CASA of San Benito staff organizes the donated pajamas in 2019. Photo provided by CASA.

News Release

DDH Insurance holding fourth annual pajama drive

Residents may donate new pajamas through Dec. 2.

The house at 1371 Hillcrest Road has been an eyesore for over a year. Photo by John Chadwell.


Sheriff’s Dept. arrest three men for drugs, weapons and child endangerment

Deputies found three children aged approximately 3, 8, and 10 years old, living in squalor.

Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.

News Release

CDC recommends children receive COVID vaccines

The CDC announced June 18 it approved the COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months old and older.

Community members are invited to share their opinions on BenitoLink. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


COMMUNITY OPINION: Union says Hollister teachers are tired, hurt and angry

HESTA writes about what teachers have experienced this year, as well as the effects of the Hollister School District's reported budget crisis.

Kids get exercise during a health and fitness lesson at the Emergency Pop Up Camp hosted by the YMCA of San Benito County. Photo courtesy of YMCA.

News Release

Central Coast YMCA to Host School Break Camps and Winter Wonderland Event

School break camp will run over winter holiday break in December and January.

2020 PJ drive. Photo courtesy of Diane Diaz Hopkins.

Children and Youth

3rd annual pajama drive aims to collect more than 125 donations

Diane Diaz Hopkins Insurance team collects comfortable new pajamas for foster children and other youth in San Benito County.

Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.

News Release

CDC approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in children 5 through 11 years of age

The state was allocated 1.2 million pediatric doses from the federal government.

Schools & Education

COMMENTARY: HSD nurses step up to challenge during pandemic

The Hollister School District writes that its credentialed school nurses, along with health clerks at individual school sites, have been particularly busy during the pandemic.

File photo by Joshua Miller.


Children abducted, then returned to father

Mother took children ages five, seven and eight from home but was found in Lathrop, CA.

Ladd Lane Principal Jeannine Ostoja and Vice Principal Maylani Mahler with a poster highlighting the guiding idea of Capturing Kids' Hearts. Photo provided.

Schools & Education

Six HSD schools get national recognition

Capturing Kids’ Hearts programming focuses on creating a school culture where kids are cared for.

An artist rendering of the Wave Bench by Randolph Colosky planned to be installed at Dunne Park. Photo provided by San Benito Arts Council.

Art & Culture

Dunne Park getting new benches with artistic twist

Projects are aimed at attracting residents to the grounds while deterring homeless sleepers and vandalism.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Business / Economy

Changes coming to state’s nutrition program

In San Benito County, WIC vouchers will be replaced with EBT cards in February 2020.

Folks gathered at Paine's Restaurant in Hollister on March 5 to kickoff a fundraiser for the San Benito County YMCA. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Children and Youth

San Benito County YMCA starts fundraising campaign

Paine’s Restaurant lunch kicks off this year’s funding drive.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay

Children and Youth

COMMUNITY OPINION: Insiders and Outsiders

The number of people in San Benito County making intolerant, ignorant, and xenophobic remarks regarding new housing developments, the homeless population, and undocumented immigrants is disturbing.

Santa at the Library Photo courtesy San Benito County Free Library

Children and Youth

Santa at the SBC Free Library in Hollister

Santa comes to San Benito County Free Library on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 14