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Ex-SH woman dies in I-84 crash

A former Sweet Home resident was killed early Sunday morning, Sept. 15, when her vehicle was struck by a wrong-way driver on I-84, who also died at the scene, according to Oregon State Police....

Local man seeks Good Samaritans who aided him after ATV accident

A Marks Ridge man says he is grateful to people who stopped to help him after he sustained minor injuries in an ATV crash near his home. The problem is he hasn't been able to find them. Dale Burnett,...

Oregon Jamboree festival profits up 90 percent over last year

While it is clear that the Oregon Jamboree country music festival made money this year, organizers aren't ready to divulge exact amounts. Board members for the Sweet Home Economic Development Group,...

Motorcyclist killed east of SH

A Terrebonne motorcyclist was killed Thursday afternoon, Sept. 12, in a crash on Highway 20 east of Sweet Home. According to the Oregon State Police, troopers and emergency personnel responded at approximately 4:49 p.m. to a report of a crash near...

Councilors oppose idea of policing rental interiors

Sweet Home City Councilors and the city manager told an audience last week that the city has no intention of passing an ordinance allowing the city to enter the homes of renters. City Manager Ray Towry reiterated the message later in the week...

Harvest Festival, on Oct. 5, to be bigger, better than ever

The 13th Annual Harvest Festival, on Oct. 5, will feature more hours, more activities and free rides to the event. "We are excited to continue this great tradition of hosting a fun event by our...

Suspicious object results in bomb squad visit Monday

Sweet Home police closed down sections of 5th and 6th avenues Monday morning as a precaution while they removed a suspicious package. According to a statement from the Sweet Home Police Department, a citizen in the area saw the object and reported...

'Crosswalk Blitz' results in citations for variety of violations

Sweet Home police stopped 30 drivers during a 3½-hour "Crosswalk Blitz" from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the intersection of 22nd and Main streets. Officers continued traffic...

Heavy rains bringing fire season to early end

Fire season is scheduled to end at 12:01 a.m. Thursday for the Oregon Department of Forestry South Cascade District, which includes the Sweet Home Unit. "The moisture," said Unit Forester Craig...

Sweet Home boys second in own cross-country invitational

Sweet Home's boys placed second in their own invitational cross-country meet, held Thursday, Sept. 12, at Community Chapel and GB's Trees Christmas tree farm on Ames Creek Road. Crescent Valley...

Huskies get tough introduction to this season's Oregon West boys soccer

Sweet Home’s young boys soccer team lost lopsided opening league games last week to a couple of the Oregon West’s top teams, 19-0 to Woodburn on the road Sept. 10 and 8-0 at home Thursday....

Slow start on offense costs Huskies in football loss at Banks

Sweet Home got a slow start – too slow, as it turned out, Friday, Sept. 13, on the road at Banks, ranked among the state’s best 4A football teams. The Braves defeated the Huskies 35-20 as Banks quarterback Tanner Shook scored touchdowns...

SH downs Woodburn, Warriors to stay unbeaten in volleyball

Sweet Home's volleyball team raised its season record to 6-0, and retained its No. 1 state ranking, opening the league schedule last week with wins at home over Woodburn on Tuesday (25-9, 25-14,...

Girls lose to Woodburn, Philomath in soccer

Sweet Home lost to Woodburn 7-1 in its opening league game in girls soccer at home Sept. 10 and then 5-0 to Philomath on the road Thursday. “We actually started playing really good, but they had two girls, they’re like cheetahs,” said Coach...

Putting proposed ordinances to the test

The City Council is considering several ordinances, that range from pointless to effective and even to good, described in our stories on page 1 and 16. Traffic Safety This proposal would prohibit people in vehicles from handing items through their...

Transparency: Actions speak louder than words

By Daniel Bevarly Open, accessible and accountable government, with freedom to public information without interference from governing bodies – or elected officials, is essential to our democratic republic. But that fundamental value may be at...

Connie Coatney

Feb. 26, 1956 - Sept. 13, 2019 Connie Luella Coatney, 63, of Sweet Home died at her home Sept. 13, 2019. She was born Feb. 26, 1956 in Vernonia to George and Vera (Graham) Miller. She loved spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Coatney is...

Betty Anna Scofield

July 31, 1935 - Sept. 10, 2019 Betty Anna Scofield, 84, of Albany passed away peacefully, in her home, on Sept. 10, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Betty Anna Vanzant-Scofield was born on July...

Donna Taylor

Feb. 3, 1940 – Sept. 7, 2019 Donna “Jean” Taylor, 79, of Sweet Home, died Sept. 7, 2019. She was born Feb. 3, 1940 in Walla Walla, Wash. to Arthur Vern and Anna Helen (Dietzman) Russell.  She...

Curtis Long

Feb. 7, 1961 – Sept. 10, 2019 Curtis Alan Long, 58, of Sweet Home died Sept. 10, 2019. He was born Feb. 7, 1961 in Garden Grove, Calif., to Robert and Dariene (Montgomery) Long.  He moved to Sweet...

Around Town Sept. 18, 2019

Christmas Tree choir forming The Sweet Home Singing Christmas Tree has begun rehearsing for its 2019 holiday program. Rehearsals are from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays in the choir room of Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St. Those who wish to join the...

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