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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    November 14, 2018 

Demolition officially kicks off SHJH work

Demolition at Sweet Home Junior High School began last week with students swinging sledgehammers at a door. It was a truly memorable day for junior high students. Vice Principal Terry Augustadt gave t...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    November 14, 2018 

Superintendent: New state report cards show local schools continuing to improve

The state's report cards for schools and school districts may lack a letter grade again and undergone yet more changes this year, but they continue to contain the same information, which, this year,...

 

Ice cream shop's 'humble' opening draws a crowd Saturday

Henry and Mollie Wolthuis held a "humble grand opening" Saturday morning, Nov. 3, for their new Fire Haus Ice Cream Shop. The business brings Henry Wolthuis, a retired dentist who operated his office...

 

SHPD pondering problem of rising break-ins, thefts from cars

The total number of car prowls reported in October in Sweet Home was nearly one-fifth of the five-year annual average of reported thefts from vehicles. Sweet Home Police Department received 12 reports of unauthorized entry into motor vehicles and...

 

Volleyball team finishes head-turning season with fifth place at state

Sweet Home's volleyball team finished its season Saturday with fifth-place at the state tournament after beating Junction City 3-1 Friday to reach the semifinals. The Huskies finished the season...

 

Rising property values translate into rising taxes

Property values across Linn County increased by 11 percent for real market and 4 percent for assessed values, driving up property tax bills and decreasing property tax compression, according to the county’s assessment information released in...

 

Cougar population is double state's management goals, crowd told

Officials from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife told an audience of around 170 people last week that the tools currently available are making cougar management difficult, resulting in a...

 

Corps tests aim to gauge stability of soils under Foster Dam, earthquake resistance

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drilled into and through Foster Dam last week as part of a test of underlying soils to determine how well the dam will hold up during an earthquake. The Corps' Dam...

 

Jamboree adds Terri Clark, Lindsay Eli, Blackhawk for 2019

The Oregon Jamboree Monday announced three new acts for its 2019 lineup, Terri Clark, Lindsay Ell and Blackhawk. Earlier in October, the Jamboree announced the additions of Neal McCoy, Scotty...

 

Rio's twin theater, the Roxy, to open doors Thursday evening

After months of construction and preparation, Erika and Thomas Baham will open the Rio Theatre's second screen Thursday evening, Nov. 1, during an open house. Friday, Nov. 2, the Rio will begin...

 

Fire season ends, burn ban lifted

Fire season officially ended Friday, and the backyard burn ban has been lifted. Rainfall ended one of the longer fire seasons in the past 20 years, said Chad Calderwood, Forest Protection Supevisor with the Oregon Department of Forestry Sweet Home...

 

'Citizen Portal' gives residents quick connection to city staff

Sweet Home residents who notice something that needs to be fixed can now report it to city officials quickly and easily anywhere they have access to the Internet. The city’s Public Works Department recently began using new management software,...

 

Zombie Run, Zoup slated to return Oct. 27

The City of Sweet Home and Youth Advisory Council are finalizing details for the third annual Zombie Run, to be followed by Zombie Zoup on Oct. 27. "The goal was to boost how many kids are doing the...

 

Briana wants to help city reach its potential, especially parks

Bob Briana wants to help Sweet Home reach its potential. Briana, 69, is one of seven candidates seeking four positions on the City Council in the Nov. 6 general election. Also running are Larry...

 

Coleman wants to keep positive momentum going in city

Susan Coleman believes things are moving forward positively in Sweet Home, and she wants to ensure it continues. Coleman, 46, is one of seven candidates seeking four positions on the City Council in...

 

Gerson says city teamwork encourages her to continue

Sweet Home is moving forward, and Diane Gerson wants to continue to be part of that. Gerson, 82, is one of seven candidates seeking four positions on the City Council in the Nov. 6 general election....

 

Korn wants to serve residents, focus on how money is spent

While he doesn't have a specific agenda, Greg Korn would like to make sure taxpayer money is spent wisely while keeping up with the needs of the community in infrastructure and other areas. Korn, 42,...

 

Mahler says he has 'unfinished business' with City Council

Mayor Greg Mahler wants to see through some unfinished business with the City of Sweet Home. Mahler, 55, is one of seven candidates seeking four positions on the City Council in the Nov. 6 general...

 

Nash wants to see SH return to bustling local community

Cortney Nash says he remembers Sweet Home as a bustling place when he was younger, and he would like to see it that way again – without "undesirable elements" wandering the streets in the middle of...

 

Smoke detectors available to those who ask

The Red Cross is offering to install smoke detectors to anyone in the community who needs them. A couple of years ago, the Red Cross offered the service to residents who live in manufactured homes, said Sweet Home firefighter and paramedic Mike...

 

Planners OK permit for new City Hall

The Sweet Home Planning Commission Monday approved a conditional use permit for the new City Hall. During its regular meeting, the Planning Commission also recommended to the City Council the approval of a zone change, from low-density residential...

 

Cougar sightings, calf killing raise hackles

Sweet Home police posted warnings Friday, Oct. 12, regarding cougar sightings north of Main Street between 9th and 18th avenues. "We've had several sightings on the north side of Main Street between t...

 

County Commission: Republican and incumbent John Lindsey says things good in county

Through hard times, Linn County and its Board of Commissioners have performed, says Commissioner John Lindsey, who is running for what would be his sixth four-year term in office. They've done more... Full story

 

County Commission: Challenger Stephanie Newton says commission needs new blood

If elected to the County Commission, Stephanie Newton says she wants "to bring a fresh perspective" and will pursue businesses to create family wage jobs while expanding access to healthcare and affor... Full story

 

County Commission: Independent candidate Gary Sullivan wants to cut taxes for residents

Gary Sullivan would like to charge much lower property taxes on residential properties. "It's not so much for me," Sullivan said. "I seem to get by." It's about the little old lady scraping by who has... Full story

 

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