Donnalou Ramirez is currently ranked seventh nationally. Photos provided by Donnalou Ramirez.

Sports & Recreation

Local female bodybuilder raises the bar

Donnalou Ramirez ranks seventh nationwide.

Photos provided by San Benito High School.

Education / Schools

SBHS students work with virtual dissection table

Anatomage Table offers four, 3D interactive cadavers and thousands of case studies.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Health

Flu season is around the corner

Californians urged to get the flu vaccine in September/October.

Supervisor Jim Gillio, Sandie Weis, Lisa Sears, Melanie Scherer, Susan Hilden, Adrian Sanchez, Barbara Rubio, Hollister Police Chief David Westrick, and Mayor Ignacio Velazquez. Photos by Karie Stephens.

San Benito Lifestyle

Mobile animal clinic snips 1,000th local pet

SNIP Bus returns to Hollister for low-cost spay and neuter options.

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.

Justin Heckman and daughter McKenzie after finishing the 2019 River Run 5k on Aug. 24 at the Graniterock quarry in Tres Pinos. Photos by Patty Lopez Day.

Sports & Recreation

Graniterock River Run draws excitement to Tres Pinos

5k and one-mile fun runs take participants inside an active quarry.

Community members of all ages were in attendance. Photos provided by Chuck Obeso-Bradley.

Health

Walking all night so someone may walk another day

20th annual San Benito County Relay for Life event raises $123,000 for cancer.

Homeless at Dunne Park in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Health

Homeless population drops in new count

It’s the second lowest number in San Benito County since 2011.

The San Benito Health Foundation at 351 Felice Drive in Hollister. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Health

San Benito Health Foundation holds ribbon-cutting for green upgrades

Solar and other off-the-grid energy sources allow the clinic to operate during power outages.

Photo provided by Roy Zarate with Hollister Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Health

Seventh-day Adventist Church hosts third annual free health clinic

Dental work, medical screenings and eye care available.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Events

Congressman Jimmy Panetta to speak at San Benito Health Foundation ceremony

Changes to the facility include solar panels, LED lights and an ethanol-fueled generator.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Health

Finding mental health services in San Benito County

In the wake of recent violence, a look at community resources.

Supporters of a ban on flavored tobacco products tried to appeal to Hollister City Council at an Aug. 5 meeting. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister City Council continues wrestling with flavored tobacco sales

Members vote down a proposed amendment as insufficient; ad hoc committee will go back to the drawing board.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

No bird shows at San Benito County Fair after disease outbreak

After Virulent Newcastle disease appears in several Southern California counties, poultry will be missing from Northern California fairs this year.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Health

San Benito County Relay For Life celebrates 20th Anniversary

Local cancer fundraiser takes place on August 2-3 at the Rancho San Justo School athletic fields. Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m.