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'Super' Blue Moon and More

A rare lunar display lights the sky Jan. 31 – before the clouds move in on Sweet Home – as a lunar eclipse begins to throw its shadow over a "Super Blue Moon" at 4 a.m. The clouds grew too thick...

 

Planners mull new accessory dwelling law

Planning Commission members batted around a number of ideas for regulations to accommodate a state requirement that will allow the addition of accessory dwelling spaces on residential properties in an effort to increase the supply of affordable...

 

Police: Majority of Sweet Home vehicle break-ins start with unlocked doors

In most cases in Sweet Home, when someone reports a thief has entered a vehicle, a door was unlocked. Police figures show that trend continued through 2017 as the number of “car prowls” – unlawful entry into a motor vehicle – increased from...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    February 7, 2018

Genealogical Society seeks help identifying hundreds of photos

The Sweet Home Genealogy Society needs help from the community to identify people in its collection of photographs. The SHGS Library, at 1223 Kalmia St., between the city library and the Hope Center,...

 

Kathleen Barnard

Sept. 21, 1942 - Feb. 4, 2018 Kathleen Barnard, 75, of Sweet Home died Feb. 4, 2018. She was born Sept. 21, 1942 in Oxnard, Calif. to Theron Alexander and Edith Lucille (Chapman) Kissee. She lived in Oxnard before moving to Port Hueneme, Calif. She...

 

Robert Gourley

June 10, 1968 - Feb. 2, 2018 Robert Elwin Gourley, 49, of Foster died Feb. 2, 2018 in Albany. He was born June 10, 1968 in Lebanon, the third son of Jack Elwin Gourley and Betty Beatrice Taylor. Mr....

 

Retha R. Swegar

Nov. 13, 1928 - Jan. 30, 2018 Retha M. Swegar, 89, a former Sweet Home resident for 50 years and most recently living in Stayton, was surrounded by family when she died peacefully after a long illness...

 

Longtime volunteer firefighter back in Sweet Home full-time

As Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District's newest battalion chief, Randy Whitfield is in very familiar territory. While he has spent more than 22 years working at the Lebanon Fire District before...

 

Dennis Richardson shows what can be accomplished in Salem

We often criticize public officials, particularly at the state and federal levels, whose focus appears to be more on establishing their legacy as social and environmental engineers rather than, say, our state’s and nation’s problems of massive...

 

City bill policy not business-like

Editor: Recent issues of The New Era have had excellent citizen and editorial input and statements regarding the slamming of landlords for errant renters whose water/sewer bills become past due. Since it is deemed “right” to demand the landlord...

 

Around Town Feb. 7, 2018

Ladies night for B&G Club Feb. 7 A fund-raiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam will kick off with a champagne toast at 5:30 p.m., followed by an auction starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the Boulder Falls Event Center. This...

 

Public Safety Feb. 7, 2018

Feb. 5 5:13 a.m. - Brandon Ryan Freeman, 24, arrested on Linn County warrant for failure to comply on original charge of third-degree theft, and Jeremy Michael Hicks, 37, arrested on Lebanon warrant for contempt of court on original charge of second-...

 

Fire on Cedar

Firefighters extinguish a fire at 1610 Cedar St., home to three adults The fire destroyed the garage and some damage to the house. Fire officials estimated the damage at $70,000 to the structures and...

 

Tax season kicks off with some basic tips from state Revenue

The Oregon Department of Revenue and the IRS will begin processing tax returns on January 29. Taxpayers can submit their returns earlier, but processing won’t start until the tax season officially begins. Once processing begins, returns will be...

 

Niemann, LoCash, Diamond Rio added to Jamboree line-up

The Oregon Jamboree has added three new artists, Diamond Rio, LoCash and Jerrod Niemann, to its 2018 lineup. Diamond Rio has "been around forever," said Teresa Stas, Jamboree marketing director. The...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    February 7, 2018

Former Holley teacher sentenced

A former Holley Elementary School teacher was sentenced on Feb. 2 to 42 months in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of second-degree sex abuse. According to court documents, Cordy, of...

 

Man arrested after shots reported in SH

A man was arrested late Thursday night, Feb. 1, after allegedly firing a gun from an apartment and then running from police. Sweet Home Police responded at approximately 10:50 p.m. to the Stonebrook...

 

Huskies wrestle final dual meet; turn focus toward districts

It wasn't dramatic, but it was fun as Sweet Home's wrestlers finished their regular season Thursday, Feb. 1, with a 63-15 win over Cottage Grove. The Huskies honored their seniors, Bryce Coulter, Zak...

 

Despite late surge by Tow, Huskies fall

Sophomore Casey Tow played his best game and his best quarter in varsity basketball Saturday as the Huskies just missed closing a 17-point deficit and taking Sutherlin, the top team in the Sky-Em League, to overtime. Tow scored 13 of the Huskies...

 

Swimmers swamp foes in final meet

With the district championships a week away, Sweet Home's swimmers left Coach Doug Peargin optimistic after they walloped Cascade, North Marion and Toledo Thursday, Feb. 1, in their final home meet...

 

SH runs out of gas at Sutherlin

The Huskies lost 49-21 at Sutherlin in girls basketball Friday. They played competitively three out of four quarters, said Coach Dave McNeil, but “after halftime, we couldn’t maintain our energy.” Sutherlin built a 9-4 lead in the first...

 

Mat Club wrestlers place in state tourney

Twelve Sweet Home Mat Club wrestlers placed at the Oregon Kids State Tournament held Jan. 27-28 at the Expo Center in Redmond. Bailey Chafin was the only state champion, placing first in the Novice Girls 78-pound division. Jake Sieminski placed...

 

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