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 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...

 

Looking to contribute? Here's a list of some local options

Donors have two days left before the Dec. 31 cutoff to get tax credit for charitable contributions. Looking for an opportunity to give of your substance (or energy) to help a good cause? Whether it’s your local church, a struggling small business,...

 

Driver convicted of manslaughter, more in DUI crash that killed SH woman, child

A Sweet Home man was found guilty on two counts of first-degree manslaughter, one count of driving under the influence of intoxicants, and fourth-degree assault. The defendant, Brian McIntire, 30,...

 

County remains in 'extreme risk' category as COVID numbers exceed 200

Linn County was set in the “extreme risk” category through Dec. 31, and it is likely to remain in that category through at least Jan. 14. That’s because Linn County had approximately 553 cases...

 

Hospital staff given first vaccine doses

Samaritan Health officially began administering the COVID-19 vaccine to medical workers on Friday, Dec. 18, after much anticipation. The Pfizer vaccine is the first to roll out, though there are six...

 

New domes provide comfort for local homeless

Winter, for older folks like Louis Carreiro, can be oppressive. "Everything hurts with the cold. I can't bend over or anything," he said, bundled in layers of coats at the Sweet Home Church of the...

 

Heavy rainfall, flooding keep city workers busy

Sweet Home residents experienced some unusually high water Sunday, Dec. 20, after heavy rains fell for 24 hours over the weekend. Public Works Director Greg Springman said his staff recorded 3.1 inches of rainfall in a six- to eight-hour period. The...

 

Schools: Enrollment falls as COVID cases rise

The rise of COVID cases in Linn County has pushed the possibility of in-person schooling far out of reach. But Supt. Tom Yahraes said at a Dec. 14 School board meeting that he expects enrollment,...

 

City manager explains strategy to Library Board

Sweet Home's Library Board meeting on Dec. 10 was rife with tension, as City Manager Ray Towry attended to discuss the budget and recent furlough notices. The board members in attendance, Eva Jurney, Kevin Hill, Charlene Adams and Don Hopkins, had...

 

Taking COVID seriously will save lives – maybe yours

Every week I tabulate the dead to create the COVID graphs for this newspaper. Each life snuffed out by coronavirus is a line or less on my spreadsheet. When they’re local I take particular note, and there are more of those than ever these days....

 

Council says goodbye to two departees, then ditches business license

The Dec. 8 City Council meeting was filled with laughter as the mayor and council members said goodbye to colleagues who lost their reelection bids. Councilors James Goble and Cortney Nash are leaving...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    December 9, 2020

Revenues rise; library staff jobs restored

City Manager Ray Towry said last week that, due to increases in tax revenues received by the city, he has revoked the furlough notice he sent to three part-time staff at the Sweet Home Library in mid-November. The notices were originally drafted in...

 

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