Margot Tankersley of Margot's Ice Cream Parlor in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

San Benito County brings chocolate treats to the world

Confection making in factories and back rooms.

Julianna O'Hara paints in the studio with oils. Photo courtesy of Julianna O'Hara.

Art & Culture

Artists offer virtual studio tour

San Benito County Arts Council hosts online show during COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Census poster at a bus stop on Fourth Street in Hollister. Photo by Leslie David.

Art & Culture

Local artist lends a hand in census efforts

Bryan West creates posters in English and Spanish to help spread the word with just two weeks left in the nationwide survey.

Rob Reed (left) readies his RC plane for flight. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

Piloting planes on a smaller scale

Academy of Model Aeronautics flies remote control aircraft in San Benito skies.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Science

Constellations of the Month: Gemini, Cancer and Leo

David Baumgartner writes about changes in the sky and the upcoming Autumn Equinox.

Early photo of McKinnon Lumber Company. Photo courtesy of John Barrett.

Features

McKinnon Lumberyard dates back to early Hollister

San Benito County’s oldest retail business going strong during pandemic.

James Owen Welch holding a copy of debut book, 'Steven Black and the Tales from Beyond: The Orb of Possibility.' Photo courtesy of Ryan Welch.

Art & Culture

Hollister teen self-publishes first book

James Owen Welch blends sci-fi and fantasy in ‘Steven Black and the Tales from Beyond: The Orb of Possibility.’

Ginger Russo, Mary Regalo, and bakery owner Dianne Hampton. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

San Juan Bakery overwhelmed by customers and love

Third Street staple reopens after nearly six-month hiatus.

Open Studios artist Michaela Graves, Hollister home studio. Photo provided by SBC Arts Council.

Art & Culture

Arts Council takes annual Open Studios Tour online

Community invited to explore the 2020 Virtual Open Studios Tour and Arts Marketplace from Sept. 12-26.

Chamberlain's kids making a recipe by California Giant. Photo provided by Chamberlain's Youth Services.

Nonprofits

California Giant launches ‘Spreading Smiles’

Chamberlain's Youth Services featured in campaign.

Members of Pack 444 of Hollister. Photo courtesy of Bryan Feci.

San Benito Lifestyle

Cub Scouts gather around the virtual campfire

Pack 444 of Hollister keeps together during pandemic with online games and movie nights.

Tyler Bennedetti, a Cal Poly SLO student from Hollister. Photo courtesy of Tyler Bennedetti.

Schools & Education

Pandemic grounds college students in San Benito County

Despite feeling bored and distracted, they would rather stay home for classes than attend in person.

Local author Terry Butler. Photo courtesy of Terry Butler.

Art & Culture

Terry Butler and his Crooked Ladder

Hollister author publishes a first volume of collected stories.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Science

Searching the Sky: Uranus and Neptune at their best in autumn sky

David Baumgartner writes that each planet has a greenish tint, making it somewhat easer to distinguish from the stars.

Andre, Mike, Priscilla, Mia, and Makai Jones of Mmm Churros! Photo courtesy of Priscilla Jones.

Business / Economy

New Hollister company incentivizes customers to send churros to first responders with discounts

Priscilla and Mike Jones spent two years coming up with their vegan churro recipe.