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 By Benny Westcott    News    May 25, 2022 

Sweet Home depot's fate hangs in balance

A piece of local history faces demolition if no one steps up to save it. The dilapidated Oregon Electric Railroad depot sits at the north end of the Sweet Home Public Works Yard, suffering from severe...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 25, 2022 

Tyler becomes new Sweet Home fire chief

Nick Tyler was sworn in Tuesday, May 17, as the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District's newest fire chief. He succeeds Dave Barringer, who'd held the position since 2014. The 44-year-old Tyler, a Swe...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 25, 2022 

Subdivision debated at Planning Commission meeting

The Sweet Home Planning Commission voted unanimously at its May 19 meeting to continue the public hearing to June 16 for Cordle Construction's application to subdivide a 193,625-square-foot property t...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 25, 2022 

Police detective commended for assistance call

Sweet Home Police Detective Geoff Hamlin received a commendation from Police Captain Jason Ogden on Wednesday, May 11, for his actions during a February 24 "elder in danger" assistance call....

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 18, 2022

Council discusses vacant buildings

Wastewater plant upgrades, railroad depot also on agenda The May 10 Sweet Home City Council meeting featured discussions on potentially enforcing stricter vacant-building ordinances downtown, funding...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 18, 2022

Sweet Home's hare-raising problem

A feral-rabbit issue has plagued Sweet Home and the surrounding area since late last year, but this month it's worsened by leaps and bounds -- or hops, you could say.  On Thursday, May 5, local Lisa...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 18, 2022

All in on ADA sidewalk project

Workers from Emery and Sons Construction contractors go deep to install storm drain improvements in Foster last week as part of the city's long-awaited project to install sidewalks along Highway 20....

 

Sweet Home boys qualify for state track in three events

Sweet Home qualified six athletes in three events – with a few more close misses – at the Oregon West Conference district championships Friday and Saturday at Husky Field. Although the boys were...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 11, 2022

Wet May Week

The May Week Track Meet competition on Friday afternoon, May 6, brings out self-sacrificial spirit and a lot of showers as Sweet Home High School juniors, on ground, from left, Trenton Smith, Mars...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 11, 2022

School district faces challenges in 2022-23 budget

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era The Sweet Home School District's 2022-23 proposed budget was released for public review and a budget message from Acting Supt. Terry Martin was delivered to district...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 11, 2022

Looking to add a few to crew

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District has a shortage of volunteer firefighters. "Historically, our numbers have been up to 60 volunteers on the roster, and we currently have 30," Recruitment and...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 11, 2022

Planning Commission addresses housing, population

 By Benny Westcott  Of The New Era  The Planning Commission heard the results of a housing needs analysis, which explored the possibility of considerable population growth in Sweet Home over the...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 11, 2022

Five named to the 2022 Sportsman's Holiday Court

By Benny Westcott  Of The New Era  Five local high-school juniors were named Wednesday, May 4, to the 2022 Sportsman's Holiday Court as part of the annual Sportsman's Holiday Weekend, scheduled for...

 
 By Benny Westcott    Sports    May 11, 2022

Luttrell signs to play football at Shasta College

A powerhouse on both sides of the ball on the Husky gridiron the past two seasons announced he will be playing football at the next level at a signing ceremony at Sweet Home High School on Tuesday,...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 4, 2022

School board grants Supt. Lisa Riggs furlough

Sweet Home School District Supt. Lisa Riggs will take a leave of absence for the remainder of the school year for "personal" reasons, School Board members agreed Monday night, May 2, following a...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 4, 2022

Long-planned ramp, sidewalk project launches

A routine clear-day drive down Sweet Home's Main Street offers some scenic nature vistas, but recent travelers can count on another sight. Traffic cones. Lots of them.  That's because in March 2017,...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 4, 2022

Council gets homeless center, treatment plant updates

By Benny Westcott  Of The New Era  Community and Economic Director Blair Larsen on Tuesday, April 26, updated the Sweet Home City Council on the Lebanon-based Family Assistance and Resource Center...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 4, 2022

Man arrested, arraigned after hitting man with truck

A Sweet Home man was arrested Sunday, April 24, on one count of first-degree assault after allegedly striking a man twice with a vehicle. The incident was reported shortly after 1:30 p.m in a shared parking lot between Spoleto’s Pizzeria & Wine...

 
 By Benny Westcott    Sports    May 4, 2022

Sleutel commits to compete in two sports with Roadrunners

Sweet Home High School senior Adaira Sleutel won't have to choose between basketball and volleyball next year, having signed Friday, April 29, to play both at Linn-Benton Community College. The...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 27, 2022

Committee approves budget

The Sweet Home Budget Committee on Wednesday, April 20, approved the proposed budget for fiscal year 2022-23, which includes a notable tax reduction.  Mayor Greg Mahler and city councilors Diane...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 27, 2022

Library recovers after COVID-19

After the COVID-19 mask mandate was lifted last month, the Sweet Home Public Library returned to business as usual.  "Even the next day, we definitely saw a lot more people coming in, people that had...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 27, 2022

Retirement just another walk in the park

He may be chairman of the Sweet Home Park and Tree Committee, but Wally Shreves' days are anything but walks in the park.  In his free time, he skis on snow and water, rides ATVs on sand dunes,...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 20, 2022

Council: Where should the city manager live?

The Sweet Home City Council on April 12 unanimously approved a city-manager position profile, although it was a little more divided on where he or she should live. The profile adopted standards, crite...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 20, 2022

Visitors attempt to attend teacher's appeal hearing

About a dozen people attempted to enter the Sweet Home School District office Wednesday afternoon, April 13, to attend an appeal hearing for Tina Tressel. Tressel was terminated Nov. 8, 2021, after...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 20, 2022

Public input sought on stormwater plan

As the City of Sweet Home works on its stormwater master plan, it has sought public input, first with a Wednesday, April 13, forum at the Sweet Home Senior Center and also with an online link at...

 

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