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 By Sarah Brown    News    November 27, 2019

World War II an unforgettable experience for local veteran, 95

Edward "Ted" Stilson has one of those stories that perhaps only a few others in the world's history can claim as their own. While fighting in World War II, a small Bible in the left breast pocket of...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    November 27, 2019

Operation Happy Hearts aims to help families of deployed parents in service

The holiday season is a time for inspiration, and inspiration can come in many forms. For Trisha Van Eck, it was the Hallmark movie "Operation Christmas," a story about a single mother who did...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    November 13, 2019

Runner's 100-mile trek takes him through Sweet Home

What does a long-distance runner squirrel away in his pack before setting off on a two-day run? For Trevor Spangle, it's Oreos, Top Ramen, Chef Boyardee ravioli, gels and chews. "Lots of sugar, lots...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    October 30, 2019

Local couple finds excellent retirement occupation in art

Everybody has talents in one way or another, and it is a gift from the Lord. That's how Sweet Home resident Elda Miller explains her artistic ability, which recently was recognized with a People's Cho...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    October 23, 2019

USFS planning Quartzville project

Interdisciplinary staff of the Sweet Home Ranger District took a caravan of timber producers, public interest groups and the general public on a field trip through the Willamette National Forest...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    September 25, 2019

New program offers reading help

A new program geared toward native English speakers who need help learning to read and write will be available at the Sweet Home Library by November. Linn-Benton Community College, Linn County...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    September 25, 2019

Local man has yet to visit castle, so he builds them

Leo Fernandez says he didn't have many toys to play with when he was a child, so he used his imagination to stay entertained. "What I played with was a sardine tin can. I used it for a car and I made...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    September 4, 2019

SH student, teacher make waves at OSU

Michelle Snyder plans on making waves with her students at Sweet Home High School this year – real ones – and hopes it will be a big splash. Both Snyder and student Megan Hager, a senior this...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    August 28, 2019

Retired insect scientist finds new career in preserving bees

Of The New Era Rich Little says he has two favorite types of fairies – both with wings: the fairy bee and the fairy wasp. The fairy bee is about two millimeters (.07 inch) long, while the fairy...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    July 31, 2019

New arrival's garden delivering produce – by the bucket

Of The New Era On Donnie Lowman's bucket list is the dream to own a farm, set up some worker bees, and start a hydroponic gardening system. Until then, he's settling for growing a garden – in...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    July 24, 2019

Sweet Home actor among cast for LAFTA's 'The Little Mermaid'

Of The New Era “The Little Mermaid” will be showing this week in Lebanon, with one of Sweet Home’s actors playing a supporting role. Staged by the Lebanon Association for Performing Arts, the...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    June 26, 2019

SH girls get taste of firefighting at academy

Of The New Era Twenty girls attended the second annual Linn County Young Women's Fire Academy, hosted last weekend by the Lebanon Fire District headquarters. Among them were Sweet Home ladies Chloe Ty...

 
 By Sarah Brown    Opinion    June 5, 2019

Commentary: Community will miss cat rescue worker following her passing

On May 17, the community of Sweet Home, as well as all of Linn County, lost one of its best volunteers, Vicki Lindley. She grew up here, raised a family, and worked as a rural postal delivery person until her retirement, after which time she gave...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    May 29, 2019

Washington trip brings long-delayed healing for Vietnam vets

Jack McCreary, Bill McKechnie and Chuck Christensen had never met until only recently, when the three Sweet Home residents shared an experience that united them by a common bond. The three...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    May 1, 2019

Dick Knowles stays active as advocate for mental health

In one month, Dick Knowles will reach the age of 75. While to some that may be a ripe number for keeping life easy, Knowles seems to enjoy staying busy by volunteering with numerous organizations for...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    April 17, 2019

Cadaver shortage spurs LBCC to buy virtual version

When faculty members told Kristina Holton, dean of Linn-Benton Community College's Science, Engineering and Math division, they needed a $70,000 computerized table to help students learn the human...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    March 27, 2019

VFW Auxiliary head's goal is to help vets, community

When people think about the VFW building on Highway 20, they figure it's "just some bar" where veterans and members get drunk, says Cathy Lindsay. She's tired of people thinking that and she's...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    March 13, 2019

SH teen named B&G Club Youth of the Year

Sweet Home High School senior Angeleah Williams was honored as this year's Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam. In an essay describing her life as a child whose...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    February 27, 2019

Sweet Home's Bonnie Neal, 76, still a 'truck-drivin' woman'

A song vocalized by Norma Jean in 1968 begins "A little boy is what my daddy wanted, a little girl just didn't fit his plans to help him on the road when he was on it, cause Daddy was a truck drivin'...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    January 30, 2019

Business veterans share wealth of knowledge in retirement

Every morning, Joe and Marlene Peterson can be found at a Starbucks, having their daily coffee and enjoying each other's company. They're a friendly couple who, like most, share common interests and...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    January 9, 2019

First baby's brother has plans for him

Sweet Home’s first baby of 2019 was welcomed into the world Thursday, Jan. 3, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. Baby Emmett Ray Villines was born at 9:24 a.m. to parents Matt and Heather...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    January 2, 2019

Hospital program helps participants learn to control pain naturally

Kari White says she's an introvert due to chronic pain from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, restless leg syndrome, and Renaud's Syndrome, but a new physical therapy class in Lebanon is helping her...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    January 2, 2019

Volunteer cat lovers address challenge of feline overpopulation

For some, retirement is a period of life to rest, catch up on projects around the house, and travel. But two Sweet Home residents might be working harder than they ever have, and not for pay. Doris...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    December 5, 2018

Singing Christmas Tree gets new, but familiar, director

The scaffolding is up for the 37th Annual Sweet Home Singing Christmas Tree production and the boughs are going on for this year's performance, which will feature John Kluttz acting as its new music d...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    November 21, 2018

New doctor feels right at home in town, at county health center

Sweet Home Health Center has a new physician. Dr. Denise Kelley is celebrating one year in Oregon, and two months as a full-time physician in Sweet Home. She studied at Hahnemann Medical College in...

 

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