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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 15, 2018 

Finding that perfect fir

The hunt for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree hit the final stretch last week with the arrival of the U.S. Government official who will make the final selection. Willamette National Forest staff have...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 15, 2018 

Voters to choose on pool levy

In the Nov. 6 general election, voters will decide whether to continue a local option levy used to pay for swimming pool operations at Sweet Home High School. The Sweet Home School District voted Monday evening during its regular board meeting to...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 15, 2018 

Hot temps send fire danger to extreme

The fire danger level in east Linn County went to extreme Tuesday morning, Aug. 14, around Sweet Home. Danger levels briefly hit extreme two weeks ago before dropping back to high. Fire officials were looking forward to cooler temperatures over the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 15, 2018 

Brand new vans first-ever for Sunshine Industries

For the first time in its history, Sunshine Industries has been able to purchase brand new vans. That's largely thanks to the ongoing support of the community, Executive Director Brittany Donnell...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 15, 2018 

Health Fair to offer resources, info mixed with fun

The Third Annual Sweet Home Health Fair will provide Sweet Home residents another chance to connect with health-related resources and information Saturday as part of an effort to improve health and...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 15, 2018 

Sweet Home church looks to future with new name, pastor and affiliation

With a new pastor and a new name, the former Sweet Home Assembly of God will hold an official launch on Oct. 28 as the Hope Church. The church changed its name last September when its membership voted...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 8, 2018

Planners OK another pot retail store

The Sweet Home Planning Commission on July 30 approved a conditional use permit for a fourth retail marijuana outlet in town following a public hearing. Voting to approve the permit during the commission’s regular monthly meeting were Thomas Herb,...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 8, 2018

'Successful' Jamboree draws crowds of 12,000-13,000 in 'nice' weather

Oregon Jamboree Festival Director Robert Shamek summed up the weekend as "a successful weekend for the patrons, for sure" Monday after most of the guests had left town and tear-down operations were...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 8, 2018

New logos warn bicyclists to stay off sidewalks

The city has painted sidewalks at downtown corners with a warning to bike riders to walk bicycles when using the sidewalks. The city has banned riding bicycles on sidewalks downtown for years, and a...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 8, 2018

New planning associate moves from Youth Watershed Council

South Santiam Youth Watershed Council Coordinator Angela Clegg is serving as the city's associate planner in the Community and Economic Development Department. Clegg moved into the full-time position...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 1, 2018

Was this us?

Since nobody really knew what to expect, members of the Sweet Home High School Class of 1973 were relieved as they opened Saturday, July 28, a time capsule purportedly buried by themselves. Problem...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 1, 2018

Jamboree: Eyes on the thermometer are optimistic this year

Oregon Jamboree Festival Director Robert Shamek sums up his excitement for the 2018 Jamboree in two words: "Good weather." If forecasters have it right, the Jamboree country music festival may see the...

 

Free movie night featuring 'Coco' to lead off late-summer parks activities

The city is gearing up for two events in Sankey Park in the next couple of months. First up, the city is returning its Movies in the Park at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 with "Coco." "Were going to do one (mo...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 1, 2018

Speeding complaints prompt use of radar trailer, collection of 'data'

Sweet Home Police volunteers have been moving the department’s radar trailer to different spots around the community to gather data on traffic behavior in response to complaints about speeding. A resident complained to the City Council in July...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 1, 2018

Pool supervisor lands in dream job after nearly opting for next best thing

A. Jay Bronson earned a degree and went to work as a teacher so he could be a swim coach. After years of teaching, Bronson, 30, landed a job in Sweet Home where he could spend all of his time at work...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 25, 2018

Warm, dry weather pushes fire danger to extreme as restrictions tighten

Fire danger increased to extreme Monday, July 23, and the Oregon Department of Forestry Sweet Home Unit increased the Industrial Fire Precaution Level to III, placing the highest restrictions on...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 25, 2018

Water service shut-offs rise

The City of Sweet Home is shutting off more water services to delinquent customers each month than it did last year. During 2017, the city generally shut off between 20 and 46 water services for delinquent bills, according to city records. The...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 25, 2018

Community Center roof repairs planned to begin in few weeks

Repairs to the flat areas of the roof at the Jim Riggs Community Center will begin in the middle of August. The project will cost about $24,000. The Jim Riggs Community Center houses the Sweet Home...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 25, 2018

Theater facelift winding down to credits; interior work next

The Rio Theater's new exterior improvements on the building being developed into a second theater are nearly done, owner Thomas Baham said as he and his son T.J. ran cables Friday for a new sound syst...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 18, 2018

Community dog jamboree on calendar for fall

Most of the details are finalized for this fall's Cascade K9 Jamboree, and now organizers Connie DeBusschere and Sasha McDonald are seeking vendors and volunteers. DeBusschere is a clerk at Sweet...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 18, 2018

Planners OK permits for 2 public projects

The Sweet Home Planning Commission approved conditional use permits for the School District’s construction project at Sweet Home Junior High School and the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District’s plans to expand Foster Station. The School Distri...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 18, 2018

Local man clocks out after 42 years at Foster plywood plant

Erik Duncan had never accepted a job that required an interview until last December. That's because he had never needed one. In this case, the Murphy Company of Eugene had just completed its purchase...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 18, 2018

Sweet Home water tests clear of cyanotoxins

Testing has showed Sweet Home’s drinking water is clear of the cyanotoxins detected in May in Salem’s drinking water supply. Public Works Director Greg Springman and Jacobs Project Manager Steven Haney reported the findings to the City Council du...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 18, 2018

As Matthews steps down, interim chamber president Medellin vows to press on

Bill Matthews has resigned from his position as president of the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce and board member George Medellin is serving as interim board chairman until regular board elections in...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 18, 2018

Coronation of Shahalie Erickson leads into active Sportsman's Holiday weekend

Shahalie Erickson was named 2018 Sportsman's Holiday Court queen during the annual coronation held Thursday evening, July 12, at the Elks Lodge. She declared Sportsman's Holiday open and then...

 

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