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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 22, 2020 

Mayfield sentenced to 13 months

Robert Eugene Mayfield was sentenced to 13 months in prison Friday afternoon, Jan. 17, in Linn County Circuit Court for the death of Sweet Home log truck driver Neil Nightingale in a crash four years...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 22, 2020 

City to end relationship with Jacobs

The Sweet Home City Council last week declined to negotiate with Jacobs Engineering to continue operating the city’s water and wastewater treatment plants. In a work session held Tuesday, Jan. 14, the councilors made no official decision but...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 22, 2020 

Council begins move toward banning sleeping in bus stops

Sweet Home city councilors last week held the first reading of a new ordinance that would prohibit the use of bus shelters for any purpose other than waiting for a bus. The council considered the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 22, 2020 

Councilors approve exclusion law on 5-2 vote

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved an ordinance that will allow police officers to exclude people from the downtown area after they are cited or arrested for a third offense in a year....

 

Stats say 2019 was SHFAD's third-busiest

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance posted its third-busiest year in 2019, with 2,704 medical and fire calls. That's a 2.5-percent increase from 2,639 in 2018 but lower than 2017, which totaled 2,761...

 

'Amazing' fiber art on display at City Hall

Fiber arts are getting their turn in the spotlight this winter with a new art show on display at City Hall. Behind each piece, the quilts, doilies, cross-stitch, needlepoint, crocheting, knitting and...

 

Gala concert to feature 'Broadway Baritone' singer, local talent

SHOCASE will present a gala concert featuring Broadway baritone Douglas Webster next week to celebrate what the organization has accomplished in the past few years. The performances start at 7:30...

 

Something's afoot as high school Drama Club presents 'Miss Holmes'

The Sweet Home High School Drama Club will present "Miss Holmes" this week. "It's a version of Sherlock Holmes and Watson as females," said director Elizabeth Wilks, language arts teacher. That's the...

 

Police, bicyclists say new 'Idaho Stop' law won't be big change

Local police say a new bike law, passed last year by the legislature, will give cyclists a little more latitude at stop signs than they’ve had in the past, but not much will change from a law enforcement perspective. The law, which many backers...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 8, 2020

Restoring the Past

For Gary Betts, a 1943 Willys MB Jeep he found in a quarry outside Corvallis takes him back to his early years. With its original "Go Devil" engine, it can reach 45 mph and give a modern...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 8, 2020

Police calls down for Sankey Park

The city’s efforts to improve Sankey Park in recent years appear to have paid off with a significant reduction in calls to police for activity at the park. In 2017, police responded to 120 reports from Sankey Park. Last year, they responded to 98...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 8, 2020

Longtime Sweet Home Police CSO Gina Riley retires

Gina Riley called it quits Monday, Dec. 30, after nearly 11 years working with the community on behalf of the Sweet Home Police Department. Riley, 60, left a position as a trial assistant at the Linn...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 1, 2020

Survey says residents want more grade school arts, music

Of The New Era A recently completed community survey shows that local residents broadly support the restoration of arts and music in elementary schools, along with more support for students with behavioral and mental health issues and several other...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 1, 2020

Counterfeit money continues to surface in SH

Of The New Era Sweet Home police are continuing to investigate reports of counterfeit money and have additional suspects. Since the arrest of three suspects two weeks ago, police have received two new reports of counterfeit money, a total of 10...

 

After years of saving, waiting, local family gets baby

The road to a baby adoption has taken a lot of twists and turns over the past two years for Pam and Jason Ogden, but they finally got there just before Thanksgiving when they brought home Jossa Mae...

 

Public Works to remove trees from Main Street median next week

After some delays, Sweet Home Public Works will begin removing five trees from the Main Street median strip planters Dec. 30. The work will continue through Dec. 31 if necessary. During that time, traffic will be restricted to one lane in both...

 

RAIN score puts SH in middle for business climate

Corey Wright told the Sweet Home City Council recently that while the community still has a lot to do to grow economically, things are happening and the community is in a position to benefit from efforts to help local startup companies. Wright, a...

 

Norovirus bug attracts news crews, prompts antiseptic use

Two confirmed cases of norovirus infections in Sweet Home schools prompted television news reporters to visit the community last week, a small number of parents to keep their children home from...

 

Home-grown toy business taking off for mom, daughter

What started as a home-based business producing crafts and monsters for kids has turned into a much more diverse enterprise and a full-time job for a Sweet Home woman and her daughter. Julie Wolfsong...

 

Council to look at fee increases

The Sweet Home City Council has approved a timeline for updating the city’s systems development charges, which are levied on new construction to pay for infrastructure needed to service new homes. Murraysmith, a public infrastructure engineering...

 

Warming shelter to open on next cold night

Sweet Home's warming shelter will be open as early as Sunday evening, Dec. 15, to provide a warm place to sleep during freezing weather this winter. Volunteers opened a warming shelter, hosted by Fir...

 

Elementary schools construction nears finish

Construction is nearly complete at Foster and Holley elementary schools, and Sweet Home Junior High will celebrate a sort of half-way point later this month, according to reports by school district staff Monday evening during the School Board’s...

 

Girls battle back from 17 points down to beat Scio in hoops opener

Down 17 points at halftime, Sweet Home's girls basketball team went to work in the second half of their season opener, dismantling host Scio's lead and securing a 54-49 win on the road Friday night....

 

SH Councilor Coleman throws hat in legislative race

Sweet Home City Councilor Susan Coleman filed Nov. 24 in what is shaping up to be a crowded Republican Party primary election for state House District 17. Coleman joins a group of candidates that incl...

 

Council moves forward on exclusion law

Following a second reading of the proposed ordinance, the Sweet Home City Council voted last week to move forward to a third reading of the law that would allow police officers to exclude alleged repeat offenders from the downtown area. During the...

 

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