From Our Files (March 8, 2023)

March 8, 1973

The city Planning Commission will recommend to the City Council an ordinance that will, under certain conditions, create a special combining zone that allows mobile homes on individual owned lots.

The mobile home zone is designed to stimulate housing development in areas or neighborhoods where standard construction has resulted in little or no development.

The annual Girl Scout cookie sale will be conducted a little differently this year.

The girls will be pre-selling cookies ahead of time and will receive funds from the sale when the deliveries are made.

The cookies, sold at $1 a box (59 cents of which go to troop and council projects), help fund such things as office rent, camp maintenance, program costs, paper, printing, telephone and postage.

Dorothy Smith, operator of Smiths’ Diggins on Long Street, started a book exchange program five years ago with 12 donated books.

People could either take a book in exchange for two donated books, or they could buy the books for 25 cents apiece.

She now has more than five thousand books and will continue operating the program out of her home as she closes her business.

The East Linn Brokers won the team event in the Sweet Home Women’s City Bowling Tournament at Terry Lanes with a score of 2,822. The team is composed of Flo Soli, Grace Counts, Gerry Mosher, Cathy Burnett and Sharon Leader.

March 11, 1998

A fire investigation team concluded a fire at 1344 Main St. was caused by arson.

Police and fire responded to the call at about 2:15 a.m. The building houses Lloyd White’s State Farm Insurance, Timberline Business Services and Willamette Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Officers determined computers, office equipment, electronic components and cash were stolen from the pregnancy center where the fire started.

Morse Bros. Inc., Oregon’s 65th largest private company, was sold to MDU Resources Group of Bismarck, N.D., for $93 million in stock and cash.

MDU is a multidimensional natural resources company. Manager Greg Morse said the transaction was a stock-for-stock plan and included a fund set aside for MBI employees.

MBI set aside $2 million of the sale for its employees and when MDU learned about the fund, it matched that number.

Employees will receive the pay out in four payments over a three-year period.

The high school reported a 9.7% dropout rate for 1996/97, an increase from the previous year’s 6.3% dropout rate.

But the dropout definition is different this year. Previously the percentage included students who obtained a GED; now it does not.

Under the previous definition, Sweet Home’s dropout rate would’ve been calculated at 7.5%. Excluding GED students, a total of 74 students dropped out in 1996/97.

Pat Stineff, interim high school principal, signed a contract with the district for continued employment. Stineff comes to Sweet Home after serving as vice principal at Central High School in Monmouth.

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