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 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...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    November 7, 2018

'Most beautiful' Capitol Christmas starts journey to Washington D.C.

Deep in the Willamette National Forest but only 30 miles from the heart of Sweet Home, a caravan of vehicles wound its way Friday morning, Nov. 2, along a muddy road that led to the secret location...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    October 31, 2018

Artist spreads splash of holiday spirit on local windows

As the holidays get closer, artist Jennifer Pulliam puts her mark on the season in Sweet Home by painting business windows. Sugar Vibes commissioned Pulliam to paint a scene on its window last week...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    September 26, 2018

After eight decades, Coulter family still close – and competitive

Donna Shortreed pulls out a spiral-bound cookbook from her kitchen. "Would you like to see what we looked like when Mama and Pop were alive?" she asks. On the cover is a black and white photo of her...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    September 12, 2018

Capital campaign begins for Samaritan drug rehab facility

Samaritan Health Services launched its capital campaign to raise funds for the construction of its Samaritan Treatment and Recovery Services (STARS) facility Thursday, Sept. 6, in Lebanon. The...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    August 29, 2018

Metal work provides expression, occupation for local artist

When Lawrence Paquin gets bored, he can be found in his garage, welding bronze to copper, painting metal with colorful consideration, and pounding his work while sitting on the ground "like a...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    August 22, 2018

New Nazarene pastor has plans to reach out to community

Bethanie Young, the new pastor at Sweet Home Church of the Nazarene, moved to Sweet Home from Washington at the end of June to take up her new ministerial role, which began in the pulpit Sunday, July...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    August 15, 2018

East Linn Christian alums first to enter COMP-Northwest medical school

When COMP-Northwest held its convocation entry ceremony for the Class of 2022 on Aug. 3, among the new students were two from East Linn Christian Academy – the first. Whitley Nelson, a 2011...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    August 8, 2018

Mission trips lead to full-time commitment for Uganda-bound local family

The first time Bill Houtz laid eyes on the sun rising over the city of Lugazi in Uganda, he was hooked. "It is beautiful over there," he said. "I fell in love with it that very minute I got there."...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    August 1, 2018

Stretching – and humor – help seniors stay loose in exercise class

What started out as a small group of half a dozen members in the exercise program at the Sweet Home Senior Center two decades ago has flourished into a healthy thrice-weekly gathering of almost 30...

 
 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...

 

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