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 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 5, 2020 

Rescue in the Calapooia

Of The New Era Four different agencies and at least a dozen bystanders helped rescue a young boy trapped in the rapids at McKercher Park Saturday afternoon. According to officials, the 10-year-old...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 5, 2020 

Councilors split over zoning change for proposed apartments

Of The New Era A public hearing at Sweet Home City Council to consider a zoning change drew debate from the community and led to an evenly divided council with no decision. At their July 28 meeting, councilors considered an order that would rezone a...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 5, 2020 

Fire season goes to high

Of The New Era The fire danger level in the Sweet Home area rose “high” on Tuesday, July 28, which means campfires in the area are officially forbidden, along with restrictions on other activities. The Oregon Department of Forestry South Cascade...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 5, 2020 

East-end sidewalk project costs keep rising, thanks to delays

Of The New Era A sidewalk project along Highway 20 in Sweet Home, which has been in the works for five years, has ballooned to over $3 million in total costs, City Council members learned Tuesday,...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 5, 2020 

New wrinkle: 4th-graders, up to start school at home in fall

Of The New Era Sweet Home students in grades 4 through 12 will be required to learn from home instead of attending school in person in fall, according to new information from the Oregon Department of Education. The newest guidelines from the state...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 29, 2020

Honoring Zach, supporting Kennedy

The community of Sweet Home has responded with a multitude of fund-raisers and other expressions of sympathy to the families of two children hit by a runaway jet ski. Zachary Maynard, 6, lost his...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 29, 2020

Can't be at Jamboree this year? Indulge in the documentary

Although COVID cancelled Oregon Jamboree this summer, long-time fans can get a taste of the festival via a series of short documentaries telling the history and best stories to come out of Jamboree....

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 29, 2020

Former SHJH principal now heading online instruction effort

Colleen Henry, who has been principal at Sweet Home Junior High since 2013, now finds herself in a new role as a result of the coronavirus. She's become a bridge builder to take the school district...

 

Rally organizer's Facebook promotes white nationalism, racism

Two rallies held in the Safeway parking lot in recent weeks have been organized by an individual whose Facebook page contains images promoting white supremacy, including an image of a swastika. A... Full story

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 29, 2020

Governor tightens COVID rules, case numbers for Sweet Home now available

The Oregon Health Authority is now publishing COVID-19 case numbers by zip code, meaning it is now possible to differentiate case counts within Linn County. Linn County has 31 new cases since last week, with a total of 232 cases since the beginning...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 29, 2020

Superintendent: New mask rule for students might help transportation

Students of all ages will be required to wear masks in schools in Fall, according to Oregon Department of Education guidelines released Wednesday, July 22. The order requires all students and staff to wear face coverings inside school buildings,...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 22, 2020

Runaway jet ski injures children

Two children were seriously injured by a wayward jet ski at Lewis Creek Park Monday afternoon, July 20. Emergency responders received the call at 2 p.m. Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Chief...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 22, 2020

Water bill breaks starting to cost

Sweet Home is giving residents a break on water bills during the pandemic, but the costs are starting to mount. When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March, the City Council adopted a new policy to provide emergency relief for utility accounts and...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 22, 2020

COVID-19 adds twists to firefighting this summer

Coronavirus has put a bit of a damper on the routine and camaraderie that comes along with fire season, but Oregon firefighters are getting ready regardless as the summer heats up. The Oregon...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 22, 2020

City councilors ponder options for spurring local economic development

Sweet Home has nearly half a million dollars to spend on economic development projects, so City Council members are weighing several ideas regarding how to do that. Options include bringing in city-wide broadband internet, a program to improve the...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 22, 2020

Library's summer programs look little different - but they're happening

Summer's just not the same when there's a pandemic going on, but Sweet Home Public Library is trying to make the best of a tough situation. It started when the library closed and staffers scrambled...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 15, 2020

Becky Belcher chosen as Sportsman's Holiday queen

There may not have been a real Sportsman's Holiday festival this year, thanks to the coronavirus, but there is a queen. On Friday evening, July 10, 16-year-old Becky Belcher won the crown at the...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 15, 2020

New COVID rules don't apply across board – yet don't apply

Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday, July 13, that she is implementing two new mandates across the state of Oregon to prevent the spread of COVID-19. First, indoor gatherings of more than 10 people are banned, and second, masks are now required in...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 15, 2020

Brush fire burns half acre off Green River Road

Oregon Department of Forestry and Linn County Fire Department personnel responded to a brush fire Sunday at 3 p.m. An ODF cruiser noticed some smoke, and upon investigation found the brush fire near...

 

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