From Our Files (April 26, 2023)

April 26, 1973

The Louis W. and Maud Hill Foundation, which owns timberlands in the area, authorized a $12,000 grant to the school district for the construction of a Forest Products Program class laboratory at the high school.

Two young people from Salem were arrested by Sweet Home police for the burglary of Jack’s IGA and the Western Auto Store in Sweet Home.

Dale Waldon, 18, and a 17-year-old girl admitted to breaking a window, and stealing beer and jeans.

Police were called when the pair broke into Western Auto and attempted to steal a mini-bike motorcycle.

Rev. and Mrs. Ernest Miller came home with their newly adopted 5-month-old Korean girl, whom they named Jennifer Lynn. She had just arrived in San Francisco from Seoul with 19 other babies.

The Millers met their new daughter there for the first time and flew her home to Oregon. Jennifer was greeted by Michelle Renee, 2, an American girl who was also adopted by the Millers. The adoption was arranged through the Holt Adoption Program out of Eugene.

Sen. Bob Packwood is co-sponsoring a bill to ban the export of logs from federal lands and a three-year phase out of all state and private exports.

Packwood said most owners of small and medium mills, and others, support the bill because they can’t get access to wood at any price.

Loggers opposed the bill from fear it would reduce their work and lower the price of logs, but Packwood believes it will not negatively affect the industry due to high demand.

April 29, 1998

The school district budget committee asked administration to find funding in the budget for a junior high sports program and to rebuild the Husky Field track, which is cracked and worn out.

The committee agreed the junior high sports needs improvement. The Boys and Girls Club handled the program for most of the decade since the school district had to cut more than $1 million from its budget.

The Club asked the school board to subsidize the junior high program with a $20,000 budget next year for an athletic director.

The city’s Planning Department has added new computer software, a geographical information system, to its arsenal of planning tools that will allow employees to look at details on any Sweet Home property with the touch of a mouse key.

The map shows property lines, flood information and other details. Infrastructure maps can be viewed using the program in a layered approach by superimposing directly onto an electronic photograph of the City.

The photo takes up one gigabyte on two CD-ROMs.

Norma Jean, 15, cut a demo of a song, “The Girl in Oklahoma,” that is being sent to Nashville. She has been singing karaoke locally for more than a year and recorded a tape that her mother passed around to coworkers. Through a string of associations, Norma Jean was given the opportunity to record the song that will be passed to a record producer in Nashville. Norma Jean hopes to sing at the Jamboree some day and, eventually, the Grand Ol’ Opry.

The City of Sweet Home agreed to post signs doubling the fines of persons caught speeding through school zones since recent legislation passed a bill allowing for doubled fines in school zones. The city will charge the district $792 to install 18 signs near schools, and the city will fund their maintenance.

The library will be closed for 10 days while workers install new carpeting to replace 29-year-old carpet that’s been described as shredding, wearing and ripping. The library director saved $1,000 a year for six years to purchase the new carpet.