From Our Files (April 6, 2022)

April 6, 1972

Sweet Home will have its first nursing home in the near future. Application for building a 20-bed structure at 980 Nandina was approved by the Planning and Zoning commissions.

The nursing home will be Medicare-approved, according to builder Harold Salway of Salem. He said there will be a registered nurse on 24-hour duty.

The nursing home application emphasizes the growth of the community, along with a number of apartment complexes and new homes which are being built in the city.

Mrs. James (Karen) Hallwyler was designated a teacher-counselor for a study abroad program in France, sponsored by Scholastic International.

Hallwyler will teach “Language, People and Culture of France” at the École Normale d’Instituteurs in the Paris suburb of Versailles. Her group of participating high school students will spend 28 days in France, plus another week in Geneva, Lucerne, Heidelberg and Brussels.

Danny Sharp, 14, is unique in the local school district. He rides a Trailways bus to school every morning from his home at Mountain House, about 25 miles east of Sweet Home on Highway 20. His parents and two siblings make up the entire population of Upper Soda, offering food and gas service to travelers.

The family moved from Ohio five months ago. Danny said Ore-gon winter weather doesn’t seem like winter at all because in Ohio, when temperatures reached 19 or 20 degrees, it was considered that things were warming up.

Mike Flanagan is still in critical condition following an accidental gunshot wound last weekend. He was struck in the stomach by a bullet from a .357-caliber revolver while showing the gun to friends at home. Friend Stanley Rex Fields told officers the gun discharged accidentally when Flanagan attempted to pull it from him as they were discussing the weapon.

April 2, 1997

Sweet Home Area Rides for Everyone, an 18-year-old program sponsored by the Sweet Home Senior and Community Center, received funding to keep the service going another year.

The council accepted a $9,000 grant from the state that passes through the city to the senior center.

The money partially funds SHARE, and fares cover the remainder of the costs.

The service began in 1979 when it was discovered there was a specific need for a transportation system for the elderly and handicapped.

The first vehicle for the operation was purchased through paper sales, luncheons, rummage sales and other fund-raising activities. Last year, the service provided about 9,533 passenger trips in addition to errands run for the elderly unable to leave their homes.

Gov. John Kitzhaber warned the 1997 Legislature that he will veto bills that attempt to weaken the state’s land use or environmental laws. In his first term in office, Kitzhaber vetoed 52 bills. He said the state must return to an attitude of supporting a multi-faceted economic and environmental stance. The state is growing by a diverse 50,000 people a year, and one of the main reasons they come here is for the natural environment.

“I will oppose attempts to diminish or destroy the strong environmental protections that have helped keep Oregon a great place to live,” he said.

Larry Wayne Barstad was charged with hit and run following an investigation. Police received a report about a car hitting the building where the Little Angels children’s clothing and furniture store is, which caused glass to break. A vehicle had apparently fled the scene. Police collected physical evidence and determined a probable vehicle type. Barstad was later booked, cited and released.