From Our Files: May 22, 2024

May 23, 1974


Sweet Home’s Karen Brown is a finalist in the Rockwell International “Prettiest Meter Maid Contest.” She entered the contest at the last minute after coworkers urged her to do so. If she beats out the other 11 finalists from across the USA and Canada, Brown would win a chrome-plated parking meter filled with rare coins, a trip to San Francisco and $200 for a new wardrobe. As a finalist, she will be featured in a calendar that will be distributed to parking officials nationwide.


The building committee of Senior Citizens met with the coordinator of Area Agency on Aging to make plans for obtaining the old locker building in the 1200 block of Long Street. The building Senior Citizens is currently using is also being utilized by so many other organizations that they’re outgrowing the space. An estimated $24,249 is needed to purchase the building and make it ready for use.


Shield Enterprises, Inc., of Lebanon, is appealing a Linn County Planning Commission’s denial to allow them a conditional use permit to construct a commercial 92-space campground and three-hole golf course near Foster Lake. Shield has an option to buy 13.82 acres on Lewis Creek, just north of Lewis Creek Park, on which they propose to construct the campground that would include restrooms, recreation building, sauna bath, tennis courts and playground.


The city manager asked local civic club members to help spruce up the median strip on Main Street in a four-day “work party.” The strip between 9th and 18th avenues was planted and landscaped several years ago as a community project, but has not been maintained. The State Highway Division recently offered to rip out the strip, but city staff and council say they’d like to keep it if it were maintained nicely.


May 26, 1999


Kenny Michael Jones, 13, was crowned champion at the annual Calaveras County (Calif.) frog jumping contest. He was part of a 15-member team from Oregon headed by John Hand (Sweet Home) to compete against more than 2,000 others from across the nation. Kenny defeated his father, Tom Jones, in the championship round to pocket $750. Kenny’s frog jumped 19’10.” If his frog, “Miss Kitty O’Neil,” set a new record, he’d have won $5,000. His brother, Nick Pitts, 9, won in the junior division.


The school district budget committee turned down a motion to set aside $10,000 toward the repair of the track at Husky Field. Track Coach Billy Snow asked for the funding because the deteriorating track is cracking in numerous areas. Estimates to repair the track were between $100,000 and $200,000, and the district decided not to pursue a bond measure for it.


Sweet Home Economic Development Group awarded Nicole Hampton for her logo design in a contest in Lisa Leirmo’s design class. Hampton’s design was selected among other entries to be the new logo for SHEDG.