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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 24, 2019 

Dolly Parton reading program participation up to 800 kids

Of The New Era The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is currently serving 800 children in the Sweet Home area, providing free high quality books to children ages 0 to 5. The program, supported...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 24, 2019 

Council gives city staff OK on new water rate

Of The New Era Sweet Home city councilors last week gave an informal nod to a change in water rates that will result in lower bills for most Sweet Home residents, while increasing bills for some...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 24, 2019 

Is that our school? Earthquake work on district campuses includes lots of ripping and tearing

of The New Era During some prime summer weather in Sweet Home last week, if school were in session, students at Holley Elementary School might have enjoyed some open-air classroom time – except...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 17, 2019

Sportsman's Holiday 2019: Festival draws crowds to wide range of events

See our extensive photo gallery from Sportsman's Holiday at www.sweethomenews.com/photos/07_17_2019! In her first official act as Sportsman's Holiday queen, Makayla Griffin officially opened Sweet...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 17, 2019

Watershed education coordinator seeks to connect kids with environment

Of The New Era The South Santiam Watershed Council’s new education coordinator has a lot of ideas to keep local students busy. Mike Vernon, 34, has succeeded Angela Clegg, who went to work in the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 17, 2019

Students go under water to study rivers

Of The New Era High school students from across the Mid-Willamette Valley are connecting with the local watershed in the most literal sense this summer, thanks to a program that puts them under the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 10, 2019

Champion Attendees: Holley students end school year with best getting-to-school rate after tight race

Of The New Era Holley Elementary School finished the past school year with the highest annual attendance rate among Sweet Home schools in a year that saw attendance improve across the school...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 10, 2019

SH moves to access mill, quarry land off 24th Avenue

Of The New Era The city planning office is considering a request by city officials to partition property to allow a property swap with a neighbor and to widen 24th Avenue in anticipation of future...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 10, 2019

Beefed-up Sportsman's Holiday to start with Coronation on Thursday

Of The New Era Sportsman’s Holiday will be a busier and bigger weekend than usual, with new activities planned throughout the annual community festival, Thursday through Sunday. “We’re blending...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 3, 2019

Councilors approve deal for final wastewater plant design

Of The New Era The City Council last week approved a proposal for Murraysmith engineering services to provide final design and construction management services for the Wastewater Treatment Plant improvement project. The project, which carries a...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 3, 2019

Council rejects plant operator's request for fee increase

Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council last week rejected a request by Jacobs Engineering Group to increase by 3 percent the fee it charges the city to operate and maintain Sweet Home’s water and wastewater treatment plants. “We have sent...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 3, 2019

Jamboree plans get council OK

Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council last week approved a package of road and park closures, waivers and permits for the 2019 Oregon Jamboree. Among the items on the list is the closure of Sankey Park to the public from 6 a.m. Monday, July 29...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 3, 2019

Cascadia bridge anniversary fete honors Sen. Mae Yih

Of The New Era Cascadia residents honored retired state Sen. Mae Yih Saturday afternoon, June 29, at Cascadia State Park as they celebrated the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Cascadia...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 3, 2019

Geared up for Gambler 500: Rally impacts SH with stream of cars, local participants

Of The New Era A vehicle costing no more than $500, 500 miles of driving – much of it on unpaved roads, and picking up trash is the way hundreds of people decided to spend last weekend as they...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 26, 2019

Business: Demand for storage spurs 50 percent expansion by local firm

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era In response to demand for more storage units, the Storage Depot has added about 50 percent more units to its complex at 4199 Hwy 20. Manager Mike Klassen said the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 26, 2019

Library ukulele gathering proves popular across age spectrum

Of The New Era That stereotype of a librarian quietly shushing patrons is right out the window early on Thursday afternoons at the Sweet Home Library, when a group of up to nine ukulele players gather...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 19, 2019

Burn ban, fire season, regulated use begin

Of The New Era Fire season and regulated use officially took effect a minute after midnight Monday morning, June 17. The annual burn ban began Saturday, June 15. The designation applies to all lands...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 19, 2019

Augustadt's departure triggers administrative shuffle in schools

Of The New Era With the departure of one administrator, Sweet Home School District will shuffle some front offices next school year and welcome a Sweet Home High School graduate back to the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 12, 2019

Junior High remodeling project includes mix of local ingenuity

Of The New Era Recent visitors to Sweet Home Junior High will have seen School District maintenance crews busy putting up the the framework for the new exterior walls. District crews have been...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 12, 2019

School Board approves final funding for school remodels

The Sweet Home School Board Monday approved the final spending packages on the Sweet Home Junior High remodel and construction project as well as the remodels and seismic upgrades at Foster and Holley elementary schools. During its regular meeting...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 12, 2019

So long, Sweet Home High

See more photos from Graduation and the SAFE Party! www.sweethomenews.com/photos/06_12_2019 Sweet Home High School graduated 154 seniors this year, with most walking in a ceremony Friday evening,...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 5, 2019

Elderly woman dies in early morning fire at Wiley Creek

A woman died in an early morning fire Wednesday, June 5, in the independent living area of Samaritan Wiley Creek Community. Firefighters responded to a report of the fire at 1271 Mountain Fir Court...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 5, 2019

Local veterans organizations name new and continuing leaders

Ron Wilson will lead Sweet Home’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3437 beginning June 16, and Carolyn Croxford will continue as VFW Auxiliary president. VFW State Cmdr. Rick Higgins and Auxiliary...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 5, 2019

Fir View Villa park family displaced by fire, smoke, water damage

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The occupants of a manufactured home that burned almost two weeks ago remain in need of help recovering from the fire. The fire seriously damaged the home at space 8 i...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 5, 2019

May election: School Board, SHFAD incumbents retain seats

Based on preliminary unofficial results, the write-in incumbents on the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Board of Directors and the Sweet Home School Board will retain their seats. Linn County...

 

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