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Two Sweet Home teens die in early-morning wreck on Highway 228

Two Sweet Home teens were killed and another was severely injured early Saturday, May 23, in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 228 near Milepost 10, in the Sunset Lane area, east of Brownsville. According to the Oregon State Police, troopers and... Full story

Sprenger, Cate, Glaser lead Republicans in contested local primaries

State House District 17 Rep. Sherrie Sprenger is carrying 65.87 percent of the vote in the Republican primary for Linn County Commissioner Position 3 as of 8 p.m. on May 19. With 10,214 votes, she is leading Kerry Johnson, 4,174 votes, 26.92...

Four charged in big game poaching case after tip from citizen

Three area men and a woman, two of them from Lebanon, have been charged with poaching 27 big game animals from various locations in Western Oregon, including Linn County, over the past two years....

Public Safety Log May 20, 2020

May 18 12:42 a.m. - Five callers reported loud explosions or gunshots, Oak Terrace and 3rd. Officer checked the area. Unable to locate. Officer spoke with several residents who believed it was fireworks. One caller said she did not believe it was...

It's official: 2020 Oregon Jamboree cancelled

Oregon Jamboree Festival Director Robert Shamek announced May 13 that the 2020 Oregon Jamboree would not be held this year. Jamboree staff, SHEDG board members and management team members have been...

SH begins to reopen following COVID-19

Linn County is among 31 counties that entered Phase 1 of the governor’s plan to reopen Oregon Friday, May 15, allowing restaurants and bars, personal service providers and gyms to reopen. Locally, the City of Sweet Home partially opened its parks...

City working to support at-risk businesses, build 'relationships'

So what’s Sweet Home’s economic development director to do during the coronavirus pandemic shutdown? “It’s been a whirlwind,” Blair Larsen said Friday, the first day of Gov. Kate Brown’s...

Linn County COVID-19 cases up to 109, including presumptives

Linn County had 109 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday morning, an increase from 103 one week earlier and 97 the week prior, according to information provided by the Oregon Health Authority. Linn County had no reported deaths related to COVID-19 last...

Mental health needs awareness

Editor: There is a glaring issue with health care today. I took my wife to an empty emergency room in Corvallis recently for sudden onset double vision, loss of coordination, and emotional changes worried about a stroke. She has been in treatment... Full story

Writer right about council's attitude

Editor: I agree with Marilyn Taggart Schlim that the City Council doesn’t care about the people of Sweet Home. I would like an explanation of where the almost $200,000 taken from the police department and library went. Not that it went for... Full story

3 positives from COVID-19 shutdown

As you may have noticed in my last column, I can be a bit of a pessimist.  If I had a choice, my profile in this newspaper wouldn’t have a picture of me, but rather a cartoon drawing of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh or just a picture of the cloud...

Santa De La Pena

Dec. 20, 1938 - May 14, 2020 Santa De La Pena, 81, of Sweet Home died May 14, 2020. She was born Dec. 20, 1938 in National City, Calif. to Francisco and Johanna Cruz. She lived in Oceanside, Calif.... Full story

Frances Lee Ann John

June 3, 1951 - May 11, 2020 Frances “Lee Ann” (Babcock) John, 68, of Salem, formerly of Sweet Home, earned her heavenly halo on May 11, 2020. Lee Ann was born in Lebanon on June 3, 1951 to Guy... Full story

Grace Emma McCoy

Nov. 23, 1919 - May 16, 2020 Former Sweet Home resident Grace McCoy died May 16, 2020 of causes relating to being 100 years old. She was born in Grace City, N.D. to Wiley and Alta Forquer on Nov. 23,... Full story

Raymond Stevens

April 10, 1935 - May 10, 2020 Raymond “Steve” Wesley Stevens, 85, of Sweet Home died May 10, 2020. He was born April 10, 1935 in Thomas, Okla. to Lloyd Franklin and Vessay J. (Hensley) Stevens.... Full story

Around Town May 20, 2020

Live Memorial Day services planned Memorial Day services are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at Pioneer Cemetery in Brownsville and 10:30 a.m. at Crawfordsville Cemetery. Physical distancing is required and members of the general public should watch from...

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