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Articles from the February 28, 2018 edition

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Planners, SHARE members discuss clean-up options

A conversation between members of the Sweet Home Active Revitalization Effort and the Sweet Home Planning Commission Monday night centered on cleaning up Sweet Home’s appearance along Highway 20. The two groups met to discuss economic development...

 

County taking steps to open Upper Calapooia road

Linn County is close to opening Upper Calapooia Drive all the way to the Willamette National Forest. The County Road Department has been preparing and installing dozens of signs along the route since Weyerhaeuser and the county completed an agreement...

 

Junior High Interact Club discovering ways to reach out

It's a sunny afternoon outside Sweet Home Junior High and SHEM Pantry Manager Cindy Rice is surrounded by five girls busily filling planter cups with soil, then inserting seeds. "What kind of tomato...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    February 28, 2018

SH's Rockin' Red mail carrier dies

Even people who didn't know her by name knew Janice Lee Urben. She was easy to spot by the themed hats and hairbands she constantly wore as she delivered mail in Sweet Home for 35 years. "Everybody...

 

Dennis Anderson

March 17, 1962 – Feb. 20, 2018 Dennis Eugene Anderson, 55, of Sweet Home died Feb. 20, 2018. He was born March 17, 1962 in Shelton, Wash. to Eugene D. and Linda L. (Deyette) Anderson. He moved to Sweet Home in August of 2016 from Montesano, Wash....

 

Nancy Holmes

Dec. 28, 1942 – Feb. 22, 2018 Nancy Holmes, 75, of Sweet Home died Feb. 22, 2018. She was born Dec. 28, 1942 in Chico, Calif. to Ray and Doris Dorcas (Cantwell) Broadbent. Mrs. Holmes moved to...

 

Janice Urben

Aug. 29, 1959 - Feb. 24, 2018 Janice Lee Urben, 58, of Sweet Home, died Feb. 24, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at her family's home. She was born Aug. 29, 1959 in Portland to Paul and Ruth Urben. She...

 

Cloyd Rhodes

Aug. 25, 1943 - Feb. 24, 2018 Cloyd Rhodes, 74, of Sweet Home passed away Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. He was born Aug. 25, 1943 in Kannapolis, N.C. to Roosevelt and Zonie (White) Rhodes. He lived in Swee...

 

Richard Dean McQueen

March 25, 1932 - Feb. 23, 2018 Richard Dean McQueen, 85, died peacefully on Friday Feb. 23, 2018, following a lengthy illness. He was at his home in Holley, Oregon surrounded by loving family and...

 

SHHS students to perform who-dunnit murder mystery 'Clue' March 2-4

Sweet Home High School will soon reveal the who, the where and the how of the murder of Mr. Boddy when students perform their winter play, "Clue." Performances are at 7 p.m. March 2 and March 3, with...

 

Hate for Pence is un-American

Editor: I just saw the most ridiculous Facebook video I have ever seen. Shame on ABC for allowing their “Big Brother” TV show to call our Vice President Pence a mental illness case because he claims to talk to God. That means that every believer...

 

Radicalized NRA stifles responsibility

Editor: Conservative activist “Joe the Plumber” summed up the NRA’s and its members’ position perfectly when he posted an open letter to the victims’ families of the Santa Barbara, Calif. shooting: “Your dead kids don’t trump my...

 

B&G Club thankful for mayors' support

Editor: Last summer mayors from across Oregon gathered in Lebanon for the Annual Mayor’s Conference. The conference, attended by a few hundred, included events at Boulder Falls Event Center and the “Mayors on Main Street” event planned and...

 

Thanks for runners, help with fun runs

Editor: On behalf of the City of Sweet Home, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2018 Sweetheart Run on Feb. 10. This was the fourth “Sweetheart of a Run in a Sweetheart of a Town.” The run built upon the momentum gathered...

 

City needs smart use for surplus land

Editor: On Jan. 10 of last year, I attended a City Council meeting and addressed the body regarding the sale of the “Surplus” 9th Street city property that formerly housed the Public Works Maintenance Facility, which has since been decommissioned...

 

Around Town Feb. 28, 2018

Local Democrats to meet March 1 Keith Kolkow and Stephanie Newton, board members of the new Albany Community Together political action committee, will be the featured speakers Thursday, March 1, at the Linn County Democrats’ monthly general...

 

Local radio man helps expedite local emergency communication

At his home on Marks Ridge, August Johnson, 61, can often be found in a small shop filled with radios and electronics along with the tools and parts he uses to tinker and repair radios and other...

 

New weir in Foster Dam expected to improve fish survival

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began installing a new fish weir in Foster Dam last week that is expected to help improve the chances of survival for hundreds of thousands of spring Chinook salmon...

 

Public Safety Feb. 28, 2018

Feb. 26 4:23 a.m. - Caller reported an overdose, 3224 Main St., South Fork manufactured home park. Medics transported patient to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. Feb. 25 2:37 a.m. - Jennifer Lynn Rhoads, 26, arrested for driving under the...

 

'Fight club' draws 'multiple suspensions' at Junior High

Sweet Home Junior High suspended a total of 19 students earlier this month after they participated in consensual fights and recorded video of the fights. “We had multiple suspensions,” said district Supt. Tom Yahraes. “We became aware of studen...

 

City Budget Committee needs citizens

The City of Sweet Home is seeking volunteers to serve on its Budget Committee. Members of the Budget Committee serve a three-year term and are appointed by the City Council. The Budget Committee reviews the proposed budget submitted by the City...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    February 28, 2018

Judge allows additions to truck crash suit

A judge has granted a motion to amend a civil lawsuit against Robert Gene Mayfield, the driver of a truck involved in a fatal crash two years ago in which another truck driver, Neil Nightingale, was killed. Tamera Lea Nightingale, Neil...

 

New tax reform will impact different folks in different ways

With the new tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, now is the time to start thinking about how this will affect you so that you can plan ahead for the outcomes you will start to feel in your paycheck as early as right now. This tax reform...

 

Upperclassmen dominate Husky girls basketball awards

Coach Dave McNeil presented awards to six girls varsity basketball players during the team's annual awards banquet Feb. 21. Earning the Offensive Specialist Award were senior April Underwood and...

 

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