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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 15, 2020

Property watch program gives police green light to address loiterers

The Sweet Home Police Department has formally opened a new program designed to help commercial property owners, business owners and apartment complex owners prevent unwanted activities after business hours. “Without authority granted by the person...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 8, 2020

Upgrades make Sunnyside dog park better experience for all

Dog owners who use dog parks to exercise their pets are experiencing some new improvements this summer at Sunnyside Park. "I wanted to give these guys some props for following through on what we talke...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 24, 2020

Julies play critical role in Sweet Home

If fire chiefs, city managers and superintendents are the heads of their local government agencies, their executive assistants serve as the hearts. In Sweet Home, that would be Julie. For the School...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 17, 2020

New Planning Commission member wants to contribute

Since moving to Sweet Home last summer, Candi Unger has gotten involved in her new community by joining the city Planning Commission. The City Council appointed Unger, 44, to the commission in March....

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 3, 2020

SHFAD wrapping up bond projects

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District is scheduled to wrap up its bond projects this summer. Sweet Home voters approved a six-year $1.575 million bond levy in 2016. The bond initially had a rate...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 3, 2020

Local businesses getting back to work after shutdown

While the governor released Phase II guidelines last week, Sweet Home businesses that have been closed are getting back to work while others that remained open are continuing to meet changing...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 3, 2020

Teen improving amid memories of siblings

Kylee Anne Simonis, 15, continues to improve following a fatal crash on Highway 228 east of Brownsville. Her brother, Caleb Frank Simonis, 19, and sister, Shelby Rose Simonis, 16, were fatally...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 3, 2020

New VFW Auxiliary leader wants to focus on community, kids

Denise Lovik wants to keep the VFW Auxiliary working for the community and local children during the next year as she takes over as president of the organization. In the organization's annual...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 3, 2020

Schools, city await word on what next year's financial picture will look like

The Sweet Home School District, like other districts and state agencies, is bracing for big hits to its budgets next school year, while hoping that other funding streams may help it maintain its current service levels. School officials listened last...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

Spenger wins, Cate leads election

Current State House District 17 Rep. Sherrie Sprenger won the Republican primary for Linn County Commissioner Position 3 with 65.79 percent of the vote during the May 19 primary election. With 10,947...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    Opinion    May 27, 2020

Goodbye to newspaper, but not to SH

This is my last week at The New Era. To the day, it’s been 24.5 years since I started working for Debbie Paul and Alex Paul, who loves to tell people about seeing me getting out of my car for an interview. He leaned over and told Debbie, “I hope...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

Land use panel overturns county rezone near Crawfordsville

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals has reversed a decision made last year by the Linn County Board of Commissioners allowing the rezoning of 108 acres off Crawfordsville Drive from farm forest to...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

Dam inspections indicate Foster, Green Peter in good shape

After conducting its five-year inspections on Foster and Green Peter dams last week, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found nothing unexpected or out of the ordinary. Every five years, the Corps...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

City: Daily savings from pipe leak fix 359,000 gallons day

Data collected by the city Public Works Department continues to confirm that repair of a massive water leak on the north end of 9th Avenue has solved a large percentage of the water lost in Sweet Home’s water system. During the past month, the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

Chief: Thanks to those who 'honor our fallen'

Sweet Home Police Chief Jeff Lynn offered his thanks to those who keep the memories of U.S. heroes alive Monday at Gilliland Cemetery as part of the annual Memorial Day Service held there by the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

SHFAD Budget Committee approves 2.6% budget increase

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Budget Committee last week approved an increase of about 2.6 percent in General Fund expenditures for fiscal 2020-21. Committee members met May 19 to consider the proposed budget. With their approval, the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 20, 2020

Furloughs to save money for district

Anticipating a revenue shortfall next year, the Sweet Home School Board decided Monday night, May 18, to take four furlough days this year to save money for next school year while using the Oregon Work Share program to ensure employees receive...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 20, 2020

It's official: 2020 Oregon Jamboree cancelled

Oregon Jamboree Festival Director Robert Shamek announced May 13 that the 2020 Oregon Jamboree would not be held this year. Jamboree staff, SHEDG board members and management team members have been...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 20, 2020

Virtual recognition event honors SHHS forestry students

Oregon high school forestry programs last week honored their students last week with special recognition based on how teens performed at career development events or competitions earlier in the year, prior to the closure of schools in response to...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

Linn COVID-19 cases top 100

Linn County had 103 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday morning, an increase from 97 one week earlier and 78 the week prior, according to information provided by the Oregon Health Authority. OHA reported...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

Budget panel nixes proposed levy reduction

City Budget Committee members last week rejected a budget proposal that would decrease property taxes by 30 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The Budget Committee met Tuesday, May 5, as part of its ongoing review of the proposed budget. It is...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

Officials eye skies as fire season nears

While rain is in the forecast through next week, fire season is fast approaching; and the Oregon Department of Forestry is reminding people that it's time to prepare. That means cleaning vegetation...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

Pandemic-related uncertainties overshadow schools budget process

While preparing a budget for the 2020-21 school year, the Sweet Home School District faces substantial uncertainty with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has put hundreds of thousands out of work in Oregon and millions nationwide,...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

New chamber manager looks forward to getting into community

New Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce office manager Diana Kelly is ready to get out and start meeting people as soon as she can. Of course, how soon that can happen will depend on the coronavirus...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

Proposed police budget includes spending increase of $12,000

Under the proposed budget for 2020-21, the city is projecting a slight increase in police spending, less than $12,000 on a $3.1 million budget. The increase includes a proposed reduction of 30 cents per $1,000 in assessed value in the Police...

 

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