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Masks back on table as parents address board

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era Just over two dozen unmasked individuals entered Sweet Home School Board meeting in the high school auditorium Monday, Sept. 13, despite being told at the door that...

Council passes COVID-19 state of emergency

Proclamation cites concerns related to mental health By Benny Westcott Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 7, voted unanimously to approve Resolution No. 22, proclaiming a “state of emergency” regarding the COVID-19...

County rejects 4 bids for SH mill site

The Linn County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 7, rejected four bids for the former Willamette Industries mill site in Sweet Home Tuesday morning and agreed to consider offering individual parcels of the 150-acre property for sale....

Public Safety (Sept. 15, 2021)

Sept. 3 3:32 p.m. - Deputy responded to a family disturbance in 40900 block of Hwy. 228. A 14-year-old got upset and punched a glass sliding door, breaking it and cutting his hand. 3:41 p.m. - Deputy patrolled McDowell Creek Park and spotted a car...

Duncan named new Linn County undersheriff

By Alex Paul County Communications Officer When Michelle Duncan was a teenager in San Jose, Calif., her parents thought her interest in law enforcement as a career might be a passing phase. But the...

Highway 20 rollover (Sept. 15, 2021)

Oregon State Police troopers work at the scene of a log truck rollover at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, near milepost 36 on Highway 20. The Oregon State Police reported that the truck, traveling...

Homeless facility discussion continues at special meeting

The Sweet Home City Hall hosted a special meeting Thursday, Sept. 9, to discuss a proposed homeless facility on Linn County-owned property behind the Bi-Mart, next to Sweet Home Public Works....

SHHS alum awarded Mealey scholarship

By Katie Kohl LCSWA Scholarship Chair Three Linn County high school graduates have been awarded 2021 Robert Mealey Scholarships by the Linn County Small Woodlands Association for studying forestry or...

Contractor hired for Sunnyside project

A Lebanon contractor has been hired to build and install a protective frame for information signs at Sunnyside Park. The signs have been designed to tell the story of the revival the Willamette Valley Ponderosa pine. The Linn County Small Woodlands...

Dr. Carmen Wolthuis Hall: A homecoming on the keys

Dr. Carmen Wolthuis Hall has been many things in her illustrious career: an exceptional pianist, award-winning performer, educator, speaker and collaborative artist.  But she has local bona fides,...

Huskies even football record with 35-0 pounding of N. Marion

During a post-game breakdown Friday, Sept. 10, at North Marion High School in Aurora, Sweet Home's football team, fresh off a 35-0 win over those other Huskies, mobbed first-year Head Coach Ryan...

Cross country: Sieminski ninth among league runners at Stayton Invitational

The undermanned Husky cross-country team got a up-close-and-personal look at what the rest of the Oregon West Conference is looking like Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Stayton Invitational. The meet,...

Sweet Home scores volleyball sweep of Philomath

Sweet Home's volleyball players found out what it takes to be a top team in a week that saw them sweep a tough conference foe, then battle through some tough tournament play, where they lost to two...

Husky boys notch soccer win over Elmira

Sweet Home boys soccer beat Elmira 4-1 at Husky Field, earning the program's first victory since the fall of 2017. "The kids were over the moon. They were elated to get the win," Head Coach Eric...

From Our Files (Sept. 15, 2021)

Sept. 16, 1971 Adams Grocery Store in Crawfordsville was robbed by two young men armed with a rifle. They got away with $320 and a jar of jerky. Rich Adams, store owner, told officers his wife, Charlene, was on duty at the time. One of the men...

Letter: Do what it takes to keep kids in school (Sept. 15, 2021)

Editor: Hello, Sweet Home. We have a common purpose: protecting and doing what’s best for our children. As a parent, retired teacher and grandmother, I am deeply concerned that we are not doing enough to keep our children safe. Personally, I know...

Letter: Rancher offers medical alternative

Editor: Over the past few months I’ve become deeply interested in the trend that has humans using the veterinary drug Ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID viral infections. I have to admit, my curiosity was piqued by the idea that an...

Letter: Donations welcome when SHEM's open (Sept. 15, 2021)

Editor: My name is Cindy L. Rice, and I serve as the volunteer pantry manager at SHEM. I am responsible to oversee the smooth, safe operation of the food pantry facility. SHEM has been a resource for families in crisis situations for over 41 years...

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Obituaries (Sept. 15, 2021)

Frances Babcock March 15, 1924 – Sept. 4, 2021 Frances Naomi Babcock, 97, of Sweet Home, died on the morning of Sept. 4, 2021, in Lebanon. She was born March 15, 1924 in Masontown, Pa., to Edmund and Ruth (Lee) Durr. Growing up during the Great...

Jeromy Moore

Jeromy Reed Moore, 41, of Sweet Home, died Sept. 8. 2021. He was born June 18, 1980 in Lebanon to Frank Reed and Tonya Verlee (Thill) Moore. Mr. Moore grew up mostly in Sweet Home but lived in Alaska...

Betty Jean Postma

Betty Jean (Bell) Postma, 97, of Sweet Home was born Nov. 23, 1923 and passed away peacefully on Sept. 3, 2021. Betty was born in Slope County, N.D. to Jesse Bell and Nellie (Egly) Bell. The Bell...

Death Notices (Sept. 15, 2021)

Richard Duane Carlson, 79, of Sweet Home, died Sept. 10, 2021. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit www.sweethomefuneral.com. Phyllis Ann Rees, 76, of Lebanon, died Sept. 9, 2021. Sweet Home Funeral...

Around Town (Sept. 15, 2021)

Foster Dam road closed ’til Sept. 16 The road over Foster Dam will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Thursday, Sept. 16. The closure will allow for fish removal, annual spillway gate maintenance and the installation of PACE equipment. Meals...

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