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 By Scott Swanson    Sports    December 4, 2019 

Wrestling: Experienced Huskies looking for state trophy – preferably first

The Sweet Home wrestling team is loaded with talent and experience this year, which isn't unusual for the Huskies. But coming off a second-place finish at state last year, the Huskies return eight...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    December 4, 2019 

SH swimmers return real talent, but depth may be shallow

Coming off a year in which Sweet Home's girls delivered a shocker by upsetting higher-seeded teams to win the state swimming title, the Huskies are looking at a very "tough" 4A/3A/2A/1A field as...

 

Jasper Korn named football's Most Valuable Player

Jasper Korn was named Most Valuable Player for the Sweet Home football team at its awards dinner Tuesday, Nov. 19. Head Coach Dustin Nichol said the senior wide receiver was one of five candidates...

 

Country Lane case goes to state Supreme Court

Country Lane residents will get another day in court – the Oregon State Supreme Court – in their dispute with Albany and Eastern Railroad over an easement to cross A&E's tracks without paying the...

 

Upgrades for Junior High, other schools on home stretch

Sweet Home School District has spent about three-fourths of the $8 million raised by the $4 million bond approved by voters in 2017 and a state matching grant to upgrade Sweet Home Junior High, school...

 

Megan Hager signs letter of intent to swim for Colorado State

Megan Hager signed a letter of intent Friday, Nov. 15, to swim for Colorado State University. "I really liked it there," said Hager, who visited the school in Ft. Collins in September. She will begin...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    November 6, 2019

WWII service launched vet into active life

Keith James sits in his living room in a rented apartment in Sweet Home, telling about his life. Nearby, a display case is full of medals and framed documents – a letter of thanks from President...

 

Wounded Huskies run into Estacada juggernaut, lose 52-6

Coach Dustin Nichol expected a strong ground game from Estacada in Sweet Home's play-in football matchup in the Rangers' stadium Friday night, Nov. 1. He was right – in spades. Estacada's veer...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    November 6, 2019

World War II veterans find Honor Flight 'wonderful'

Bill Seig and Phil Palkki once worked together, but they hadn't seen each other in years, even though they both live in the Sweet Home area. So when they recently reunited after a couple of decades,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    November 6, 2019

Tom Hyer honored as 2019 Distinguished Veteran

When World War II broke out for the United States in 1941, Tom Hyer wanted to enter the service – but his mother, Audrey Bryant, said she wouldn't sign for him. He was 16. "She knew what she was...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 23, 2019

Riding safely in SH

The small group of cyclists pedal up 6th Avenue, toward Elm Street, on a recent sunny afternoon – half a dozen fifth-graders and two adults. They approach a stop sign at an intersection, and the...

 

SHJH launches soccer program to feed high school programs

When school district administrators decided this year to add soccer to the list of sports offered by Sweet Home Junior High, the goal was to build a program that would feed the high school's...

 

Huskies find their legs in 42-3 Homecoming win over Philomath

Sweet Home needed a turnaround after two deflating league losses and it came on Homecoming night for the Huskies, who ran over Philomath 42-3 Thursday, Oct. 10. "We needed a win," said Head Coach...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 2, 2019

'Exclusion' law stirs debate as councilors take another look

A possibiltiy of an "exclusion ordinance" banning troublemakers from the downtown area stirred vigorous discussion Tuesday, Sept. 24, as the City Council took another look at the proposal. The...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 2, 2019

Councilors divided over scope, need for 'livability' ordinance

The question of whether Sweet Home should try to do something about rathole rentals led to extensive discussion by the City Council at its Sept. 24 meeting. The issue has been on the council’s radar since 2016, and it reappeared in late August,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 2, 2019

Council fast-tracks changes to codes

City Council members took steps at their Sept. 24 meeting to fast-track approval of changes to the city’s Zoning Ordinance that have been approved and recommended by the Planning Commission. Planning commissioners held a work session on June 3 to...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 2, 2019

Council hears timelines for water/sewer operations options

City Council members reviewed options for possible changes in management of the city’s Water and Wastewater Treatment facilities at their Sept. 24 meeting. Public Works Director Greg Springman presented three options for the council to consider:...

 

Students step up for boy with cancer

Sweet Home's Sept. 11 volleyball game against Woodburn was more than just an athletic event. The players all wore custom-made tie-dyed orange socks and the student cheering section was decked out in...

 

Goat-killing cougar dispatched in 43rd Ave. family's back yard

Craig Hayes says a neighbor warned him when his family adopted a small herd of goats. "He came down and said he saw a cougar," Hayes said. "He said it's hard to have goats up here." That was Sunday...

 

After slow start, Huskies wake up and dominate Phoenix in 22-7 win

After a pair of losses to two of the state's top teams, Sweet Home moved into the win column Friday, Sept. 20, downing Phoenix 22-7. "It was good that we got a win," said Head Coach Dustin Nichol,...

 

Scam near-victim warns not to bite

Local resident Margie Coulter wants local residents to be on guard against scams – after she almost fell for one, she said. Coulter said she got a phone call last week in which a man from the “Social Security Administration” on the other end...

 

A 'long, crazy road'

It's 6:30 in the morning and the summer sun has yet to rise over Foster Lake. Below the Shea Point rest area, where the old Highway 20 blacktop dips into the water, a lone man performs tai chi as the...

 

1,000-plus athletes expected for this weekend's Best in the West triathlons

The ninth annual Best in the West Triathlon series will take place this weekend, Sept. 6-8, at Lewis Creek Park. Bigger and better than ever, says founder and Director Blair Bronson. This year’s festival is on track to exceed last year’s record...

 

Don't miss great show, right down the road

This weekend, a big event is taking place right down the road from you. This is the ninth year that the Best in the West triathlon series is being held at Lewis Creek Park, as detailed starting on page 1. It will be held Saturday and Sunday...

 

Football: With veterans gone, younger leaders will need to show the way

With last year's veterans largely departed, Sweet Home's football team, this year, will be ... whatever his players decide they will be, Coach Dustin Nichol says. The Huskies finished their season in...

 

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