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Local teen, 16, self-publishes book of his poetry

After pouring his emotions and life experiences into over 2,000 poems in three years, 16-year-old Ivan Bultman of Sweet Home High School is now a first-time author. Bultman, who has "loved...

 By Megan Stewart    News    August 19, 2020

Relative's letter inspires novel for SH alum

It's not often that a single letter from a relative inspires a book, let alone changes the course of one's life. Catherine A. Ponzoha Hamilton, daughter of longtime local residents Joe and Mickey...

 By Megan Stewart    News    August 5, 2020

After 13 years, Sweet Home woman decides to part with dreadlock

For The New Era Sweet Home resident Cindy Hovater considers herself "one of those people who knows no strangers" – and this was all the more true when she flaunted her 13-year-old dreadlock around t...

 By Megan Stewart    News    July 29, 2020

Despite COVID restrictions, market farmers see customer traffic

Despite new regulations and slight economic loss, vendors, volunteers, staff, and even customers at the Sweet Home Farmer's Market have all "learned to adjust to what's going on around us," said...

 By Megan Stewart    News    July 22, 2020

Husky alum comes back to celebrate, 70 years later

It's 1 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, July 14, in an almost empty Sweet Home High School hallway. Three women, of varying ages, gaze up at the endless wall of black-and-white senior class portraits lining...

 By Megan Stewart    News    July 15, 2020

(Livestock) show will go on at Fairgrounds, despite COVID

Despite being what Beef Superintendent Kari Holt described as a “learn-as-we-go kind of year,” Linn County 4-H Club members will still show and auction off their animals this week like usual. The main difference, of course, is how. “We’re...

 By Megan Stewart    News    July 15, 2020

Kids turn out for fun times – and free tune-ups – at Bike Rodeo

When the Sweet Home Police Department had to cancel the annual Jim Bean Public Safety Fair in June due to COVID-19 restrictions, that created a problem: How to distribute bike helmets that had been...

 By Megan Stewart    News    July 8, 2020

Former reporter finds new challenges in familiar surroundings

Sean Morgan may no longer sport his iconic ponytail or spend his entire day writing, but said he fits in well as the Sweet Home Police Department's community services officer and evidence technician....

 By Megan Stewart    News    July 1, 2020

Freshmen of the Year honors go to Brookelynn Burke, Christian Dominy

Despite an unusual and short-lived introduction to Sweet Home High School, Christian Dominy and Brookelyn Burke still managed to bring home the coveted Freshman Boy and Girl of the Year award for...

 By Megan Stewart    News    July 1, 2020

Citing COVID concerns, council reverses on water rate increase

Due to concerns about the economic impacts of COVID-19, Sweet Home residents will not see an increase in water rates for the 2020-21 fiscal year, instead maintaining the current base rate of $19.99. The City Council voted 5-1 on June 23 to rescind a...

 By Megan Stewart    News    June 17, 2020

City bosses forego COLAs to keep staff

In an effort avoid laying off city staff, all five City of Sweet Home department heads volunteered to forego their annual 3 percent salary boost in hopes of preventing layoffs, City Manager Ray Towry...

 By Megan Stewart    News    May 27, 2020

7 to lead SHHS graduation

Sweet Home High School has announced six valedictorians and one salutatorian to lead the Class of 2020 graduation ceremonies, which will be held June 4 and 5. The valedictorians, Megan Hager,...

 By Megan Stewart    News    May 20, 2020

Rebound from COVID-19 dominates council's attention last week

Addressing the Sweet Home City Council last week, Linn County Commissioner Will Tucker and Rep. Sherrie Sprenger urged Sweet Home residents to follow the guidelines as the county begins reopening, both to protect lives and to prevent the state from...

 By Megan Stewart    News    May 20, 2020

Council gives City Manager Ray Towry high marks

The Sweet Home City Council provided City Manager Raymond Towry with positive marks on his annual evaluation. Councilors unanimously approved the evaluation during their meeting on Tuesday, May 12....

 By Megan Stewart    News    May 20, 2020

Budget Committee agrees to keep levy intact, move marijuana money to General Fund

The Sweet Home Budget Committee last week continued its discussion of allocating marijuana tax funds to the General Fund for future needs and $230,000 originally proposed for property tax reductions to fund up to two police officer positions. The mee...


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