From Our Files: April 24, 2024

April 25, 1974


“The future of industry in the Sweet Home area and how the chamber may help” will be the theme of a general Chamber of Commerce membership meeting. The program will be composed of talks by area industrialists followed by a panel discussion on the local problems their industries are facing and how the chamber might be able to help.


Proceeds from this year’s Sportsman’s Holiday will go for a heart monitoring machine for the Sweet Home ambulance. More clubs and organizations are urged to participate in the hometown carnival and parades. This year’s theme is “Reflections of 100 Years.”


The school board approved contracts for additions to Oak Heights and Hawthorne elementary schools. Only board member Betty Dedman expressed concern over the action due to large school budget increases and an “unsure economy.” Oak Heights will get a new library and Hawthorne will get an opportunity reading room.


April 28, 1999


A $15,000 reward has been posted in the hunt for persons responsible for an arson fire that damaged more than $1 million worth of logging equipment last month. The equipment owned by Jim Cota and Mike Melcher was parked on a logging site near Cascadia. Shortly after the fire, equipment owned by Rice Logging was vandalized while on a job site near Cottage Grove. Mike Miller, of Associated Oregon Loggers, said he had testified on a bill that would make it a Class C felony to damage logging or farming equipment.


Money raised in the community will remain here after Communities for a Great Oregon donated $7,900 to teen programs sponsored by the Sweet Home Boys and Girls Club. Jean Teschner of CGO said the money closes out the organization which banded together nearly a decade ago to help fight for timber-dependent communities like Sweet Home. The club director said the money will finance late night programs for teens such as basketball, movies and snacks.


An OSU exchange student from Albania asked for support for peace-loving people who are under siege. Monika Causholli, a finance major sponsored by Judy Maniates of Sweet Home, shared the long history of conflict between Serbia, Kosovo (where some Albanians were living), Bosnia and Yugoslavia that pulled NATO into action. She believes many Americans don’t understand the cause the U.S. is fighting for, and asks them to support refugees and the ousting of President Slobodan Milosevic.