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Girl Scout's rural library vision includes SH

When Jazmine Jordan came up with the idea of creating a rural lending library to earn her Girl Scout silver award, she was thinking in the singular. But then, as she moved forward, she thought about...

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Public Safety Log Jan. 20, 2021

Jan. 11 5:10 a.m. – Caller reported she heard something like a gunshot or firework and then a male running. Officer responded, located male who matched the description, he ran from the area, will...

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Councilors approve $75,455 cost for plan to improve downtown

The City Council decided last week to move forward on a contract for a downtown streetscape and parking plan for Sweet Home. "The intent behind this is that we want to make our downtown a much more...

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Council gets new members as Richards, Sanchez are sworn in

A new group of city councilors have taken their seats. Incumbents Lisa Gourley and Dave Trask swore their oaths again, and new councilors Angelita Sanchez and Dylan Richards were sworn in for the...

Local students named to OSU fall Honor Roll

Names of students who have made the Scholastic Honor Roll for fall term 2020 have been announced by Oregon State University. A total of 8,378 earned a B-plus (3.5) or better to make the listing. To be on the Honor Roll, students must carry at least...

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COVID vaccinations slow, but still being given locally

The state of Oregon experienced vaccine whiplash last week after promises of additional vaccines from the federal government failed to materialize. “I am shocked and appalled that the federal...

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Commercial Exterior Improvement Program gets shot in arm from council

A fresh City Council, with two brand-new members, spent much of its meeting last week discussing two projects intended to improve the look of commercial districts in Sweet Home, and voted on an...

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OSU veterinarians perform emergency surgery to save K-9

By Molly Rosbach Oregon State University Writer Following eight hours of complex surgery at Oregon State University's Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, Thurston County, Wash., Sheriff's Office...

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When focusing in on new year, avoid these diet pitfalls

We have turned the corner! 2021 is (finally!) here! If you haven’t read last month’s article regarding several encouragements to make healthy changes going into the new year, then you may find...

Keep writing those letters!

This opinion page is often devoid of thoughts other than those of our staff, usually yours truly. That’s certainly not by design or preference. Thus, I’m truly delighted to see local readers and residents expressing thoughts about some of the... Full story

Letter's conclusions may be unfounded

Editor: While I understand Chuck Thompson’s concerns raised in his Letter to the Editor (Jan. 13), I am surprised by his suggestion that our incoming councilwoman, Angelita Sanchez, may have had the intention of going to the DC rally to subject...

Humility might be answer to strife

Editor: I, like many others, am struggling and stressed trying to make sense of the turmoil that is happening in our country. Why people are so angry, politicians arguing, rioting in our streets and most recently the trespassing and tearing up of...

Writer appreciates 'accurate' reports

Editor: I would like to thank the staff at The New Era for the lengths they go to in order to report accurate and complete information on articles printed in the paper. There are those in the community of Sweet Home who do not access the internet...

Saddened by division in U.S.

Editor: When I returned from Vietnam in 1969 (U.S. Marines Infantry), many in my generation opposed the war and protested sometimes peacefully and other times not. Some were shot by National Guard; remember four dead In Ohio, (Neil Young Lyrics...

American culture war's long history

Editor: America’s current culture wars originate from the values conflict found between two revolutions: America’s in 1776, and France’s (1789-94). In the American colonies, the Great Awakening Christian revival (1720-60) changed the life...

Why COVID relief is problematical

By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson Americans are known to have big hearts. When disaster strikes, Americans unselfishly and heroically extend a helping hand. That certainly has been the case in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nobody wants to see those...

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Bob Moore

May 23, 1940 - Jan. 1, 2021 Bob Moore was born May 23, 1940 in Defoe, Ky. He left this world to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus at age 80, on Jan. 1, 2021. Bob was an evangelist when he met and... Full story

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James 'Jim' Anthony Mehn

June 12, 1934 - Jan. 9, 2021 James “Jim” Anthony Mehn, age 86, of Lebanon/Sweet Home, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 9, after a lengthy battle with leukemia and Alzheimer’s disease.... Full story

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Jill LeVern Namitz

Oct. 11, 1944 - Jan. 9, 2021 Jill LeVern Namitz, 76, of Sweet Home passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, after a long battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 11, 1944 in Littlefork, Minn. to Vernon Leroy and... Full story

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Thomas Frederick Erbes

April 10, 1934 - Jan. 14, 2021 Thomas “Tom” F. Erbes, 86, of Sweet Home, was beckoned home by the Lord on Thursday evening, Jan. 14, 2021. He was born April 10, 1934 in Los Angeles, Calif. to... Full story

Around Town Jan. 20, 2021

Area church hosts grief support group A Women’s Grief Support Group meets every other Friday night at Calvary Baptist Church, 1042 Pleasant Valley Road. The next meeting will be at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15. The group aims to provide a safe space to...

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