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Archery to... Sewing ... to Water Safety

Principal Terry Martin stands on the bank of a pond on a sunny summer morning and baits a hook for one of some 25 middle-school-aged teens, all with fishing rods, milling about and casting into the...

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Public Safety Log July 28, 2021

July 19  12:52 a.m. - Oscar Junior Phillips, 49, cited for driving with a suspended license and driving uninsured in the 700 block of Ninth Ave. 8:42 a.m. - Caller reported $815 worth of fishing...

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Jamboree revives in full force

It's felt like a long time comin'. Next weekend, after a one-year absence, Sweet Home will throw – as is tradition – one of the state's most cathartic summer blowouts with the welcome return of...

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Adams named LBCC Board Chair

The Linn-Benton Community College Board of Education elected new officers and swore in new members at its meeting on July 21. Kristin Adams, of Sweet Home, was elected board chair; and Dr. Jeannie...

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Monmouth man dies in crash near Independence

A Monmouth man was killed Wednesday, July 28, in a two-vehicle crash on Corvallis Road at Parker Road near Independence. Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies and medical personnel responded to the...

Sheriff's deputies seek missing hiker in rugged terrain

Linn County Sheriff’s deputies continued an intense search effort Sunday on Mount Jefferson for a Salem man who was reported to have fallen on the mountain. According to Undersheriff Paul Timm, just after 11:46 a.m. on Friday, July 23, Linn...

SHPD warns of "stranger danger" after pair of reports

The Sweet Home Police Department on Tuesday issued a warning to residents to watch for strangers in vans attempting to pick up children after receiving two reports last week. In the first, according to an agency release, a woman reported that her...

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Masks still required on public transit

Despite widened relaxation on protective-mask guidelines, restrictions remain firmly in place for at least one facet of everyday life: public transportation. On June 30, Gov. Kate Brown ended many...

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Lane County deputy drowns at Lewis Creek Park

A Lane County Sheriff's Office deputy drowned Sunday afternoon at Lewis Creek Park east of Sweet Home. Courtney Anderson, 36, of Eugene, was on a paddle board near the creek's designated swim area...

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Queen Victoria's influence lives on at museum

When we enter the East Linn Museum, thoughts of England's Queen Victoria don't come readily to mind. Still, her era's influences directly reflect on our area and many of the artifacts on display...

Sr. Center letter mis-information

Editor: I read the July 21, 2021 issue amazed at the mis-information contained within the letter signed by Don and Glenda Hopkins! First, the Senior Center has been closed according to mandate by our governor to protect the health and well-being...

COVID article data 'cherry-picked'

Editor: You cherry-picked data in your article about COVID. Our county is maybe 16th in vaccination rate, but we are much higher in cases per population. Your decision to do so doesn’t tell the whole story. You gave a much rosier picture than...

Protect yourself – against authorities

Editor: On July 6, the President, his Press Secretary, Oregon’s and other governors declared that they will be authorizing “strike force” teams to “knock on doors” nationwide. The latest version of this “Big Guy” agenda has added...

Major League Baseball strikes out in response to Cuban turmoil

 By Dr. Paul G. Kengor  Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “MLB remained absent-mindedly and cowardly mute on the Cuban people’s freedom struggles, despite the game’s close ties with...

Celebrating Community

The Sweet Home Chamber’s awards picnic on Saturday night was more than the recognition of individuals who have contributed significantly to our community. Awards got presented, all right, to very deserving recipients. But it was also very much a...

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Mary Jane Rozell

Feb. 10, 1937 - July 24, 2021 Mary Jane Rozell, 84, of Lebanon passed away at home at 2:40 p.m. on July 24, 2021, surrounded by her family and loved ones. Mary was born in Bend, Oregon to Carmen...

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Linea Byrdene Brown

Feb. 16, 1931 - July 20, 2021 Linea Byrdene Brown, 90, passed away at the annual family campout, doing what she loved. She was born Feb. 16, 1931, in Lebanon to Albin and Muriel (Rhinehart) Nothiger,...

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Derrald Wheeler

Feb. 13, 1936 - July 17, 2021 Derrald Guy Wheeler, 85, of Crawfordsville, known commonly as “Guy,” died July 17, 2021. He was born Feb. 13, 1936, in Portland to Derrald Eugene and Ethel Irene...

James Healy

July 4, 1943 - July 22, 2021 James Timothy Healy, 78, of Sweet Home died July 22, 2021. He was born July 4, 1943, in Salem to James M. and Teresa (Cody) Healy. Mr. Healy served in the United States Navy from 1962 to 1967. He served as an...

Jerry Milligan

April 7, 1946 - June 14, 2021 Jerry Ray Milligan, 75, of Sweet Home, died June 14, 2021, following a short illness. He was born April 7, 1946. Mr. Milligan is survived by daughters Kelly Parks, Debbie Ryno and Sarah Kennedy; brother Rodger; and...

Around Town July 28, 2021

Concerts in the Park continue Lebanon’s Concerts in the Park series continues, with performances running from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Ralston Park, 925 Park St. Scheduled performances include The Teccas (July 27), DRTR (Aug. 10), Rachael and the...

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Oregon Jamboree kicks off in Sweet Home

Corvallis' Adam Larson & Co. launches the main-stage party in raucous style at the Oregon Jamboree on Friday, July...

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