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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 20, 2019 

Blast from the past

Sweet Home Junior High PE and health teacher Craig Wilson was a little worried last week about the contents of a time capsule discovered on the school grounds, during construction, that included...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 20, 2019 

SH Sanitation won't increase garbage rates

A Waste Connections company official told the Sweet Home City Council last week that Sweet Home Sanitation will not increase trash rates this week, although the recycling crisis continues and will continue to be a big problem. Under its franchise...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 20, 2019 

Talent contest April 6

The annual talent contest to raise funds for arts in Sweet Home, SHARC Showdown V, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 6. The deadline to register as a contestant is April 2. The event has helped pay for new sound and lighting equipment in the Sweet Hom...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 13, 2019

SHJH kids getting real busy

Sweet Home Junior High has nearly achieved a goal Vice Principal and Athletic Director Terry Augustadt set when he went to work at the school last year. The number of students involved in some kind...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 13, 2019

District to look into water wells

The Sweet Home School Board instructed Supt. Tom Yahraes Monday night, Feb. 11, to look into drilling wells and into whether the district has water rights to use Ames Creek to water its high school...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 13, 2019

Crawfordsville firefighter Kropf gets top SHFAD honor; Hickcox named top cop

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District and Sweet Home Police Department named six award winners during their joint awards banquet at the Elks Lodge Saturday evening. Crawfordsville firefighter...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 13, 2019

Superintendent: Snow Day decisions involve multiple people, are not hasty

Deciding whether to cancel school, delay school or go ahead and have school is an overnight process involving multiple School District staffers trying to make a judgment call based on existing road...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 13, 2019

School Board decides not to extend school for snow days – if unions agree

The School Board voted Monday night to try to add makeup days without extending school into the summer or spring break. The board allowed a contingency to add days at the end of the year or during spring break if the superintendent is unable to...

 

Huskies enter season aiming to make run in baseball playoffs

Returning eight players, a deep, flexible Sweet Home High School baseball team is looking to win the Oregon West Conference championship in its inaugural season in the league and make some noise in st...

 

Veterans, multiple pitching options have softball team aiming high

This year's Sweet Home High School softball team returns a lot of experience, flexibility in pitching staff and a goal of going deeper into the state playoffs than last year. The team lost Ally Tow...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 6, 2019

City to contract with COG rather than hire new planner

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved an inter-governmental agreement with the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments contracting for planning services in lieu of hiring a new city planner. The resignation of Jerry Sorte last month...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 6, 2019

County planning to auction former Willamette Industries mill site

The Linn County Board of Commissioners is moving forward with plans to auction off some 172 acres of former mill property. The property, the former site of Willamette Industries Sweet Home Mill, was t...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 6, 2019

City fund-raising to get matching grant to fix up Sankey Park

To meet a grant matching requirement, city officials are conducting a month-long fund-raising campaign to pay for $405,000 in improvements in Lower Sankey Park. The Park and Tree Committee has...

 

Slow snowy Monday in SH

The snow finally stuck in Sweet Home early Monday morning, after a series of close calls from the weather service. This one was for real, burying the community in 6 to 10 inches of snow. It started ov...

 

Water rate hike on table for next year's budget

As city officials prepare the budget for 2019-20, they plan to include an incremental increase in water rates, while maintaining the sewer rate as it is. Finance Director Brandon Neish told the City Council’s Administration, Property and Finance...

 

Sister: Local homeless man died after he was found with hypothermia

A 55-year-old Sweet Home homeless man, who was found earlier this month suffering from hypothermia, died three days after he was taken to the hospital, a family member said last week. Sweet Home...

 

Planners approve Strawberry Ridge cul-de-sac subdivision

The Sweet Home Planning Commission, during its regular meeting on Feb. 19, approved an eight-lot subdivision at the north end of Strawberry Ridge Drive, rejecting a plan to leave the cul de sac in the private ownership of the residents. In 2005 or...

 

Schools officials ask city to ease charges for water

In response to a proposal from the Sweet Home School District to waive water fees for irrigating its fields, Sweet Home city staff will explore some ideas and report back to the City Council's...

 

Construction work continues steadily at new City Hall

The exterior of the new City Hall, in the Midway area of Sweet Home along Highway 20, is quiet and serene. A fence blocking access to the parking lot is all that hints that anything is going on in the...

 

Council OKs effort to procure $243,000 grant for Sankey Park

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved plans to pursue a $243,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation to help pay for several improvements to Sankey Park. Based on...

 

New group running mud event

While the Santiam Four-Wheel Drive Association is not running its Mud Fest this year, an event it has organized for decades, another group will run the Northern Farms Mudfest on March 2 at the same site in Holley. Donnie Wagner of Toledo, who said...

 

Homeless shelter at Fir Lawn offering help to needy on cold nights

A group of volunteers, called ONE SHELTeR – Sweet Home Emergency Low Temperature Refuge, are trying to ensure that homeless people don't freeze overnight from sleeping outdoors, and Fir Lawn...

 

'Importance of Being Earnest' to be staged at high school

Sweet Home High School students will present the Oscar Wilde play "The Importance of Being Earnest" next week. The students will perform the play at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2 and a...

 

SHHS drop-out rates falling

The Sweet Home School District is doing more than ever to track down students who leave high school and ensure they are in some kind of program in which they will earn a diploma or GED. Sweet Home...

 

Driver, 60, rescued after 14 hours in snow on Highway 20

Scott Kessner spent approximately 14 hours stuck on a mountain hillside after crashing down a snowy embankment east of House Rock last week, but he said he wasn't particularly worried – despite a...

 

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