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June 28, 2022

Hollister Police arrest suspect in homicide of Nikko Espinoza

The Hollister Police Department announced that a suspect involved in the death of Nikko Espinoza was arrested on Wednesday, ending a six month investigation led by a crew of detectives and officers.  Jessica Chacon, 32, of Hollister was arrested and booked for murder on May...

County residents to get free testing for Covid-19

The San Benito County Public Health Services department announced that the state selected the county as a no-cost Covid-19 testing site. Dr. David Ghilarducci, County Interim Health Officer, issued a press release that said residents can get tested for Covid-19 at the Veteran’s Memorial Building...

Voters to decide on Strada Verde plan

San Benito County voters will decide in November if a plan for a major development should move forward. The county supervisors voted unanimously July 21 to place the Strada Verde Innovation Park project on the Nov. 3 ballot. According to the campaign committee in support of...

Hollister PD investigates suspicious death

The Hollister Police Department is investigating the suspicious death of a 32-year old man who was found behind the steering wheel of a car on Wednesday evening. The police issued a press release on Dec. 31 announcing that the man has yet to be identified...

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 Mayor Election: Meet the candidates

Over the next several days, the Hollister Free Lance will profile candidates for local City of Hollister and San Benito County offices that will appear on the Nov. 3 election.

Highway 25 expansion project officially underway

The expansion project for Highway 25 has been an ongoing quandary in San Benito County that has spanned for more than two decades, leading to nothing but a road of dead ends. But that’s about to change after the Council of San Benito County Governments...

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...

Science writers answer questions about SCU, CZU fires

Last summer’s wildfires had Silicon Valley glued to its screens to track multiple blazes as they encroached from different directions.

County elections office releases final results

Staff Report The San Benito County Elections Office this week released the official final results of the local vote count in the Nov. 3 General Election.  The San Benito County Registrar of Voters on Nov. 30 posted the last set of numbers that showed there were...