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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 11, 2018 

Sportsman's Holiday festivities to include junior court

Ten children are members of a new Junior Sportsman's Holiday Court that has been established this year. Karla Burcham and 2017 First Princess Kylie Armstrong are coordinating the group. "The last...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 11, 2018 

Swimming pool levy up next for School Board

The Sweet Home School District will host a public meeting later this month to prepare a recommendation to the board about whether to seek a renewal of the swimming pool operating levy. With the levy e...

 By Sarah Brown    News    July 11, 2018 

Treyson Smith, Kailey James named SHHS Freshmen of the Year

Kailey James and Treyson Smith are this year's Sweet Home High School Freshmen of the Year. Kailey, 15, daughter of Cara and Gregg James, will spend her summer hanging out with friends, but she also...

 By Scott Swanson    News    July 11, 2018 

Commissioners approve bed tax, discuss rural recycling costs

Linn County Commissioners last week approved what amounts to a 5 percent transient occupancy tax that will be collected from county businesses that offer lodging to visitors. The approval was...

 News    July 11, 2018 

4 council seats up for election

The filing period for Sweet Home City Council seats in the Nov. 6 general election is open through 5 p.m. on Aug. 28. Four seats will be open, with those positions expiring Dec. 31. Incumbents are Robert Briana, Susan Coleman, Diane Gerson and Mayor...

 News    July 11, 2018 

Public Safety Log July 11, 2018

July 9 3:58 a.m. - Caller reported a male who looked disoriented wandering around, Main and Wiley Creek. Caller thought he could see blood on his face. Officer unable to locate anyone matching the description. 4:53 a.m. - Caller reported a male with...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 11, 2018 

SHFAD accumulating more new equipment, paid for by bond

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District recently replaced one of its two rescue units and took delivery of a new four-wheel drive fire engine for use on and off pavement. The district purchased...

 News    July 11, 2018 

Christmas tree ornaments still out there on the trails

If you've been thinking about taking a hike to look for one of the Christmas tree ornaments hidden along trails in the four ranger districts of the Willamette National Forest, or if you've already...

 By Scott Swanson    News    July 11, 2018 

Local residents get serious about pledging allegiance to flag

They stood in a tight semicircle, 30-some local residents on the morning of the Fourth of July, quietly waiting for a signal that it was time. To say the Pledge of Allegiance. They were gathered in... Full story

 By Scott Swanson    News    July 11, 2018 

Fire danger on rise, with new restrictions

Things are drying out fast. The public fire danger went to “high” on Monday and the industrial regulated use will be at Level 2 at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. “Fire risk is going to increase,” said Chad Calderwood, fire protection supervisor for...

 News    July 11, 2018 

Man gets 4 years for skateboard attack

Steven Zachery Koechig, of Sweet Home, was sentenced to four years in prison June 26 by Linn County Circuit Judge Fay Stetz-Waters after pleading no contest June 15 to attempted first-degree assault.... Full story

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 11, 2018 

Local author finally publishes long-finished children's book

Gay Byers loves her animals, and imagining the world their way inspired her new children's book "Adventures of Louie the Llama," the first of what she plans will be a series. As the Sweet Home...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 11, 2018 

Local American Legion leader named district commander

Dale Jenkins of Sweet Home is the new American Legion District 3 commander in Oregon. The district includes 15 posts in Linn, Benton, Lincoln and Lane counties. His installation was during the...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 11, 2018 

Planning commissioners to consider SHJH, firehouse projects July 16

The Sweet Home Planning Commission last week opened public hearings for two public remodeling projects and immediately continued them until July 16 because of an error in noticing. The Sweet Home...

 By Sarah Brown    News    July 4, 2018

As season heats up, firefighters train in SH

With fire season already active and regulated use restrictions in place since Monday, July 2, Chad Calderwood of the Oregon Department of Forestry's Sweet Home Unit advises residents and visitors be...

 By Scott Swanson    News    July 4, 2018

Council pushes to hold down trash rate hike

City Council members made it clear Tuesday night, June 26, that they believe a 16 percent garbage rate increase proposed by Sweet Home Sanitation to cover its increased recycling costs is excessive and questioned why it took so long for the matter...


Two named for RAIN program expansion in east Linn County

Two area businessmen have been hired to expand a venture capitalist program to assist entrepreneurs in rural Linn county through the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, known as RAIN. Corey...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 4, 2018

Sweet Home woman named Oregon VFW Auxiliary president

A Sweet Home woman is the new president of the Oregon Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. Cathy Lindsay has been active in the Sweet Home chapter of the organization since 1996 and...

 By Scott Swanson    News    July 4, 2018

Council approves budget for 2018-19 among other actions on busy evening

The City Council approved a $17,878,561 budget for the fiscal year 2018-19, which began July 1, at its meeting Tuesday evening, June 26. City Finance Director Brandon Neish told council members that though the Budget Committee approved the budget...


Sweet Home High School Class, Student Activities and Special Service Awards 2017-18

Student Government/Leadership Student Body Officers 2017-18: President – Madelyn Neus-chwander; Vice President – Jake Hindmarsh; Secretary – Ellie Davis; Student Manager – Lauren Yon; Elections Commissioner – Chase Boyd; Social Media...


Band's first appearance

The Willamette Concert Band performed for the first time ever in Sweet Home Saturday night, June 30, in the high school auditorium, playing a program of patriotic music and other favorites. About 100...


Public Safety July 4, 2018

June 29 12:24 a.m. - Caller reported a cougar walking down the road in front of Hawthorne School, Clark Mill and Long. Officer checked the area. Unable to locate. 2:15 a.m. - Chavana Ann Bowser, 26, cited and released in field on Lebanon warrant for...


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