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 By Benny Westcott    News    November 23, 2022 

Departures, returns at fire department

It was a day of goodbyes and returns during the Tuesday, Nov. 15, Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District's board of directors meeting at the Jim Riggs Community Center. Fire Chief Nick Tyler...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    November 23, 2022 

Newly poured sidewalk vandalized outside Rio Theatre

Rio Theatre owner Thomas Baham is asking for help identifying a man caught on video Wednesday, Nov. 9, vandalizing a new sidewalk in front of his venue. Baham said that a community member has...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    November 23, 2022 

Planning Commission OKs watchman's office at former mill site

The Sweet Home Planning Commission on Thursday, Nov. 17, approved 6-1 a conditional use permit to allow an existing office building on the former Willamette Industries mill site near the corner of 22nd Avenue and Tamarack Street to be converted...

 

Heath Nichol, Brady Nichols, named football's Most Valuable Players

Quarterback Heath Nichol and wide receiver Brady Nichols, both seniors, were named Sweet Home football's MVPs at an end of season banquet at the Rio Theatre on Nov. 16. The duo also shared Offensive...

 

Election 2022: Three return to Sweet Home City Council, one debuts

Three familiar faces are returning to the Sweet Home City Council and a fourth makes his debut following the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election. Incumbents Susan Coleman, Dylan Richards and Greg...

 

Officers commended with Life Saving Awards

An information-packed Nov. 8 Sweet Home City Council meeting began with four Sweet Home Police Department officers receiving Life Saving Awards for a pair of incidents, one involving one of their...

 

Martin named permanent Sweet Home School District superintendent

Sweet Home School District trustees voted unanimously Monday night, Nov. 14, to change Terry Martin's role from interim superintendent to superintendent, pending a mutually agreeable contract between...

 

Chris Christman, Evan Towry voted boys soccer top players

Goalkeeper Evan Towry and midfielder Chris Christman, both seniors, were named Sweet Home boys soccer MVPs at an end of season awards banquet at the high school cafeteria on Monday, Nov. 7. Towry...

 

Man recounts Foster Lake water rescue

What began as a run-of-the-mill day on Foster Lake for avid fisherman Tony Ramirez turned quickly into a near-drowning incident, with the Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District coming to the 28-year...

 

Painting in realistic terms

Deb Cooley may describe her painting style as realistic, and most viewers would probably attest to that quality in her work. But for Cooley herself, that's not necessarily the most important thing....

 

Patches of the world

In his 50-plus years as a volunteer firefighter with the Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District, Dave Trask, who retired in March, responded to 19,351 fire calls and 11,700 rescue and emergency...

 

Markell named girls soccer team's MVP

The Sweet Home girls soccer team nabbed a number of individual honors during its end-of-the-season banquet, held Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the library at Sweet Home High School. Junior midfielder Rylee...

 

City Council hails police for act of heroism

In addition to its Tuesday, Oct. 25, agenda, the Sweet Home City Council heard a story of life-saving heroism involving the staff of the Sweet Home Police Department. It all happened Wednesday, Oct....

 

City Council candidates sound off

Five of six Sweet Home City Council candidates took part Tuesday, Oct. 18, in a forum hosted by The New Era at City Hall. About 40 people attended as hopefuls Greg Mahler, Susan Coleman, David...

 

Local Gleaners look to 'scratch our way out'

Fliers have recently circulated through town warning that Fair Share Gleaners, a Sweet Home institution for 40 years, will close in November without more funding. But coordinator Tracy Rowe has other...

 

Council votes to grant liquor license to Rio Theatre

The Sweet Home City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 11, voted 5-1 to recommend granting an Oregon Liquor Control Commission "Full On-Premises" liquor license to the Rio Theatre. The group had decided at its...

 

Huskies battle to 28-19 Homecoming win against Ashland

Sweet Home celebrated its homecoming week with a 28-19 win over Ashland last Friday at Husky field, improving to 3-4 on the year. The Huskies' non-league homecoming opponent may have come into the...

 

Schools battling back from 'hit' by pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic's after-effects is still being felt in local schools, principals told the School Board Monday, Oct. 10. At the board's monthly meeting, principals shared the highlights from...

 

Truck reload station approved at former mill site

The Sweet Home Planning Commission on Thursday, Oct. 6, unanimously granted a conditional-use permit allowing T2 Incorporated to place a truck reload station on two acres owned by Sweet Home Real Esta...

 

New officer keeping law and order in hometown

Cody McPherson has wanted to become a police officer as far back as he can remember. "It's just one of those thoughts I always had," he said. "I just stuck with that throughout the years and never...

 

Football: Battle of the trenches makes difference as Huskies fall to JC

To say the battle between Sweet Home's defense and Junction City's offense on Friday night was a mismatch would be an understatement, as the Tigers celebrated their Homecoming night by hanging 59...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 5, 2022

Council votes to demolish historic depot

The Sweet Home City Council tackled an action-packed agenda Tuesday, Sept. 27, one that saw a vote to topple an historic structure, the swearing-in of two top officials and the city's refusal to take...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 5, 2022

An artist's eye for nature

It's never too late to chase your dreams. Photographer Craig Fentiman has captured open-space adventures on film since his adolescence. But after retiring last year, he decided to pursue this lifelong...

 

Police chief: Opportunity to serve in home town a 'blessing'

A farewell party for Sweet Home Police Chief Jeff Lynn took place at the Police Department on Sept. 26 to celebrate Lynn's 23 years of service to the Sweet Home community in the police profession....

 

Fire board reflects on shutoff

At its Sept. 20 meeting, the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Board of Directors discussed the public safety power shutoffs that kept parts of the city in the dark for close to 20 hours. The out...

 

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