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Linn County's jobless numbers mirror those of rest of state

The state of Oregon lost a total of 25,500 jobs in December, largely in the leisure and hospitality sector. Other sectors with job losses included private education, government, wholesale trade,...

 

Despite COVID hurdles, SHHS notches record graduation in 2019-20

Sweet Home High School's Class of 2020 graduation ceremonies were unique in many ways: Graduates finished their high school careers in small pods in separate ceremonies over two days, and they were...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    February 3, 2021

Staffers practice at Hawthorne for students' return

In the hustle and bustle of preparing to bring students back, teachers and staff at Hawthorne could hardly contain their glee last week. Said one staffer to another: "I can see you smiling behind...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    February 3, 2021

Chamber game puts focus on businesses

Supporting local businesses has the potential for a payoff thanks to a new campaign by the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce.  Office Manager Melody Jordan Reese said "I wanted to do a shop local...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    February 3, 2021

Council discusses homeless issues

City Council members heard an impassioned presentation about the state of homelessness in Sweet Home at their Jan. 26 meeting. Councilors Greg Mahler, who is the mayor, Susan Coleman, Diane Gerson, Lisa Gourley, Dylan Richardson, Angelita Sanchez...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    February 3, 2021

Steelhead reopens after state adjusts restrictions opens door to limited gym usage

It’s once again permissible for patrons to exercise at Steelhead Fitness. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Gov. Kate Brown announced some changes to the business regulations around counties in the extreme risk category, which includes Linn County. The...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 27, 2021

SHFAD storage bay takes shape

More than six months later than expected, construction has begun on the new Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District vehicle bay. The project was delayed because of permitting issues, largely because a...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 27, 2021

Schools gear up for return of students

It’s been nearly a year, but the day has finally arrived for Sweet Home students to return to their classrooms. On Monday, Feb. 1, grades K-3 will return to in-person schooling five days a week, either in a.m. or p.m. cohorts. The following week,...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 27, 2021

Retired Librarian Rose Peda leaving legacy of love

Sometimes it's best to start at the beginning. Once upon a time, in Cupertino, Calif., a little girl loved books so much she created her own library in the family's garage to share literature with...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 27, 2021

Neighborhood contemplates forming district to solve street, water problems

Neighbors on Willow and Yucca streets are working to form a Local Improvement District with the goal of improving their water supply and road infrastructure. The LID will allow residents to access...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 27, 2021

County's COVID vaccinations progressing, but supplies lacking

Samaritan Health has begun administering the COVID vaccine at the Linn County Fairgrounds, and has so far given out more than 1,000 doses there. In a presentation on Jan. 21, Dr. Adam Brady, an...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 20, 2021

Council gets new members as Richards, Sanchez are sworn in

A new group of city councilors have taken their seats. Incumbents Lisa Gourley and Dave Trask swore their oaths again, and new councilors Angelita Sanchez and Dylan Richards were sworn in for the...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 20, 2021

COVID vaccinations slow, but still being given locally

The state of Oregon experienced vaccine whiplash last week after promises of additional vaccines from the federal government failed to materialize. “I am shocked and appalled that the federal...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 20, 2021

Girl Scout's rural library vision includes SH

When Jazmine Jordan came up with the idea of creating a rural lending library to earn her Girl Scout silver award, she was thinking in the singular. But then, as she moved forward, she thought about...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 20, 2021

Councilors approve $75,455 cost for plan to improve downtown

The City Council decided last week to move forward on a contract for a downtown streetscape and parking plan for Sweet Home. "The intent behind this is that we want to make our downtown a much more...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 20, 2021

Commercial Exterior Improvement Program gets shot in arm from council

A fresh City Council, with two brand-new members, spent much of its meeting last week discussing two projects intended to improve the look of commercial districts in Sweet Home, and voted on an ordina...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 13, 2021

SH students to return to schools during February

The Sweet Home School District has announced plans to bring all students back to in-person learning during the month of February, starting with K-3 students on Feb. 1. Supt. Tom Yahraes announced the...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 13, 2021

Watershed director eases into job despite COVID

It can be tough to start a new job in the midst of a pandemic – just trying to get the training you need while working from home is a big challenge. But when your team project is a stretch of creek...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 13, 2021

Incoming SH city councilwoman in crowd at DC rally

At least one resident of Sweet Home attended the rally in D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, which turned violent as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Incoming Sweet Home City Council Member Angelita Sanchez...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 13, 2021

Newly finished book commemorates year of U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

The production of the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree made a big impact in Sweet Home's history and, to document it, some local citizens and a city councilman have produced a commemorative coffee...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 6, 2021

Residents step up for shuttered businesses

Two local fundraisers have raised thousands to support struggling small businesses which were forced to close their doors because of the statewide coronavirus mandates. A GoFundMe to "Save the Rio...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 6, 2021

SHPD introducing revamped Neighborhood Watch program

The Sweet Home Police Department is rolling out a revamped neighborhood watch program in an effort to reduce crime rates in neighborhoods across the city. The idea of a neighborhood watch is to have...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 6, 2021

Vaccinations progressing slowly, so far

The COVID vaccine rollout is progressing slowly but surely across the state. So far, nine people have been fully vaccinated with both doses of the COVID vaccine, while 51,255 others have received...

 

'Bionic Woman' takes a seat

Alice Grovom has finally retired, just in time for her 95th birthday. Though she retired from her career as a bookkeeper several decades ago, but didn't miss a beat in her efforts to improve the image...

 

Flood of support helps local family

When the cold starts creeping in and the rain won't go away, sometimes the best gift a family can receive is a roof over their heads. That's why some enterprising local citizens started a GoFundMe...

 

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