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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 1, 2020 

2nd veteran dies of coronavirus as numbers rise

The total number of COVID-19 cases rose from 191 as of the morning of March 23 to 606 statewide as of 8 a.m. Monday morning. The death toll increased to 16 with the report of three deaths by Monday...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 1, 2020 

Cops take precautions on patrol

Sweet Home police are taking precautions to minimize potential exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus to remain safe and able to serve the public while also finding ways to assist residents. Among the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 1, 2020 

Plea for medical face masks elicits enthusiastic local response

Sweet Home Rotary Club and Senior Center members are among local residents who are sewing masks and donating them to the hospitals. For the Rotary Club, Larry Horton has been meeting volunteers at...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 1, 2020 

Gleaners organizations carrying on, with some restrictions

Sweet Home's two Gleaners groups are staying busy helping supply food to low-income families through the COVID-19 outbreak. "We're here for the community, and we're staying here for the community, no...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 25, 2020

Coronavirus shuts down SH businesses

Business is good for some and really bad for others in Sweet Home as local merchants and service providers deal with social distancing guidelines and requirements handed down by state officials in an...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 25, 2020

Legion leader does time after virus exposure

So far, Dale Jenkins hasn't shown any symptoms of COVID-19, but he's spent the last two weeks on the sidelines after a visit the Oregon Veterans' Home in Lebanon. Jenkins, commander of the local Ameri...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 25, 2020

Councilors declare COVID-19 state of emergency

The Sweet Home City Council on Thursday, March 19, declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and approved a plan to waive fees for shutting off and starting water service for...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 25, 2020

Governor's order shuts down state

With the number of persons testing positive for COVID-19 in Oregon reaching 191 as of Monday morning, Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order requiring Oregonians to stay at home, closing businesses and requiring social distancing measures. A resid...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 25, 2020

SH district files discrimination complaint against state

The Sweet Home School District last week officially filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Office for Civil Rights in Seattle, Wash., on behalf of Sweet Home High School's female forestry...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 25, 2020

School staffs working to get local education online after break

Since the closure of local schools on March 16, educators have been busy working out ways to get instruction out to their students while they stay at home to help avoid spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus. Sweet Home School District officials expect...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 18, 2020

City councilors ponder water rate proposals

City staff members have proposed increases for all of the city’s water customers. Staff presented their recommendations to the City Council at its March 10 meeting. At the low end, those using 300 cubic feet per month or less, water bills would...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 18, 2020

District makes plans for new state money

After School Board approval, the School District is submitting an application for nearly $1.8 million in Student Investment Account funds which would pay for an expansion of programs and more than 14 full-time equivalent employees. The funds are...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 18, 2020

Railroad crossing case gets final court hearing goes to (final) court

Attorneys for Albany and Eastern Railroad and residents of Country Lane argued Thursday morning, March 12, before the Oregon Supreme Court whether the railroad crossing at Country Lane was what is considered a “common road.” After purchasing...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 18, 2020

Students get hands-on introduction to dental field

Sweet Home High School seniors Samantha Virtue, Brook Womack and Lilly Lindsey have spent time this year learning to make crowns, working with fillings and taking dental impressions. They are among...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 18, 2020

Author puts pursuit of visual art aside to write novels

Jenna Underwood is busy studying visual arts, but she has a surprising passion for the theater of the mind – writing fiction, drawing pictures with just words. Underwood, 21, a 2017 graduate of...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 11, 2020

District to file Title IX complaint over forestry rule

The Sweet Home School Board voted Monday evening to file a Title IX complaint against the Oregon Department of Education in response to the ODE’s decision to combine girls and boys in the physical portion of forestry competitions. The ODE decision...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 11, 2020

State decision prompts girls' exit from SH forestry

High school girls are either leaving the competitive forestry team or hanging in there a little longer to see whether the Oregon Department of Education will reverse its decision to combine boys and...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 11, 2020

Gerrit Southard, Josh Bondeson top public safety honorees

Josh Bondesen was named the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Firefighter of the Year, while the Police Department presented its Police Officer of the Year Award to Gerrit Southard, and Katie...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 11, 2020

Jamboree named Music Festival of the Year by industry peers

The Oregon Jamboree won the 2019 Music Festival of the Year award from the Oregon Festivals and Events Association. Jamboree staff members received the trophy at the annual Ovation! Awards and conference presented the weekend of Feb. 29 in Bend....

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 4, 2020

City staff: Water rate hike needed

The city council intends to use the proceeds from the sale of the former Public Works headquarters and Water Treatment Plant on 9th Avenue to help pay for needed capital projects at the Water Treatment Plant and offset some potential rate increases...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 4, 2020

Officials concoct 'plans' for virus

Local emergency responders have taken some steps to help prevent the potential spread of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, which made its first confirmed appearance in Oregon over the weekend. “We’re monitoring the situation,” said Police Chief...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 4, 2020

City staff: Water rate hike needed

The city council intends to use the proceeds from the sale of the former Public Works headquarters and Water Treatment Plant on 9th Avenue to help pay for needed capital projects at the Water Treatment Plant and offset some potential rate increases...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 4, 2020

Rookie quiltmaker's work popular favorite in City Hall exhibit

Beth Suhr came to the craft of quiltmaking very late, but her work has been an almost instant hit. Based on votes by visitors to the Fiber Arts Show in the lobby of City Hall, Suhr's quilt "Window to...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 4, 2020

City Council takes steps to change zoning in problem areas

The Sweet Home City Council held the first readings of ordinances that will change zoning in two areas. The first of those is composed of 32.1 acres between 18th and 22nd avenues and between Tamarack...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 4, 2020

City hires consultants to overhaul planning rules, using model codes

Planning consultants John Morgan and Walt Wendolowski have started working on a complete overhaul of Sweet Home’s planning ordinances based on model codes they have developed for Millersburg. Morgan, who has assisted Sweet Home in a variety of plan...

 

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