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Oregon Jamboree returns

The 28th Oregon Jamboree finished with a bang Sunday as 20-year-old sensation Laine Hardy stepped in to headline the day's program after Ashley McBryde was unable to show. The festival, which didn't...

Highway 20 project to cause closures near Sweet Home

The Oregon Department of Transportation announced Tuesday, July 27, a construction project to make U.S. Highway 20 east of Sweet Home safer by constructing a retaining wall, realigning and reconstructing a portion of road and repairing landslide...

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Man sentenced in crash that killed SH teens

A Junction City man who was convicted in June by a Linn County Circuit Court jury of killing two Sweet Home teens while driving drunk on Highway 228 was sentenced last week to nearly 15 years in...

Public Safety Log Aug. 3, 2021

July 26 10:34 a.m. - Caller reported a dog at large, 1200 block of 44th Ave. Officer responded, dog placed in kennel, Animal Control advised. 4:48 p.m. - Caller reported that her neighbor tore down her “no trespassing” signs and came into her...

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County purchases Albany bank building for $1.3 million

Linn County has agreed to purchase the former US Bank building at 205 SW Ellsworth St. for $1.3 million. Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker unanimously agreed to the deal...

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Sheriff's Office suspends search for missing climber

The Linn County Sheriff's Office has suspended the search for a missing climber on Mount Jefferson, according to a news release issued Thursday, July 29. Steven Van Pelt, 33, of Salem, had been...

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New principal brings experience to Hawthorne Elementary

Hawthorne Elementary School has a new principal with multiple decades of education experience. Debbie Phillips started the job Monday, July 19, six days after arriving from Montana. She replaces...

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 scene shortly before 11 a.m. A preliminary...

SHPD warns of 'stranger danger' after reports

The Sweet Home Police Department last week issued a warning to residents to watch for strangers in vans attempting to pick up children after receiving two reports in late July. In the first, a woman reported that her two granddaughters were walking...

Bruler Fire containment at 65%

The South Cascade Interagency Type Team 3 continued mopping up and strengthening contingency lines Monday on the 195-acre Bruler Fire, burning 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home. Containment is at 65%. According to a U.S. Forest Service release,...

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Sweet Home swimmers compete in regional, state meets

Sweet Home Swim Club members competed last month in both the Oregon long course state championships and the Western Region Speedo Sectionals. At the OSI 11 and Over Long Course Arena State...

Restricting news coverage bad for all

Perceptive readers may have noticed that some of this year’s Oregon Jamboree acts are noticeably missing in our photo coverage. Here’s why: Due to an incident that occurred Friday evening, festival organizers decided to ban media photographers...

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Melissa 'Missy' Ann Jones

June 27, 1971 - June 19, 2021 Melissa “Missy” Ann Jones, 49, of Lebanon, passed away unexpectedly on June 19, 2021, just eight days before her 50th birthday. She was born June 27, 1971 in Beloit,...

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Beverly Noreen Kitchin

Aug. 27, 1932 - April 26, 2021 Beverly Noreen Kitchin, 88, passed peacefully April 26, 2021, with family at her side and cherry blossoms shimmering in Sweet Home's mid-morning sun. She was born to...

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Michele A. Graham

Jan. 3, 1954 - July 31, 2021 Michele A. Graham, 67, of Sweet Home, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2021. She was born Jan. 3, 1954 in Logan, Kan., to Orville Everett and Dorothy Lucille (Seeger)...

Around Town Aug. 4, 2021

First Friday to be wine and art walk Lebanon Downtown Association will hold a “First Friday Wine and Art Walk” from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, in the downtown business district. The monthly First Friday is held downtown at various times....

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