Hollister draftees head off to war on Sept. 21, 1917. Photos courtesy of the Gilroy and San Benito County Historical Societies.

History & Profiles

Newly discovered photographs show WWI-era Hollister soldiers

SBC Historical Society hosts exhibit with memorabilia through the end of the year.

A few of the WWI photographs and artifacts that will be on display starting Nov. 10. Photo provided by SBC Historical Society.

History & Profiles

Local museum hosts Nov. 10 open house

Photos and artifacts from World War I veterans will be on display.

Reporter Blaire Strohn wrote agriculture and South County stories for BenitoLink for over two years.

News

Celebration of Life for Blaire Strohn

Family and friends say farewell.

Lydia Zendejas. Photo provided.

History & Profiles

LULAC Youth 30th: Lydia Zendejas

As a university administrator, she tells students to ask for help.

Bill Mifsud Jr. stands where the original Bill's Bullpen Baseball Cards and Comics stood in 1989. The Loma Prieta earthquake caused damage to the shop that forced the business to relocate. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

History & Profiles

Hollister merchants recall 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake

The Calaveras fault run through town.

More than 2,000 people gathered on September 21, 1917 to bid farewell to the second group of San Benito County men drafted to serve in the American Expeditionary Force under General John Pershing in World War I. Photo provided by the SBC Historical Society.

History & Profiles

November open house for World War I exhibit

San Benito County Historical Society hosts a new exhibit honoring local men who served in the Great War.

Photo provided by Martin Gonzales.

History & Profiles

LULAC Youth 30th: Martin Gonzales

Martin Gonzales works to help more minorities get into—and complete—college.

Andres Rodriguez addressing news media outlets and the participants during a demonstration he helped lead in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in July during the LULAC National Convention. Photo provided by Andres Rodriguez.

History & Profiles

LULAC Youth 30th: Andres Rodriguez

With his family as his inspiration, the national VP of LULAC Young Adults looks to give back to the community.

Local activist Mandisa Snodey asks Minister Barry Houston to smell the aroma of a book on Africa published in 1966. Snodey received the book from biologist Roy Johnson. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Art & Culture

Native peoples ceremony honors two for historical preservation

Community recognizes Richard Lopez and Minister Barry Houston at opening of SJB 150th celebration.

Blueprints dated 1914 for Camelback Bridge designed by A. M. McCray. Photo provided by San Benito County Historical Society.

History & Profiles

San Benito County bridges and McCray Street connected through history

Pioneer family leaves their mark on historical blueprints and maps.

New Resource Management Agency Director Harry Mavrogenes. Photo provided by San Benito County.

News

New RMA director aims to revitalize San Benito County

Building infrastructure, fixing transportation and attracting employers are on his to-do list.

Judge Omar Rodriguez was elected in November 2018 to replace Judge Harry Tobias as one of two judges at San Benito County Superior Court. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Government / Politics

A day in the life of a San Benito County judge

Omar Rodriguez reflects on his new position and ensuring that all people receive a fair hearing.

The late-Franciscan Sister Rose Marita Lake, SA (right), with San Juan youth making their First Holy Communion, circa 1960s. Photo courtesy of David Medeiros.

History & Profiles

Franciscan Sisters leave San Juan Bautista for New York

After nearly seven decades of service, the religious order has “called forth” its current local members.

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

San Benito Lifestyle

San Juan Bautista to celebrate 150th anniversary in September

Celebration includes pancake breakfast, parade and live music.

Local architect David Huboi on the steps of St. Lukes. Photo by Heather Graham.

San Benito Lifestyle

Hollister’s architectural identity is downtown

Architect and planning commissioner David Huboi shares his favorite designs.