From Our Files: February 28, 2024

Feb. 28, 1974

A revision of the city maps of 17 Oregon communities, including Sweet Home, has been completed by the State Highway Division and sells for 30 cents. The Sweet Home map is drawn to a scale of 800 feet to the inch and is plotted on a 17-inch by 19-inch sheet. A smaller version can be procured for 10 cents apiece.

New postage rates will go into effect this week. First class mail will be 10 cents per ounce, airmail will be 13 cents and postcards will be eight cents. Mailers may purchase their new stamps by mail, thus saving time and a gasoline-consuming trip to the post office.

Gasoline problems in Sweet Home appear to be easing due to the added Federal Energy Office allocations to Oregon. Some local fuel station operators said they received portions of the first February allocations of 8,500 gallons, but the second distribution of the month has not been received.

March 3, 1999

In 25 years (2024), when Husky sports fans gather to talk about the “old days,” their focus will undoubtedly turn to the wrestling teams of 1998 and 1999, and how those teams dominated the 3A high school ranks. Perhaps by then the nine Huskies who accomplished this feat will realize just what they did because they became the first team in the more than 40-year history of Sweet Home wrestling to win back-to-back state titles. “There is nothing more I, nor this community, could ask from this team of athletes,” Coach Steve Thorpe said.

City Council awarded the construction phase of the Highway 20 waterline project to Emery and Sons Construction for up to $434,650; construction will begin as soon as contracts are finalized. ODOT will begin its Highway 20 3R project in the spring, so the city intends to complete the waterline projects first. Sweet Home will replace existing two-inch waterlines with 12-inch waterlines, primarily in the downtown area. Other town projects will be put on hold in order to help fund this one.

Police took Patrick Ferebee, 18, and Douglas Wise, 16, into custody after the man allegedly threatened a driver with a pistol. Jason Graham, 22, said he stopped his car at a crosswalk near the Rio Theater to allow two teens to cross the street when one of the boys began shouting insults at him. Graham pulled into the nearby parking lot and the boys continued to taunt and yell threats before pointing a gun at his head. Graham drove away and reported the incident.