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 By Benny Westcott    News    October 27, 2021 

Group considers interim fix for homeless population

With colder weather and proposed “sleep center” plans for Sweet Home’s homeless population in flux (Linn County has not weighed in on its intentions and the Sweet Home city council hasn’t voted on it yet), officials and citizens gathered...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 27, 2021 

Firefighter takes leave over mandate

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era A top Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District volunteer has taken a six-month leave of absence in response to the state’s requirement that he be vaccinated to serve as a firefighter or medic. Cascadia Station No. 24...

 

Council weighs in on Main Street ramp project

At its Oct. 12 meeting, the Sweet Home City Council heard a pitch from Oregon Department of Transportation representatives on an intergovernmental agreement between the city and ODOT. If approved, the agreement would allow ODOT to move forward on a...

 

New bleachers in junior high gym; COVID-19 still a concern

The final touches on a gym renovation project largely completed in September 2020 were made Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the form of new bleachers at Sweet Home Junior High School. The red retractable bleache...

 

Keene back on school board in Crawfordsville seat

Dale Keene was appointed by the Sweet Home School Board to fill its remaining vacancy, and was sworn in Monday night, Oct. 11, at the board's monthly meeting in the district board room. Keene will be...

 

School veteran takes administrative job

There's a new face in the Sweet Home School District's administrative office, although most may find it familiar. Barb Riggs, a 20-year district veteran, has become its new Director of Teaching &...

 

Football: Sweet Home can't stop Stayton as visitors roll to 42-28 win

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era The Stayton Eagles prevailed 42-28 over the Huskies on Friday, Oct. 8, winning a high-scoring afshootout during Sweet Home's homecoming weekend. The result brought...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 6, 2021

Care clinic outlined; debate continues on homeless center

During the Tuesday, Sept. 28, Sweet Home City Council meeting, Samaritan Health Services representatives discussed plans for a 15,000-square-foot primary and urgent care clinic on the 42-acre site...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 6, 2021

Fire season ends in South Cascade district

The Oregon Department of Forestry's West Oregon, Western Lane and 1.2-million-acre South Cascade districts, the latter of which includes the Sweet Home unit, declared an end to their local fire...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 6, 2021

Harvest Festival draws a crowd – a 'great' one

Good weather and family fun were in abundance at this year's Harvest Festival, held Saturday, Oct. 2, at Sankey Park, 877 14th Ave. Patrons listened to music, ate, drank, shopped at some 80 vendor...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 6, 2021

Dehydrator blamed for fire

First photo: A food dehydrator ignited the wall of a shed Friday afternoon at 1026 29th Ave. In the second photo, off-duty firefighter Eli Harris, pulls a hose from a brush rig, spotted smoke while...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 6, 2021

Mill site requires $500K asbestos abatement

An Oregon Department of Environmental Quality assessment of the former Willamette Industries mill site in Sweet Home found that $500,000 is necessary to abate the asbestos in buildings on the site....

 

Football: Huskies notch first league win, over Newport; Stayton next

Sweet Home's trip to the coast Saturday was a success, as its footballers took care of business against a 0-5 Newport squad, earning a 47-21 win in its opening 4A Special District 3 game this season....

 

COVID-19 causes hiccups in district

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era According to a district-wide email issued last week, with 145 students and staff quarantined as of Friday, Sept. 24, the Sweet Home School District will not hold...

 

Crawfordsville Drive map amendment approved

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker approved, with conditions, a land-use proposal that would allow a plan map amendment and zone change on...

 

Harvest Festival returning with feast of fun

A feast of fall activities will descend on Sweet Home Saturday, Oct. 2, for the 15th Annual Harvest Festival at Sankey Park, 877 14th Ave. The family-friendly event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6...

 

Football: Despite second-half surge, Huskies fall to Hidden Valley

Friday night's score wasn't as lopsided as the Huskies' loss to Hidden Valley last season, but some spark on both sides of the ball in the second half wasn't enough to best the Mustangs, who...

 

Swim club starts new season with new coaches on deck

When Kelly Sautel first became the Sweet Home Swim Club's new head coach late last year, she was on the deck for only two weeks before COVID-19 concerns closed the community pool. Not another splash...

 

Officer overcomes early hardships to become a cop

Sweet Home's newest police officer, Savannah Bradd, has wanted to be a cop since she was a high-school freshman. As a young woman, she witnessed law enforcement at work firsthand. Her parents suffered...

 

'Manley Jobs' videos draw nationwide attention

It appears that "Manley Jobs," the YouTube series launched a year ago by Sweet Home High School forestry and natural resources teacher Blake Manley and editor Ramil Malabago, has, as they say, gone...

 

Discussion continues on state of emergency

At Sweet Home City Council’s Sept. 14 meeting, Crawfordsville resident David VanDerlip spoke against Resolution No. 22 for 2021, which proclaimed a “state of emergency” as a result of mask mandates and other precautionary restrictions ordered b...

 

Christmas yard cards coming back to town

The Christmas in Sweet Home Committee will be painting primer on its 16 Christmas Yard Cards at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the fenced area behind City Hall, 3225 Main St. The committee has already hosted two such events, the first on Aug. 17 and...

 

Husky boys post second soccer win, 2-1 over East Linn Christian

The Sweet Home boys soccer squad earned its second season win on Friday afternoon, beating East Linn Christian Academy 2-1 in a non-league match-up versus the 2A-3 Central Valley Conference team. The...

 

Masks back on table as parents address board

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era Just over two dozen unmasked individuals entered Sweet Home School Board meeting in the high school auditorium Monday, Sept. 13, despite being told at the door that th...

 

Homeless facility discussion continues at special meeting

The Sweet Home City Hall hosted a special meeting Thursday, Sept. 9, to discuss a proposed homeless facility on Linn County-owned property behind the Bi-Mart, next to Sweet Home Public Works....

 

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