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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 23, 2019 

Planting Seeds on Career Day

Sweet Home's sixth-graders spent the afternoon Friday, Jan. 18, at Foster School learning about various career opportunities and how the school work they do today has real-world applications. Foster...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 23, 2019 

School Board gives Yahraes positive marks

The Sweet Home School Board gave Supt. Tom Yahraes positive marks during its annual evaluation on Dec. 10. School Board Chairman Jason Redick released a statement on behalf of the board about the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 23, 2019 

Committee mulls options for assisting local homeless

Members of the community's homelessness committee kicked around ideas Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, on how to go about assisting the local homeless population. They discussed where to host the Linn Cou...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 23, 2019 

Sellout? Jamboree ticket sales on record pace

Oregon Jamboree ticket sales are strong and could set records for the event. "Ticket sales are up over last year close to 15 percent now," said Robert Shamek, festival director. The Jamboree has...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    Sports    January 23, 2019 

Equestrians start horseback season with trophy outing

The Sweet Home High School equestrian team opened its competitive season Jan. 10-13 in Albany by collecting several trophies, including one for first place. Among 13 teams, Sweet Home placed second...

 

Mayor: City going in right direction

Although it may not be as fast as he would like, Mayor Greg Mahler believes the city is making progress in the right direction. The City Council re-elected Mahler as mayor during its regular meeting...

 

Number of freshmen on track to graduate climbs

The percentage of ninth-grade students on track to graduate at this point in the school year has increased by more than six points over last school year. This year, 90.8 percent of freshmen are on...

 

Treasure hunters club donates record $10,000 to Food Pak program

The East Linn Treasure Seekers recently donated a record $10,000 to the Kids Food Pak program. The group of metal detector enthusiasts annually gives the proceeds from fund-raising events to the...

 

Police see decline in call volume, but more crime reports in 2018

The Sweet Home Police Department saw a decline of 3 percent in its call volume from 2017 to 2018, but the number of crimes reported increased by 10.9 percent. Department officials counted 9,626 calls in 2018, down from 9,914 in 2017, according to...

 

Leak detection turns up 68 spills from city pipes

A contractor has located 68 leaks in the City of Sweet Home's water distribution system, and crews have repaired about 17 of them, according to Public Works Director Greg Springman. American Leak...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 9, 2019

SHFAD calls down, but department's getting plenty done

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District saw a 4.4 percent decline in its total number of calls in 2018. But while that aspect of the department's operations saw a downtick, SHFAD's been plenty busy...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 9, 2019

Late Frank McCubbins' stories come to life in new book

The late Frank McCubbins lived a colorful life, and he used to tell his family and friends all about it. He wrote a book about it, but that was in manuscript form – just for his family. His daughter...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 9, 2019

Sankey Park work proceeding with changes to parking lot, new bathrooms

Joe Graybill's plan for Sankey Park is taking shape. Sweet Home's city engineer has new pathways painted onto the ground, and the sewer, water and power connections are in the ground ready to accept a...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 2, 2019

New high school program prepares teens for careers in real world

A new career and technical education program at Sweet Home High School is giving students a glimpse into what their community is all about, possible career paths and concrete applications of skills...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 2, 2019

New Sweet Home police officer started as Explorer in department

When he was sworn in at Sweet Home Police Department Dec. 6, Sweet Home's second new hometown police officer, Bret Adams, achieved a goal. Adams is filling a new position authorized in the 2018-19...

 

Wrapping up: Final day in D.C. was a big one

It’s been busy since we left Washington, D.C., as we’ve been getting holiday-season newspapers out and then getting ready for vacation over Christmas break. Simply put, I haven’t had time to sit down and wrap up my little trip log by...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 2, 2019

Oregon Congressional delegates weigh in on fixes they'd like to see for U.S.

In addition to listening to and talking with Sweet Home officials about local issues during the delegation's trip to Washington D.C. at the beginning of December, Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Peter DeFazio...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 2, 2019

Library receives $4,500 grant for pop-up program

The Sweet Home Public Library recently received a $4,500 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to pay for pop-up libraries in the spring and summer. “We’ve tested the waters,” said Libary Director Rose Peda. “We have attended events...

 

Jamboree announces final headliner: Chris Young

The Oregon Jamboree last week announced Chris Young as the final headliner for the 2019 festival. Just after Thanksgiving, the Jamboree announced the addition of Hank Williams Jr. They join the...

 

SH city manager gets good review from council

The Sweet Home City Council gave City Manager Ray Towry a positive evaluation in a process that ended last week. The council met in an executive session, which is closed to the public, to discuss the...

 

Little Promises 35th anniversary brings back memories for alums

A display of historical photos last week prompted a parent to leave to grab an old sweatshirt and then excitedly return to Little Promises Preschool to show it to veteran teacher Susie Burns. The...

 

After half a century in Sweet Home, Santiam Drug closes

Santiam Drug store closed Dec. 14 after serving the Sweet Home community for 52 years. Manager Connie Moyer spent the past 42 years working there, as store manager since 1987. Santiam Drug was opened...

 

Local homeless to get attention from AST

Police Chief Jeff Lynn told an ad hoc committee on homelessness that the Linn County Adult Services Team had agreed to start meeting with Sweet Home’s homeless once every three months after he and others attended meetings in Lebanon last week....

 

Police chief vows to get help out to local homeless

Police Chief Jeff Lynn told an ad hoc committee on homelessness last week that he wanted move forward with an attempt to bring an adult services team to Sweet Home to begin pushing resources out to...

 

City Council OKs zoning changes for City Hall

The Sweet Home City Council adopted an ordinance Dec. 11, changing the zoning on a portion of the new City Hall property to highway commercial. A portion of the 6½-acre property, 3225 Hwy. 20, was zoned residential. Three small lots along Highway...

 

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