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New emergency care, senior facilities planned

Long-awaited, big healthcare changes are coming to Sweet Home, city and corporate officials announced Thursday, June 10, during a meeting hosted by Wiley Creek Community. The senior residence...

Public Safety Log June 16, 2021

June 7 2:09 a.m. – Joshua Kealohanui Ben Leslie, 33, cited and released on a Lebanon Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of third-degree theft, 2405 Main St. 7-Eleven. 2:53 a.m. – Caller reported fire south of...

Superintendent Tom Yahraes says it's time to leave district

Superintendent Tom Yahraes announced to the Sweet Home School Board at its June 14 meeting that he will be resigning from the position of Sweet Home School District's superintendent, effective...

At Last, The Finish Line

Forecasted rain held off as hundreds of friends and family of Sweet Home High School's class of 2021 celebrated the graduation of 128 young people after a senior year like no other. Onlookers sat on...

Jamboree announces Ashley McBryde as Sunday headliner

The Oregon Jamboree announced over the weekend that Ashley McBryde will headline the Sunday, Aug. 1, performances at this year's festival. That was one of a number of new acts announced for the 2021...

Outdoors students build own boards, skis at Hoodoo

Fifteen Sweet Home High School juniors and seniors in Lindsey Haggas' outdoor PE class went to the Santiam SnoLab at Hoodoo Ski Area over the last few weeks to design and build their own skis and...

Commissioners give tentative green light to solar project

A proposed 12-acre solar power development on Eicher Road east of Albany will be allowed to proceed, pending a wetlands review and analysis, the Linn County Board of Commissioners agreed on a 2-1 vote Tuesday morning. Commissioners Sherrie Sprenger...

After mixed feedback from residents, council approves $1.63 million Willow/Yucca LID

Sweet Home City Council members voted 5-2 on June 8 to direct city staff to prepare a resolution and ordinance necessary to form a neighborhood local improvement district (LID) in the Willow/Yucca...

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Girls lose two games in hoops; roster down thanks to injuries

An injury-riddled Sweet Home girls basketball team lost a pair of games early last week. On Monday, June 7, Stayton bested the Huskies 42-25. “We’re just down some players because of injury,” said Head Coach Michelle Knight. “There’s...

Swimmers post wins over district foes as they focus on culminating events

Sweet Home's swimmers hosted North Marion and Kennedy Saturday morning, June 12, in their final dual meet of the short season, winning all four competitions. It was also Senior Day, in which the...

Boys win 2 to stay in basketball race

Sweet Home boys basketball won a pair of tight contests last week, beating Stayton 52-50 at home and Sisters 51-44 on the road. Stayton beat Sweet Home earlier this season with a buzzer beating three-pointer. “So we knew it was going to be...

Huskies' wrestling win over Tillamook comes down to final match

As they focused on this week's District 2 regional meet, Sweet Home's wrestlers got a good test in a 45-34 win at Tillamook Tuesday, June 8. "That was a great dual," Coach Steve Thorpe said. "That's...

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Bill in Oregon legislature poses threat to newspaper viability

By Brigitte Schmidt Gwyn and Laurie Hieb Newspapers and magazines go to every corner of this state. Notwithstanding increased digital access, paper publications are delivered to tens of thousands of homes that lack broadband internet and homes...

Good news is part of a mixed bag

As is often the nature of this business of community journalism, there’s both good news and bad in this week’s issue of The New Era. Let’s start with some good: The news that Wiley Creek is being sold to a Salem-based firm that specializes in...

Thanks for help with swim lessons

Editor: I would like to give a big thank you to all who shared my dream of providing swimming lessons to children of our community. As of last week, $2,640 has been donated to the School District for the “Swimming Lesson Fund.” My hope is the...

Statism a threat to all Americans

Editor: Several decades ago, theologian and Presbyterian pastor RC Sproul asked Francis Schaeffer, “Dr. Schaeffer, what is your biggest concern for the future of the church in America?” Schaeffer was a well-known philosopher, theologian and...

Now Hiring at Wiley Creek

Ana Marie Morgan

Nov. 24, 1948-June 8, 2021 Ana Marie Morgan, 72, of Sweet Home and of Salem, died as the result of an unexpected heart attack on June 8, 2021. She was born Nov. 24, 1948 in Selma, Calif., to Len...

Burton Burnside Jr.

May 11, 1959 - June 9, 2021 Burton Dale Burnside Jr., 62, of Sweet Home, died June 9, 2021, He was born May 11, 1959 in Baker to Burton Dale Sr. and Kathleen “Kay” Delores (Hyman) Burnside. Mr....

Hayley Pierce

May 27, 1994 - June 4, 2021 Hayley Carynn Pierce, 27, of Portland, died June 4, 2021. She was born May 27, 1994 in Olympia, Wash., to Benjamin James Pierce and Laura A. Usoltseff. She had lived in...

Virgil Cramblett

Oct. 7, 1946 - June 11, 2021 Virgil LeRoy Cramblett, 74, of Sweet Home died June 11, 2021 at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Albany. He was born Oct. 7, 1946 in Corvallis to Eldon L. and Mabel...

Around Town June 16, 2021

Got bees? SHHS club seeks swarms Sweet Home High School’s Bee Country Beekeeping is offering swarm and colony removal for honeybees. If you’ve got a swarm or a colony, call (541) 292-1207 or stop in at 1641 Long St. when school is in session....

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