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Board OKs plan to fund SHJH project

The Sweet Home School Board Monday approved a resolution allowing the School District to spend money from its Long-Term Maintenance Fund and ending fund balance from its General Fund to cover higher...

 

School starts smoothly as SHJH prepares for construction project

Sweet Home principals reported smooth opening weeks of school as the new year began on Sept. 4, even at Sweet Home Junior High where the district is preparing for a major remodeling project. “It...

 

Here and gone: Tennessee walker takes no breaks on way across U.S.

A Tennessee man walked through Sweet Home Monday, Sept. 10, as he neared the end of a four-month trek across the country on Highway 20. After walking more than 3,000 miles at 26 miles per day, 12...

 

Local quilters produce skirts for capitol Christmas trees

A group of Sweet Home quilters on Friday, Sept. 7, turned in the last of more than 70 tree skirts needed for the bases of Christmas trees that the Sweet Home Ranger District will send to Washington,...

 

Hawthorne renovations completed in time for new school year

Hawthorne Elementary School has some 70 new faces this year, but the biggest of them belongs to the school itself. Sweet Home School District completed a sweeping facelift and other improvements just...

 

Sweet Home adopting new approach to leaf collection

For decades, when tree leaves start dropping as fall arrives, city officials have asked residents not to put piles of leafy matter in the street because they clog up the storm drains. This year, city officials are asking residents to go ahead and...

 

Fire danger reduced after rainfall

With some rainfall over the weekend, local fire danger levels fell to “moderate” and Industrial Fire Precaution Level II Monday morning in the Sweet Home area. A chance of rain continues through the week, said Oregon Department of Forestry Sweet...

 

City Hall goes to bid

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved plans to seek bids to remodel the new City Hall building. The council voted 7-0 to move forward with the project during its regular meeting on Aug. 28. City officials are planning to move City Hall to...

 

Logger finds hobby in woodworking

In a case of real-life foreshadowing, Kody Marvin was the Tin Woodman in the Sweet Home High School's production of the "Wizard of Oz." "But he's got a heart," said his girlfriend, Naomi Martinez....

 

Owner seeks arsenic solution

Landlord Josh Victor says he plans to initiate the process to connect his north 18th Avenue properties to city water in response to the detection of arsenic in well water in the area. During tests for formaldehyde and diesel fuel contamination...

 

Library wraps up summer with puppet show, carnival games

The Sweet Home Public Library's Summer Reading Program ended last week with a bang – actually, a lot of bangs. And Ooga Booga. That was the name of the caveman. And he said it a lot while he...

 

Council selects three members to travel to Washington, D.C.

The Sweet Home City Council voted 6-0 to send three members to Washington, D.C., for the upcoming national tree lighting ceremony to be held on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. A fourth councilor’s plans to travel there will not be sanctioned by...

 

Garbage rate increase moves forward

The Sweet Home City Council last week held the first two readings of an ordinance authorizing an 8 percent increase in city trash service rates to help cover the increasing cost of recycling. The council had delayed reading the ordinance for the...

 

Editorial: Councilors must avoid quorum on D.C. trip

Public meetings laws are important for us, the citizens of Oregon. At the risk of sounding cynical, many otherwise upstanding public officials have an uncanny propensity toward secrecy and abuse of power when not restrained by laws that require acces...

 

City looking for grant for sidewalks around SHJH

The City of Sweet Home is pursuing a grant to construct sidewalks around Sweet Home Junior High School, including on the hill on Mountain View Road between Ames Creek Road and 22nd Avenue. While the Sweet Home School District is moving forward with...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 29, 2018

Kindergarten Boot Camp

Oak Heights kindergarteners and their teachers got a jump on the new school year in Kindergarten Boot Camp. The program was held over the past two weeks, with this week off for in-service. "It got...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 29, 2018

Interest in CEIP program rising in SH

The Sweet Home business community is taking advantage of the city’s new Commercial Exterior Improvement Program. “We made personal contact with 111 businesses,” said Ray Towry, adding that four have responded with applications. “We don’t...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 29, 2018

Home stretch rounding into sight for Capitol Christmas Tree

Christmas in Sweet Home is coming early this year, with a day-long celebration and parade Nov. 9 to cap off Christmas All Year Round process of locating and delivering the nation's Capitol Christmas...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 29, 2018

Fire officials stay on high alert following first rain in 71 days

While mild weather and a little rain dropped the fire danger from "extreme" to "high" over the weekend, the Willamette National Forest has banned all campfires. Thus far, the Sweet Home area has...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 22, 2018

Leadership Lessons

A group of 27 young people spent Friday kayaking around Foster Lake – learning about leadership. At stops around the lake, the youths heard from various speakers, including high school senior...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 22, 2018

Realities of pot production not looking so green for growers

A report released by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area this month shows that marijuana overproduction in Oregon is fueling illegal transport to black markets out of the state. Linn County is part of the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA, and...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 22, 2018

City Council stalls on rate increase for recycling

After telling Sweet Home Sanitation last month by consensus to go ahead and move forward with a rate increase designed to help pay for higher costs associated with recycling, the Sweet Home City Council last week held off the first reading of an...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 22, 2018

N. 18th property owners concerned about well water quality

With arsenic, diesel, heavy oil and formaldehyde well contamination detected in well water supplies of up to 40 homes, landlord Josh Victor, joined by several residents of the neighborhood around the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 15, 2018

Finding that perfect fir

The hunt for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree hit the final stretch last week with the arrival of the U.S. Government official who will make the final selection. Willamette National Forest staff have...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 15, 2018

Voters to choose on pool levy

In the Nov. 6 general election, voters will decide whether to continue a local option levy used to pay for swimming pool operations at Sweet Home High School. The Sweet Home School District voted Monday evening during its regular board meeting to...

 

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