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  • SHPD Joint Efforts With FBI and EPD Lead To Arrest of Sweet Home Man

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 14, 2024

    Law enforcement agencies in Sweet Home and Eugene along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) collaborated to apprehend a 40-year-old Sweet Home man, Ryan Randall Carbon. The investigation began following threats against the Eugene Police Department (EPD), and other individuals in Sweet Home and Lebanon after a subsequent DUI arrest. The incident unfolded on Jan. 4, prompting swift action from local authorities. "So this was back on Jan. 4, it was actually towards the end of my shift,"...

  • SAFE Program Targeted in Heartbreaking Theft

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 14, 2024

    The Senior Alcohol Free Entertainment (SAFE) program, a cherished tradition aimed at providing a safe and enjoyable post-graduation celebration for seniors, has been dealt a devastating blow as thieves targeted its fundraising efforts, leaving the community in shock and outrage. The SAFE program, organized by dedicated parents, relies heavily on fundraising initiatives, including can drives, to finance the festivities. However, the community was rocked by two separate incidents of theft, with...

  • Domino's Pizza Arriving Soon In Sweet Home

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 14, 2024

    Domino's Pizza is set to make its way to Sweet Home, providing the community with a new dining option in town. The restaurant's future location will be on the corner of 22nd and Main, right in front of Bi-Mart. The highly anticipated pizza joint is expected to bring a new pizza delivery service to the area. Though details on the exact timeline of construction and opening remain uncertain, it is known that the establishment will feature a modular commercial building. This innovative approach...

  • A Skull, a Half Naked Burglar and a Bonfire Gone Wrong…

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 14, 2024

    The Linn County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) was extremely busy this week fighting some really odd crimes. According to LCSO the weekend kicked off an array of strange crimes that continued into the week with the eventual discovery of a human skull. Starting with the previous weekend LCSO handled several traffic violations for speeding stating, “Folks were flying by, but their wings and jet engines were not operating properly because deputies were successful in catching up to them and issuing citations for speeds such as 43 and 45 mph in a 25...

  • Skyler (Sky) J Chappell: A Youthful New Voice at The New Era

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 14, 2024

    We at The New Era are thrilled to introduce one our newest additions to the team, Skyler J Chappell. At a mere 18 years old, Chappell brings experience and a fresh perspective to our newsroom. "He's a smart kid that isn't afraid to step forward and have a conversation. This is a rare quality today, too much time is spent behind a keyboard or a phone and having a conversation face to face on a regular basis isn't appealing to the younger generation," said Chris Chapman, publisher. Hailing from...

  • Planning Commission Reviews Proposed Coulter Subdivision

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 14, 2024

    In a recent city planning commission meeting held on Thursday, Feb. 1, residents and developers alike voiced their concerns and proposals regarding several agenda items, ranging from zoning variances to the subdivision of land for residential development. One of the key agenda items discussed was the zoning variance application for 1589 & 1591 41st Avenue, Sweet Home, OR 97386; Identified on the Linn County Assessor's Map as 13S01E28CD Tax Lot 4500. This item was rought forth by applicant La...

  • Huskies Swim Teams Head To State Championships!

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 14, 2024

    The Huskies swim team proved their mettle once again at the Division Championships held on February 9 and 10, at the Albany Community Pool, facing off against fierce competition from 11 other schools. With skill and teamwork, both the boys and girls teams emerged victorious, capturing the division championships in an electrifying display of talent. "It's a huge deal," remarked Coach A Jay Bronson, reflecting on the girls' astounding 12-year streak as district champions. "That's not a reliance on...

  • Husky Cheerleaders Head To Nationals After Taking 2nd In State!

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 14, 2024

    Hot on the heels of their remarkable performance at the OSAA State Competition held in Oregon City and hosted by Oregon City High School, the Sweet Home High School (SHHS) cheerleading squad is already setting their sights on their next challenge: the USA Spirit Nationals at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, slated for February 16-17. Fresh off their second-place finish at the OSAA State Competition, where they showcased unparalleled skill and precision, the Sweet Home...

  • Measure 110 - Should It Stay Or Go

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 7, 2024

    The Oregon State Legislature began their short session on Monday, Feb 5, and will adjourn on March 10. During this time is when lawmakers will decide the fate of Measure 110. Ballot Measure 110 (110), also known as the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, marked a pioneering effort to tackle drug addiction and criminalization. Approved by almost 60% of Oregon voters, the measure aimed to decriminalize minor quantities of hard drugs and redirect the state's emphasis from prosecution to...

  • City Grapples with Rising Vandalism, Explores Solutions

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 7, 2024

    Sweet Home city officials took to Facebook this week to address a concerning surge in graffiti and vandalism within the city's parks. The online announcement served as a follow-up to discussions held during the Jan. 23 City Council meeting, where council members, led by Councilor Dylan Richards and Public Works Director Greg Springman, expressed growing concerns and explored potential solutions. During the City Council meeting, Richards voiced his concern about the escalating graffiti issues,...

  • Gas Prices Rise Across Nation - Oregon Bucks That Trend

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 7, 2024

    In a week marked by rising pump prices in most states, Oregon stands as an outlier with a continued decline in gas prices. The fluctuation is attributed to a nationwide rebound from winter weather events and an uptick in crude oil prices spurred by positive economic indicators and escalating tensions in the Middle East. The national average for regular gasoline saw a four-cent increase to $3.13 per gallon for the week. Contrarily, Oregon experienced a two-cent decrease, settling at $3.62 per...

  • ODFW Gives February Fishing Outlook and Opportunities

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 7, 2024

    Winter anglers in Sweet Home have several key updates to enhance their fishing experiences, including recent and upcoming trout stockings, regulations for Willamette spring Chinook fishing, ice fishing safety precautions, and essential information about boat ramp closures. Narrowing the scope of the many bodies of water available for fishing in the area, the bodies focused on will be Foster Reservoir, Green Peter Reservoir, Quartzville Creek, and the North and South Forks of the Santiam River....

  • Huskies Make Waves Dominating Over Tigers and Crusaders

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 7, 2024

    In a thrilling swim meet that pitted the Sweet Home Huskies against the Junction City Tigers and the Salem Academy Crusaders, the Huskies emerged victorious on both the boys and girls swim teams. The win not only secured their impressive 8-1 record for both squads but also propelled them into the highly anticipated district championship rounds. Coach A Jay Bronson, visibly pleased with the team's success, expressed his satisfaction, saying, "This was a great way to end the regular season. Both b...

  • Sweet Home Huskies Take Grand Champions At Oregon Elite Pre-State Championships - Headed To State Championships

    Kristy Tallman|Feb 7, 2024

    In a dazzling display of skill, spirit, and pure athleticism, the Sweet Home Huskies cheerleading squad emerged victorious at the Oregon Elite Pre-State Competition held in Salem on Feb 4. The Huskies, with their unwavering dedication and precision, claimed first place in both the Traditional and Game Day routines, solidifying their dominance in the competition. The intensity and passion were palpable as the Huskies executed their routines flawlessly, captivating the audience and leaving an...

  • Overall A Good Year - Crime Stats 2023

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 31, 2024

    This past week the Sweet Home Police Department (SHPD) released their statistics for 2023 and according to Police Chief Jason Ogden, it's been a busy year but statistically speaking a better year overall for crime. "In 2023, the total number of crimes reported in our town was 1917, marking a 9.55% increase from the 1743 crimes reported in 2022. However, it's important to note that the number of crimes resolved also increased from 1094 in 2022 to 1268 in 2023, which is a 16% increase." said...

  • City Council Approves Contract Bringing Money To Shelter

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 31, 2024

    At Tuesday's City Council meeting the board started the evening off approving the request for council action to approve a contract for personal services with the Community Services Consortium (CSC) to create new shelter capacity and provide rapid re-housing services to the unsheltered in Sweet Home. The request was submitted by Cecily Hope Pretty, Administrative Services Director and was reviewed by Kelcey Young, City Manager. The city doesn't have adequate funding within its budget so entering...

  • City of Sweet Home Is Calling All Artists

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 31, 2024

    The City of Sweet Home and the Arts Committee is now accepting proposals for potential murals along Main Street and Long Street. The exact locations have yet to be determined, however they hope to do twelve murals in total. They are looking for artists who may be interested in painting the murals and asking them to submit proposals by February 15, 2024. The application deadline has been extended beyond their original January 31 due date due to the number of applicants the city has received so...

  • Car Runs Off Roadway On North River Drive

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 31, 2024

    There was a single car accident at 1:36 pm on Sunday, January 28, at 43596 North River Drive. The driver, Aaron Nelson, age 21, of Sweet Home. The vehicle went off the roadway and over an embankment, striking a tree, and came to rest against a tree, approximately 50-60 feet down. Nelson was the only occupant in the vehicle. He was assisted out of the vehicle by a bystander prior to the arrival of EMS. Fire District personnel then assisted the patient to the roadway and transported him to...

  • CSC Kicks Off P.I.T. Count As FAC Celebrates First Year In Action

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 31, 2024

    On Wednesday, January 24, the Community Services Consortium (CSC) formally kicked off their 2024 P.I.T (Point In Time) count of the homeless. It's that time of year when the rural areas of Oregon begin counting the homeless population in an effort to receive funding for their areas throughout the upcoming year. The survey, called a PIT count that's basically a snapshot of the current numbers of homeless in an area. States are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to...

  • Ryan Lindsey Pinned By SHFD - Three Generations Of First Responders

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 31, 2024

    At the Fire Department board meeting held this past Tuesday, January 23, Ryan Lindsey of Sweet Home was pinned by his father, Levi Lindsey. Ryan is known as being a legacy firefighter, a firefighter who is a continuation of family members who previously or currently serve. "It is an honor I do not take lightly that firefighters from all over Oregon inspiring their children, to start their fire service journey here at Sweet Home Fire District (SHFD)," said Chief Nick Tyler. "We have had many...

  • Sweet Home Huskies Swimming Team - Now 7-1!

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 31, 2024

    On Saturday, January 26, the Sweet Home Huskies dominated in a thrilling swim meet against the Philomath Warriors, Sister Outlaws, and Kennedy Trojans. Both the boys and girls swim teams of the Huskies secured resounding victories, solidifying their impressive 7-1 record for the season. Head Coach A Jay Bronson expressed immense pride in his team's accomplishments, stating, "I'm incredibly proud of what they are accomplishing. Austyn Hogan had another great meet with four personal bests. Timber...

  • Keeping Us Going...A Lineman's Day After The Storm

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 24, 2024

    During last weekend's storm much of Sweet Home was left with the unfortunate circumstance of being powerless, not without strength mind you, powerless without electricity. Much of the town and surrounding area was crippled during the storm as ice coated the lines, trees downed power lines and transformers were pushed to their limits. For some that is a nightmare, for others it's "go" time. One such person who knows all about that is David Kem, Operations Manager for Portland General Electric (PG...

  • Locals Treat Storm Workers To Free Lunch

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 24, 2024

    After an ice storm turned Sweet Home into a winter horrorland of icy roads, fallen trees and power lines, in came the cleanup trucks. The storm left thousands of people without power, stranded in their homes and unable to get out but thankfully it didn't stop the repair crews. Electricians, tree trimmers and cable/internet repair crews from across the state poured into Sweet Home this week in an effort to dig everyone out of one of its worst seen ice storms in years. Their presence was welcomed...

  • Tree Crew Receives Gratitude – A Special Thank You

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 24, 2024

    During the second day of free meals being served at Thriftway to the storm workers, Mary Anne Miller stopped by to deliver a special thank you to the tree trimmers. Miller brought with her a thank you card and a great big hug to the guys who are working hard to remove downed trees in the aftermath of last weekend's storm. "I've never been so thankful to see tree workers before," She explained she had several trees down on her property which is off Hwy 20 just out of Sweet Home. Jason Schrepfer,...

  • Local Grindz Delivers Dinner To Seniors Stuck In Storm

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 24, 2024

    Christopher Marocco, the owner of Local Grindz Hawaiian food truck located at 800 Long Street, wasn't about to let folks go hungry during the storm. He decided rather than lose the food due to the extended power outages he would offer free meals to seniors and families with small children. "I just had extra food available to me and luckily I didn't lose power at my house. I just wanted to do something to help out." During the storm Meals on Wheels was unable to deliver and seniors who received...

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