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 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...

 

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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 

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 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...

 

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...

 

Elks deliver donations for students, schools to district office

Sweet Home Elks Lodge members showed up at the School District headquarters on Dec. 15 to deliver supplies requested by teachers who'd been asked what their needs were. Donated items included clothing and footwear for needy students as well as specif...

 

New Hope Pentecostal's new pastor looking for some miracles

After going much of the year without a pastor, the Sweet Home New Hope Pentecostal Church of God welcomed Dennis Conner as its new pastor in mid-November. The church organization is set to officially install him as pastor on Jan. 27. "I've been in th...

 

Local volunteer Edie Wilcox assists police – and much more

It's pretty rare to attend any event in which the Sweet Home Police Department is involved throughout the year and not see Edie Wilcox. With her longtime companion Steve Magnolia, Wilcox, 55, is a...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    December 27, 2017

Weyerhaeuser transfers road to county

Linn County Commissioners approved on Dec. 19 the transfer of Upper Calapooia Road from the Weyerhaeuser Company to Linn County. Darrin Lane, Linn County roadmaster, presented the resolution at the Linn County Board of Commissioners meeting on Dec. 1...

 

After 30 years, Sweet Home firefighter Guy Smith calls it quits

Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Battalion Chief Guy Smith worked his last day as a firefighter and medic Friday, Dec. 22. The department held a farewell reception Thursday to celebrate his 30-y...

 

Canine cop expected to help SHPD in drug fight

The Sweet Home Police Department has a new four-legged member to help in its fight against the illegal drug trade. Officer Sasha McDonald is training a new police dog to detect heroin, cocaine and...

 

Planners OK upgrades for sewer plant

The Sweet Home Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit allowing the City of Sweet Home to begin upgrading the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. The city is planning to upgrade the facility to meet state standards, improve the...

 

State cultural funding available for local arts, historical activities

The Linn County Cultural Commission is accepting proposals for grants to fund projects that will promote and improve access to the arts, to history and local heritage, and for humanities-related...

 

Local firefighters winding up service in California

Seven Sweet Home firefighters who have been serving for the past two weeks on strike teams in southern California, fighting wildfires, may be home in time for Christmas. The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, through the Emergency Management Assist...

 

Dollar General store grand opening draws a crowd Saturday

A long line stretched from the front of Sweet Home's new Dollar General across the parking lot as managers and Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors cut a red ribbon symbolizing the grand opening of the new...

 

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