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October 22, 2021

City officials approve downtown parklet program

San Benito Street in downtown Hollister is undergoing some major construction this week and city officials are hoping it’ll pave a new road to reopening the economy. The Hollister City Council unanimously approved a parklet program on Oct. 19 that will assist businesses during the...

Pumpkin paradise

The time to go hunting for that perfect pumpkin is slowly running out and Swank Farms is one of the few places in San Benito County to still get the season’s favorite squash just in time for Halloween.  The pumpkin patch, at 4751 Pacheco Highway,...

Hollister adopts new face covering ordinance

The City of Hollister is moving forward with a new ordinance that will impose steep penalties for those caught not wearing a face covering in accordance with state guidelines.  The city council on Sept. 21 heard from a flurry of residents and business owners opposed...

Ground breaks on 400 Block

It’s been 31 years since the corner of San Benito and Fourth Streets was occupied by something other than an empty grass lot.  However, Gary Byrne, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for San Benito County, along with Rebecca and Randy Wolf on Sept....

Downtown Hollister car show postponed

The Hollister Downtown Association announced Sept. 11 that the annual Street Festival and Car Show was postponed to 2021.

CineLux to debut drive-in theater in Gilroy

For nearly two years, Gilroy residents anxiously awaited the city’s only movie theater to reopen while it underwent an extensive renovation. The CineLux Gilroy Cafe and Lounge at 6851 Monterey St. was ready to reopen its doors in March, inviting the community to gander at...

Colorful collars: Local family’s newly created home-based business is growing

Life has gotten stale over the past five months since the shelter-in-place order went into effect. Everyone has binge-watched their favorite television show, perhaps multiple times. They’ve run out of puzzles to challenge their minds, worn paths from walking around the outside of their homes,...

Free to read

Bill’s Bullpen Baseball Cards and Comics shop has been in the same spot in downtown Hollister for the past 34 years. Photos of little league baseball teams the store has sponsored of years past still hang on the wall.   The comic book shop is just...

Amazon buys Gilroy ag land

Tech giant Amazon purchased 66 acres of farmland in Gilroy under its data services subsidiary, according to property records filed Aug. 14. Seattle-based Amazon Web Services purchased the land on Camino Arroyo, just south of the Gilroy Premium Outlets and behind See Grins RV and...

Food & Drink: A ‘pour’ decision

A trio of friends were sitting around one day, toying with the idea of opening a tap room and coming up with a clever name for their brand. That’s when someone said, “Well, we all make poor decisions” and the three of them howled as...