Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Education / Schools

Latinos in Technology Scholarship now open

College juniors and seniors pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields eligible to apply.

Joseph and John Wynn sat through discussion of their cannabis project at the Sept. 3 Hollister City Council meeting. They were ready to show a slide presentation for the project, but were not asked to do so. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Cannabis and smart glass projects moving forward

John Wynn’s 200-acre cannabis campus would be complemented by a 40-acre electromagnetic glass manufacturing operation.

Greenwood Ford off San Felipe Road in Hollister. The dealership was previously Tiffany Ford, owned and operated by four generations of the Tiffany Family. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Tiffany Ford sells to Greenwood Chevrolet

Family opened the dealership in 1910.

Backed by community members, Mark Gibson cuts the ribbon at the Aug. 28 ceremony celebrating Gibson Farms' newly solar-powered facility. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Agriculture

Gibson Farms moves to renewable energy

Ribbon-cutting introduces community to solar-powered facility.

Photo courtesy of Census Bureau website.

Business / Economy

Confidentiality still a concern among Census 2020 steering committee

Census Bureau specialists assure residents of the survey’s safety and emphasize its importance.

San Benito County Fair. File photo.

San Benito Lifestyle

Deadline approaches for San Benito County Fair entries

Online entries close at midnight on Sept. 5, paper entries close on Sept. 6.

Brewery Twenty Five owners Fran and Sean Fitzharris created a speciality brew to celebrate San Juan Bautista's 150 anniversary. Photo by Becky Bonner.

San Benito Lifestyle

Special brew celebrates a special town

Brewery Twenty Five crafts a new beer to mark San Juan Bautista’s 150th anniversary.

The kids have many activities which help with social skills and more at Chamberlain's. Photo provided.

Nonprofits

San Benito GIVES: Chamberlain’s Youth Services

This year's donations dedicated to completing bedroom makeovers.

The HDA puts on the annual Lights On Celebration Parade. Photo provided.

Nonprofits

San Benito GIVES: Hollister Downtown Association

HDA works to preserve local history and charm, using economic development as its engine.

Keyboards were purchased so students can have music lessons. Photo provided by Jefferson Elementary School.

Nonprofits

San Benito GIVES: E Cubed Foundation

Nonprofit brings arts and science programs to local rural students.

Photo provided by Hope Services.

Nonprofits

Hope Services receives funding for media and employment programs

Community Matching Impact Grant awarded to nonprofit focused on providing programs and services for the developmentally disabled and those with mental health needs in the Silicon Valley and the Central Coast.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo provided by Wanda Guibert and taken by Heidi Balz.

Events

Inaugural beer and wine stroll comes to San Juan Bautista

Event commemorates San Juan Bautista's 150th anniversary of incorporation as a city.

Students at San Benito High School use Google Chromebooks in most of their classes to answer class surveys and submit assignments. The Chromebooks were made possible by a $120,000 grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, which disburses charitable funds in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. Photo credit: Ed Wong.

Business / Economy

Monterey Peninsula Foundation focuses on charitable giving in San Benito County

Organizer of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am has worked with SBC since 2003.

City Manager Bill Avera said staff needed to know the council's preferred number of homes that could be built annually in order to update the Growth Management Plan. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister City Council aims to reduce market-rate housing

But members are unable to settle on a compromise number.

EDC Interim Executive Director Randy Starbuck (standing) ignites discussion between workshop attendees. Photos by Melissa Melton.

Business / Economy

County’s economic development group shares plans to improve local economy

Area organizations attend a workshop on business retention/growth, multi-agency collaboration and tourism marketing plan.