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 By Scott Swanson    News    May 25, 2022 

Voters OK bond to build LBCC ag training center

A $16 million measure to fund construction of an agricultural training center and other improvements for Linn-Benton Community College won approval in the May 17 primary election, though mostly through Benton County votes, which outweighed a loss in...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    May 25, 2022 

Kami Hart commits to wrestle for fledgling Linfield program

Kami Hart became the latest Husky to sign a letter of intent to compete at the college level, signing a commitment to wrestle at Linfield University during a ceremony at Sweet Home High School's...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 18, 2022

Will decades-old plant get new treatment at last?

City officials are watching costs skyrocket as they plan for a new wastewater treatment plant that, they say, is decades overdue. But how needful, really, is a new plant in the first place? Essentiall...

 

Sweet Home boys qualify for state track in three events

Sweet Home qualified six athletes in three events – with a few more close misses – at the Oregon West Conference district championships Friday and Saturday at Husky Field. Although the boys were...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 11, 2022

National Day of Prayer

Sweet Home pastors and residents, above, gather at City Hall at noon Thursday, May 5, for National Day of Prayer. Other gatherings were held during the day at the School District Administration...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 4, 2022

Wet month improves conditions at mid-valley reservoirs

A wet April has definitely brightened the outlook for Linn County’s two reservoirs, Erik Petersen, Willamette Valley Project operations project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said last week in a virtual presentation on the area’s...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 4, 2022

State appeals court overturns jury's verdict in 'Timber Case'

The Oregon Court of Appeals last week overturned a $1.1 billion verdict in the “Timber Case” lawsuit brought by Linn County and 12 other counties and 151 local taxing districts over how the state manages timber harvests on some 700,000 acres of...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 4, 2022

Local doctors find monoclonal antibodies effective against COVID

When Ridgeway Health opened a walk-in medical clinic late last September, founder Dr. Sam Milstein and his staff soon found themselves facing a challenge: a rush of COVID patients looking for...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    April 27, 2022

Building huts for the homeless

As rain fell steadily outside on a gray April morning, Casey Valloni and Lewis Conn, students in Will Coltrin's advanced construction class at Sweet Home High School, assembled and nailed together...

 

Commentary: Good steps forward for the homeless (April 27, 2022)

It sure was good to see city workers clearing away the blackberries and leveling the nearly three acres of land the county has donated to the Family Assistance and Resource Center for use as a center for Sweet Home’s homeless population. It...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    April 20, 2022

As Corps follows court ruling, lake levels worry county parks

How high will the water be in the local lakes this summer? That's a question that county parks officials are pondering as they watch water that normally would be stored in Green Peter Reservoir at...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    April 6, 2022

Chamber hands out awards in true Roaring Twenties style Saturday night

Brenda Simmonds was honored with Sweet Home's Distinguished Service Award Saturday night, April 2, at the Chamber of Commerce's annual Community Awards Banquet, held at the Elks Lodge. Shari Melcher...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    April 6, 2022

Former Sweet Home athlete victim in crash

A former Sweet Home resident, Rochelle Zamacona, was killed early Sunday morning, March 27, when a suspected drunk driver plowed a vehicle into a homeless camp in downtown Salem. The driver, Enrique...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    April 6, 2022

City outlines water project plans for 2022

Greg Springman holds a 4-inch water main that's, well, in rough shape.  Rust pocks the inside, in large deposits in places. Any coating on the surface is long gone.  He picks up a 2-inch pipe, the k...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    March 30, 2022

City to get $30M from feds for plant

Sweet Home city staffers showed up to work Monday morning, March 28, to a big surprise: $30,057,061. That’s the amount the city will receive from the federal government to help its wastewater treatment plant become compliant with the federal Clean...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    March 30, 2022

Local team finding success in little-known high school sport – bass fishing

Gabriel Thomas and Bode Nichols have the level gaze and physical stature of successful high school athletes. But their sport isn't played on a field, a course, a pitch, a track. They compete on water...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    March 23, 2022

Getting down to earth

Samantha Franks carefully and deftly sliced into the stem of a cider apple as Miranda Justus and her son Sawyer, of Lebanon, watched closely. Franks, of Elmira, was one of more than a dozen...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    March 16, 2022

RAIN-ing at the Rio

Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network on Friday unveiled a series of videos the organization has created to promote local communities, including Sweet Home, to potential business start-ups....

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    March 16, 2022

Russ Holly named Husky boys basketball Most Valuable Player

Russ Holly was named Most Valuable Player for the boys basketball team at an awards dessert Tuesday, March 8, at River of Life Fellowship. Coach Drew Emmert noted that the Sweet Home had only two...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    March 16, 2022

Huskies blessed with biggest turnout in years for track season

If numbers are any indication, Sweet Home track and field could be off to a good start. Head Coach Nathan Whitfield boasted 62 teens on his roster as of Friday, March 11, which is a lot more than he...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    March 16, 2022

Husky golfers looking to improve on last year's district finish

Sweet Home's golfers enter the 2022 season with more experience than last year's team, which played only a six-week schedule. "We have four seniors returning this year," Coach Ron Moore said. Nine...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    March 16, 2022

Dave Martin back to coach Huskies in XC, distance

Dave Martin has had success as a coach at pretty much every stop in his professional journey, starting when he was a student at Lane Community College, out of eligibility and asked by his coach if he'...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    March 9, 2022

Health clinic plans revealed at town hall

Samaritan Health unveiled plans Thursday, March 3, for its new urgent care and family health clinic, to be built next to Wiley Creek Community off 49th Avenue.  In a virtual "town hall"...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    March 9, 2022

Patterns, stories woven through history

Ever hear of the Chinquapin Ladies Quilt Club?  If you haven't, you're not alone. Local historians at the East Linn Museum, some of whom have lived in the area for eight or more decades, hadn't eithe...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    March 9, 2022

Five state champs named most valuable wrestlers for Huskies

Sweet Home wrestling coaches couldn't decide on a worthy recipient of the Pat and Ernie Baxter Outstanding Wrestler Award for the team's awards banquet Saturday night, March 6, at Community Chapel. So...

 

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