From Our Files (Oct. 9, 2022)

Nov. 9, 1972

Voters in the Midway and Foster area turned down annexation to the city of Sweet Home in this week’s election, with 540 against annexation compared to 237 favoring it. Sweet Home voters felt differently, with 891 in favor of and 386 against the annexation.

Leon Jay Olson, 28, is listed in fair condition following a hunting accident in Quartzville. He was hit by a bullet fired by Eddie Leroy Shank, 31, when Shank shot at a deer. The bullet struck Olson, who was in the line of fire. The bullet passed through his back, exited at the shoulder and struck his right cheek and thumb.

Phase I of a statewide mobile radio communications system was adopted by the Oregon Log Truckers Association during a board of directors meeting in Sweet Home. The system will incude 16 counties, from Lane to Clatstop, with boundaries from the sea to the mountains. It will particularly benefit the small and medium log truck operator. The association already received two high-band channels through the Federal Communications Commission.

A county measure to allow dogs to run at large was defeated in the general election, with 20,517 votes against and 6,610 in favor.

The county voted with the rest of the state in all nine issues on the ballot, including: defeating a prohibition of property tax for school operations, repealing the governor’s retirement act, and changing the succession to the office of governor (making the secretary of state first in line).

Nov. 5, 1997

Deputies are investigating a car accident involving an Amtrak train that caused the death of Betty Jean Powers, 44. The driver and lone occupant of the car was westbound on Twin Butte Drive when she pulled into the path of the southbound train at about 11:35 p.m.

The train struck the 1988 Dodge Dynasty four door broadside at a speed of about 70 miles per hour. No one in the train was injured.

Jason Ogden, 22, started working for the Sweet Home Police Department two weeks ago. Ogden moved here from Fortuna, Calif. to take the job. He graduated from George Fox University with a bachelor’s in business management, a strategic move “in case police work didn’t work out,” he said. Ogden enjoys working with people and believes he can do a good job at deescalation. He hopes to stay in Sweet Home for “quite a while.”

The high school’s new block schedule has affected classes in much the way it was anticipated to. Principal Pat Stineff said so far there is more of a positive than negative vibe about the arrangement, but she plans to do a survey of students and teachers to get their input. The block schedule replaced the 7/6 rotating schedule that was used the last four years. In the block schedule, the students take four 90-minute classes each semester.