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City Council discusses homeless center plan

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era Last winter, an impromptu tent encampment at the Nazarene Church provided shelter to Sweet Home's homeless, a subset of the population that consists of 44 people,...

 

New superintendent takes helm at school district

Lisa Riggs became superintendent of the Sweet Home School District on Tuesday, Aug. 17, succeeding Tom Yahraes, who resigned earlier this month after a half-decade at the helm. Riggs brings 25 years...

 

SHHS athletic department welcomes new, familiar faces

Sweet Home High School's athletic department features a pair of new, if familiar faces this year, with one long recognized by anyone following local sports. As a three-decade teaching and coaching...

 

Girls look to improve on last soccer season with talented squad

With a lot of returning talent, Sweet Home girls soccer hopes to improve on last season's record of 3-7-1. The team returns seven starters - senior defender Meagan Baham, senior forward Chloe...

 

Boys soccer: Husky boys return experience, but roster numbers are thin

Sweet Home's boys soccer team returns seven starters as they strive to get into the win column this season. Returning from last season's starting squad are junior defender Mason Lopez, sophomore...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 25, 2021

Residents speak out on mask rules at town hall

Crowds of citizens attended a town hall meeting Tuesday, Aug. 17, at Sankey Park to voice concerns to the Sweet Home City Council about Gov. Kate Brown's recently issued mask mandates. The governor...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 25, 2021

New assistant principal starts at high school

Sweet Home High School recently welcomed Aaron Huff as its new assistant principal. The new administrator began working in the building on Monday, Aug. 2. Huff, 38, grew up in Coos Bay and graduated...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 18, 2021

Riggs selected to lead school district

The Sweet Home School Board unanimously approved the hire of Lisa Riggs as the district's new superintendent at a special meeting Monday, Aug. 16. Riggs has been the assistant superintendent of...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 18, 2021

City Council tackles masks, homeless camp

Mask mandates and homeless camps were two major topics of discussion during the Tuesday, Aug. 10, meeting of the Sweet Home City Council. "I'm concerned about the mask mandate that's being handed...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 18, 2021

New library services director arrives with SH ties

The Sweet Home Public Library has announced former Puyallup Public Library services manager Megan Dazey as its new library services director. Despite coming from out of state, Dazey has local ties....

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 18, 2021

Video series earns Manley a Waibel award

Sweet Home High School forestry and natural resources instructor Blake Manley received the first-ever Rob Waibel Educator of the Year Award in April, presented by the Oregon Natural Resources...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 11, 2021

Residents protest mask mandate

A parking lot full of people, with crowds spilling into the streets, showed up at the Sweet Home district office on Monday evening, Aug. 9, brandishing signs and making their voices heard in regard...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 11, 2021

Girod, Cate host SH town hall

Republican State Senator Fred Girod (District 9, Stayton), and Representative Jami Cate (District 17, Lebanon) held a discussion with a few dozen Sweet Home residents on Weddle Bridge Saturday, Aug....

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 11, 2021

Hillsboro native begins career with Sweet Home police

On Tuesday, July 6, Trevor Sundquist started as a new officer at the Sweet Home Police Department. The 22-year-old Hillsboro native was exposed to the life at a young age. "My neighbors growing up...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 11, 2021

Three in contention for SHSD superintendent

The Sweet Home School Board has announced three finalists for further consideration to be the next superintendent for the Sweet Home School District. Paul Peterson is the interim principal of the...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 11, 2021

SH native, longtime educator representing Liberty District

Sweet Home native and former district employee Janice Albert brings community and education experience as a new school board member representing the Liberty District. Her four-year term began Monday,...

 

Oregon Jamboree returns

The 28th Oregon Jamboree finished with a bang Sunday as 20-year-old sensation Laine Hardy stepped in to headline the day's program after Ashley McBryde was unable to show. The festival, which didn't...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 4, 2021

City Council hears buzz on bees and LIDs

A city ordinance outlining requirements for beehives on properties will be updated after several residents testified that the current ordinance wasn’t in the best interest of local beekeepers. The issue came to the Sweet Home City Council’s...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 4, 2021

New principal brings experience to Hawthorne Elementary

Hawthorne Elementary School has a new principal with multiple decades of education experience. Debbie Phillips started the job Monday, July 19, six days after arriving from Montana. She replaces...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    July 28, 2021

New Board member Hoffman

Sara Hoffman looks forward to serving the Zone 1 area on the Sweet Home School District school board. But she didn’t necessarily expect to be selected. It was her friend, Jenna Northern, who posted...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    July 21, 2021

Councilors address speeders, LID qualms

The Sweet Home City Council's July 13 session at City Hall covered a lot of ground, from discussions of Main Street's speeding problem to the cost of a local improvement district. A highlight, however...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    July 21, 2021

Tough Coronavirus Recovery

OK Country owner Diane Farthing is still feeling the effects of a COVID-19 bout that began on Sunday, June 6. Multiple members of her family were also infected. The experience has made her more wary o...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    July 21, 2021

Meet Capt. Jason Ogden, Sweet Home Police Department's first of that rank

Jason Ogden, a near-24-year veteran of the Sweet Home Police Department, was promoted from sergeant to captain on Thursday, July 1. "He's brought a lot to the table throughout his career," Police...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    July 21, 2021

New School Board members Albert, Hoffman sworn in

The Sweet Home School District's July 19 board meeting at the district office featured some new faces. Recently elected school board members Janice Albert and Sara Hoffman took their oath of office...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    July 7, 2021

Sweet Home High School names freshmen of the year

Max Klumph and Lydia Wright have been named Sweet Home High School's Freshman Boy and Girl of the Year for 2020-21. Klumph, 15, is the son of Brent and the late Melissa Klumph. He has one brother,...

 

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