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 By Scott Swanson    News    September 23, 2020 

Chromebook issues aside, school under way in SH

Chromebooks were in short supply last week as Sweet Home students and their parents arrived at their local schools to pick up equipment needed to start online school this week. But other than that, Su...

 

Best in the West held quietly, in low-key format, but with big finishes

With plans for this year's Best in the West triathlon series already contingent on multiple COVID-related factors, the event actually got temporarily derailed by ... smoke. Scheduled for Sept. 12 and...

 

Coach: Volleyball drawing a crowd, but room for more

Sweet Home volleyball had a banner year last season, with a second-place finish at state and high hopes for another run at a state title with a team loaded with seniors who have started since they were freshmen. But then came COVID, which...

 

Sports back at high school, limited to 'mini seasons' for start

After six months of relative inactivity, Sweet Home High School students are getting a chance to get back on the athletic fields and into the gym, officially. Athletic Director Nate Tyler said last...

 

Speedway offering racing this summer – just not to live crowd

Loren Kruesi stands outside the Willamette Speedway racetrack on a hot early-September summer afternoon. It's a couple days until the next Race Day and he's been tweaking some things – on his two...

 

Scaled-down triathlon festival scheduled for this weekend

Blair Bronson had big hopes for this year's Best In the West triathlon series, which is celebrating its 10th year in Sweet Home this weekend. "We were hoping for our biggest and best yet, with close...

 

District, teachers negotiating as new school year nears

Of The New Era Sweet Home School District and teachers union leaders are facing off over classroom safety and other issues as opening day for the new school year approaches. Union leaders maintain that “teachers working at home is the safest way to...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 26, 2020

Chamber names its awards winners – virtually

Longtime local music teacher and choir director Paul Rowton was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, while Jim Hagle was named First Citizen and Kristina Mathers Junior First Citizen during the...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 26, 2020

City Public Works tries new (to it) surfacing technique to fix street

A serpentine pile of gravel down the center of 29th Avenue last week represented what could be a new approach to fixing streets in Sweet Home: chip sealing. Thursday morning, Aug. 20, a street...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 26, 2020

Linn Shuttle's new bus sanitization system first in state for transit use

Linn Shuttle is breaking ground in the county with a new system designed to sanitize the interior of buses – completely. Ken Bronson, director of the bus service, said the $30,000 AeroClave RDS...

 

On heels of All-America honor, local swimmer heads to college

When Magen Hager finished the 200 Freestyle preliminary race at the 4A/3A/2A/1A swimming state championships last February, she knew she'd fulfilled a big goal: she'd set a state record in the event...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 12, 2020

County commissioners declare local emergency – for kids

By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Linn County Commissioners last week determined to step up for local kids by approving a declaration of local emergency in response to Gov. Kate Brown’s July 28 order that students in fourth grade and above in countie...

 

Coaches revamping plans for fall after latest OSAA decision

Of The New Era Sweet Home High School coaches and administrators are re-adjusting their plans for the next school year after the Oregon School Activities Association announced last week that it has opted to schedule truncated winter, fall and spring...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 29, 2020

Supreme Court rules for Country Lane neighbors in railroad crossing dispute

The Oregon Supreme Court last week ruled that the residents of Country Lane do not have to pay to cross the Albany and Eastern Railroad Company line that separates their homes from Highway 20, west of Sweet Home. In a decision handed down Thursday,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 29, 2020

Longtime buddies free-hand replica of Transcontinental Car Race Oldsmobiles

The idea came to Frank Jurica a couple of years ago when he saw a set of old wheels that once had been on a buggy. At home he had a book that contained a drawing of a Curved Dash Oldsmobile Runabout,...

 

Rally organizer's Facebook promotes white nationalism, racism

Two rallies held in the Safeway parking lot in recent weeks have been organized by an individual whose Facebook page contains images promoting white supremacy, including an image of a swastika. A... Full story

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 29, 2020

Preparation pays off for local triathlete in personal Ironman

Rebecca Wolthuis said her first attempt at completing an Ironman-style triathlon, Saturday, July 25, was "amazing." Wolthuis, 46, had planned to compete in the Santa Rosa (Calif.) Ironman before it...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 22, 2020

Shut out of Ironman by coronavirus, local triathlete aiming to do it by herself

Rebecca Wolthuis' seventh-grade PE teacher told her to forget about being a swimmer: "that I was not a good swimmer and probably never would be." So much for predictions. At 7 a.m. this Saturday,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 15, 2020

Supt. outlines plans for school in fall

One thing is clear following Monday night’s School Board meeting: School this fall is not going to look like anything students, parents and teachers have experienced in the past, at least not before the COVID shutdown last spring. Supt. Tom...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    July 15, 2020

Sweet Home quarterback gets taste of big time in all-star game

Aiden Tyler, who has started at quarterback for Sweet Home's football team for the past two years, got a chance to play at the next level when he was selected to participate in the National Offense...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 8, 2020

Linn's parks getting plenty of use as the 'only game in town'

A lot has happened this year – even when it appeared not much was happening – in Linn County's parks. And for the last month things have really been exploding as the crowds pack the parks, Parks Director Brian Carroll said. The Fourth of July...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 8, 2020

Thinking about freedom, when it's not there

Been thinking at all about freedom lately? If so, you’re not alone. I’ve had more conversations about liberty in the last three months than I think I’ve had in 50-plus years. I also have to confess that I spent a lot more time this past Fourth...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 8, 2020

Church members turn out to help family of young attendee

Members of Freedom Hill Church joined forces last week to distribute a little Christian love to the family of a girl who attends their Sunday School. They spent most of Thursday, July 2, painting a...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 8, 2020

City staff working to complete playground area at Sankey Park

By the end of this summer, Sweet Home kids will be able to go to Sankey Park to enjoy a 1,300-square-foot playground structure that's the result of some fortuitous financial moves that is giving the...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    July 8, 2020

New swim coach brings own experience to Sweet Home club

Life has taken some unexpected turns for Jacquie Price in the last few years, but now she finds herself at the helm of the Sweet Home Swim Club. "I'm excited," Price said. "I've always loved...

 

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