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 By Sarah Brown    News    November 17, 2021

Pizzeria owners publish book on business success

Local business owners Jim and Paula Newman work together full-time in the food service industry, but, for them, their job involves more than just flipping pizzas. Over the last 38 years, they've...

 By Sarah Brown    News    November 10, 2021

Voters pass county sheriff's levy

Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 2, passed Measure 22-189, the high-profile four-year law enforcement levy proposed by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. It was the only countywide initiative on the special-election ballot. Some 63% of the mid-valley’s...

 By Sarah Brown    News    September 1, 2021

Kids learn basic bike maintenance during LEAP program

Twins Kaydin and Xavier Pennington, 13, rolled away from the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam on their new bikes on Friday, Aug. 27. They had just spent the week learning how to fix a flat...

 By Sarah Brown    News    August 18, 2021

Dr. Emmert returns to mid-valley to finish residency

Dr. Amanda Emmert, the first local graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest campus in Lebanon, has returned to Oregon to complete her residency through a fellowship at...

 By Sarah Brown    News    June 30, 2021

COVID vaccination rates low in SH

Residents in Sweet Home may be feeling the climate's heat this week, but at least there's less heat coming from the government after Gov. Kate Brown announced on Friday the end of the state's safety...

 By Sarah Brown    News    April 28, 2021

Couple mixes cycling, other pastimes as they tour world

For Donna Short, taking a photograph helps her be present in the moment and really see what she's seeing. "It's a way to see more intently. Even if I never do anything with that picture ever again,...

 By Sarah Brown    News    February 24, 2021

Life's busy for new Senior Center director, despite COVID shutdown

If Dawn Mitchell, co-director at the Sweet Home Senior Center, could take time away from her busy schedule to participate in one of the center's activities, she would try the glass fusing workshop....

 By Sarah Brown    News    January 27, 2021

Couple leave high-octane jobs for new life in Sweet Home

John and Jane Suh spent their entire lives in cities, but for the past year have been enjoying the relaxing benefits of rural, small-town life. The pair acquired Mr. Lucky's Deli, 1207 Long, and...

 By Sarah Brown    News    December 16, 2020

Bureaucratic boo-boo brings local tree farm unexpected publicity

Jon West, owner of West's Tree Farm on Berlin Road, finds social media and the Internet can be a double-edged sword for his Christmas tree business. On one hand, he said, many of his customers find...

 By Sarah Brown    News    November 11, 2020

Local director brings stories of service to life in 'Veterans' Voices'

As a storyteller and eight-year volunteer on the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight, Leigh Matthews Bock has found "the perfect marriage" through her new project at the Majestic Theatre in...

 By Sarah Brown    News    October 28, 2020

Retired dentist stays active with interests ranging far and wide

When Henry Wolthuis retired from his dentistry practice in Sweet Home in 2014, he found himself waking up with little to do. "I probably did a lot of sitting around," he said, as if recalling a former...

 By Sarah Brown    News    September 30, 2020

Women on Weddle: Seniors decide they're done with sitting

Editor's note: The New Era's policy is to not promote individuals on our staff in our news coverage unless there's more to the story than just their involvement. That is the case here. This story is a...

 By Sarah Brown    News    September 16, 2020

Cascadia resident's Ghost Towne awakens memories of past

What started out as a means to keep Terry Lahodny's pets safe and teach his grandchildren a lesson has turned into an attraction that draws people from all over to see the mock western town he's...

 By Sarah Brown    News    August 26, 2020

Sr. Center director stepping down – figuratively, at least

In the early mornings, while most people are still asleep or just beginning to wake up, Ken Bronson will be listening to the patter of his feet on the ground, or the quiet splash of water as his arms...

 By Sarah Brown    News    August 26, 2020

Lebanon complex to have 48 units

Applegate Landing broke ground on its new veterans housing project in Lebanon Friday, Aug. 21. The 48-unit complex will house veterans, low income and those transitioning out of rehab. “With our current and ongoing housing shortage in Oregon, we...

 By Sarah Brown    News    August 12, 2020

Old craft gets new life

Of The New Era There's an old Scout song and a movie about Steamboat Bill, but this is a story about Steamboat Phil, who went to Foster Lake to see if his old craft could ride the waves still. Phil...

 By Sarah Brown    News    July 1, 2020

At 83, age hasn't slowed Howard Crover much as he's still haulin' logs

Some people are so married to something that the phrase, "It's in their blood," rings true for them. That could be said of Howard Crover, who's likely got splinters and fuel in his blood because he's...

 By Sarah Brown    News    May 27, 2020

Seniors devote seamstress skills to maskmaking efforts

More people are stepping into the public sphere as Phase 1 of Gov. Kate Brown's reopening plan for Oregon gains momentum, but if you do, the Jolly Stitchers at the Senior Center have you covered....

 By Sarah Brown    News    April 29, 2020

Local man saved by cutting-edge cardiac technology

In the aftermath of the ice storm of 2017, Dennis Eggers set to work cutting up and moving 20 of the cedar trees he and his wife lost that winter. Little did he know, his effort would set into motion...

 By Sarah Brown    News    April 29, 2020

Meals on Wheels deliveries ongoing, with some coronavirus precautions

While much of its senior clientele is sheltering-in-place due to coronavirus restrictions, Meals on Wheels continues to provide meals three days a week, just in a little different format. Meals...

 By Sarah Brown    News    April 22, 2020

Samaritan unveils new STARS inpatient drug treatment center

The new facility for Samaritan Treatment and Recovery Services, at 111 N. Main, at the intersection with Tangent Street in Lebanon, is complete and nearly ready for occupancy, except for a few obstacl...

 By Sarah Brown    News    April 1, 2020

Rock club members on lookout for treasures – and for next generation

Though the 72nd annual Sweet Home Gem and Mineral Show had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 lockdown, that hasn't cooled local rockhounds' ardor for minerals. Ed Anderson, president of the Sweet Hom... Full story

 By Sarah Brown    News    March 11, 2020

Community support helps owner retrieve missing shepherds

For someone who teaches Tai Chi and Qigong, Jim Adamik was surprised to find his patience running thin last week, in the days after his two dogs went missing. "I'm usually a calm, peaceful, get-along-...

 By Sarah Brown    News    February 26, 2020

From SHHS track to Venice Beach and beyond, life's been challenge for Pam Walker

Pam Walker would tell you she started her athletic career when she was in the third grade, while she attended Holley Elementary. "I was out there runnin' around on the playground and was discovered...

 By Sarah Brown    News    February 5, 2020

Camp Tadmor hosts how-to for outdoor schools

Outdoor School providers from across Oregon converged at Camp Tadmor in late January to build opportunities for improvement of Outdoor School programs through the Oregon State University Extension...


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