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 By Benny Westcott    News    September 21, 2022 

City Council discusses the shutoff, crime and speeding

The Sweet Home City Council slate was packed Tuesday, Sept. 13, with topics ranging from local crime solutions to speeding to the recent public safety power shutoffs that left much of the city in the...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    September 21, 2022 

Mull takes Chamber reins

Former City of Sweet Home Communications Specialist Lagea Mull won't have to travel far down Main Street from her old City Hall stomping grounds to her new job as the Chamber of Commerce's executive...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    September 21, 2022 

Sweet Home High School alumna becomes assistant principal at junior high

After 16 years teaching at South Albany High School, Amanda Marvin GaVette started Monday, Aug. 1, as the new assistant principal at Sweet Home Junior High. Despite the new role, however, she's...

 

Boys post first soccer shutout in four years with 2-0 win over East Linn

With a 2-0 home win against East Linn Christian Academy on Sept. 13, the Sweet Home boys soccer team posted its first three-win season in four years, improving its record to 3-1. Head Coach Eric Stutz...

 

Missing players, girls fall to Marshfield in soccer

A 5-2 loss at Marshfield (3-2-1) on Sept. 13 put Sweet Home girls soccer at 1-2-1 on the young season entering league play. The Pirates held a 3-1 lead after one half of play, scoring in the second, eighth, and 39th minutes. Sweet Home got on the...

 

Football: Following 1-TD loss to defending league champs, Huskies to host CG

Sweet Home kept pace with defending Class 4A Special District 3 champions Cascade, but ultimately fell 22-13 to the Cougars on the road to open their league season Friday, Sept. 16. The loss put the...

 

Six vie for four city council positions

Six candidates are pursuing four spots on the Sweet Home City Council in the Nov. 8 general election ballot. Voters may choose among incumbents Greg Mahler, Dylan Richards and Susan Coleman and challengers Josh Thorstad, James Risinger and David Lowm...

 

School board discusses shutoff, numbers

At the Monday, Sept. 12, Sweet Home School District board meeting, Superintendent Terry Martin addressed the weather-related public safety power shutoffs (see story on this page) that hit the city...

 

Cooking up a career path

New Sweet Home School District Nutrition Services Director Amber Walker has worked in the kitchen since 2013, but her family has an even longer association with local palates: her mother, Kathleen...

 

Boys surpass Elmira in soccer victory

With a 2-1 home win Wednesday, Sept. 7, against Elmira, the Sweet Home boys soccer team improved its record to 2-1 for the young season. The Class 3A Elmira squad fell to 0-2. "I felt like we did a...

 

Football: Huskies open strong but fall to Cougars in league play

Sweet Home kept up with Class 4A Special District 3 champions Cascade, but ultimately fell 22-13 to the Cougars to open league play on the road Friday, Sept. 16. The loss put the Huskies at 1-2 on the year, while Cascade improved to 2-1. “It was a...

 

E. Coli levels at wastewater treatment plant under watch

The Sweet Home wastewater treatment plant experienced unusually high flow levels, followed by die-offs of biological life in its aeration basin, on a pair of Tuesdays two weeks apart, Aug. 9 and 23....

 

Planning Commission OKs additions

The Sweet Home Planning Commission on Thursday, Sept. 1, unanimously approved two additions to the city. The decisions will now go to the city council for final approval. The commission cleared Mosaic...

 

New police officer fulfills childhood dream

At the age of 24, new Sweet Home Police Department Officer Allen Cripe has already fulfilled two of his biggest childhood dreams. "As a kid, my two ideal jobs I always wanted to do was be a Marine or...

 

Football: After overtime loss to Madras, Huskies focus on cleaning up act at Molalla

After a topsy-turvy 26-20 overtime loss to Madras last week in their season opener, Sweet Home is looking to right the ship this week as they take the road for another non-league game, this time...

 

Football: Sweet Home rebounds from OT Madras loss to top Molalla

The Sweet Home High School football team bounced back from an overtime 26-20 season-opening loss to Madras with a convincing 49-14 nonleague victory at Molalla Friday night, Sept. 9. The Huskies improved to 1-1 overall, while Molalla fell to 0-2. Swe...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 31, 2022

Council OKs bridge water main repair

The Sweet Home City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, Aug. 23, to authorize staff to enter into an agreement with Pacific Excavation, Inc. of Eugene for emergency repair - not to exceed $60,000 - of...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 31, 2022

District to use Orange Frog to boost goodwill

Many people might associate the Sweet Home School District with green and gold, but lately another color has been showing up more and more often: orange. That's because on Aug. 23 and 24, about 30...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 31, 2022

Samaritan heralds coming of new clinic

Samaritan Health Services hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning, Aug. 29 to cele-brate the start of construction on a 17,000-square-foot building on 1289 49th Ave. that will house...

 

Football team kicks off season with numbers, experience

Are you ready for some football? With the 2022 season about to get underway, the Huskies are, returning quite a few pivotal players from last year's squad, which went 3-6 overall and 1-3 in 4A's...

 

Boys looking to turn things around on soccer field this season

Sweet Home boys soccer players have been working during the offseason to improve from last season's record of 2-12 overall and 0-10 in the 4A-3 Oregon West Conference. According to head coach Eric Stu...

 

Talented returnees lead 'inexperienced' girls soccer team

Sweet Home girls' soccer will have a fresh look this season, after losing a number of players to graduation. "We've got a new team," head coach Ramiro Santana said. "Totally different than what we had...

 

Madras avenges previous football loss to Huskies with 26-20 OT win

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era Sweet Home's first football game of the season was a wild back-and-forth contest, but visiting Madras was able to finally come out on top in overtime, winning 26-20. T...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 24, 2022

Kelcey Young named city manager

The Sweet Home City Council has named Kelcey Young as its new city manager, according to an Aug. 16 letter from Mayor Greg Mahler. He wrote that the council, after considering the city's needs,...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 24, 2022

School district bus-driver numbers improve

With September just around the corner, the Sweet Home School District is down one permanent bus driver — an improvement over 2021-22, when its transportation department was down three for most of the school year. A permanent driver will arrive...

 

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