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Teen arrested for hit and run after hitting student

Sweet Home police arrested a 19-year-old Sweet Home man in connection with what police are describing as a hit-and-run accident that left a 13-year-old girl with minor injuries on Wednesday, Jan. 10....

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 17, 2018 

Canine issues continue for Sweet Home cops; officials planning 'dogfest'

The high volume of dog-related calls dealt with by Sweet Home police officers shows no signs of abating, and city officials have come up with a plan to do something about it. The number of dog-related...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 17, 2018 

Sweet Home to provide national Christmas tree

The 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will come from Sweet Home Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service officials announced Friday, Jan. 19, during a press conference held at Sankey Park. The tree, which...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 17, 2018 

Members of public take tour of new plans for Sweet Home Junior High

From inside the Sweet Home Junior High School Library, Sweet Home School District Maintenance Supervisor Josh Darwood last week provided a virtual tour of the district's plan for remodeling the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 17, 2018 

Council OKs contract with Portland architect

The Sweet Home City Council agreed to a contract with Scott Edwards Architects last week to create plans and provide construction services for the new City Hall at a cost of up to $97,500. Under the contract, the City of Sweet Home will pay 10...

 

Chamber continues to strengthen position, with new organization, bylaws

The Chamber of Commerce recently has been charting a new course, transitioning from a damage control mode that began early last year in response to financial difficulties and irregularities. After...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 17, 2018 

Homeowners object to being stuck with renters' delinquent bill

A Sweet Home couple objected last week to paying delinquent water bills left behind by former tenants, launching a discussion among them, the council and city staff on the subject. Bruce Hobbs and Monica Sanders, who own multiple rental properties...

 

Public Safety Jan. 17, 2018

Jan. 15 1:28 a.m. - Kyle James Elmer, 26, arrested on multiple warrants, including a Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on original charge of third-degree escape, Lebanon. Transported to Linn County Jail. 5:14 a.m. - Anna Rochelle House, 33,...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    January 17, 2018 

Sweet Home woman faces jail time after no-contest plea to forgery charge

Kendra Lynne Montoya, 19, of Sweet Home, pleaded no contest to and was convicted on a charge of first-degree forgery stemming from an incident on Sept. 12, 2017 involving alleged attempted use of...

 

Recycling or refuse?

Although they are impacting other communities, recycling bottlenecks created by new Chinese policies won't soon immediately impact Sweet Home residents, according to Sweet Home Sanitation Site...

 

Board says little on SHJH plan

The Sweet Home School Board gave little feedback on an initial design for the upcoming remodel of the Sweet Home Junior High School. Chris Walkup, an architect with gLAs Architects, explained the proposed project designed based on input from...

 

New laws range from guns to pumping gas

With the new year comes a whole slew of new laws. In addition to the distracted driving (“Cell Phone”) law, which went into effect pronto on Oct. 1, the Oregon Legislature passed about 750 bills in 2017, many of which took effect Jan. 1. They...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    January 10, 2018

Lawsuit hearing creates sparks

By Audrey Caro Of The New Era Circuit Court Judge Daniel Murphy heard arguments on Thursday, Jan. 4, in Linn County’s $1.4 billion breach of contract lawsuit against the state of Oregon and the State Forestry Department. Attorneys for the county...

 

Sheriff warns of scammers

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley is reminding county residents that scams by phone, email or on the internet are prevalent around the nation, including Linn County. They usually involve someone contacting you, posing as someone else trying to get you...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    January 10, 2018

Baby arrives early, in time to be first

When Sonja Callis' water broke in her driveway, she wasn't quite sure what to think. "It's not like in the movies," she said, explaining that it only became more obvious later on as she made her way...

 

Hunters raise funds for safety training

An effort by local hunters, organized by the owner of the Bohemian Club, has raised nearly $2,500 to provide hunter safety course scholarships for youths in Sweet Home over the past two years. This...

 

Forest Service invites comments on Trout Creek plan

The U.S. Forest Service is accepting public comment on a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Trout Creek Project, which will impact 1,670 acres in the Willamette National Forest approximately 22 miles east of Sweet Home. The...

 

Public Safety Jan. 10, 2018

Jan. 8 2:02 a.m. - Early Ryan Dodge, 24, cited for failure to obey a traffic control device, 1500 block of Main. Jan. 7 2:18 a.m. - Cody Green arrested for driving under the influence and recklessly endangering another person, Highway 228 and 1st....

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    January 10, 2018

Man, 70, arrested on sex abuse charges

John Edward Birman, 70, faces 21 counts of sex abuse-related charges that are alleged to have occurred in Sweet Home and Lebanon between 2011 and 2014. Sweet Home Police officers arrested him on a Linn County Circuit Court warrant at 1:54 p.m. on...

 

Adoption book to both tell story and help write next chapter

Pam Ogden is turning anxiety into a book deal. Ogden and her husband Jason have five children. They want one more. In their quest to adopt a sixth child, Pam has landed a contract for a book about...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 

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