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Proposed Douglas Fir National Monument seen as threat to county, city

A proposal to establish a nearly half-million-acre Douglas Fir National Monument in the forests east of Sweet Home has provoked a loud outcry from public and forest industry officials who say it’s... Full story

 By Audrey Gomez    News    February 9, 2016

Turkey deaths spark neighbors’ ire

Residents in the area of Mountain View and Elm have different opinions about turkeys frequenting their neighborhood. While some enjoy the up-close encounter with the group of about nine turkeys,... Full story

 By Audrey Gomez    News    February 9, 2016

SH says good-bye to Neil

Sweet Home turned out in force Friday, Feb. 5, to say good-bye to Neil Nightingale, who died following a catastrophic collision between two trucks on Jan. 21. Approximately 100 drivers gathered their...

 By Audrey Gomez    News    February 2, 2016

SH steps up for crash victims

A couple of major fund-raisers kept Sweet Home well-fed last week, while helping the families of two men involved in a crash on Jan. 21. All Star Pizza held a fund-raiser on Thursday, Jan. 28,...

 By Audrey Gomez    News    January 26, 2016

Victims’ families ‘holding on’

Community members are offering prayers and raising support for two Sweet Home men who were injured in a crash on Highway 20 near Bauman’s Mill on Jan. 21. Robert Gene Mayfield, 54, and Neil...

 By Audrey Gomez    News    January 12, 2016

Following decision to keep Wiley Creek open, hospital CEO says Samaritan to seek treatment facility site, work with local residents

In response to community protests, Samaritan Health Services administrators have abandoned plans to convert Wiley Creek Community assisted living care center to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation...

 By Audrey Gomez    News    January 12, 2016

Sweet Home ex-convict may face more prison time over firearms

Allen Maurice Diggs of Sweet Home may face more time in prison if he is convicted on charges of felon in possession of a firearm. He was arrested last week after a SWAT team raid in the Liberty area.... Full story

 By Audrey Gomez    News    January 5, 2016

Tis the season for mail thefts in Sweet Home area

In the past few weeks there have been numerous reports of mail theft or suspicious activity that might be leading to it. Mail theft is common this time of year, said Lt. Michelle Duncan, of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. “There were about 35...

 By Audrey Gomez    News    December 30, 2015

Mother and daughter conspire to get crafty with ostrich egg

Does stealing with the intent to craft land you on the naughty list? That was a risk Martha Hampton and her daughter Jessica Morrell were willing to take as they crafted a special gift for Jessica’s husband, Anthony Morrell. “I took a little jet... Full story

 By Audrey Gomez    News    December 15, 2015

Local man gets 7½ years for attack on woman with pipe, cinder block

A Sweet Home man, who struck a woman over the head with a pipe and cinder block last summer in a local park, was sentenced Dec. 10 to 90 months in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder.... Full story

 By Audrey Gomez    News    December 8, 2015

Lebanon radio station owner beefs up signals to Sweet Home

Charlie Eads has seen, and made, a lot of changes at KGAL since he bought the radio station in 1981. Recent improvements have increased listener access to AM radio stations, KGAL 1580 and KSHO 920,...

 By Audrey Gomez    News    November 24, 2015

Ex-SH man aiming to see VA in court over ‘wrongful’ firing

Joshua Peargin knew his job with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs might be on the line when he decided to speak up last winter about discrepancies in information reported by VA facilities. He...

 By Audrey Gomez    News    November 17, 2015

Prepping Christmas cards

Most people haven’t gotten started on their Christmas cards yet, but when you’re preparing cards for the entire city of Sweet Home, you have to start early - especially when those cards are 4 by...

 By Audrey Gomez    News    November 10, 2015

Ivan Wolthuis earns Mastership Award

A lot has changed in dentistry in the 16 years Ivan Wolthuis has been practicing. One way Wolthuis has stayed current is by continuing his education through the Academy of General Dentistry. The...

 By Audrey Gomez    News    November 10, 2015

Local veterans find their Honor Flight experiences moving, memorable

It took a nudge or two to get Tom Mealue, 81, to sign up for the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight. “She twisted my arm,” Mealue said with a laugh, referring to Mary Blanshan, who with her husband Dale, volunteers for the organization, a... Full story

 By Audrey Gomez    News    October 27, 2015

Retirement simply change in job description for local man

Gilbert Muñoz, 59, retired two years ago after 35 years with the U.S. Forest Service. Now he’s working hard to keep Sweet Home looking good. It all started at a men’s breakfast at Sweet...

 By Audrey Gomez    News    October 20, 2015

Hair salon-turned-art-studio to hold open house this Friday

Deb Cooley is well known locally as the proprietor of Deb’s Hair Boutique at 1531 Main St. She’s also active in music, writing and visual art, and for a little more than a year has been hosting...

 By Audrey Gomez    News    October 13, 2015

Parade planners say back-to-back events on tap for Christmas

At press time, the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce and the Christmas Parade Committee still do not have plans to work together on a Christmas parade, though both groups had permits approved for the same day. “We understand the position of the city...

 By Audrey Gomez    News    October 13, 2015

Cancer fight spurs local woman to healthier habits

Dawn Dennis, 50, remembers the date she was diagnosed with breast cancer: Jan. 22, 2014. She and her fiance, Tim Primasing, were driving to her grandson's basketball game when she got the call. She ha...

 By Audrey Gomez    News    October 6, 2015

Love at first sight leads to 65th anniversary for local couple

Cleta and Herbert Fox celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Sept. 30. They’ve known each other for 66 years, Herbert is quick to point out. He knew Cleta was the one the first time he met...


Ileta Hopper, other Foster Grandparents, make big impact locally

Ileta Hopper spends many hours each week helping students and teachers at Oak Heights School. She’s a shining example of the success of the Foster Grand parents program, which has a significant... Full story


New Charter School principal brings organizational experience to job

Tavia Thornton has started her 10th year at Sweet Home Charter School, but this time in a different office – the principal’s. For the past nine years, Thornton has been the administrative...


Contention reigns on Christmas parade plans

Two parade permit applications were filed with the Sweet Home Police Department within half an hour of each other last week. Both are for the Sweet Home Christmas Parade. While the Sweet Home Parade Committee and the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce ha...

 By Audrey Gomez    News    August 25, 2015

Cancer patient makes effort to thank congressman for help with big trip

Sandy Meador, of Sweet Home, has been undergoing treatments for pancreatic cancer on and off for about three years. Though still a little weak from her last treatment, on Friday, she made the effort...

 By Audrey Gomez    News    August 4, 2015

Front-seat fan has been part of Jamboree since infancy

Most tweens are not concerned about preserving their baby clothes, but 11-year-old Alyssa Carlan is working on a project of sorts. Alyssa has collected more than 100 autographs from Oregon Jamboree ar... Full story


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