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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 18, 2018 

Cove logger named SHHS natural resources teacher

Starting next year, Sweet Home High School students will have the option to earn credits in natural resources following the School Board's decision last week to hire a natural resources career and...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 18, 2018 

Council finalizes design details for new SH City Hall

The Sweet Home City Council selected a floor plan for the new City Hall last week, asking for a couple of minor changes. In a work session on April 10. Scott-Edwards Architecture presented council...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 18, 2018 

Canine cop Gemma graduates from training

Sweet Home Police Officer Sasha McDonald's canine partner has graduated and joined her in patrolling the streets. Gemma, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, graduated on April 3 after completing 200 hours...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 18, 2018 

New volunteer emergency management coordinator making difference for city

The City of Sweet Home’s Emergency Preparedness Committee has been somewhat stalled in the past year or so, but a new volunteer emergency management coordinator has been a catalyst for renewed activity. Tommy Mull, 45, is moving an update of the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 11, 2018

Pinwheels Against Child Abuse

Dozens of people gathered Saturday morning to plant pinwheels at Sweet Home Police Department and then "Walk for a Child" as part of Child Abuse Awareness Month. The Sweet Home Police Department is...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 11, 2018

Police seek Sweet Home driver after chase, collision with patrol car

Sweet Home police are seeking a 31-year-old Sweet Home man in connection to a high-speed pursuit early and crash into a patrol car on April 3 and for outstanding warrants. Officer Gerrit Southard...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 11, 2018

SHJH remodel cost estimate is $11 million

The first estimate is in for the Sweet Home Junior High School remodel, and at $11 million, it’s bigger than the $8 million bond and grant that are supposed to fund it. But school officials worked last week on ways to move forward with the project...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 11, 2018

Cops seek ways to steer pot revenue to students

The state regularly issues press releases about how much tax revenue the sale of marijuana is generating, but none of that money is earmarked for education programs about the newly legal drug. That's...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 11, 2018

Commissioners zero in on rules for accessory dwellings in SH

The Sweet Home Planning Commission last week wrapped up a discussion about regulating accessory dwelling structures and will soon begin the public hearing process. Under a new state law, property owners will be allowed to construct accessory...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 11, 2018

Foundation presents six community service grants

The Sweet Home Community Foundation presented more than $10,000 to six organizations last week as part of its annual Alice Blazer Community Grant cycle. The foundation presented the awards during a...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 11, 2018

Rio Theater expansion goes public

Sweet Home should have a second cinema screen this year after Rio Theater owner Thomas Baham finishes the remodel of the neighboring building, which became visible to the public last week. Baham began preparing the new building, 1351 Main St., the fo...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 4, 2018

Councilors give OK for economic strategy

The Sweet Home City Council told Community and Economic Development Director Jerry Sorte by consensus to move forward with a proposed economic development strategy last week. Sorte outlined the city’s efforts in economic development and plans...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 4, 2018

Annual rock show provides casual collectors opportunity to hang with experts

Robert Rosé spent a lot of the weekend peering through a loupe at crystalline structures in a wide variety of rocks people brought to the Sweet Home Rock and Gem Show for identification. As he...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 4, 2018

Illegal drugs on the rise in Linn County, deputy D.A. warns

Deputy District Attorney Michael Wynhausen warned Friday, March 30, that the use of illegal drugs is rising in Linn County. Wynhausen spoke about the trends and impacts of drugs on the community in...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 4, 2018

Sweet Home facing 'recycling crisis,' City Council told

Recycling materials are piling up at material recovery facilities with nowhere to go, and that includes refuse from Sweet Home. Sweet Home Sanitation Site Manager Scott Gagner said the grounds around...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 4, 2018

Rules changing fast for what's accepted, what's not, in recycling bins

As Chinese regulations are driving a recycling crisis in Oregon, companies are paying higher costs for recycling, and their list of recyclables allowed in comingled recycling bins is changing rapidly. Sweet Home Sanitation Site Manager Scott Gagner...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 28, 2018

SHEDG adds new board members

The Sweet Home Economic Development Group membership re-elected two members and elected one new member of the Board of Directors during its annual membership meeting last week. Joining the board during the meeting, held on March 21, is Bryan...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 28, 2018

Discarded drug syringes on the rise in Sweet Home, according to police

Last year, Sweet Home police responded nearly once a week to reports of discarded syringes. That trend has continued into 2018, with 17 reports as of Friday – the 12th week of this year. Last year,...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 28, 2018

High school choir aims for first state berth in 7 years

It's been quite a while since Sweet Home High School's Symphonic Choir has qualified to go to the state championships. This year there's a lot of hope in the choir room. The Symphonic Choir last week...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 28, 2018

Child Abuse Awareness events planned for April

The Sweet Home Police Department is asking the community to join in supporting efforts to promote the prevention of child abuse during April, Child Abuse Awareness Month. "We're having a pinwheel...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 21, 2018

Council OKs City Hall remodel plan

The Sweet Home City Council last week settled on plans for remodeling the new City Hall. After receiving comments from city councilors last month, Liz Kale, Kate Dougherty and Sid Scott of...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 21, 2018

Numbers shifting at SHEM

The number of food boxes distributed by Sweet Home Emergency Ministries has decreased by about a third in the past three years, but the arrangements of the families assisted by the nonprofit...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 21, 2018

Clint Black final pick to headline Jamboree

The Oregon Jamboree announced Clint Black Friday as its final headliner for the 2018 festival. Black will be joined by Chris Lane and Darryl Worley, who played the Jamboree's Mystery Concert in...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 21, 2018

High school administrators shuffle seats with A.D.'s departure

Sweet Home High School Dean of Students Chris Hiaasen will be Sweet Home High School's new vice principal next year following the retirement of Athletic Director Steve Brown. Mark Looney will move to...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 21, 2018

High school officials focus on boosting graduates

In their new positions at Sweet Home High School, Kristin Adams and Chris Hiaasen are spearheading the district’s Measure 98-based efforts to increase high school graduation rates. Adams, who was formerly the district’s GEAR-UP coordinator, will...

 

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