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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    November 13, 2019 

Commissioners to consider 2 requests to build towers

The Sweet Home Planning Commission next week will consider requests to construct two new communications towers, one to provide wireless communication with the Falls Creek Dam and the other for...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    November 13, 2019 

Sports car lover's latest project is Porche 912 he found in barn

When Eric Mauer had the change to snag a 1969 Porsche 912 barn find in good condition, he jumped at it. The 912, nearly the same car as the more well-known 911, was meant to be a more affordable...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    November 13, 2019 

Median trees to be removed

Public Works crews are planning to remove five trees in the Main Street median strip within the next month. The trees are leaning or outgrowing the median planters, according to city communications specialist Lagea Mull. The Park and Tree Committee...

 

Husky spikers power way to state finals before falling to Valley Catholic

Sweet Home's volleyball players finished second in the state 4A championship tournament after sweeping Hidden Valley and Philomath Friday to reach the state final Saturday for the first time in 27...

 

Exclusion zone nearing nuts and bolts stage

The City Council may begin the process of passing the proposed exclusion zone ordinance at its next regular meeting on Nov. 12. Council members continued an ongoing discussion about the proposal during their regular meeting on Oct. 22 and then...

 

Exclusion talk attracts attention, feedback from homeless advocates

When she heard about Sweet Home's proposed exclusion ordinance, Diane D. Nilan decided to stop in Sweet Home to talk to local homeless advocates, a street outreach team, and take a look at the local...

 

SHOCASE inviting entries for fiber arts exhibition

The SHOCASE Public Arts Committee is inviting entries for its next art exhibit, to be held in City Hall. The show will be titled “Gallery of Fiber Arts.” It will replace the current exhibit of two-dimensional art, on display through...

 

Council likely to decide on utility management next month

The Sweet Home City Council will likely decide next month whether to continue contracting with Jacobs Engineering for management of the city’s water and wastewater treatment plants. City staff and Murraysmith, an engineering firm, conducted an...

 

Huskies head for state volleyball in Forest Grove after win over Marshfield

The Sweet Home High School varsity volleyball team is headed to the final eight Friday and Saturday in Forest Grove after decisively eliminating Marshfield, 25-16, 25-13 and 25-18, in the first round...

 

Lexi Schilling signs on for Corban's inaugural women's wrestling program

Sweet Home senior wrestler Lexi Schilling on Thursday, Oct, 24, signed to wrestle for the first women's wrestling team at Corban University in Salem. "Today's a very exciting day for us," said Sweet...

 

Local woman gives new life to stars from retired flags

The trunk of Teneil Marcoccia's car is usually filled with retired American flags, which typically would be destined for incineration and burial. But recently, she has begun putting those retired...

 

City staffers present plans for downtown

City staff last week outlined a multi-pronged approach to dealing with issues in the downtown area to make Sweet Home a more desirable place for people to live and businesses to locate. Staff made the presentation to the City Council during its... Full story

 

Traffic data: Speeders not common on 1st Avenue, Airport

According to statistics gathered by new electronic speed limit signs on Airport Road and 1st Avenue, 95 percent of drivers drive no more than 5 mph over the speed limit. The vast majority of drivers...

 

Local accountant Steve Hanscam calls it quits after nearly four decades

After nearly 40 years in business as an accountant on Main Street, Steve Hanscam has put away his calculator and paperwork and retired. He officially retired Aug. 31 at age 64 after finishing up the...

 

Schools make big gains

While recently released results from statewide assessment tests showed improvements among Sweet Home schools with some declines, administrators were able last week to report to the School Board...

 

Megan Hager, Nich James named Jr. First Citizens

Seniors Megan Hager and Nich James were named Sweet Home High School's Junior First Citizens on Sept. 27. They will attend a Rotary Club dessert held in Albany on Nov. 5 where a boy and girl will be...

 

Real market property values rise 8.9 percent

At this point, property owners should have or soon will have received property tax statements, most of them showing increases in property tax bills. Property values across Linn County increased by 8.9 percent for real market and 4.6 percent for...

 

Public Works prepares for winter, buys new plows

Sweet Home Public Works is better prepared for a snowstorm like the one in late February with a pair of new plow blades. The first was among the tools available for the department's new Kubota Tool Ca...

 

School District planning how to use new business tax revenue

The Sweet Home School District is preparing an application for funding from the Student Success Act passed this year by the Oregon Legislature, a $2 billion tax on gross revenues of more than $1...

 

Local high-schooler already owns world record, titles

Relatively massive horsepower, lightweight vehicles, four G's for 300 feet and zero to 60 in less than a second is what it's all about for Sweet Home High School senior Jonny Maas. Performing under...

 

Councilors urged to pass exclusion law

Members of the public last week urged the City Council to move forward with a plan to create a downtown exclusion zone, an “enhanced law enforcement area,” aimed at keeping repeat lawbreakers out of the area. The City Council continued its...

 

Drivers and cops remind drivers that red lights on buses mean 'stop'

Leslie Jones and Dick Hamlin wore T-shirts last week to deliver a message to drivers in the Sweet Home area: when a bus' red lights are flashing, that means stop. They and their colleagues in the Bus...

 

SH gets nearly quarter million in park upgrade dollars

The City of Sweet Home has received $242,000 in grant funds from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to help pay for the Lower Sankey Park Phase II project. City officials held a...

 

Sweet Home rider, injured in motocross crash, moves to rehab hospital

A Sweet Home motocross rider, who was injured in a crash three weeks ago, has moved to a hospital in Colorado, where he is hoping to regain use of his legs. Nick Rietz broke his back, partially...

 

Police: Local wave of counterfeit bills reminder to be careful

Sweet Home police are warning the public to be careful when receiving $10, $20 and $100 bills. Police have taken several complaints recently from businesses that have received counterfeit bills. At th...

 

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