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 By Sarah Brown    News    July 25, 2018

Local heart transplant recipient gets to meet donor's mom

It took nearly a lifetime for Vicky Johnson to decide she was ready for a heart transplant, but only a few short minutes to find out she was about to get one. The Sweet Home resident was given the...

 By Sarah Brown    News    July 11, 2018

Treyson Smith, Kailey James named SHHS Freshmen of the Year

Kailey James and Treyson Smith are this year's Sweet Home High School Freshmen of the Year. Kailey, 15, daughter of Cara and Gregg James, will spend her summer hanging out with friends, but she also...

 By Sarah Brown    News    July 4, 2018

As season heats up, firefighters train in SH

With fire season already active and regulated use restrictions in place since Monday, July 2, Chad Calderwood of the Oregon Department of Forestry's Sweet Home Unit advises residents and visitors be...

 By Sarah Brown    News    June 27, 2018

Academy gives local young women chance to get taste of firefighting

Samantha Mitchell says she doesn't have a lot of friends, but she shared a summer weekend with her closest one – Lacey Wilson –dressed in heavy fire gear, learning what it takes to save lives....

 By Sarah Brown    News    June 13, 2018

Local resident, done with medical school, heads east to residency

After a lifetime of growing roots in the Sweet Home and Lebanon areas, Amanda and Ben Emmert recently uprooted and transplanted themselves to Nebraska. Amanda, the first Lebanon High School student...

 By Sarah Brown    News    May 23, 2018

Boxing Parkinson's

In the blue corner, from Sweet Home and coming in at 72 years old, we have Ralph Anderegg. And in the red corner, also hailing from Sweet Home and coming in at 65, we have Steve Burgess. Ladies and...

 By Sarah Brown    News    May 23, 2018

Hindmarsh, Somatis named valedictorians; Tow is salutatorian

Two Sweet Home High School seniors have been named valedictorians and one as salutatorian for the school's graduation ceremonies, scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 8 at Husky Stadium. The two...

 By Sarah Brown    News    May 16, 2018

Wiley Creek celebrates 20 years with open house

Samaritan Wiley Creek Community celebrated its 20th anniversary Thursday, May 10, by hosting an open house and Chamber of Commerce After Hours event for the residents and community. The celebration...

 By Sarah Brown    News    May 2, 2018

Wiley Creek residents get set to celebrate 20th anniversary

Every morning, rain or shine, Donna Ego, Joy Alton and Maxine Martin set out on their walk around Samaritan Wiley Creek Community's neighborhood, watching the sun rise over their community within the...

 By Sarah Brown    News    April 4, 2018

After 45 years, 'Grampa' Galster clocking out for last time

Retirement could perhaps be most appreciated by someone who has invested most his life in the same company. One of Sweet Home's own residents has earned the right to this sense of pride. Sam Galster...

 By Sarah Brown    News    March 21, 2018

SH's Kayla Miller named Boys & Girls Club Youth of Year

One of small-town America's aspiring teachers has taken the baton from her role models while growing up, and is now running with it to be a role model to other children, herself. Kayla Miller, a...

 By Sarah Brown    News    March 7, 2018

Holley students win Battle of the Books regional title

In their first year of participation in Oregon Battle of the Books, Holley students won the regional competition in Woodburn against 49 other schools March 3, and will move on to the state tournament...

 By Sarah Brown    News    March 7, 2018

New SH doctor grew up in Gold Beach, prefers small towns

Dr. Carl Hoogesteger, Sweet Home Family Medicine's newest physician, is familiar with small-town Oregon life. He grew up in Gold Beach, a small coastal town of 2,000 people. There were 60 kids in his...

 By Sarah Brown    News    February 21, 2018

Smart meters coming to SH March 5

Pacific Power, the power supply company that contracts within the City of Sweet Home to provide electricity to the municipal area, will be installing smart meters on all homes in its district starting Monday, March 5. Initial response from the...

 By Sarah Brown    News    February 7, 2018

Genealogical Society seeks help identifying hundreds of photos

The Sweet Home Genealogy Society needs help from the community to identify people in its collection of photographs. The SHGS Library, at 1223 Kalmia St., between the city library and the Hope Center,...

 By Sarah Brown    News    January 10, 2018

Baby arrives early, in time to be first

When Sonja Callis' water broke in her driveway, she wasn't quite sure what to think. "It's not like in the movies," she said, explaining that it only became more obvious later on as she made her way...

 By Sarah Brown    News    August 15, 2017

Local astronomer: Eclipse to be ‘nature’s grandest spectacle’

Local astronomers from the Heart of the Valley Astronomer’s Club made themselves available at a series of talks in Linn County earlier this month to explain to residents what to expect for the upcoming total eclipse. Lebanon resident and club...

 By Sarah Brown    News    August 8, 2017

City Public Works staffer man of multiple talents, on stage and otherwise

When Dean LeBret isn’t working for Sweet Home’s city wastewater collections service, he might be found in his garden, working under the hood of a car, teaching GED prep at Linn-Benton Community Co... Full story

 By Sarah Brown    News    July 11, 2017

Creator of local fireworks extravaganzas prefers to keep splash in sky

For The New Era Ron Carter finds fulfillment in creating perfect matchbook cabinets, vacuuming fish poop, and blowing things up. You might find him in his cabinet shop off Highway 20, underwater at... Full story

 By Sarah Brown    News    February 14, 2017

Local entrepreneur to speak on panel for documentary film

Jeanne Callahan likes to quote former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare John W. Gardner: “Every problem is a brilliantly disguised business opportunity.” She says that people who...

 By Sarah Brown    News    January 10, 2017

Playing Sick, Paid Actors portray patients for medical students at COMP-Northwest

Medical students are taught all about the human body and medical problems that may be encountered, but learning how to interact with a patient can only be learned by experience. Students at the...

 By Sarah Brown    News    November 8, 2016

Veteran stand down serves those who served

For The New Era Community Services Consortium hosted its second annual Mid Valley Stand Down for Homeless Veterans at the River Center in Lebanon on Nov. 3. This year 76 veterans came to the event to...


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