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Sweet Home getting taste of France with new cooperative venture

A taste of Champs Elysées is coming to Main Street. Sweet Home will soon have its very own French patisserie, located right inside Sweet Things Boutique, at 1045 Main St. Lebanon-based Colette...

City to staff water/sewer treatment

Sweet Home’s wastewater and water treatment plants are going to be handled in-house next year for the first time in nearly 15 years, instead of being run by a contractor. That’s after a controversial decision at the Oct. 13 city council...

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New officer from Land of Ten Thousand Lakes

There's a new cop in town, and he's come hundreds of miles to join Sweet Home's police department. Steve Carlson is 37, and got into law enforcement after his grandfather died. "He was my biggest...

Public Safety Log Oct. 21, 2020

October 12 1:49 a.m. – Caller reported girlfriend broke out the windows on his vehicle, 5200 block of Redwood. Officer responded, info noted. Caller damaged girlfriend’s car previously. Neither wanted to pursue charges. 7:24 a.m. – Caller...

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Corps officials upgrade Green Peter from 'high-' to 'low-risk' dam

After years of extensive studies, a risk assessment and recent rehabilitation of spillway gates, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials have re-classified Green Peter Dam as a Low Risk dam. Recent...

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Fire department to use old City Hall for training

Sweet Home's old City Hall will be used as a training facility for Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District firefighters following a 6-1 vote City Council vote on Oct. 13. Mayor Greg Mahler and...

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Local Mom helps playground makeover

When Rachel Maynard of Sweet Home took her two boys to the playground at Waterloo County Park a couple of years ago, she noticed that the play structure was not in good shape. "There were holes in...

City seeking proposal for downtown streetscape upgrades

The City of Sweet Home is requesting proposals for a streetscape and parking plan in the downtown area, meant to give the area a facelift and make it more pedestrian-friendly. Council voted unanimously in favor of putting out a request for...

OSU study: Terns' impact on steelhead runs 'significant'

Caspian terns feeding on young fish have a significant impact on runs of steelhead in the Columbia River, research by Oregon State University suggests. Through detailed analysis of steelhead survival and Caspian tern predation rates, the...

Baseball team downs Cascade, loses close game to S. Christian

Sweet Home’s varsity players ended their nearly year-and-a-half drought of baseball action last week with a 5-1 victory at Cascade, followed by a 6-5 loss at Santiam Christian. “Overall, I thought the kids played very well,” Coach John Best...

Willamette Speedway Results

Following are Willamette Speedway results for Saturday night, Oct. 17: Hornets – (1) Scott Beaudoin; (2) Brad Gentry; (3) Andrew Wright; (4) Dom Conti; (5) James Skeslien; (6) TJ Jackson; (7) Nicole Emry; (8) Sharmaine Jobanek; (9) Darrin...

SH wins 2 in softball

Sweet Home’s softball team played twice last week, beating Santiam Christian 8-3 at home and then downing Cascade 5-2 on the road. Coach Karyn Hartsook said that although the games are technically scrimmages, since Sweet Home is winding down its...

Abortion key to crime decline

Editor: Violent crime nearly quadrupled between 1960 and its peak in 1991, then it fell and kept falling. Why? John J. Donohue and Steven D. Levitt wrote a paper called “Understanding Why Crime Fell in the 1990s: Four Factors That Explain the...

Writer supports three candidates

Editor: I support and endorse Angelita Sanchez and Dylan Richards for positions on the Sweet Home City Council and Jami Cate for the House of Representatives District 17 seat. Angelita is the owner and operator of Angel’s Rock N Roll...

Levy math doesn't bode well for future

Editor: Regarding Ballot Titles 22-184 and 22-185, for continuation of operating levies for Sweet Home Police Services and Sweet Home Library. I think it was two years ago when the City Council turned deaf ears to pleas from citizens to deal with...

Levy renewal key for police, library

Editor: The levy renewals for the Sweet Home Police Department and the Sweet Home Library are on this November’s ballot and I will be voting “yes” to renew both of them. It’s easy to say “no” to increased taxes, as stated in a previous...

Writer's opinion of Trump changed

Editor: Well, it’s vot’n time. It comes down to who you believe. For me, a 2016 Trump skeptic, I believe him. After all, he kept close to all his campaign promises in 4 years while being pursued by the opposition party for Russia, Russia,...

Measure 108 simply government greed trampling better health

I started by writing a philosophical piece about why it’s wrong to tax tobacco, alcohol and marijuana – or anything else in the marketplace for that matter. Sales taxes are regressive and disproportionately affect the poor, and sin taxes fly in...

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City Hall's value should be decided by people

There aren't a lot of historical buildings in Sweet Home, a town that was built rapidly and with little planning as the demand for lumber from nearby forests came during and following World War II....

City's levy flyer could be clearer

Editor: First of all, I fully support our fine police and library.  Our mayor was nice enough to point out the other uses of the levies that are supposed to finance those two departments in our city.  My one question is the large paragraph in the...

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Ralph Smith

Oct. 19, 1930 – Oct. 16, 2020 Ralph Smith, 89, of Sweet Home, died Oct. 16, 2020. He was born Oct. 19, 1930 in Salmon, Idaho to Pete and Amelia (Rodonavic) Smith. He grew up in Salmon, Idaho,...

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Alfred Dayton Marrs

July 31, 1947 - Oct. 17, 2020 Alfred Dayton Marrs, 73, of Sweet Home passed away Saturday. He was born in Denver, Colorado to Lawrence Henry and Gladys Ethel (Meade) Marrs. He was raised in Canyon...

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Janice Richmond

Nov. 9, 1937 – Oct. 11, 2020 Janice Lorraine Richmond, 82, of Sweet Home, died Oct. 11, 2020. She was born Nov. 9, 1937 in Gales Creek to Max V. and Alice Cordelia (Brown) Shewey. She grew up in...

Around Town Oct. 21, 2020

OSU offers free webinar on cattle Oregon State University’s Beef Cattle Working Group is presenting a Fall Webinar Series on beef cattle production. The weekly webinar series runs through Nov. 17, presented by OSU faculty. Webinars begin at 5:30...

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