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Home, finally

An idea that has been years in the making for many community stakeholders finally came to fruition last Saturday, Jan. 14, when the Family Assistance and Resource Center's (FAC) Managed Outreach and...

Property owner: City carport rule isn't solving problems

Local property owner Josh Victor expressed his dislike of a city code that requires carports on certain properties during a meeting of the Planning Commission Jan. 19. Specifically, the city code...

Old library book drop produces long-hidden trove

Public Works Crew Lead Sean Hegge thought it was going to be just another normal day as he headed into the Sweet Home Public Library to perform a quick fix on the book drop, but his day took an...

Lebanon man tracks feathered friends

Back in 1972, when Jeff Harding graduated from high school, his father offered to buy him a shiny new calculator before he enrolled at Oregon State University. "They were new and exciting in those...

Public Safety (Jan. 25, 2023)

Jan. 16 9:00 a.m. - Caller reports non-injury motor vehicle crash at 2000 Main St. Report taken, damager over $2,500. 11:15 a.m. - Benjamin Philip Hyatt, 43, arrested on Sweet Home Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear on an original charge...

Circuit Court (Jan. 25, 2023)

Warrants are out on the following individuals: Samuel Frank Ayers, Noah David Colgrove, Curtis Ray Daniel, Ashlee Dee Flanagan, Andrew James Freitag, Aaron Thomas Halvorson, Isaac Booker Justham, Noe Hernandez-Reyes, Michael Trevor Hilton, Isaac...

SHHS drama students to stage 'Midsummer Night's Dream

The Sweet Home High School Theatre Department will present Midsummer Night's Dream, a Shakespearean Comedy, on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 2 and 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium. The play is...

Donors replace emergency generator after outage at SHEM

Sweet Home Emergency Ministries has been able to purchase a generator to provide electricity during power outages, board member Cindy Rice reported. During the extended weather-related power outage in early September of 2022, the backup generator...

Donors replace emergency generator after outage at SHEM

Sweet Home Emergency Ministries has been able to purchase a generator to provide electricity during power outages, board member Cindy Rice reported. During the extended weather-related power outage...

New Congresswoman Chavez-DeRemer names senior staff

Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-Happy Valley), recently announced her senior staff, hiring several experienced professionals to work on behalf of Oregonians in the Fifth Congressional District. Chavez-DeRemer was officially sworn in following House...

Girls basketball: Girls suffer loss in league opener at Cascade after losing starter Mamac

Sweet Home girls basketball started off league play in the Oregon West Conference on the wrong foot last week, losing at Cascade, who sits at third in the conference, by a score of 70-20 on Jan. 20. The Cougars (5-6) jumped out to a big 29-5 lead...

Boys open basketball league play with loss

Sweet Home boys basketball endured a tough result to start league play in the Oregon West Conference last week, losing 80-25 at Cascade on Jan. 20. The Cougars are ranked No. 3 in the state for 4A. After going up 23-11 by the end of the first...

Huskies turn in some 'crazy swims,' set PRs, in meet

Sweet Home hosted Cascade, Madras and Philomath Friday in a swim meet that turned out to be a showcase for the Huskies. Cascade's and Madras' boys were expected to provide a challenge for Sweet...

Sweet Home wrestlers roll over district opponents in dual matches

Sweet Home's wrestlers rolled to wins over Siuslaw, Stayton and North Marion last week as the Huskies had a breather from the succession of larger tournaments they've competed in for the last month....

Commentary: Why newspapers matter

The title above might seem self-serving, but it reflects an increasing concern in Oregon, and not just for newspaper publishers. I’ve heard from readers, from government officials, from businesses who are worried about where the state’s...

From Our Files (Jan. 25, 2023)

Jan. 25, 1973 A patrolman and junior high student were hospitalized following a collision of a school bus and city ambulance at the intersection of 12th and Long streets. Charles Pollock, 14, was...

Opinion: GOP leader lists challenges he sees for Oregon

Editor’s note: Although we are a nonpartisan newspaper, we think this “open letter,” written by the chair of the Oregon Republican Party, highlights concerns shared by Linn County’s rural residents, so we’re giving it some space. Dear...

Cathy Beemer

Cathy Annett Beemer, 69, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 3, 2023. She was born July 29, 1953, in Eugene to Lloyd and Alda Lou (Harvey) Jewell. Mrs. Beemer is survived by her sons, Will Beemer of Sweet Home...

George Cooper

George Delwyn Cooper, 84, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 13, 2023. He was born Aug. 14, 1938, in Goldendale, Wash., to Ora Allen and Helen Alvira (Cox) Cooper. After graduating high school in Lyle, Wash., he served in the United States Air Force. Mr....

Henry Deja

Henry Winston Deja, 67, of Sweet Home, died peacefully on Jan. 15, 2023 after a short battle with cancer. He was born June 3, 1955, to Tom and Maryann Deja in Lakewood, Wash. His dad and uncle were...

Death Notices (Jan. 25, 2023)

Jack Gerald Herring, 92, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 19, 2023. Viewing will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. Josephine Floyd Jeppsen, 88, of Lebanon, died Jan. 23, 2023. Sweet Home...

Otis Arlie King

Otis "Oty" Arlie King, 98, died Jan. 21, 2023, at Evergreen Hospice in Albany. He was born Aug. 22, 1924, in Holley to Oran and Etta King, the only boy among seven siblings. A good student and...

Frances Louise McDonald

Frances Louise McDonald, 79, of Lebanon passed away Jan. 22, 2023. She was born May 31, 1943, in Lebanon to Raymond Millard and Winifred Phedora (Morris) Robertson. Frances lived all over the...

Gerold 'Jerry' Lee VanBrocklin

Gerold "Jerry" Lee VanBrocklin, 75, of Sweet Home passed away Jan. 12, 2023. Jerry lived most of his adult life in Oregon where he raised his family. He lived in Cottage Grove for many years, where...

Carroll Eugene Bain

Carroll Eugene Bain, 77, of Sweet Home passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. He was born Feb. 11, 1945, in Albany to Francis and Alice Janette (Little) Bain. He served in the United States Army from...

Around Town (Jan. 25, 2023)

Meals on Wheels weekly menu Meals on Wheels offers take-out lunch at the Sweet Home Community Center to seniors over 60 at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The Senior Center serves a separate lunch on Wednesdays. Suggested donation is $3.50....

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