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Marisa Villegas stated, "It’s always so exciting to hear about athletes from your hometown do big things." Photo courtesy of Marisa Villegas.

Sports

San Benito County cheers as local athlete enters MLB

Haybaler alum Conner Menez made his SF Giants debut July 21.

Professors and teaching assistants introduce students to 8th grade algebra. Photo provided.

Children and Youth

Ten years of algebra excellence

Middle schoolers learn from professors and develop teamwork skills at weeklong Algebra Academy.


Skydiver Gustavo Pio is all smiles after a tandem jump at Skydive Hollister. Photos by Heather Graham.

Recreation & Sports

Skydive Hollister offers thrills and good vibes

Under new ownership, it offers tandem and solo jumps.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and San Juan Bautista Mayor Cesar Flores. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Arts

Poets gather in San Juan Bautista for three-day symposium

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and others hold workshops at Saint Francis Retreat.

Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and County Supervisor Jaime De La Cruz cut the ribbon with youngsters from YMCA, officially opening McCarthy Street Park. Photos by John Chadwell.

Recreation

McCarthy Street Park opens

City applies for $16 million in grants to build more parks.

Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors learn about nature and the environment during the Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend on July 13-14. Photo provided.

Children and Youth

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast hike state parks

Scouts Love State Parks weekend gets local girls outdoors.

The Milky Way. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Science

Searching the Sky: No telescope needed for this view

The first in a series of astronomy articles on stargazing.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Education

Gavilan College alumnus recalls college days out at airport

A 1967 graduate shares his experience.

Academia de Mariachi Infantil Alma De Mexico performing at a July 20 competition in Morgan Hill. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

Hollister-based mariachi group plays in its first competition

Despite nerves, Academia de Mariachi Infantil Alma De Mexico enjoys performing for a big crowd in Morgan Hill.

SBHS communications officer Adam Breen said communication has to be transparent, no matter if the message is good or bad. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education

SBHS aims to close communication gap

Communications officer utilizes social media, newsletters and website to keep students and public informed.

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

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.

Students came to thank dance instructor Kathia Herrera (center) at the end of summer assembly. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Education

Educators reflect on Migrant Summer School program

Students close out the session with a dance performance.

Second Chance Success Panelists Brian Evans, Pablo Gaxiola, Michael Salinas, Amy Bravo, Rolando Barrientos and Jose Rodriguez discussed second chance employment opportunities at a July 16 workshop hosted by the San Benito County Workforce Development Board. Photo by Melissa Melton.

Our Economy

Breaking recidivism through second chance employment

Workshop encourages businesses not to reject job applicants because of criminal history.

Mason Churchill, a 17-year-old with fragile x syndrome, has blossomed since starting work with Growing Hearts Garden Center. Photo provided by Chris Evans.

Nonprofits

Growing Hearts one at a time

Hollister nonprofit is helping Mason Churchill, a 17-year-old resident with fragile X syndrome, develop both personally and professionally.

Yamamoto Hula Ohana practicing. Photo courtesy of Jenny Camera Ray.

Recreation & Sports

Hollister Rec offers hula dance instruction

Yamamoto Hula Ohana also organizes and performs at community events.

Photographer Alicia Arcidiacono (left) takes a moment for a photo with her husband in front of her photographs. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Arts

San Benito County photographers highlighted in ‘Framing a Story’ opening reception

Show features photographic essays by 10 artists.

Families enjoying their time together at B&R Farms' U-Pick event on July 13. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Agriculture

B&R Farms opens its gates to the public

Guests come from near and far to pick their own apricots.

Many local farms have recipes in their stores or online for customers to follow. Photos by Becky Bonner.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

What to make with Blenheim apricots

Searching for a new apricot dish? BenitoLink has you covered.

Linda and Pat Lampe cutting the ribbon in front of Worth Saving Thrift Store. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Our Economy

Worth Saving has grand opening

Hollister thrift store supports local low-income residents and homeless.

Most Read

Superintendent Diego Ochoa said as a Spanish speaker he could be a familiar voice to convince people to take part in the 2020 Census. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education

HSD Superintendent Ochoa gets pushback on working with 2020 Census

Two trustees object to his wish to volunteer for a city and county effort to maximize turnout.

Martin Carver speaks during the housing element workshop at the community center. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Land Use

SJB housing element workshop narrows down potential sites for rezoning

Attendees favor vacant lot behind Valero gas station.

San Juan School. File photo.

Education

Aromas, San Juan schools let out early

Gas leak and power outage on the first day of school.

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