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October 22, 2021

Former Gilroy educator pleads guilty to cancer fundraising fraud

A former Gilroy educator pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud for soliciting donations from individuals to help her pay for cancer treatments she did not need nor received, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Amanda Christine Riley admitted to purposely deceiving people into thinking she...

Developer eyes annexation in southwest Gilroy

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A developer has proposed to annex 194 acres of agricultural land in southwest Gilroy and build up to 1,195 residential units, according to a conceptual plan submitted to the city in July. The proposal, in the early stages, could take years to play out, as...

San Benito High girls water polo team on verge of winning league title

Since Rachel Smithee graduated from San Benito High in 2015, the girls water polo team has endured one of its toughest stretches in program history. The Haybalers couldn't even field a team for the 2016 and 2017 seasons because of a lack of numbers,...

Photos: Northern California Renaissance Fair

The Northern California Renaissance Faire festivities continued this past weekend as hundreds of guests showed up to celebrate Oktoberfest inside the makeshift town of Willington at Casa de Fruta. The festival features crafts such as ceramics and sculpture, clothing, glass art, hats and garlands, jewelry...

San Benito County: How would you spend $12.2 million? 

San Benito County will receive more than $12 million in Covid-related relief funds from the federal government, and local officials are asking residents and community members how it should be spent. The funds, to the tune of about $12.2 million, are from the American Rescue...

Kathleen Rose retiring from Gavilan College

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Kathleen Rose will retire from her position as Gavilan College’s superintendent and president on July 1. Rose made the announcement during the Oct. 7 Board of Trustees Development meeting. “My family and I are ready for a new chapter in my life and after many months...

Red Cross receives $10K grant from San Benito Community Foundation

The American Red Cross announced last week that it has received a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation for San Benito County.  The nonprofit Community Foundation was formed in 1992 and is a well-known and respected philanthropic organization that enhances the quality of life in...

Hotel goes skyward

Work continues on the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites at 391 Gateway Drive in Hollister. The hotel, owned by Lotus Management, will feature 93 rooms, an indoor pool, fitness center and meeting space, with an opening planned for early spring 2022. It is...

A caravan for farmworkers

A convoy of 55 cars and trucks, known as the Farmworkers Caravan, departed from San Jose the morning of Oct. 2, and arrived at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hollister. Their purpose? To deliver thousands of donated food items, emergency supplies and household items...

Local Scene: Maggiora wins scholarship, Cardboard Challenge returns

Maggiora receives national scholarship Hollister resident Ashley Maggiora is one of 16 students being awarded a scholarship for academic achievement, community service and leadership by the Goulds Water Technology Professional Dealer’s Association (GPDA). The scholarship is open to students in the U.S. and Canada. “Every year,...