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Update: Fire that burned Elm Street church building ruled arson

A fire that officials have concluded was caused by an arsonist severely damaged a building at Elm Street Baptist Church Tuesday evening, May 11. Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District and Sweet Home...

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Ballot back in your mailbox? You've got plenty of company

Rochelle Smith of Sweet Home got some unexpected mail Monday, May 10. "When I went to the Post Office today, I received at first what I thought was another voter ballot. But I began to look at it...

Public Safety Log May 12, 2021

May 3 5:24 a.m. – Tony Roebuck, 27, cited and released on Linn County Circuit Court Felony warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of theft and failure to appear on an original charge of criminal citation X3, 2000 Main St....

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Parks Commissioner Rachel Maynard sees fruition of efforts at dedication

Linn County Parks Commission member Rachel Maynard recalls how much her boys, Zachary and William, enjoyed Waterloo Park – before vandals did so much damage to the playground equipment at the... Full story

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Fourth Focus

Elspeth Liermann stands in her first-grade classroom at Hawthorne School. The lights are dimmed, and she's surrounded by kids, all reading – "Star Wars" stories. It's Tuesday, May 4, and it's...

SH planners approve pot store move

Sweet Home Planning Commission members on May 3 approved a conditional use permit for Dustin Pomeroy, owner of Going Green Sweet Home, to establish a retail marijuana store in an existing building at 2252 Main St. His plan is to move the existing...

School district outlines plans for SIA funds

Sweet Home School District’s 2021-22 Proposed Budget proposes using the Student Investment Account (SIA), funded by the state, to eliminate pay-to-play fees for sports and other extracurricular activities so every student can participate without...

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Behind two state titlists, Huskies third in virtual forestry competition

Sweet Home High School Forestry Club members finished third as a team in a virtual state forestry competition held during the month of April. Students submitted entries in various events. "We were...

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City officials highlight plans, spending proposals for 2021-22 budget

The Sweet Home Budget Committee and a number of city department heads met on May 6 at City Hall in the committee's second meeting of the process that will produce a budget proposal for the City...

Mental health: Physical exercise vital to sound mind

Editor’s note: May is Mental Health Month and The New Era has agreed to include a weekly message submitted by local mental health advocates who are concerned about the effects of the past year on local residents. Here is this week’s...

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Husky golfers fourth at Newport

Sweet Home qualified two golfers for the state 4A tournament from the district tournament held Monday at Emerald May 10, at Emerald Valley in Cottage Grove. Late results showed Carsen Perry and...

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Huskies narrow focus on state track meet

After six short weeks – about half the normal time – of preparation, Sweet Home's track and field athletes will test themselves against the competition in the Oregon West Conference district meet...

City should reach out to businesses

Editor: Thank you for reporting on my proposal to the City Council to establish a grant program to small businesses that were forced to close or suffer greatly reduced business as a result of the pandemic. One thing you didn’t touch on was my...

Bill may help some, but hurt many

A lot of legislation is on the table in Salem right now, so much that it’s almost mind-boggling to try to even identify it all, let alone give it the close attention it deserves. In this session, which started Jan. 21 and is scheduled to end June...

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Donita 'Donny' Anne McKinnon

June 17, 1953 - May 5, 2021 On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, Donny Anne McKinnon, loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister passed away peacefully at the Lebanon Community Hospital surrounded... Full story

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Audrey Fay (Hilburn) Hiraoka

Oct. 7, 1961 - May 4, 2021 Audrey Fay (Hilburn) Hiraoka, 59, of Sweet Home passed away in her home on May 4, 2021. She was born Oct. 7, 1961 in Fresno, Calif., to Bill Clyde and Raylene Fay... Full story

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Joanne Frances Jensen

July 15, 1941 - May 3, 2021 Joanne Frances Jensen, 79,of Sweet Home was born July 15, 1941 and passed on May 3, 2021. Joanne was born in New York, N.Y. to John Peter and Joan Anne (Petrinec) Kowalik.... Full story

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Gayle Thomas

July 26, 1938 - May 1, 2021 Gayle Joanne Thomas, 82, of Sweet Home, died May 1, 2021. She was born July 26, 1938 in her family’s home in Quartzville, near Foster, the 16th and last child of Otto... Full story

Around Town May 12, 2021

Jobs for teens can pay off for bosses Linn County employers who hire first-time employees ages 14 to 19 this summer, can qualify for a $4 per hour stipend provided by a Youth Wage Grant. The program, in its 16th year, is supported by Video Lottery...

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