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 By Scott Swanson    News    February 20, 2019 

New officer Brian Prather latest to come back to Sweet Home

Brian Prather is the newest addition to the Sweet Home Police Department and the latest in a stream of officers who have grown up locally and have opted to join the force. He is also the latest in a...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    February 20, 2019 

Girls defy the odds to win state swimming championship

On paper, it didn't look like Sweet Home's girls really had much of a chance to walk away with a state swimming championship trophy as they entered the finals Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Tualatin Hills...

 

Charter students get pep talk from Ninja star

American Ninja Warrior star Travis Rosen challenged local charter school students to hang tough when life is difficult and to work hard to better themselves during an appearance at Sweet Home Charter...

 

School officials reminding parents that vaccinations matter

If your kids aren’t up to date on their vaccinations for common communicable diseases, Wednesday, Feb. 20, won’t be a good day when they get to school. That’s because Feb. 20 is School Exclusion Day, and the Oregon Immunization Program is...

 

Girls leave district in their wake on way to swim title; Huskies qualify nine

Sweet Home's girls won their sixth straight 4A/3A/2A/1A District 3 swimming title Friday in a weather-shortened meet that was trimmed from two days to one. Due to predictions of ice and snow, coaches...

 

Huskies qualify 19 for state in winning regional wrestling title

Sweet Home won its fifth straight boys regional wrestling championship Saturday at Junction City in an OSAA 4A Special District 2 tournament that was re-jiggered by weather concerns. A longer day on...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 30, 2019

Sheriff Yon outlines expectations, concerns at Lebanon forum

Sheriff Jim Yon outlined his expectations for his department and some of the issues he expects to deal with in the near future during a talk Friday, Jan. 25, to a capacity audience at a forum...

 

Physical therapist aims to share sports, training expertise – for free

Josh Walters played sports throughout high school and into college and now he's into competitive weightlifting. He's also into seeing young athletes stay healthy, which is why he and his bosses at...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 16, 2019

Wowing crowds

Moriah Winn has turned heads since she was a little girl – most recently in east Linn County. Moriah, 12, is a violinist and singer who has wowed local audiences at church, school, in last year's...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 16, 2019

SHHS alum Candalynn Johnson seeking change through 'civic engagement'

Candalynn Johnson has never been one to miss an opportunity to get involved. So working to garner support for a new process of establishing electoral districts in Oregon is right in line with efforts...

 

Local volunteers get new year off to good start

I enjoy running and over the years I’ve lived in Sweet Home. I’ve put in literally thousands of miles on our local roads. Not only is it good exercise for me, and a lot of fun for my dogs (as they try not to drag me down the road), but it’s a...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 9, 2019

New state laws cover roadkill to retirement – and a lot more

As the echoes of fireworks died away early on Jan. 1, a bunch of new laws went into effect. They range from new rules for strangulation of a domestic partner to qualification for welfare to hit-and-run accidents, to equal pay and fair work hours....

 

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...

 

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...

 

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