Attendees tour the new classroom after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Education

Chamberlain’s opens new classroom

Keith Thompson Non-Public School serves students with complex needs.

SBHS Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum said he wanted an opportunity for the district to share with Benitolink as much about the investigation as possible. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education

SBHS superintendent discusses claims of inappropriate behavior in special ed class

Parents have heard allegations of nude photos, a porn video, foul language and bullying, and school administrators say they can't share what actually occurred.

Professors and teaching assistants introduce students to 8th grade algebra. Photo provided.

Children and Youth

Ten years of algebra excellence

Middle schoolers learn from professors and develop teamwork skills at weeklong Algebra Academy.

Lilla Bell weaves through a series of poles on her horse in the 14-18 year old pole bending division at San Benito County Fair's Junior Rodeo in 2017. Bell will compete at the Gilroy Rodeo this weekend. Photo by Joshua Miller.

Agriculture

SBC locals gearing up for Gilroy Rodeo

Numerous county residents are competing.

Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors learn about nature and the environment during the Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend on July 13-14. Photo provided.

Children and Youth

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast hike state parks

Scouts Love State Parks weekend gets local girls outdoors.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.

Education

Hollister School District adopts cell phone policy change

New policy requires students to turn off their devices and put them away (and out of sight) for the day.

Academia de Mariachi Infantil Alma De Mexico performing at a July 20 competition in Morgan Hill. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

Hollister-based mariachi group plays in its first competition

Despite nerves, Academia de Mariachi Infantil Alma De Mexico enjoys performing for a big crowd in Morgan Hill.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Recreation & Sports

Street closures for Superhero 5K on July 27

City crews will follow runners and remove barricades for neighborhood traffic movement as the race progresses. 

Yamamoto Hula Ohana practicing. Photo courtesy of Jenny Camera Ray.

Recreation & Sports

Hollister Rec offers hula dance instruction

Yamamoto Hula Ohana also organizes and performs at community events.

McKenna Wood, CHSRA District 4 Queen Karly Camozzi and Jake Bourdet. Wood and Bourdet, both from Hollister, qualified for the NHSRA finals in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Photo provided.

Recreation & Sports

Hollister teens punch ticket to rodeo nationals

Two will represent San Benito County in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Diego Ochoa speaks to the public during a 2019 board meeting at which he was introduced as the new superintendent. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education

BL Special Report: Ochoa makes progress on special ed program

Superintendent speaks on recent reorganization efforts.

Parents Virginia Gardner and Susan Villa, and education advocate Kim Taylor told of their concern and frustration after reading an anonymous letter's accusations at a June meeting of the San Benito High School Board of Trustees. On July 10, Hollister Police said no criminal charges would be filed in relation to the letter's allegations. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education

HPD says no criminal charges in special ed investigation; case remains open

Probe focused on conversations with people who came forward.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Education

Hollister School District to hold meetings on cell phone use in class

Superintendent said there is growing concern among staff regarding cell phone use during school hours.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo provided by SJB150 Committee and taken by Heidi Balz.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

San Juan Bautista to celebrate 150th anniversary in September

Celebration includes pancake breakfast, parade and live music.

100 plus old sheepherder's wagon was restored by Dave Wright for the Downtown Parade. Photo courtesy of Blaire Strohn.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

Parade kicks off San Benito County rodeo festivities

A herd of longhorns leads dozens of parade participants.