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 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    December 27, 2017

It's official: County to sign over quarry land

Sweet Home City Councilors voted on Dec. 19 to sign documents to finalize the transfer of the 220-acre rock quarry formerly operated by Knife River (formerly Morse Bros.) from Linn County to the city of Sweet Home. Robert Briana and Dave Trask were...

 

Regular column will aim to unveil goings-on in state capital

Editor’s note: State Rep. Sherrie Sprenger, R-Scio, has agreed to write a regular column for Lebanon Local as a means of helping constituents understand what is going on in the state capital. This is her first installment. Oftentimes people ask me,...

 

Architect cuts deal with council on new City Hall

The Sweet Home City Council last week struck a deal with architect Sid Scott to develop plans for the new City Hall. The council last month balked at spending $100,000 with Scott Edwards Architecture of Portland for the plans, consulting and construc...

 

New councilor wants to boost city's image

Bob Briana wants to improve Sweet Home's image in an effort to shore up its economy. Briana was appointed by City Council members in October to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Ryan...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    December 6, 2017

Commission chair Nyquist: County in good shape in many areas

Things are good in Linn County, primarily because the economy has improved significantly, County Commission Chairman Roger Nyquist said last Friday, Dec. 1. "I'm here to report to you that the state o...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    December 6, 2017

County, city reach agreement on transfer of former Knife River quarry property

Linn County Commissioners on Nov. 28 approved the transfer of the 220-acre rock quarry formerly operated by Knife River (formerly Morse Bros.) to the city of Sweet Home. Sweet Home City Manager Ray...

 

Council balks on rising new City Hall costs

The Sweet Home City Council last week voted 4-3 to reject a proposal to pay about $101,000 for City Hall construction documents. During the council’s regular meeting on Nov. 28, councilors Dave Trask, Lisa Gourley, Bob Briana and Mayor Greg Mahler...

 

Council approves financial policies to make city more nimble in investments

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved new financial policies that will give the city more options for investing its funding reserves. Right now, the city holds its tax revenues until needed in the state-operated Local Government Investment...

 

Sherrie Sprenger named to leadership post

State Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R-Scio) has been appointed by House Republican Leader Mike McLane to serve as an assistant leader to the House Republican Caucus. Sprenger will rejoin the House Republican leadership team after previously serving as the...

 

Councilors sweeten pot for finance director job

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved an increase in the finance director salary schedule in order to attract more experienced applicants for the position. Finance Director Pat Gray, who has worked for the city since 1991, has announced...

 

B&G Club preschool has plenty of space

In its second year of operation, a preschool operated by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam is running at about half capacity. “I think we still have room for 10 kids,” said Director Kris Latimer, and she invites low-income Sweet...

 

Hoy's Hardware expands with new 'building center'

Hoy's Hardware Monday morning opened a 7,500-square-foot expansion that includes a full-fledged modern lumber yard and a center for contractors and serious do-it-yourself customers. "Hoy's Home...

 

SHHS students to present first musical in two decades

A plant with an appetite will be looking for blood in Sweet Home next week as it grows on the High School stage in a local production of the black horror musical comedy "Little Shop of Horrors." Sweet...

 

Sharing Tree, food basket programs under way

Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District’s Christmas for Kids Sharing Tree Program is under way while Sweet Home Emergency Ministry will be coordinating its Christmas Food Basket programs during the upcoming holiday season. The Sharing Tree toy...

 

Task force recommends options for funding PERS shortfall

By Claire Withycombe EO Media Capital Bureau A task force last week recommended a variety of ways to reduce the state Public Employee Pension System’s $25.3 billion unfunded liability by as much as $10.4 billion. The options it outlined in a...

 

Drug-related search warrant results in seven arrests

Seven people were arrested Thursday, Nov. 2, after a narcotics-related search warrant was served at 2225 Long St. According to Sweet Home Police Chief Jeff Lynn, Sweet Home Police Department officers arrived at the residence at approximately 8:30...

 
 By Cathryn Arndt    News    November 8, 2017

When planning menu for Thanksgiving Day, consider options

We are about two weeks away from one of the biggest American holidays: Thanksgiving! Needless to say, it is a food-heavy day (or week!), during which thoughts of nutrition often go out the window. I love asking people what their food traditions are...

 

Planning Commission approves third pot retailer

Following a short public hearing Monday evening, the Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for a third proposed retail marijuana store. The commission voted 5-0, with Thomas Herb, Anay Hausner, Lance Gatchell, Henry Wolthuis and Eva...

 

Treats and Critters

Hally Horner pets a Nigerian dwarf goat with help from her mom, Sam Horner, while owner John DeBrie pets another. He and his wife Jan DeBrie operate J.J.’s Nigerians and brought their goats out for...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    November 8, 2017

Veterans Day parade organizer's involvement started in Sweet Home

When Al Severson turns on the microphone to begin his patter for the 66th annual Albany Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11, it will be his 45th year of involvement in the event. “I’m the old...

 

Local veteran George Dominy rises in Honor Flight activities

George Dominy likes learning one-on-one from veterans, hearing their stories and seeing the healing that can take place when they visit the war memorials in Washington, D.C. Last month Dominy served...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    November 1, 2017

Council approves sewer rate hike

After much discussion, the Sweet Home City Council on Oct. 24 approved an increase in wastewater rates beginning Nov. 18 in a 3-2 vote. Based on an average of wastewater usage, that could mean a $17 increase for anyone whose monthly usage exceeds...

 

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