The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

Man dies, woman hurt in house fire

A Sweet Home man died in a house fire Thursday evening, March 9, near 47th Avenue and Main Street. According to the Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District, the blaze was reported shortly after 10... Full story

Homeless facility a 'success'

The new Family Assistance and Resource Center's managed outreach and community resource facility was declared a success during a March 9 Community Health Committee meeting. "Ever since [it] got up...

Honors served at DSA banquet

Mike Reynolds was honored with the Distinguished Service Award Saturday night, March 11, at the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce's annual awards banquet, held at the Boys & Girls Club. Sean Morgan...

School board gets report on facility needs

What does the Sweet Home School District need to provide for kids' physical needs and accommodate the growth in the community? That was a focus for the School board Monday, March 13, as members...

DNA helps ID body found in 2020

The remains of a woman found 13 miles east of Sweet Home nearly three years ago have been identified, Oregon State Police announced in a news release posted Tuesday, March 7, to Facebook. The Linn...

Public Safety (March 15, 2023)

March 6 1:24 a.m. - Natasha Sue Funk, 44, arrested on Sweet Home Municipal Court warrant for failure to comply on an original charge of third-degree theft, Corvallis Police Department. 2:24 a.m. - Caller reported a suspicious vehicle at Holley...

SHOCASE 'Power of Love' gala Saturday

Sometimes music best expresses "The Power of Love." So goes the theme of the Sweet Home Coalition for Artistic and Scholastic Enrichment (SHOCASE)'s annual gala concert - a night packed with local...

Commissioners agree to hear concerns about land swap

Linn County commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker agreed after a brief public hearing Feb. 28 to accept written comments about a proposed land swap in Millersburg for 72 hours, giving that city’s officials time to respond...


Ryker Hartsook competes in the pole climbing event during the annual forestry competition hosted by Sweet Home High School Saturday, March 11. Schools from all over Oregon participated. See more photos in our online...

Mayor: City headed in 'good direction'

By Scott Swanson Of The New Era New Sweet Home Mayor Susan Coleman delivered her first State of the City address Saturday night, March 11, at the Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Awards...

Burke named girls hoops MVP

Senior Brooke Burke was named Team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year at the girls basketball awards banquet held Tuesday, March 7, at Sweet Home High School. She was also honored with a First Team...

For new coach, Sweet Home softball very familiar territory

Sweet Home softball has a new head coach this season, albeit a familiar face in the program. Emily Marchbanks, an assistant coach for the team for the last four years, replaces Karyn Hartsook, the...

Sweet Home Swim Club competitors place in state meets

Sweet Home Swim Club members took part recently in statewide competitions. In the first photo, from left, are, left or right: Arman Marble, Ronald (RJ) Abbott, Breeza Rodriguez, Payton Brookfield,...

Sweet Home looking to rise in league ranks this baseball season

Sweet Home baseball had a tough showing last season, going 5-17 overall and 3-12 in Oregon West Conference play, to finish last in the conference. This year Head Coach John Best expects improvement....

Husky softball team aiming for return to state playoffs

Last year, Sweet Home's softball team finished the season 19-7 overall and placed third in the Oregon West Conference with a 13-5 record. They won a play-in game against Gladstone 12-2 but then got...

Huskies bring numbers, talent and hopes to track

As Sweet Home 's track and field athletes open their 2023 campaign, with an instrasquad competition on Thursday, March 16, Head Coach Nathan Whitfield is optimistic that the Huskies will continue to...

Yes, there is a golf team, and no, we haven't overlooked them

Due to scheduling conflicts – the Huskies were on the road for their season-opener at Bandon Dunes (above) when the rest of the sports team photos in this issue were being shot, we will preview the...

Commentary: Economic illiteracy costs Americans (March 15, 2023)

By Dr. Caleb Fuller “Economics,” wrote Henry Hazlitt, “is haunted by more fallacies than any other study known to man.” True. No epoch is immune to the scourge of economic illiteracy. Yet, we find ourselves in a moment of especially...

From Our Files (March 15, 2023)

March 15, 1973 The DEQ requested a survey be conducted in the Foster and Midway areas to determine whether a health hazard exists. The project includes inspection of septic tank systems and a survey...

Thorvald Cowley

Thorvald "Bill" William Cowley, 83, of Sweet Home, died March 11, 2023. He was born June 11, 1939, in Durban, South Africa to William Robert and Thelma (Thorvaldsen) Cowley. He grew up in Durban,... Full story

Carol Davenport

Carol Davenport, 86, of Sweet Home, died March 7, 2023. She was born Nov. 16, 1936, in Pacific Grove, Calif., to Harry and Hazel (Bond) Ferguson. She was raised in Pacific Grove, then moved to Seaside, Calif., where she married and raised her... Full story

Carol Donnell

Carol Louise Donnell, 71, of Sweet Home, died March 8, 2023. She was born June 1, 1951, in Ventura, Calif., to Charles G. and Betty J. (Viet) Conger. She came to Sweet Home in 1976. Mrs. Donnell worked for Sweet Home School District for 32 years.... Full story

Linda Renoud

Linda Renoud, 72, of Sweet Home, died March 8, 2023, at the Salem Hospital surrounded by her close family.  She was born Feb. 12, 1951, in Sweet Home to Noel and Lavida Richards. At the time they... Full story

John Scott

John Franklin Scott, 80, of Sweet Home, died March 2, 2012. He was born Feb. 19, 1943, in McMinnville to Delbert C. and Viola (Wolf) Scott. He lived in Otis in his early years but at other times... Full story

Death Notices (March 15, 2023)

Luke Buehner, 39, of Sweet Home, died March 9, 2023. Services are to be determined. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit William Burton Johnson, 54, of Sweet Home, died... Full story

Velma (Vitek) Cosler

Velma Cosler, 101, of Albany, passed away Feb. 26, 2023, at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House. Velma was born Jan. 17, 1922, to William and Zella Vitek in Stillwater, Okla. In 1930 Velma, her... Full story

Daniel 'Dan' John Matheny

Daniel “Dan” John Matheny, 76, of Lebanon, passed away March 5, 2023. He was born Dec. 25, 1946, in Portland, the second son of Donald Edward and Dale Sylvia (Power) Matheny. He grew up in Halsey and remembers dressing up to go into Lebanon. He... Full story

Edith Joann VanBelle

Edith Joann VanBelle, 85, of Spanaway, Wash., passed away Feb. 25, 2023. She was born June 22, 1937, in Percival, Fremont County, Iowa to William Burton "Burt" and Edith Fern (Foster) Taylor. Joann... Full story

Diane Jean McDaniel

Diane Jean McDaniel, 74, of Sweet Home passed away from brain cancer on March 10, 2023. She was born Dec. 4, 1948, in Portland to Leonard Oliver and Betty (Cramlet) Oliver. She grew up in Sweet Home... Full story

Around Town (March 15, 2023)

Lebanon garden classes continue Master gardener Sheryl Casteen’s free basic organic gardening classes continue through April at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St. Classes are scheduled Saturdays, March 18 and 25, and April 1, 8 and 15....

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