The Briggs Building in downtown Hollister hosts Gavilan College classes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Education / Schools

Nominations open for 2020 Gavilan College Community Spirit Awards

Three sets of awards are presented for the communities of Morgan Hill, Gilroy and San Benito County.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

August 5 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

694 people have tested positive since February, 9,155 tested in total, 66 are active patients, 624 have recovered and four have died; foster and homeless youth resource fair scheduled for Aug. 7.

Stuff the Bus, put on by United Way of San Benito County. File Photo.

Nonprofits

United Way calling for ‘Stuff the Bus’ volunteers

Volunteers will be given a timeframe to help fill backpacks, in order to comply with social distancing requirements.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

August 4 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

689 people have tested positive for the coronavirus since February, 9,085 tested in total, 72 are active patients, 613 have recovered and four have died; Hollister School District distributing Chromebooks Aug. 5-7.

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Transportation

Caltrans awards scholarships to District 5 students

$1,000 scholarships awarded to five college bound seniors pursuing a career in transportation.

RO Hardin Elementary School in the Hollister School District. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Education / Schools

HSD board receives report on distance learning plans

District providing 3,500 laptops and over 1,000 hotspots for internet access.

Abby Bianchi bracing her Reserve FFA Champion Market Lamb. Photo provided by Chelsi Faria.

Agriculture

Hollister FFA success at Salinas Valley Fair

One goat and two sheep exhibitors participate in the virtual shows.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

July 29 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

601 people have tested positive since February, 68 are active patients, 529 have recovered and four have died; residents advised not to open or plant unsolicited packets of seeds received in the mail; SBHS issues survey for parents on distance learning.

Gavilan College campus in Gilroy. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

Hackers invade Gavilan College budget talks

Public meeting continues in closed session after graphic sexual content displayed on Zoom.

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Education / Schools

SBHS gives scheduled start dates for athletics

Fall season official start date is scheduled for Dec. 14.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

July 23 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

513 people have tested positive since February, 64 are active patients, 447 have recovered; volunteers needed for Feeding the Frontlines food distribution events on Aug. 9 and Aug. 15; city of Hollister requests input from public on San Benito Street closure for outdoor dining.

The front office at Calaveras School/AAA displays a "Facilities Closed" banner. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Education / Schools

HSD Trustees adopt distance learning model for start of school year

Board has final authority over switching to hybrid or full in-person instruction if San Benito County is removed from the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list.

San Benito High School administration building. File photo.

Education / Schools

San Benito High School Trustees approve distance learning plan

First day of school is planned for Aug. 13.

Gavilan College site at the Briggs Building in downtown Hollister. File photo.

Education / Schools

Gavilan College network, website and all online services offline through July 22

Students taking summer classes are advised to contact instructors directly.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

July 20 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

458 people have tested positive since February, 58 are active patients, 398 have recovered; deadline for county COVID-19 disaster relief grant program for small businesses extended to July 27.