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Groundbreaking marks start of 48 apartments

For the first time in decades, Sweet Home is getting a new apartment complex. The four-building complex will be located at the intersection of Mountain View and Long streets, right behind 7-Eleven....

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Sweet Home alum now serving on Navy ship

By Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Langholf Destroyer Squadron 15 A Sweet Home native and 2019 Sweet Home High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS...

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Calapooia River has wound its way through lot of local history

In the East Linn Museum a large, hand-drawn map of Linn County backs a partition of the household room near the rear exit sign. Most of us would not notice it if our attention were not directed...

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Group effort helps carvings get back on feet

Melissa Cheek has always appreciated public art and when she took over ownership of the Holley Market four years ago, she inherited a piece – a severely weathered carving of a miner that stood...

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Women on Weddle: Seniors decide they're done with sitting

Editor's note: The New Era's policy is to not promote individuals on our staff in our news coverage unless there's more to the story than just their involvement. That is the case here. This story is...

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Public Safety Log Sept. 30, 2020

Sept. 20 12:07 a.m. – Officer located Sammy Hughes, 19, on a Sweet Home warrant for failure to appear on original charges of theft and criminal mischief, and a Linn County warrant for meth...

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City officials, sponsors of logger carving on ODOT land, weight options

The chainsaw carving at the intersection of Highway 228 and 20, in front of the East Linn Museum, is deteriorating in the Oregon weather, but nobody is really taking care of the statue. That's...

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New chamber office manager brings lots of experience to job

Melody Jordan Reese has been office manager for the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce for less than a month, but this isn't new territory for her. Her fingerprints have been all over the chamber's...

Library, others to join together in providing kids with after-school activities

Children in Sweet Home looking to spend time with peers will soon have a new, free option thanks to a grant from Linn County. Starting Oct. 5, students in the Sweet Home area will have the opportunity to join a free evening enrichment program put...

Kids' return to school up in the air

At press time Monday evening, Sept. 28, Linn County has officially dropped out of eligibility for in-person schooling. That’s because Linn County has had a lot more cases this week – 55, which is 43.5 per capita. That number pushes Linn County...

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My turn: Local Ironman finisher tells story of epic journey

By Ken Bronson Thousands have embarked on the Ironman pilgrimage. They have armed themselves with gadgets for their bike; they have worked with coaches and training partners; they have viewed...

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Track coaches trying to keep things 'normal' in return from COVID

Head Coach Nathan Whitfield stood on the track at Husky Field Monday afternoon, Sept. 28, and looked around as a couple of dozen high-schoolers ran, jumped and hurled implements at various points...

'Inert' forest policy dangerous to us

Editor: Zombie apocalypse forest fire infernos in California, Oregon and Washington seem out of human control. But wait, let us look. To some, protecting forests means taking a “hands off” approach. But protecting forests must include...

Forest ownership change an answer?

Editor: Thank you, Lars Arndt, for your guest editorial of Sept. 16. It got me thinking... The spotted owls, which ruined our timber economy decades ago, are now roasted, along with their aggressive barred cousins from the east who were fairly...

National Newspaper Week: Reporting shines spotlight to injustice, other ills

By Michael A. Anastasi Rarely are lawmakers across the political spectrum so unified. And rarely do they act so rapidly. As we commemorate National Newspaper Week this year, Oct. 4-10, I’ve been considering the question why America Needs...

RBG: President in charge for 4 years

Editor: Diane Daiute opines in her Sept. 23 letter that the GOP is playing dirty. Her entire missive is apparently prompted by the pending nomination of a SCOTUS justice. She digresses into her revisionist interpretation of history but the wound...

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Joseph Mortimer Fallon III

Feb. 22, 1930 - Sept. 18, 2020 Joseph Mortimer Fallon III, 90, passed away peacefully in Cherry Log, Ga., on Sept. 18, 2020. Joe was born Feb. 22, 1930 in Cloverport, Ky., to Joseph and Charlie...

Virginia Blankinship

June 3, 1927 – Sept. 22, 2020 Virginia L. Blankinship, 93, of Kansas, Okla., died Sept. 22, 2020 at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, Ark. She was born June 3, 1927 in Southwest City, Mo., to Guy and Opal Womack. She married Alwin...

Richard Roll

Aug. 26, 1938 – Sept. 1, 2020 Former Sweet Home resident Richard J. Roll, 82, died Sept. 1, 2020 in Reno, Nev. He was born Aug. 26, 1938 in Minneapolis, Minn. Mr. Roll worked 35 years for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 18 of those as...

Around Town Sept. 30, 2020

New art on display at Albany gallery Fiber artist Pat Spark and watercolorist Susan Bourdet are the featured artists through Oct. 24 at Gallery Calapooia, 222 First Ave. West in downtown Albany. The First Friday virtual reception, from 6 to 7 p.m....

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