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June 27, 2022

Authorities respond to Thanksgiving Day murder-suicide

San Benito County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a suspected murder-suicide after an elderly couple were found dead at their home in the Ridgemark area on Thanksgiving Day, according to authorities.

Hollister downtown parklet project nearly finished

It’s been more than a week since construction crews began erecting parklets along San Benito Street in Hollister, shutting down the once busy road. But the city’s main strip in the downtown area along with 17 local businesses are set to reopen this weekend after...

Hollister city council shoots down “Urgency Ordinance”

Updated: Dec. 18, 3:30pm The thunderous claps could be heard throughout the city of Hollister as the City Council voted against a proposed “Urgency Ordinance,” which would’ve allowed city enforcement officers to cite individuals and businesses for violating the state’s stay-at-home orders. The city council voted,...

Cannery union protests Hollister water fees

The 2020 season is right around the corner for San Benito Foods as workers gear up to can hundreds of pounds of tomatoes. However, the company is facing a water issue that could prevent the cannery from opening its doors and leaving hundreds without...

Standoff north of Hollister ends with no major injuries

Police and sheriff’s deputies on Monday arrested a shooting suspect after a tense six-hour standoff on Churchill Road that could have ended in tragedy, according to authorities. About 5:45pm Sept. 7, San Benito County Sheriff’s deputies received a call from a male resident on the...

Former GOP candidate for 30th district convicted of election fraud

Neil Kitchens—a Prunedale resident who ran unsuccessfully against Robert Rivas in the 2018 race for state assembly—pleaded guilty to felony election fraud on election day 2020, according to authorities.

Downtown Hollister businesses hit hard due to stay-at-home order

The City of Hollister came up with the idea to allow business owners to keep their places open under all of the state’s Covid-19 guidelines with the help of building new outdoor parklets along San Benito Street. But any plans to utilize the outdoor spaces...

Arrest of unmasked resident sparks social media furor

The arrest of an unmasked San Benito County resident and business owner at the supervisors meeting chambers Dec. 15 has sparked a firestorm of commentary on social media and among the community.

Working on the razor’s edge

It’s been a rough week for Aurora Manzo, owner of Divas Aka Beauty and Barber Shop, as she’s had to transition yet again to one of the new Covid-19 orders announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Newsom last week released a new guidance specifically for outdoor...

Environmentalists protest against new highway nodes

A group of environmentalists known as Preserve Our Rural Communities, a grassroots group in San Benito County, took over a small section of the Superior Court parking lot on Tuesday morning.   Organizer Andy Hsia-Coron took the lead on Jan. 5 in what was a peaceful...

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