

Hazel Hawkins ER Team conducting a video assessment with patient. Photo provided by Hazel Hawkins Hospital.

Health

Hazel Hawkins Hospital preps for more coronavirus cases

ER medical director says “it’s the calm before the storm.”

Female inmates at the San Benito County Jail attend remote Gavilan College classes. Photo provided by SBC Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

County jail releases 35 inmates vulnerable to COVID-19

None showed symptoms and all received a judge’s approval.

SBC Sheriff Deputy Peter O'Day suited up in personal protective equipment. Photo provided by SBC Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

First responders speak on coronavirus preparedness

Police, fire and sheriff’s deputies wear personal protection equipment when necessary and limit in-person contact.

Teknova's 120 employees work to meet the demand for buffers in research to develop COVID-19 vaccines. Photos provided by Teknova.

Business / Economy

Teknova assists with COVID-19 research

Hollister biotech company produces cell culture media for those working to develop a vaccine.

Hollister City Council members Honor Spencer and Carol Lenoir were present for the March 20 emergency meeting. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister City Council approves 11 resolutions to address COVID-19

Water shut-offs for delinquent accounts discontinued, playgrounds closed for duration of local emergency declaration.

Marty Richman told BenitoLink on March 15 that if he couldn't give 100% to the community, then he had to resign. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Councilman Marty Richman passes away

‘He loved the community,’ his daughter says.

Sang Ji faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison and is expected to be sentenced on April 30. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Sang Ji convicted of first-degree murder

Facing a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.

Tenting outside Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital on March 18. Photos by John Chadwell.

Health

Hazel Hawkins Hospital has limited ability to test for COVID-19

Specimens can’t be tested in-house and are sent to Monterey County Public Health for evaluation.

San Benito County Health & Human Services Agency Director Tracey Belton said on March 16 that county and city officials need to work together. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Joint coronavirus meeting highlights need for consistent public message

County Health and Human Services Director: ‘We need to work hard to send this message and answer questions as diligently as we can and keep the health care system functioning.’

Government / Politics

Joint government meeting reveals shortcomings, plans for dealing with pandemic

Representatives from San Benito County address how prepared agencies and the hospital are for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Elected officials ask for an organized and united communication plan.

Councilman Marty Richman said it is not fair to the public if he cannot serve at 100% capacity. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

In declining health, Hollister Councilman Marty Richman to resign

Cancer diagnosis follows two recent incidents.

Adam Lemke travels to both coasts in order to compete and build on his professional standings in racing circuits. Photos courtesy of Adam Lemke.

Sports & Recreation

17-year-old drifts into professional race car driving

Adam Lemke hits the track for fun and profit.