Week of February 28, 2024

Tough Season Ends With Lessons Learned

Sky Chappell

The Sweet Home Girls Basketball program has had a season of learning and growth. With a first-year coach at the helm, head coach Erika Evans has faced challenges. But more than anything, she has reinforced one specific goal. "As I've said all year, our main goal going into this season was to move the needle each practice and game," Evans said. Early in the season, the team established what a win would look like for them as a team prior to every game. As Evans said, "Which many times was not...

Boys Clinch 4A Title, Girls Finish Strong Amidst Fierce Competition

Sky Chappell

The OSAA/OnPoint State Championship that happened over the weekend finished with Sweet Home boys taking first place in the 4A division and the girls taking eighth place in the 4A/3A/2A/1A division. Along with 15 Huskies placing, four Huskies left this championship in first place. Kyle Sieminski (54-3) placed first for his fourth year in a row, becoming the first Sweet Home High School student to win four state championships back to back. Ashton Swanson (48-8) placed first, pinning his way...

  • From Our Files - February 28, 2024 Edition

    Feb. 28, 1974 A revision of the city maps of 17 Oregon communities, including Sweet Home, has been completed by the State Highway Division and sells for 30 cents. The Sweet Home map is drawn to a scale of 800 feet to the inch and is plotted on a 17-inch by 19-inch sheet. A smaller version can be procured for 10 cents apiece. New postage rates will go into effect this week. First class mail will be 10 cents per ounce, airmail will be 13 cents and postcards will be eight cents. Mailers may...

  • An Imperfect Paradise

    Roberta McKern

    We are considering some of our earliest history in the East Linn Museum vicinity thanks in part to a 2021 edition of Oregon Archeology compiled by archeologists C. Melvin Aikins, Thomas Connolly and Dennis L. Jenkins published by the Oregon State University Press. The archeological information is literally rock solid, but we are liable to throw in remembered information, conjecture and even speculation. We start by pondering what the Sweet Home valley was like when some of the first settlers...

  • Alice Marie Hensley

    Alice Marie Hensley April 20, 1946 - February 18, 2024 Alice Marie Hensley, 77, of Sweet Home passed away Sunday, February 18, 2024. She was born to Nyle and Lily (New) Cooper on April 20, 1946 in Sweet Home. She graduated from Lebanon High School in 1965. She worked in a lumber mill doing various tasks, which was something she was very proud of and really enjoyed. Alice loved her dog, cats and kids even though she didn't have any of her own. She also enjoyed watching the birds outside. She is...

  • Carol Ann Ray

    Carol Ann Ray December 20, 1948 - February 16, 2024 Carol Ann Ray, 75, of Sweet Home passed away Friday, February 16, 2024. She was born in Cainsville, Missouri to William "Billy" and Eva Mae (McKean) McClain. She grew up in South Salem, then moved to Boise, Idaho as a young adult. Carol married Larry Ray in Silverton, in 1980. They lived in Mt. Angel and Stayton for a few years then on to Scotts Mills for about nine years. The family settled in Sweet Home around 1990 and have lived here ever...

  • Barbara Ann Matthews

    Barbara Ann Matthews July 30, 1936 - February 20, 2024 Barbara Ann Matthews, 87, of Sweet Home went to her heavenly father on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. She will joyfully join her loving husband Gerald Matthews, her grandsons Nick Tyree and Ryan Matthews, and parents John and Theresa Conrado. Born in Santa Cruz on July 30, 1936, she developed a love of gardening from her father that continued through her life. A new life began when she met her husband, Jerry. They married and later moved their...

  • Larry Dee Powers

    Larry Dee Powers September 10, 1941 - February 23, 2024 Larry Dee Powers, 82, of Lebanon passed away Friday, February 23, 2024. Larry was born in Porter Township, Michigan to Duane Elber and Jane S. (Bonine) Powers. Larry lived in Riverside, California for many years. He worked for the Riverside Wastewater Treatment Plant and retired in 1997. He married Phyllis Ray in 1987. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1990. Larry was very involved in the Boy Scouts program. He...

  • Calvin Ray Emmert

    Calvin Ray Emmert December 1, 1937 - February 23, 2024 Calvin Ray Emmert, 86, of Sweet Home passed away Friday, February 23, 2024. He was born in Molalla to Floyd and Grace E. (Burkholder) Emmert. Calvin moved to Sweet Home with his family when he was one. Calvin attended Western Mennonite High School where he met and then married Beverly Shenk on December 14, 1956. They were married 67 years. They were very involved in the Sweet Home Mennonite Church, now called New Life In Christ Fellowship....

  • Gary W. Jones, O.D.

    Gary W. Jones, O.D. July 1, 1941 - February 12, 2024 Gary Wayne Jones, 82, passed away on February 12, 2024, at their winter home in Surprise, AZ surrounded by his wife, Shirley, and their three children, Jeff, Jamie, and Matt. He had been in declining health for the past five years but fought bravely to get better. Gary was born July 1, 1941, in Sweet Home to K. Wayne and Cleda (Wilson) Jones. He was the younger of their two kids and a joy to the family. Gary grew up in Sweet Home and loved...

  • Thomas C. Eastlund

    Thomas C. Eastlund June 20, 1932 - February 18, 2024 Thomas C. Eastlund, 91, of Sweet Home passed away Sunday, February 18, 2024. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. www.s...

  • Linda Jean White

    Linda Jean White May 17, 1949 - February 20, 2024 Linda Jean White, 74, of Sweet Home passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. www.s...

  • Michael Floyd Parks

    Michael Floyd Parks October 28, 1948 - February 15, 2024 Michael Floyd Parks of Sweet Home left the planet on February 15, 2024 after 75 years of love, music, dreams, and passion. Born on the slopes of an ancient volcano in Portland on October 28, 1948, he lived his early childhood in the Lents neighborhood of SE Portland in a house that his father had built from the salvaged remains of the old Vanport Jail. When Mike was 10 his family moved to Scholls, Oregon where they lived on a haunted filbert farm. In 1969 he married Susan Bush, who was...

  • Walter Adolph Rasch

    Walter Adolph Rasch May 13, 1932 - January 14, 2024 Walter Rasch, 91, of Sweet Home passed away on January 14, 2024. Graveside service with military honors will be 1 pm Friday, March 1 at Roseburg National Cemetery. A memorial will be 1 pm Saturday March 2nd at the Nazarene Church in Sweet Home. Donations can be made to the American Heart Association or Wounded Warriors Project. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. www....

  • Leslie Jo Andress

    Leslie Jo Andress June 18, 1953 - February 24, 2024 Leslie Jo Andress, 70, of Brownsville passed away Saturday February 24, 2024. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. www.s...

  • Around Town - February 28, 2024 Edition

    Sportsman’s Holiday Jr. Court Applications ATTENTION ALL FIRST GRADE students!! Applications are available for those students that would like to participate in the 2024 Sportsman’s Holiday festivities as a Junior Princess or Junior Escort. Applications are due by March 1st. We will randomly draw one boy and one girl from each of the first-grade classes in the Sweet Home School District to be a member on the Sportsman’s Holiday Junior Court (including charter schools and homeschoolers that are homeschooling in Sweet Home area)....

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