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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 3, 2018

Beyond books at the library

Want to learn to play an instrument in this new year? The Sweet Home Public Library is offering just that opportunity with its new ukulele program. Based on the popularity of one of its programs last...

 

Year in Review: 2017 included high points, in sports, economy

Following are some of the big stories of 2017, collected by our staff. Amidst the highs and lows that are typical of any year, we enjoyed a building boom, the arrival of a new Dollar General store, a...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    January 3, 2018

LBCC steps up to provide door for disabled students

Gerritt Schaffer expected to face some challenges when he returned to college last year. Getting into the building wasn't one of them. Schaffer, 42, has used a wheelchair since he was paralyzed from...

 

Searchers find missing Foster man

Linn County Sheriff's deputies have found a Foster man, Craig Johnston, 83, of Foster, who was reported missing early Thursday, Jan. 4. At 5:10 a.m. Thursday, Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 3, 2018

Public to get look at plans for Jr. High

The public will get its first look at schematic design plans for the Sweet Home Junior High School remodel next week during two public forums. The following week, the board will consider whether to...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 3, 2018

Prospecting club donates $5,500 to Kids Food Pak program

The East Linn Treasure Seekers finished off 2017 with a $5,500 donation to the Kids Food Pak program. All of the group's activities that raise funds are dedicated to helping pay for the Food Pak...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 3, 2018

Wastewater bill rises $17.10 for most this month

An increase in wastewater rates took effect Nov. 18 and is being reflected in water-wastewater utility bills this this month. On average, the monthly increase will amount to $17.10. That’s for residential customers who expel 600 cubic feet of...

 

Joseph M. Ponzoha

March 5, 1922 - Dec. 27, 2017 Joseph M. Ponzoha, 95, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at Maryville care home. Joe was born March 5, 1922 in Pe Ell, Wash., the son of Polish immigrants, Carl and...

 

Maynard Marcks

June 11, 1949 – Dec. 25, 2017 Maynard Keith Marcks Sr., 68, of Sweet Home died Dec. 25, 2017. He was born June 11, 1949 in Sweet Home to August and Viola (Cane) Marcks.  He enjoyed fishing at Foster Lake and camping up Quartzville. He loved...

 

Lebanon hospital announces flu season restrictions

To protect pediatric patients, mothers and newborns from flu viruses circulating in the region, all Samaritan Health Services hospitals will limit visitors in birthing centers, beginning Thursday, Jan. 4. The restrictions will remain in place until...

 

Thanks for those who aided Gleaners

Editor: I was going through my pile of papers that I have let pile up for the last month. In it, I flipped through the newspapers real quickly. In the Nov. 22, there was an editorial that made me cry: “Gleaners dumping problems dirty business.” V...

 

Measure 101 a bad deal for taxpayers

Editor: In a Nov. 17 letter to Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen documented the myriad ways in which the agency tasked with managing Oregon’s $9.3 billion Medicaid program has wasted or misallocated taxpayer dollars....

 
 By Tom Yahraes    News    January 3, 2018

Superintendent outlines progress, plans for local schools

As we head into the new year, I want to highlight the district’s strides toward continuous facility and program improvement as well as opportunities for staff and community to provide input. Junior High Renovation ’Tis the season to say thanks...

 

Jan. 23 election ballot Measure 101 to determine how state pays for Medicaid

By: Claire Withycombe (EO Media Capital Bureau) An issue on the ballot in January could impact how Oregon finances its share of the Medicaid bill. On Jan. 23 Oregon voters will have a chance to weigh in on Measure 101, helping decide how the state...

 

Around Town Jan. 3, 2018

Hands-on learning for pre-teens Sweet Home Public Library will host Mechanisms, a hands-on learning activity, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month until June at the Sweet Home Public Library, 1101 13th Ave. Ward Christman will...

 

Public Safety Jan. 3, 2018

Dec. 28 3:11 a.m. - Heroin overdose reported, 1200 block of 49th. A 21-year-old male transported to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital by medics. 8:59 a.m. - Travis Gray Hummer, 31, turned in himself on a Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply...

 

Swimming: Girls win at Newport

Sweet Home ‘s girls won a five-way meet Thursday, Dec. 28, featuring competition the Huskies don’t see regularly outside of the state meet – Newport, Seaside, Taft and Toledo. The boys were second, with 259 points behind host Newport (459),...

 

All-State Huskies

Ally Tow and Rawlins Lupoli have been selected to the All-State volleyball and boys soccer teams, announced by the Oregonian. All-state teams are determined by a vote of the state's coaches and...

 

Sweet Home varsity 5th in 36-team NW Duals, but they're not only winners

Sweet Home's wrestlers placed fifth in the 36-team Northwest Duals tournament Thursday and Friday, Dec. 28 and 29, hosted by West Albany at the Linn County Expo Center. The Huskies entered two...

 

Boys lose in basketball; girls get win

The Huskies had a rough week in boys basketball, falling to Woodburn 66-49 and Blanchet Catholic 82-68 in the SCTC Holiday Classic Tournament hosted by Stayton High School. They faced Woodburn Wednesday and Blanchet Thursday. “They’re an OK 5A...

 

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