From Our Files: May 8, 2024

May 9, 1974

Russell Hurst came out of the dark and into the light after being hired by Pacific Power and Light as a meter reader. Hurst had been working nights as a forklift driver at U.S. Plywood. In addition to reading meters two days a week, Hurst helps people with “little things,” such as putting in fuses and contacting the phone company when a phone is out of order.


During a discussion about an impending annexation of Foster-Midway into Sweet Home, City Manager David Crutcher noted the issue becomes more than just one about a faulty septic system. A new animal control ordinance would have to be adopted since F-M residents have horses, and zoning issues will also have to be addressed.


Robert Winney, a student at Foster Elementary, won a $15 second place award in the sixth grade category of the statewide Oregon Humane Society “Be Kind to Animals Week” poster contest.


The Suez Canal is expected to be reopened in the near future through the efforts of Navy Gunner’s Mate Guns Third Class Ronald W. Wodtli, of Sweet Home. He joined the Navy after graduating in 1971. Participating in “Operation Nimbus Star,” Wodtli and his shipmates were assigned the task of assisting the Egyptian government in clearing the famous canal of all mines which have kept the Suez closed since 1967.


More federal money is expected to be allocated to the city as revenue sharing increased from $90,300 to $96,700 this year. Also, with the likelihood of a Foster-Midway annexation, the city manager anticipates up to $55,000. Major capital improvements are not expected to be initiated with the additional revenue sharing to be apportioned to Sweet Home when the F-M area is brought into the city.


May 12, 1999


Police arrested two persons in connection with a narcotics-related search warrant. Dennis James Spencer, 26, and Matthew Ryan Haworth, 31, were arrested on warrants after law enforcement agencies conducted a search at 1347 13th Ave. Seized at the property were methamphetamine, chemicals used in the manufacture of meth, glassware, drug paraphernalia and a semi-automatic handgun.


Based on smaller enrollment from the school year, the state decreased funding for the school district by $348,803. The fallout from the loss is two-fold: projected revenue will be a negative $220,900, and the ending fund balance will be $103,529 instead of the projected $452,332.


Seven Boy Scouts completed the requirements to earn their Eagle badge. Cameron Foucht rehabilitated the school pool boy’s locker room; Charlie Waller built bridges, trails and benches along the north side of Foster Lake; Robert Rice replaced louvers, built a ladder and painted Holley Community Church; David Burford helped paint Hillside Fellowship; Jacob Dahlenburg helped replace roofing at Hillside Fellowship; James Gourley set up a kiosk at Sankey Park; and Nick Graves collected old flags and held a flag burning ceremony.