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Police arrest suspect in Timber Linn Park homicide

Albany police last week arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting of an Albany man in Timber Linn Park on Oct. 10.  On Wednesday, Oct. 13,  Albany Police detectives, with the help of other...

Public Safety (Oct. 20, 2021)

October 11 12:22 a.m. - Caller reported a single-vehicle crash, no injuries, 10th Ave./Main St. Officer responded; report taken. Approximate damages more than $2,500. Cassie Lashell Meacham, 33, cited for driving while suspended. 11:07 a.m. - Matti...

Property market values in county rise to $21B-plus

The real market value of all properties in Linn County climbed to more than $21 billion for the 2021 tax year, according to Linn County Assessor and Tax Collector Andy Stevens. That's up sharply from...

Council weighs in on Main Street ramp project

At its Oct. 12 meeting, the Sweet Home City Council heard a pitch from Oregon Department of Transportation representatives on an intergovernmental agreement between the city and ODOT. If approved, the agreement would allow ODOT to move forward on a...

Composite released to ID Gordon Road remains

Linn County Sheriff's detectives have learned new information regarding unidentified human remains recovered near Sweet Home in April 2020, Undersheriff Michelle Duncan said Friday morning, Oct....

Removal of barred owls shows slows spotted-owl decline

By Sean Nealon Oregon State University Writer A 17-year study in Oregon, Washington and California found that removal of invasive barred owls arrested the population decline of the northern spotted...

Sheriff's levy goes to voters on Nov. 2

Linn County voters will have another opportunity in the upcoming Nov. 2 election to vote on whether or not to renew the Linn County Sheriff’s Office’s Four-Year Option Tax Levy.  Ballots for the election were mailed last week and should have...

Chick-fil-A treat

Sweet Home Junior High staff members Madelyn Hawken, left, Tim Faulconer, middle, and Billy Canfield enjoy some Chick-fil-A in the staff room during the lunch hour on Oct. 13. Chick-fil-A reached out...

Local 4-H leaders Sallees installed in national Hall of Fame

Sherman (Sherm) and Fay Sallee, of Lebanon, were inducted Oct. 14 into the National 4-H Hall of Fame for their lifetime achievements and contributions.  Honored by Oregon State University and the...

County adds to youth wage-grant program

Linn County’s annual First-Time Youth Wage Grant program added five more participants in September, the Board of Commissioners learned Tuesday morning, Oct. 12.  There are now 29 companies and 62 young people participating in the program, which...

New bleachers in junior high gym; COVID-19 still a concern

The final touches on a gym renovation project largely completed in September 2020 were made Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the form of new bleachers at Sweet Home Junior High School. The red retractable...

Sweet Home girls fall to No. 1 Philomath, Sisters in soccer

Sweet Home's girls soccer players were unable to find the back of the net last week, losing at No. 4-ranked Philomath 8-0 on Oct. 12 and at home to No. 11 Sisters 2-0 on Oct. 14. Against the highly...

Football: North Eugene homecoming not sweet for Huskies

Sweet Home football fell 42-14 to non-league opponent North Eugene on Thursday, Oct. 14, before an energetic crowd of Highlander faithful celebrating their homecoming weekend. The Huskies couldn't...

Athletic directors struggle to get kids – and officials – to games

If you're Dan Tow, Sweet Home's new athletic director, putting together a sports schedule is, well, a crap shoot. He's not alone. In addition to juggling COVID-19 requirements and restrictions, just...

Watkins clocks big PR at Black Butte

Sweet Home's cross-country runners got a high-altitude race in last week at the Clash in the Cascades, held Thursday, Oct. 14, at Big Meadow Golf Course in Black Butte. Nate Coleman was the top...

Despite 'great job,' Huskies lose to top teams in boys soccer

Sweet Home boys soccer lost twice last week, first falling 8-1 to the number one ranked 4A team in the state, Philomath, on Oct. 12. They then lost 8-0 on the road at Sisters on Oct. 14. Against...

Volleyball: Huskies down Stayton; host No. 2 Cascade Thursday

Sweet Home’s volleyball team maintained its second-place tie with Sisters in the Oregon West Conference standings going into this week with a 3-0 win at Stayton. The Huskies, 8-2 in the OWC, 9-4 overall, downed the Eagles 25-19, 25-17, 25-20....

Increased scrutiny by reporters in Oregon's state Capitol good for all (Oct. 20, 2021)

In the wake of National Newspaper Week, I've got some good news. A big concern I've had, both as a journalist and as a citizen, has been the dearth of news coverage of state government in recent...

Guest commentary: Oregon's electric vehicle goals falling short of reality (Oct. 20, 2021)

By Rachel Dawson Oregon elected officials and appointed staff love to claim they base their decisions on the best and most accurate data available. A recent Oregon Department of Transportation study demonstrates that this often isn’t the case. In...

From Our Files (Oct. 20, 2021)

Oct. 21, 1971 A group that started in 1968 as the Golden Gleaners Club with a handful of members is now 60-strong as the Senior Citizens of Sweet Home, Inc. The group met at various locations, but now has its own location at 1102 Main St. Ideas and...

Timothy Schatz

Timothy Miles Schatz, 30, of Sweet Home, passed away Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. He was born Sept. 7, 1991, in Lebanon to Donald James and Sandra Jean (Overstreet) Schatz. Timothy was born and raised in...

Death Notices (Oct. 23)

Lola Louise Isaac, 78, of Sweet Home, died Oct. 11, 2021. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit www.sweethomefuneral.com. James Errol Isaac, 80, of Sweet Home, died Oct. 13, 2021. Sweet Home Funeral...

Anthony Avila

Anthony David Avila, 79, of Sweet Home, died Oct. 1, 2021, at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. He was born June 2, 1942, in San Diego, Calif., to Manuel S. Avila and Mary M....

Duane Ray

Duane Ray, 68, of Sweet Home, died Oct. 15, 2021. He was born July 24, 1953 in Lebanon, the son of Donna Joyce (Sturgis) Ray. Mr. Ray lived in Lebanon most of his life. He enjoyed golf, crabbing,...

Wilton Ivie

Jan. 28, 1943 – Oct. 11, 2021 Wilton Lee Ivie, 78, of Sweet Home, died Oct. 11, 2021. He was born Jan. 28, 1943, in Grants Pass to Archie and Iola (Fields) Ivie, one among five other brothers and...

East Linn County Fall Fun 2021

Here are upcoming events in the Sweet Home and Lebanon area: October: Pumpkin Patch Tennessee Thunder Stand & Railroad’s pumpkin patch, scavenger hunt and train ride is open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, at 37672 KGAL Drive, Lebanon....

Around Town (Oct. 20, 2021)

Thunder Mountain train rides available Fall family fun and train rides are being held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October at the Tennessee Thunder Stand & Railroad, 37672 KGAL Drive, Lebanon. Activities include a pumpkin...

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