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 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    September 16, 2020 

COVID counts may open doors of classrooms

The most current numbers from the Oregon Health Authority by county set Linn County at 13 cases per 100,000 the week ending Sept. 5, which is the third consecutive week Linn County has been eligible for students K-3 to return to the classroom. “As...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    September 16, 2020 

Relaxed coronavirus rules allowing care home residents to finally receive visitors home

For Brenda Hyland of Sweet Home, the coronavirus pandemic has meant more than not getting to eat out at restaurants. She hasn’t hugged her mother since March 5. “That’s a tough one,” she said, fighting back tears. “We’re a hugging...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    September 16, 2020 

Local Gleaners load up groceries for firestorm evacuees

As ash rained down on Sweet Home Wednesday, Sept. 9, leaders of the Sweet Home Gleaners started wondering how to respond to the growing crisis. Sweet Home was at evacuation Level 1, and the fire...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    September 16, 2020 

Trustees return Dale Keene to Sweet Home School Board

There’s a new School Board member in town, after board members chose Dale Keene to replace Angela Clegg, who stepped down earlier in the summer. Board members Jim Gourley, Jason Van Eck, Chanz Keeney, Mike Reynolds, Jason Redick, Debra Brown, and...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    September 16, 2020 

'Cowboy Convoy' volunteers team up to help rescue livestock

As evacuation orders started coming in fast throughout east Linn County Tuesday, Sept. 8, folks in local rural communities started wondering how on earth they would get all their livestock out...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    September 16, 2020 

Investigators probing suspicious fires in SH, Brownsville areas

Eight suspicious fires were started in a period of two hours during the early hours of Monday, Sept. 14, according to Linn County Sheriff's Office. The fires were all put out quickly, but were set in...

 

Homelessness in Sweet Home

Pastor Bethanie Young didn't expect to become an impromptu camp host for the homeless, but when COVID-19 shut down warming shelters in March, it was hard to turn the needy away. Young, after all, is t...

 

Community steps up for local man and his dog(s)

Louis Carreiro was one of the first local homeless individuals to shelter by the Nazarene church last March. He's been sticking around with his service dog Diamond, a Labrador and bull mastiff mix....

 

Councilors OK plan to raise building fees

City Council members came to a consensus on planned increases to system development charges at a work session on Thursday, Sept. 3. The council decided, informally, to implement the increase in phases, and also capped the increase about $3,000 lower...

 

Sunshine Industries slowly restoring operations after COVID shutdown

Sunshine Industries Unlimited restarted its day support services for local disabled adults on Aug. 31, following a months-long hiatus due to COVID-19. The services, however, look much different than before, said Executive Director Brittany Maudlin.... Full story

 

Fire at Green Peter: Multiple agencies rally to contain blaze in two days

Of The New Era A fire that broke out Saturday afternoon on a roadless peninsula at the eastern end of Green Peter Lake had stopped spreading Monday, Aug. 31, and will likely be contained at 14 acres....

 

Family works to recover after narrow escape from house fire

Of The New Era When Brandon Freeman heard someone scream "fire!" he leaped into action Tuesday, Aug. 25. Freeman ran outside to grab a hose and rushed to where smoke was pouring from his home at 38th...

 

Looming evictions pose challenges

Of The New Era A wave of evictions may occur once the statewide moratorium on evictions runs out on Sept. 30, experts say, but landlord organizations and service providers alike are trying to prepare and prevent disaster. The Community Services...

 

Local family's sunflower just kept growing and growing, turning heads

Of The New Era The humble giant is so tall, that even when he bows his heavy head in modesty, he's 10 feet tall. And the giant is turning heads in the neighborhood. Lori McCann and her daughter...

 

Cost of wastewater plant improvements rises, but changes should last longer

Of The New Era Costs for the planned wastewater treatment plant have risen about $1.9 million since the last estimate, but planners say the changes will help the plant last a lot longer. City Council...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 26, 2020

School now on line for all grades

As of last week, Linn County dropped out of eligibility for K-3 students to attend school in person. That means no students will start school in brick-and-mortar classrooms as the new year starts Sept. 8. With 52 new coronavirus cases reported last...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 26, 2020

Local officials working to put COVID revenue to use for kids

Plans are coming together for childcare during the new socially distanced school year for Sweet Home students, thanks to money from a Linn County emergency order. Linn County Commissioners earlier this month determined to step up for local kids by...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 26, 2020

Sweet Home position is return to Oregon for new JH principal

A longtime Alaska educator has been named principal at Sweet Home Junior High. Terry Martin's hiring was confirmed by the School Board at its August meeting earlier this month. Growing up in...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 19, 2020

Challenges of Blue Pool

Tamolitch Falls spills into a jewel of a pool in the midst of the Willamette National Forest. The miniature lake there, popularly known as "Blue Pool" for its iridescent hue, draws tens of thousands o...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 19, 2020

Councilors OK zoning change for apartments

Sweet Home City Council members spent an hour on Tuesday, Aug. 11, listening to public testimony and addressing questions from concerned neighbors about a zoning change application for a property overlooking Mountain View Road. The proposed zoning...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 19, 2020

Final send-off for Old Sweepy

Sweet Home's loyal old street sweeper, Old Sweepy, has cleaned its last street. After mechanics noticed the sweeper was spitting up more dust than it was collecting, they decided to open the machine u...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 19, 2020

Linn County death added to state coronavirus total

Linn County recorded its 11th death from the coronavirus last week, according to the Oregon Health Authority, but the victim actually died in early June. The 75-year-old man tested positive on April...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 19, 2020

Wear and tear leaves Sankey Park bandstand facing demolition

The Sankey Park bandstand is on its last legs, and will have to be taken down and replaced, according to a report presented to the City Council at its Aug. 11 meeting. The structure was built in the...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 19, 2020

Schools update: New COVID numbers close SH classrooms to all students

Of The New Era Linn County has dropped out of eligibility for K-3 students to attend school in person. That means no students, including those in Sweet Home, will start school in brick-and-mortar clas... Full story

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 12, 2020

School Board finalizes fall school plans

By Kelly Kenoyer Of The New Era The Sweet Home School Board unanimously approved plans for students in kindergarten through third grade to return to school in a hybrid model, while older students stay at home and engage in distance learning. Members...

 

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