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 By Scott Swanson    News    April 1, 2020 

Retired vet to tell tales from long career in SH

Shortly after his retirement from four decades of veterinary practice in Sweet Home at the end of 2016, Dr. David Larsen embarked on a second career: author. Actually, he'd been writing for a "long...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    April 1, 2020 

Remodel spices things up at SHEM, despite virus

Sweet Home Emergency Ministries volunteers are enjoying some massive upgrades to the aid organization's headquarters on Long Street, but thanks to the coronavirus shutdown, clients aren't – right no...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    April 1, 2020 

This anniversary will be one to remember

Fifteen years ago, on what we later realized was April Fools Day of 2005, my wife Miriam and I walked into the office we now occupy as publishers of your newspaper. Hard to believe, how fast that time has gone by. Our daughters, who were all in...

 

Coronavirus impacts Sweet Home

The effects of the coronavirus hit Sweet Home hard going into last weekend as schools and agencies shut down in-person services to the public and residents scrambled to stock up on supplies. Events...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    March 18, 2020

New golf coach Ron Moore loves the game and teaching kids

Ron Moore is known for a variety of things in Sweet Home: civic leader, president of the Sweet Home Economic Development Group (which produces the Oregon Jamboree), community booster, youth sports...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    March 11, 2020

Country Lane residents, A&E day in (Supreme) Court Thursday

Country Lane residents expect to get a final resolution of their dispute with Albany and Eastern Railroad beginning Thursday, March 12, when the Oregon Supreme Court hears their case at the University of Oregon Law School in Eugene. Fourteen...

 

Fighting through the fear to facts

Sometimes it’s a little shattering to realize how … human … the news media can be. The hysteria surrounding this coronavirus has certainly been a reminder of that. I, and probably you, have an “ideal” for what we want our media, including t...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    March 11, 2020

Commissioner gives local retirees first-person account of Timber Trial

Linn County Commission Chair Roger Nyquist told a group of local retirees last week that the $1 billion timber lawsuit Linn and 12 other counties won against the Oregon Department of Forestry last November unveiled a dearth of data behind the state...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    March 11, 2020

Two COVID-19 coronavirus cases reported at Lebanon's Oregon Veterans Home

Two presumptive cases of COVID-19 have been detected at the Oregon Veterans Home in Lebanon, the Oregon Health Authority announced Wednesday evening, March 11. The new cases involve two male veterans over the age of 80, according to the OHA. The... Full story

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    March 4, 2020

Leap Year baby, now 16, celebrates birthday No. 4

Javi Cuevas celebrated his fourth true birthday Saturday, Feb. 29. That's because Cuevas, now truly, 16, was born on Feb. 29, Leap Day, in 2004, in Prineville. His mother, Lisa Cuevas, said it didn't...

 

Wrestlers qualify record 23 boys for state in winning regional

Sweet Home wrestlers won their sixth straight regional wrestling title Saturday, Feb. 22, with a dominating performance in the Special District 2 championships held at Stayton. "We showed up," said Co...

 

Girls win district championship; to defend title as SH qualifies six for state

Sweet Home's girls won their seventh straight Special District 3 swimming championship Saturday, Feb. 15, at the South Albany Aquatic Center. The boys, with six swimmers, placed ninth. Individual...

 

Casey Tow signs to compete for U.S. Naval Academy track team

The past year has been a bit of a whirlwind for Sweet Home High School senior Casey Tow, and signing a letter of intent to compete in track for the U.S. Naval Academy last week was just one more...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    February 5, 2020

Samaritan to offer new mobile medical clinic in Sweet Home

Sweet Home residents who struggle to get medical care may soon have a new option, right here in town. Starting Tuesday, Feb. 11, Samaritan Health's SamCare Mobile Medicine, a health clinic housed in...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 22, 2020

96-year-old soloist among performers for concert

Mac McNulty had a brief shot at fame, once upon a time, but now the bright lights of the big time seem far away. And at age 96, that's how he likes it – turning his vocal talents to a more local...

 

Cheer squad looking for title this year

It's been four years since Sweet Home's cheer squad won its last state title and the Huskies are hungry. That's per Coach Amber Rosa, who said this year's team is not only talented, but focused....

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 1, 2020

Local pastor aims to pass it on through mentoring

Of The New Era Skyler Bascom remembers, as a child in Harrisburg, how life was rough. They had little to live on and his father was not present. When he moved to Sweet Home and became a fifth-grader...

 

Council, police union sign off on new contract

Barely enough City Council members to form a quorum, needed to make a decision, gathered Wednesday evening, Dec. 18, to approve two salary increases for city employees. The four councilors who were able to attend the meeting, one by phone, approved...

 

Outpouring of generosity pays off in happy hearts for GIs' kids

Christmas spirit reigned Friday afternoon, Dec. 20, in the Sweet Home School District Board Room. It was the culmination of the inaugural Operation Happy Hearts, an effort to provide gifts for childre...

 

What's news? What's not?

Covering news can be complicated in today’s world, in which much of the population is dialed in to constant stimulation and instant gratification. This, of course, has resulted in the development of multi-tasking skills as we traverse the terrain,...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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