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 By Staff    Opinion    August 14, 2019

Well-intentioned though it might be, new paid family leave law is going to cost all of us

Like many pieces of legislation, Oregon’s new paid leave law provides some benefits. But it’s going to cost us all, just like many of the other “progressive” initiatives our state has formulated in what critics describe as an onward march...

 By Staff    Sports    September 5, 2018

Boys soccer opens with loss to Elmira, faces gauntlet

The Huskies made a big stand in the first quarter of the game against Elmira in boys soccer at home Thursday, but Elmira broke away before halftime to beat the Huskies 5-0. “The first 20 to 25 minutes were great, I think surprisingly great,” said...

 By Staff    Sports    September 5, 2018

Girls lose soccer opener

The girls lost their opening varsity soccer game to Elmira 3-0 on the road Thursday afternoon. Coach Ramiro Santana said his team held off Elmira through the first half, but “that’s the only (pre-league) game I can see some of the JV players and...

 By Staff    Sports    September 5, 2018

Harriers finish in middle of the pack at Tillamook Nike Invitational

Jessy Hart and Eddy Martinez-Maya were the top finishers for the Sweet Home cross-country teams Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Ultimook Hydrangea Race Nike Invitational at Hydrangea Ranch in Tillamook. Hart, a junior and the lone girl running for the...

 By Staff    Sports    September 5, 2018

Spikers beat Cheesemakers, roll over Molalla

Sweet Home's volleyball team looked like it was picking up where it left off last year, opening the season last week with wins over Tillamook (3-2) on the road and Molalla (3-0) at home. "We're doing...

 By Staff    News    September 13, 2016

New administrator pursues improvement in student achievement

As one of three new district administrators, Rachel Stucky said this is a year she plans to listen and learn more than it is a year to make changes. She has changed one thing, though, the title of...

 By Staff    News    May 24, 2016

Crowd turns out to help unload, distribute FirstBook haul

School was out Friday but the Sweet Home High School activity gym was filled with people. And 40,000 books. The books were provided by FirstBook, a social organization dedicated to ending illiteracy... Full story

 By Staff    News    May 24, 2016

Outdoor School a chance to get dirty, hang out with big kids

The sunny weather lasted just long enough last week for Foster Elementary School students to wrap up their week of Outdoor School on May 19. Camp Tadmor hosted the group of 87 fifth- and... Full story

 By Staff    News    May 17, 2016

Sweet Home Christian Church beginning PTSD class – for women

Life’s challenges can have long-lasting negative effects on a person, and may even result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Starting this Friday, women dealing with everything from loss of a loved...

 By Staff    News    May 17, 2016

Updated: Council hires Albany resident as interim city manager

The Sweet Home City Council on Wednesday, May 18, hired Christy Wurster of Albany to serve as city manager pro tem. The council hired Wurster after considering six candidates in special meetings...

 By Staff    News    May 10, 2016

Quartzville Road improvements under way, to continue through summer

Linn County Road Department last week started a comprehensive $5.3 million improvement project along the Quartzville Corridor, with fresh pavement, parking and more from Old Hufford Road to mile...

 By Staff    News    May 10, 2016

Charter School students get hands-on carpentry practice building birdhouses

Some students at Sweet Home Charter School got their first shot at building something on Thursday, May 5. Others were old pros. Eli Cruz, 6, brought his own toolbox to work on a birdhouse project...

 By Staff    News    May 10, 2016

Alleged attempted cop shooter charged

Brian Eugene Eller faces 10 charges from a March 25 shootout which left him critically injured. Eller, 39, who is listed in court records as being from Sweet Home, is charged with two counts of attempted aggravated murder with a firearm, two counts...

 By Staff    News    May 3, 2016

New SHEDG president sees role as a chance to give back to community

Rachel Kittson-MaQatish cre-dits the Sweet Home community for the successes she has experienced over the years, and she says that’s what drives her as she volunteers as the Sweet Home Economic...

 By Staff    News    May 3, 2016

District Attorney: Deputies justified in shooting suspect

Two Linn County Sheriff’s deputies were justified in using deadly force in a March 25 incident, District Attorney Doug Marteeny announced during a press conference Friday, April 29, at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. According to the DA’s rep...

 By Staff    News    May 3, 2016

National monument proponent likens Douglas fir forests to redwoods

Stephen Sharnoff made a pitch last week to a Salem audience to gain more support for the nearly half-a-million-acre Douglas Fir National Monument he and Andy Kerr are proposing. He was invited by the...

 By Staff    News    May 3, 2016

Cost to move Municipal Court estimated at about $45,000

The Sweet Home City Council voted 6-0 to begin collecting construction bids to move Sweet Home Municipal Court into Sweet Home Police Department. The move will cost an estimated $45,393, according to figures collected by Police Chief Jeff Lynn. The...

 By Staff    News    May 3, 2016

Organizer seeks help in bringing back Chips ’n’ Splinters show

In an effort to bring back the past, Shirley Austin is calling on Sweet Home businesses, organizations and groups to put together different acts for the annual Chips ’n’ Splinters variety show. The show will be held on July 8 and proceeds will...

 By Staff    News    April 19, 2016

Judge refuses to let accused SH man represent himself

After arriving 15 minutes late for his scheduled plea and sentencing, Allen Maurice Diggs declined to enter a plea and said he wanted to represent himself. Diggs, 73, faces two charges of felon in possession of a firearm stemming from incidents on... Full story

 By Staff    News    April 19, 2016

Council considers lowering base-charge water allotment to 300 cubic feet

The Sweet Home City Council last week moved closer to deciding how it will adjust water and sewer rates this year. The council did not change water or sewer rates last year. In discussing the issue in recent months, council members have grappled with...

 By Staff    News    March 29, 2016

Boy, 13, rescued after sinking to chest in lakeshore mud

Sweet Home firefighters rescued a 13-year-old boy who was stuck chest-deep in the mud at Calkins Park, where the South Santiam River flows into the Foster Reservoir. The boy, Kolby Keenon of Sweet...

 By Staff    News    March 29, 2016

Local medical team ministers to poor villagers in Guatemala

It might seem hard to imagine caring for more than 300 dental patients without the luxuries of running water, electricity, and an actual dental office, but a group of local dentists and their helpers...

 By Staff    News    March 29, 2016

Activities director keeps Wiley Creek residents engaged, entertained

Each Monday Jamie Pace, activities director at Wiley Creek Community, adds a little color to the dining room. When Pace moved from residential assistant to activities director two years ago, she...

 By Staff    News    March 15, 2016

SH councilman Goodwin files to run for state Legislature

Sweet Home City Councilman Jeff Goodwin has filed to run for the state House of Representatives in District 17 in an effort to offer voters a choice and create conversations that will not occur in an...

 By Staff    News    March 15, 2016

Councilor Marybeth Angulo resigns abruptly, citing others’ behavior

Citing the behavior of some other councilors toward her, Marybeth Angulo resigned from the Sweet Home City Council on March 8. Mayor Jim Gourley accepted her resignation, effective at the end of the...


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