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 By Scott Swanson    News    December 12, 2018 

Work under way to improve Foster Dam Road, parking

Work is wrapping up this week on a portion of nearly $1 million in improvements to Foster Dam Road and the parking lot serving the west end of Foster Lake. The $826,158.80 project is being... Full story

 

Huskies name Jake Swanson football's Most Valuable Player

Jake Swanson was named Most Valuable Player for the Sweet Home football team at its awards dinner Tuesday, Nov. 20. Although Swanson was named the overall MVP, it was clear that fellow senior Nathan V...

 

3 councilors re-elected, Nash gets fourth seat

Four Sweet Home City Council members were elected Tuesday, Nov. 6, and local voters gave a big thumbs up to funding the community swimming pool for another five years. In the race for four open Sweet...

 

SH turns out in force to celebrate

Sweet Home's Christmas season got a super early start Friday with the departure of the 2018 Capitol Christmas tree for Washington, D.C. The celebration included lots of music, a nighttime parade that...

 

Olin, Hewitt named Jr. First Citizens

Sweet Home High School seniors Sarah Hewitt and Austin Olin have been chosen Junior First Citizens for Sweet Home for 2018, and Olin last week was chosen as Linn County's Junior First Citizen. "It's...

 

Wrestling award takes local Coach Steve Thorpe around world

Sweet Home wrestling coach Steve Thorpe is back from Budapest, Hungary, with a lot of memories and an appreciation for the sport that took him there, he says. Thorpe, who also serves as chair of the O...

 

Search for elusive ornament gets up close and personal in Sweet Home forest

This whole Capitol Christmas Tree story has been pretty impressive and it’s nice to see the community responding to what will likely be something that won’t happen again in our lifetime. When we got started with this thing, I have to admit I was...

 

Huskies' football run ends against strong Marist team

Sweet Home's football season ended Friday night, Nov. 2, pretty much the same way it started: with a loss to Marist. Coach Dustin Nichol was hoping, going into the game, that his Huskies would improve...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 17, 2018

SHEDG: Cost-efficient Jamboree in black

Reduced talent budgets and cuts in other expenses are turning things around for the Oregon Jamboree, festival Director Robert Shamek told Sweet Home Economic Development Group board members last...

 

Huskies score another cardiac football win to set up showdown at Newport

Sweet Home pulled out its second nail-biter football win in a row Thursday night, Oct. 11, with a 20-19 win over Stayton to stay unbeaten in the Oregon West Conference. The Huskies, now 4-0 in league,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 3, 2018

Judge candidates discuss qualifications, concerns at forum

A judicial shortage in Linn County Circuit Court and the need to help unrepresented litigants were two big topics as candidates for two open judgeships made their cases last week to voters at a forum... Full story

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 3, 2018

Chamber leaders say they're working on communication, services, events

Chamber of Commerce officials are continuing to rebuild the organization, with emphasis on re-establishing a solid membership base and effective communication with that base. That was the main thrust...

 

CCC veterans evidence value of productivity

I should begin by admitting I’m not a big fan of government social programs, which typically, in my view, are sadly wasteful of tax dollars and generally not very effective in solving problems. But I’ve always been impressed by the Civilian...

 

New season brings changes to high school football landscape

High school football in Oregon has undergone some significant changes in the last year, courtesy of the Football Ad Hoc Committee established by the Oregon School Athletics Association Executive Board to address problems such as declining...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 15, 2018

Jamboree proposal plays out for Sweet Home bride

Leah Dauley, of Sweet Home, got a surprise marriage proposal two years ago at the Oregon Jamboree, courtesy of her then-boyfriend Michael Jones of Springfield and festival favorite Neal McCoy. Dauley...

 

Sweet Home Coach Thorpe named national USA Wrestling director

Sweet Home wrestling coach Steve Thorpe has been elected to the executive board for USA Wrestling, the organization that governs amateur wrestling in the United States. Thorpe, who has served as...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 8, 2018

Noah boats set for official christening – on Foster Lake

When a fleet of small sailboats embark on Foster Lake from Lewis Creek Park this Sunday afternoon, Aug. 12, Pastor Joe Medley will see a longtime dream come to life. The moment of truth will occur...

 

Jamboree looked little different, but it still was fun

Sweet Home folks have been waiting to see what the outcome would be with an Oregon Jamboree line-up that lacked the mega-stars who have headlined recent festivals. In some senses, this year’s Jamboree wasn’t what previous ones have been. The...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 1, 2018

Council OKs inter-fund loan to pay for City Hall

The City Council, meeting Tuesday, July 24, at its new chambers location, the Police Station community room, approved an inter-fund loan within the city’s budget to finance the new City Hall at 3225 Main St. The council last year authorized the...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 1, 2018

Councilors take Jamboree to task for late request before granting it

The Sweet Home City Council voted 5-2 to approve a list of requests for closures and fee waivers from the Oregon Jamboree Tuesday, July 24, after a lengthy give-and-take exhange over particulars in the request and other concerns. The list of street...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 25, 2018

Colleagues' encouragement good for us all

I’ve just returned from the annual Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association convention, held last week on the other side of the mountains. Typically, in addition to some rounds of golf on high-end resort courses and a bunch of business meetings, the...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 25, 2018

Gubernatorial candidates lay out cases for newspaper crowd

With Gov. Kate Brown bowing out, a proposed debate between the top gubernatorial candidates became, instead, campaign stump speeches by her chief opponents, Republican Knute Buehler and Independent Patrick Starnes, to an audience of newspaper...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 18, 2018

Sweet Home provides pit stop for Gambler 500 participants, all in good fun

Decked out in a straw hat and red striped shirt, Kelly “Kell-Dog” Whitlock fronted a group of men hunched over the engine compartment of a 1995 Lincoln Town Car in the parking lot at the O’Reill...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 11, 2018

Being part of the news isn't always fun

It’s kind of an unwritten rule for print journalists to stay out of the news. We cover news. We try not to make it. So we sometimes find ourselves in awkward positions when we become part of a news story, even sometimes when we actually experience...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 11, 2018

Commissioners approve bed tax, discuss rural recycling costs

Linn County Commissioners last week approved what amounts to a 5 percent transient occupancy tax that will be collected from county businesses that offer lodging to visitors. The approval was...

 

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