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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    September 11, 2019 

Planning commissioners split over variance denial that new code may remedy

Of The New Era After a majority of the Planning Commission may have been leaning toward approving a variance, the group voted 4-3 to deny a request for a partition and variance that would have created three lots at 2463 Harding St. Commissioners...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    September 11, 2019 

2018-19 Freshmen of the Year both into art, athletics, academics

Of The New Era Zoe Opperman and Carsen Perry entered their sophomore year last week as the Freshman Boy and Girl of the Year at Sweet Home High School for 2018-19. Opperman, 15, is the daughter of...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    September 11, 2019 

Schools off to good start despite construction issues

Of The New Era The construction work isn't all done yet, but school started on time last week for the nearly one-third of Sweet Home School District students attending schools undergoing renovation...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    September 11, 2019 

Soaking rain lowers fire danger levels

Of The New Era Local loggers are getting a reprieve from fire restrictions, thanks the mass of rain and moisture that fell on the Sweet Home area over the past week. The Oregon Department of Forestry reduced the fire danger rating to low from medium...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    September 11, 2019 

School Board learns homeless rate rising in Sweet Home district

Of The New Era Sweet Home School District Homeless Liaison Kristi Walker told the School Board that the district had 285 students identified as homeless in 2018. That's roughly 12 percent of the stude...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    September 11, 2019 

Local family firm rapidly moving past grassroots

Of The New Era Jenna and Travis Northern's work is visible all over the Sweet Home community, on products ranging from commercial signage to customized sports team water bottles. Their wood rounds...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    September 11, 2019 

New speed monitor signs warn drivers, collect data

Of The New Era New speed signs will collect data on Sweet Home streets and help police locate areas with speeding problems. The first two of six new digital speed signs went up nearly two weeks ago...

 

Livability proposal gives council some pause

The idea of taking on oversight of the interior of rentals homes didn’t sit well with some Sweet Home City Council members last week during a discussion of a Corvallis ordinance they are considering adapting for use to improve livability in Sweet...

 

ATV ordinance back on table for city

A proposed city ordinance that would allow the use of certain all-terrain vehicles on city streets was back on the table last week as Sweet Home Police Chief Jeff Lynn told the City Council that a similar ordinance in Oakridge has not really...

 

In forums, space issues top list of concerns voiced about library

"Space," said Sweet Home resident John Neely. "Space. Space. Space. Space." Sweet Home Public Library needs more space, said Neely and three other members of the public who attended a public forum...

 

County gets no bids for Willamette mill property in auction

Linn County failed to attract any bids for 154 acres of mill property in Sweet Home last week. The county put the property up for auction for a minimum bid of $2.7 million. The property, which...

 

Volunteer, grant to repair stand at Roy Johnston Park

The Boys & Girls Club plans to begin repairing the concessions stand at Roy Johnston Park in the next couple of weeks. The youth ballpark complex is located on 35th Avenue on Sweet Home School...

 

Girls have numbers, but will be tested in tough league soccer

The Husky girls soccer team returns a small core of starters to the girls soccer team this year, with a large group of returning juniors, who will face an uphill battle this year in the Oregon West...

 

Soccer boys will be young, but future is promising

With a dearth of experienced players and a large influx of freshmen, the Sweet Home boys soccer team is young, but Coach Eric Stutzer believes the Huskies are building a foundation for future...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 28, 2019

New SHHS Athletic Director Nate Tyler 'super excited' to return

Of The New Era It's been 20 years since Nate Tyler walked the gym floor at Sweet Home High School. He's back. Among a large percentage of new staff members who graduated from Sweet Home High School...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 28, 2019

SHHS auto shop on blocks – for now

Of The New Era Sweet Home High School will not have auto shop on its class schedule this school year. Principal Ralph Brown said that the program has not been year-round for some time, and wood shop...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 28, 2019

New City Hall open for business

Of The New Era The City of Sweet Home celebrated the opening of its new City Hall Friday afternoon. Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Sweet Home residents and visitors poured into the newly...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 21, 2019

A Real Head-Turner

It may be just a rat rod, but the Resurgence is definitely a one-of-a-kind looker that turns heads. The car, which looks like it belongs in an urban "Mad Max" movie, expresses a steampunk elegance...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 21, 2019

3 options on table for city waste, water treatment

The Sweet Home City Council will meet in an upcoming work session to discuss options for operation of the city's water and wastewater treatment plants. The city turned over the operation of the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 21, 2019

Cutting of trail trees prompts outcry from users

The removal of Douglas fir trees along the South Hills Trail last week has prompted some unhappiness for some people who use the trail. The removal, by the city, came on advice from a consultant...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 21, 2019

City plans forums to get input from public on library

The Sweet Home Public Library will host three community forums on Wednesday, Aug. 28, to solicit public input for a needs assessment report. FFA Architecture and Interiors is conducting the needs asse...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 21, 2019

County closes Willamette Speedway, pending required repairs

Linn County shut down Willamette Speedway last week for not complying with fire, life and safety requirements, according to County Commissioner Will Tucker. "People need to get permits to do certain...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 14, 2019

Plans for fire station remodel shelved due to increased costs

Of The New Era The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District has abandoned plans to remodel Station 22, the Foster substation. The project was among those proposed as part of a $1.575 million bond levy a...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 14, 2019

City Hall now officially has new address after massive move

Of The New Era The City of Sweet Home opened for business in its new City Hall, 3225 Main St., Monday morning, Aug. 12. Two staff members kept the old City Hall, 1140 12th Ave., open Friday as...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 14, 2019

Board votes to accelerate school repairs after storm damage

Of The New Era The Sweet Home School Board put the hammer down on repairs to district schools Monday night, Aug. 12. Board members voted 5-0 to approve a resolution declaring an emergency, which allow...

 

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