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Accused murderer of 13-year-old missing girl dies in prison

John Arthur Ackroyd, 67, died of apparent natural causes in his prison cell at about midnight on Dec. 30, 2016. Ackroyd, whose address in court documents is on Airport Road in Sweet Home, was serving... Full story

 

Linn, eight other counties and state continue court battle over paid sick leave

Linn County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Murphy ruled on Dec. 8 that Linn County and eight other counties could opt out of Oregon’s paid sick leave law because the law is an unfunded mandate. Despite that ruling, both sides were in court again on Dec...

 

Cans for pants:Local third-grader collects money to buy garments for Filipino street children

Keeghan Gittins-Banker had big plans for the money he had been saving all summer, but instead of using it to buy a new Xbox for himself, the 9-year-old used it to buy clothes for a group of kids he...

 

Trump’s election may pose challenges for monument

Proponents of a Douglas-Fir National Monument have said they anticipated it would take about a decade to get the proposed nearly half-million-acre monument established. But with the election of Donald Trump as president, they may face additional...

 

Environmentalists ask county to opt out of lawsuit

After initiating a $1.4 billion breach of contract lawsuit against the State of Oregon and the State Forestry Department, Linn County has received a plea from a group called North Coast Forest Coalition to opt out of the suit. Linn County, the class... Full story

 

Judge rules in county’s favor on paid sick leave law

Linn County and eight other counties can opt out of Oregon’s paid sick leave law because the law is an unfunded mandate, Circuit Court Daniel Murphy ruled Dec. 8. Oregon’s paid sick leave law, which was passed in 2015 and went into effect Jan....

 

County commissioners in court over paid sick leave law

Linn County and eight other counties will know within 30 days if their complaint against the state regarding the new paid sick leave law will be dismissed. Attorneys for both sides appeared before Judge Daniel Murphy in an hour-long hearing on Nov....

 

Police find man electrocuted below pole after allegedly trying to steal copper power line

A man was critically injured early Monday morning, Nov. 21, after climbing a power pole in the 3700 block of Green River Road. Sweet Home Police Department received a call at 4:30 a.m. from residents...

 

Dakota pipeline protestors make appearance at Foster Dam

A small group of people gathered at the gate of Foster Dam on Tuesday, Nov. 15, to sing a sacred water song. They were there in a show of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux who are protesting at the proposed site of the Dakota Access Pipeline...

 

Students honor Vietnam vet

Vietnam War veteran Roy Grabeel was honored Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Sweet Home Veterans Memorial on Main Street in front of Hoy’s Hardware. Hawthorne Elementary School students walked to the...

 

Daytime Christmas parade moving forward

“A Traditional Christmas” will be the theme of this year’s Sweet Home Christmas Parade, which is still in the planning stages. The Sweet Home Parade Committee will host the annual event the morning of Saturday, Dec. 3. The Chamber of Commerce...

 

County sells SH land so couple can cut tree

The Linn County Board of Commissioners accepted a bid for half the real market value of a foreclosed property at the end of Spruce Street in Sweet Home on Oct. 25. The commissioners were sympathetic t... Full story

 

Chief: SH may find help in Lebanon’s efforts to deal with its homeless

Sweet Home Police Chief Jeff Lynn was one of some 300 people who attended the Summit on Homelessness in Lebanon on Oct. 27 at the Robert G. Marbut Jr., Ph.D., a nationally-recognized consultant on...

 

Seventh-grader follows Trump-Clinton presidential debate with national online student discussion

While many people took to Facebook and Twitter after last week’s presidential debate, one local student got a chance to swap notes with a bunch of her peers in an online roundtable discussion. Malia... Full story

 

Barnhart says he’s delivered for district, helped business

State Rep. Phil Barnhart, D-Eugene, is running for re-election in District 11, a position he has held since 2003. District 11 includes central Lane and southern Linn counties – Harrisburg, Halse...

 

Potwora plans to address issues from rural perspective

Joe Potwora sees a variety of problems in Salem he would like to fix. That’s why he is seeking a position as state representative for District 11. “Working in the mortgage industry, as well as a...

 

Eugene man has plans for Sweet Home’s former bus depot

Steve Keating wants to hear about Sweet Home’s old bus depot. Keating, a structural engineer from Eugene, is revamping the old depot and wants to learn more about the building’s history. He heard...

 

Judge approves class certification in county’s $1.4 billion lawsuit

Linn County District Judge Daniel Murphy last week granted class certification in Linn County’s $1.4 billion breach of contract lawsuit against the State of Oregon and the State Forestry Department. It is a welcome development, said Linn County... Full story

 

Natl. monument tour turnout is thin

Turnout was sparse for the first tour of the proposed Douglas-fir National Monument on Saturday, Oct. 1. David Stone of Eugene, board president of Friends of the Douglas-Fir National Monument, drove t... Full story

 

County seeks grant funding for Weyerhaeuser site cleanup

Linn County has taken another step in cleaning up the remains of the former Weyerhaeuser and Willamette Industries planer mill that was destroyed in a fire last Halloween. At the Sept. 20 Linn County Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioners...

 

Sheriff: Alcohol problems up slightly at Willamette festival

Overall calls for service went down at this year’s Willamette Country Music Festival, but there was an uptick in alcohol-related offenses, especially regarding minors in possession, Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley told the Linn County Board of...

 

County courthouse to get second deputy

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is hoping to have another deputy working in the Linn County Courthouse by next spring, after the Linn County Board of Commissioners approved a transfer of funds on Sept. 7. “The Board gave me authorization to add...

 

Monument proponents plan public tour

Friends of Douglas-fir National Monument are hosting their first all-day field trip on Oct. 1 in Sweet Home. “It’s the first big event to get the public involved,” said David Stone, board president of the organization. The group’s mission is...

 

SH schools test below state average

Overall the Sweet Home School District scored below the state average on the Smarter Balanced state assessment, according to data released by the Oregon Department of Education Thursday. “Right now what’s been published are the percentages of... Full story

 

Flight attendant serves as SHPD’s first reserve police officer

Leah Dauley flies the skies but her career goal is to eventually patrol the streets. Currently a flight attendant, Dauley is working toward a law enforcement career and she recently took a step...

 

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