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Former swimmer now running own pool program

For The New Era Gretchen Daugherty has assumed the role of aquatic director for Sweet Home’s pool. Originally from Baker City, Daugherty has been involved in swimming all her life. “I’ve grown...

 By Megan Sanderson    News    July 18, 2012

Crowd of alums return for 100th SHHS reunion

For The New Era A lot of Sweet Home High School was unfamiliar to Eugene resident Otis Evans Saturday, as he toured the facility, but it brought back some good memories. “Probably the best time of...


LBCC GED program offers different road to diploma

For The New Era The elderly gentleman was retired and he couldn’t read well, until he met Heather Horn, Graduate Equivalency Diploma instructor at Linn-Benton Community College. “He could read a...


Water polo squad rebuilding after losses

For The New Era For the water polo team, 2011 will be a rebuilding year. Gone are six of the seven starters from last year's squad. Senior Jake Johnson, the only returning starter, is joined by six other returnees – Sten Weld, Katie Turner, Emi...


Despite obstacles, local relay teams reach finish line

For The New Era For the Sweet Home boys Portland to Coast team, the breakdown of one of their two vans right at the start of the 130-mile relay road race was only the beginning of it all. The...


SH artist finds self-expression in totem pole

When Mike Stone took a trip to the San Juan Island and saw the totem poles there, he was hooked. Stone, 61, a local artist, decided to create his own original totem pole and, after three years of work... Full story

 By Megan Sanderson    News    August 3, 2011

Josai students have a blast during Sweet Home visit

For The New Era Teenagers covered their ears and watched intently as quick-draw Shawn Anderson prepared to fire his gun at the balloon targets. Visiting a local farm Wednesday, July 27, Japanese...

 By Megan Sanderson    News    May 11, 2011

SHHS choir second at state competition

For the New Era Sweet Home High School’s Symphonic Choir made history Friday, May 6, winning its first state trophy in school history with a second-place finish in the 4A state championships at...

 By Megan Sanderson    News    May 4, 2011

Sweet Home senior takes top honor in state business competition

For The New Era Sweet Home High School senior Keegan Legg was the winner of the Future Business Leaders of America Cyber Security state competition last month. The competition included some 1,000 stud... Full story

 By Megan Sanderson    News    April 20, 2011

Human trafficking activist says Oregon’s problem big

For the New Era Sold into the sex trade at 14 by her mother, “DJ” had been imprisoned for 22 years. While bringing drugs concealed in her body from India into America, she was able to make her... Full story


Terrebonne woman crowned Sweet Home Rodeo Queen

For The New Era Rachale Zuhike of Terrebonne was crowned 2011 Sweet Home Rodeo Queen Saturday, Feb. 19. Zuhike, 20, will preside over the rodeo events which are scheduled for July 8-10, during Sportsm...


Local author finishes new chapter of 'Good Old Days'

For The New Era Sweet Home historian Mona Waibel has created the next chapter in her series of books about the history of the area. Waibel released her third book in the series, “Sweet Home’s...


Kids store part of Warm and Cozy

For The New Era The Sweet Home Junior Chamber of Commerce is offering children 10 and under the chance to shop for Christmas gifts for family at their first-ever Christmas Kids Store. The store will be located at Amy’s Annex (the old bus depot) on... Full story

 By Megan Sanderson    News    May 9, 2010

Charter School holds science 'Night of Discovery'

For The New Era Sweet Home Charter School hosted its second annual academic Science Night Friday night at the school's new Liberty campus. In addition to Science Night, the school opened its doors to the public and hosted an open house, inviting...


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