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 By Audrey Caro    News    January 3, 2018

LBCC steps up to provide door for disabled students

Gerritt Schaffer expected to face some challenges when he returned to college last year. Getting into the building wasn't one of them. Schaffer, 42, has used a wheelchair since he was paralyzed from...

 By Audrey Caro    News    December 27, 2017

It's official: County to sign over quarry land

Sweet Home City Councilors voted on Dec. 19 to sign documents to finalize the transfer of the 220-acre rock quarry formerly operated by Knife River (formerly Morse Bros.) from Linn County to the city of Sweet Home. Robert Briana and Dave Trask were...

 By Audrey Caro    News    December 27, 2017

Weyerhaeuser transfers road to county

Linn County Commissioners approved on Dec. 19 the transfer of Upper Calapooia Road from the Weyerhaeuser Company to Linn County. Darrin Lane, Linn County roadmaster, presented the resolution at the Linn County Board of Commissioners meeting on Dec. 1...

 By Audrey Caro    News    December 20, 2017

Counties ask for summary judgment in forestlands lawsuit

The Association of O&C Counties filed a summary judgment memorandum on Dec. 12 in a civil suit filed last August in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The complaint was filed by 17 Oregon counties, which comprise the...

 By Audrey Caro    News    December 13, 2017

March 27 shooter pleads guilty to manslaughter

Trevor Paul Webb, 24, pleaded guilty last week to two charges stemming from a March 27 incident in which Ryan Chamberlain, 36, was shot and killed on north 13th Avenue in Sweet Home. The plea came...

 By Audrey Caro    News    December 6, 2017

February trial date set in Sweet Home kidnapping case

A two-day trial is scheduled to start Feb. 13, 2018 for two people accused of kidnapping a man in Sweet Home on Oct. 2. Sabrina Marie Major, 34, of Sweet Home, is charged with second-degree...

 By Audrey Caro    News    December 6, 2017

County, city reach agreement on transfer of former Knife River quarry property

Linn County Commissioners on Nov. 28 approved the transfer of the 220-acre rock quarry formerly operated by Knife River (formerly Morse Bros.) to the city of Sweet Home. Sweet Home City Manager Ray...

 By Audrey Caro    News    November 29, 2017

Longtime volunteer's latest focus is Kids Christmas shopping experience

Nancy Patton has volunteered in one way or another for most of her adult life. Through the years, that's included work for churches, schools, children's sports teams, chambers of commerce and beauty...

 By Audrey Caro    News    November 15, 2017

Some county wetland designations based on faulty data, federal official says

The method Linn County planners use to determine the location of wetlands is at odds with recommendations of state and federal agencies, according to a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service official. A wetland designation affects land use and building...

 By Audrey Caro    News    November 15, 2017

Willamette country festival considers move to Jefferson

The Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival may be moving out of Linn County. The Albany Democrat-Herald reported a public hearing was held in Jefferson on Nov. 2 about plans to move the event there from its current location in Brownsville. The...

 By Audrey Caro    News    November 1, 2017

Advocates look out for foster kids’ interests in county courts

A desire to help children in the foster care system is the first requirement to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASAs, as they are known, are volunteers who donate their time to act as inde...

 By Audrey Caro    News    November 1, 2017

Council approves sewer rate hike

After much discussion, the Sweet Home City Council on Oct. 24 approved an increase in wastewater rates beginning Nov. 18 in a 3-2 vote. Based on an average of wastewater usage, that could mean a $17 increase for anyone whose monthly usage exceeds...

 By Audrey Caro    News    October 25, 2017

Boys & Girls Club nets some $150,000 from Sweet Home auction

A massive wood carving of loggers and other goodies resulted in a financial windfall for the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam Saturday night, Oct. 21, at the Community Center. The... Full story

 By Audrey Caro    News    October 10, 2017

Victim of alleged SH kidnapping winds up in jail

Sweet Home police have arrested two people and are looking for a third suspect in an alleged kidnapping that occurred on Monday, Oct. 2. Meanwhile, the alleged victim has also been arrested, on unrela... Full story

 By Audrey Caro    News    October 10, 2017

Community, cops find companionship on common grounds

The Sweet Home Police Department hosted its first Coffee with Cop event at Sugar Vibes on Oct. 4, but Chief Jeff Lynn is planning to hold one quarterly. The nation-wide annual event, which started in...

 By Audrey Caro    News    October 4, 2017

No degree required: Careers possible without four years of college

Local employers gave Sweet Home and Lebanon students a glimpse at job opportunities that don’t require a four-year degree at the East Linn County Classroom to Careers Expo on Sept. 29. The Boys & Gi...

 By Audrey Caro    News    September 27, 2017

County commissioners OK phone system upgrade for Sheriff’s Office

The Linn County Board of Commissioners approved a contract to update the Linn County Sheriff’s Office phone system at their Sept. 19 meeting. LCSO budgeted $200,000 for the 2016-17 fiscal year to update their “1984-era Toshiba phone system to a...

 By Audrey Caro    News    September 12, 2017

SH woman gets 58 months for vehicle thefts

Kimberly Mae Eller, 37, of Sweet Home, was sentenced Sept. 8 in Linn County Circuit Court to 58 months in prison for her role in three incidents of motor vehicle theft, the last involving a shoot-out between her husband and Sheriff’s deputies. She...

 By Audrey Caro    News    September 12, 2017

Ti Squared planning move to Millersburg

Ti Squared Technologies is planning to move to Millersburg in 2018. The company, which was founded in Sweet Home in 1995, then known as InvesTiCast, Ltd., is currently located on Clark Mill Road, near Main Street. A titanium investment casting...

 By Audrey Caro    News    September 5, 2017

Staff outlines wastewater plant’s faults

Sweet Home’s 70-year-old wastewater treatment plant, despite upgrades in 1974 and 1994, is outdated and continues to, on occasion, leave the city out of compliance with Department of Environmental Quality regulations. That wasn’t news to the... Full story

 By Audrey Caro    News    September 5, 2017

20th annual Longbow celebration includes two local CCC veterans

“Roosevelt’s Tree Army,” “Tree Troopers,” and “Colossal College of Calluses,” are a few of the nicknames the Civilian Conservation Corps were known by when its members left their mark...

 By Audrey Caro    News    August 29, 2017

Council approves deal for sidewalks, street improvements in Foster area

The Sweet Home City Council unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation at a special meeting on Aug. 28. Councilor James Goble was absent. The agreement, referred to as the Multimodal...

 By Audrey Caro    News    August 8, 2017

Nyquist: City progress on quarry land ‘adequate’

Linn County Commission Chair Roger Nyquist told Sweet Home city officials Monday that the city is making adequate progress in planning the development of the 220-acre rock quarry formerly operated by... Full story

 By Audrey Caro    News    August 1, 2017

Lifetime in the making, SH alum’s first book released Aug. 2

Aimee Brown, author of “Little Gray Dress,” didn’t even consider writing until she was in her 20s. In fact, it took the 1996 Sweet Home High School grad a few times to pass her sophomore... Full story

 By Audrey Caro    News    July 19, 2017

Artist applies talents in new look for church

Last year, Steve Nunez and Pastor Thomas Grenz got to talking about painting the entryway of Full Gospel Church at 1314 Long Street. Nunez brought it up again this year. “I said, let’s try to do... Full story


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