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 By Scott Swanson    News    July 28, 2021 

Archery to... Sewing ... to Water Safety

Principal Terry Martin stands on the bank of a pond on a sunny summer morning and baits a hook for one of some 25 middle-school-aged teens, all with fishing rods, milling about and casting into the wa...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 28, 2021 

Chamber hands out awards in vintage fashion

Dr. Larry Horton was named this year's recipient of Sweet Home's Distinguished Service Award and Karla Hogan earned First Citizen honors at the annual Chamber of Commerce Awards dinner, held Saturday...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 28, 2021 

Mayor: City 'stayed the course' during year of pandemic

Mayor Greg Mahler presented a summary of the past year in Sweet Home during the Chamber of Commerce’s Awards Banquet Saturday evening, July 24, at Sankey Park, noting that “2020 was a year that many of us would remember as a time that changed...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 28, 2021 

Staying in step with the family

On a sizzling afternoon, while most Sweet Home residents are likely seeking shade and iced-tea pitchers, Carolyn McDermed and Marilyn Kragness hoof it along a country road – at a very accelerated pa...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 21, 2021

Little Promises presses on after COVID, complications

After more than a year of COVID restrictions, including an eight-month shutdown, how is Little Promises Children's Program doing? It's been difficult, said Erik Duncan, chairman of the board, a year...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 14, 2021

Dodge clocks out for the last time

To say that Fred Dodge is one of the most-recognized faces in Sweet Home is no exaggeration. Dodge retired Sunday, July 11, from Hoy's Hardware, where he's been the answer man for decades to all...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 14, 2021

Nunez picked to lead court

Haley Nunez was named 2021 Sportsman's Holiday Queen Thursday evening, July 8, during an outdoor program held at the amphitheater at Community Chapel. Before an audience of approximately 150 people,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    July 14, 2021

Ground-breaking SH wrestling camp for girls looks to be tip of bigger wave

Two dozen girls sat on the floor of Sweet Home High School's Main Gym Thursday, July 8, watching two college women wrestlers demonstrate how to turn an opponent to score points in a freestyle match....

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 7, 2021

Sportsman's Holiday back this weekend

After a year’s hiatus, thanks to the COVID pandemic, Sportsman’s Holiday returns in full force this weekend in Sweet Home. Things kick off Thursday, July 8, with the Sportsman’s Holiday Court Coronation, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Community...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 7, 2021

Woven in memory of a well-lived life

When Sweet Home High School students enter the school library this fall, they will be greeted by a remembrance of a teacher well known to many of their older relatives: Myrtle Gates. Gates taught...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 30, 2021

New citizen enjoying 'sense of belonging'

Nelia Taraski is now able to vote. And run for local office. And visit her parents without fear of big hassles at the border. Taraski, 51, who has been director at Little Promises Preschool since...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 30, 2021

Quilting group produces surprise Sr. Center's oldest vet

George Hughes had no idea what was coming when he rolled up to a strange house on Tuesday, June 16, with his daughter, Valerie Goff, and granddaughter Samantha. Inside, the living room was packed...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    June 30, 2021

Husky boys win state wrestling title; girls second

Sweet Home finished a COVID-shortened wrestling season Saturday, June 26, with an exclamation point – the Huskies' first team state title since 2017 and the school's ninth overall, and four individu...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    June 30, 2021

Four girls place for SH's first team trophy

Sweet Home's girls kicked off what Coach Steve Thorpe described as a "wild weekend" for the wrestling team by scoring a second-place finish in the state tournament Thursday, June 24, at Cottage...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 23, 2021

Ex-Husky retires as pilot, Air Force major after 'defining moment'

Sweet Home alum Michael D. Gaskins had served four years in the Air Force and was thinking about getting out and going to college when he had a "defining moment." When terrorists slammed jetliners int...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 23, 2021

Sweet Ride car show returns this Saturday

Sweet Home Sweet Ride Car Show will return this Saturday, June 26, and it may be big – very big. Organizer Kimi Nash said she attended the Function 4 Junction show June 4-5 in Junction City, which “normally averages around 300 cards like we...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    June 23, 2021

SH sending 21 boys to state, wins five district wrestling titles

Thursday, June 17, was a big day for Sweet Home as 21 wrestlers qualified for the state tournament. But the Huskies' last qualifier was the one that electrified the crowd in Sweet Home's Main Gym, a...

 

New emergency care, senior facilities planned

Long-awaited, big healthcare changes are coming to Sweet Home, city and corporate officials announced Thursday, June 10, during a meeting hosted by Wiley Creek Community. The senior residence...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 9, 2021

Sportsman's Holiday Court readies to take on season of activities

Seven young women make up this year's Sportsman's Holiday Court as the annual community celebration, scheduled for July 8-11, nears. Members of the court are high school juniors Paige Chafin,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 2, 2021

Holley Christian Church celebrating 150 years

Kevin Hill admits that he didn't plan to stay long when he arrived in Sweet Home on Memorial Day weekend in 2001 to pastor Holley Christian Church. "Actually, I was only intending to stay at this...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 2, 2021

New booms to provide increased safety in Lewis Creek swim area

County parks staff last week began installing water safety barriers around the swimming area at Lewis Creek Park. The county decided to install the barriers last year after two 6-year-old children...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 26, 2021

Local swimmer looking for help in getting kids into the pool

Local resident Nancy Shadomy loves to swim. "I was raised in southern Florida," she said. "I'm a fish. Swimming is my happy place." Shadomy, who retired recently from the U.S. Forest Service Sweet...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    May 26, 2021

Four Huskies leave state track with six medals, near miss

Tristan Calkins won the 4A state championship in the long jump, but his most dramatic moment came at the finish line in the state 200 meter final on Saturday, May 22, at Siuslaw High School in...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    May 26, 2021

Swimmers lack numbers, but veterans return on top for girls

As is true of other sports this year, things have been strange for Sweet Home’s swimmers. The pool was closed to club or community swimming for much of last year following the implementation of the COVID-19 shutdowns. And now the Huskies are...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    May 26, 2021

Wrestlers return experience as they aim for state titles

In a season that many wondered would even happen, Sweet Home wrestlers are bearing down to make the most of their opportunity, Coach Steve Thorpe says. Although the Huskies were prohibited from engaging in many of their normal training activities...

 

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