kids reading in the library June 30, 2022. Photo by Juliana Luna.

Government / Politics

San Benito County awarded three grants totaling $49.4 million

The funds will be used for library expansion, bridge repairs and mental health services in schools.

Danny Chavez being interviewed at Levi’s Stadium about using the power of sport to teach life skills to at-risk youth. Photo courtesy of Empowering Our Community for Success.


Nonprofit serving at-risk youth makes a play for San Benito County

Empowering Our Communities for Success has served Santa Clara County kids since 2013.

2022 STEAM Expo. Photo courtesy of San Benito County Office of Education.

News Release

San Benito County Office of Education announces STEAM Expo winners

Five students are eligible to enter their science projects in the California State Science & Engineering Fair on April 12 in Los Angeles.

Photo from video interview.


SBC public health officer addresses COVID-19 vaccine safety

Dr. George Gellert addresses vaccine safety, breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and COVID-19 in schools.

News Release

Local residents vote Ladd Lane as top school in county

Hollister Free Lance readers chose Ladd Lane as the No. 1 school in San Benito County for the second consecutive year, according to recently released results from the news organization’s community poll. 

County staff at the Vaccination site at 351 Tres Pinos Road on Sept. 15. Photo by Noe Magaña.


San Benito County health officials issue COVID-19 update

There have been 75 reported infections in schools over the past month.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.


Public meetings for the week of Oct. 25

Discussions include ground water, zebra mussels, and redistricting.

State Assemblymember Robert Rivas. File photo.

Government / Politics

Governor signs Golden State Teacher Grant Program

Bill proposed by Assemblymembers Robert Rivas and Patrick O’Donnell aims to staff schools

Rancho San Justo Middle School. Photo by Leslie David.

Children and Youth

HSD says Rancho San Justo Middle School gun rumors were a hoax

Hollister School District Superintendent Diego Ochoa sends message to local news media saying talk about "alleged gun on campus" at Rancho San Justo are rumors only.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Children and Youth

Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline

San Benito County Office of Education and Youth Alliance to host community workshop.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Art & Culture

City of Hollister awarded transportation planning grant to develop Complete Streets Plan

City gets $259,768 grant to develop study for Buena Vista Road, Santa Ana Road, Meridian Street and Memorial Drive.

Hollister School District Superintendent Diego Ochoa at the Jan. 17 meet and greet hosted by LULAC and other organizations. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Schools & Education

Hispanic community hosts Hollister School District superintendent

Meeting attendees say Diego Ochoa can relate to and inspire HSD students.

Hollister Police Department. File photo by Joshua Miller.

Schools & Education

Hollister Police Department to conduct school zone saturation patrols

Patrols expected to be ongoing with partial funding from traffic safety grant.

File Photo.

Schools & Education

Election 2018: Hollister School District

Six compete for three seats on school board.

Photo provided by JMM Dance Co.

Art & Culture

New All Abilities Dance Program for the Community

First session starts October 4 and runs for 10 weeks.