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Articles from the January 5, 2022 edition

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Draining a Deluge

The Christmas snow may mostly be gone, but the mid-Willamette Valley wasn't yet finished with its early-winter outburst over the weekend, bringing Oregon's usual downpours in droves, plus a helping...

 

Fire destroys unoccupied house near Sweet Home

A two-alarm fire Thursday morning, Jan. 6, destroyed an unoccupied house in the 40000 block of Hwy. 228 south of Sweet Home. According to the Sweet Home Fire District, a passerby reported the...

 

See Reser explode: Public invited to watch Friday's implosion of stadium's west side

The public is invited to view a livestream of the implosion of the west side of Oregon State University’s Reser Stadium the morning of Friday, Jan. 7, as part of a $153 million project to complete Reser Stadium. “The implosion of the westside sta... Full story

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 5, 2022

Schools urged to stop sports for a month

Sweet Home school officials were scrambling Monday evening, Jan. 3, after the Oregon Department of Education recommended earlier in the day that schools cease after-school extracurricular activities to reduce the spread of the omicron variant of...

 

2021 in review: Year of triumphs, year in flux

Here is a recap of the big stories from 2021, which we didn't actually have space to include in last week's paper, which would have been our usual practice – too much news. January -- Two local...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 5, 2022

Bundle of New Year joy has Sweet Home connection

Olivia Eden Littlefield spent her New Year's Day at the hospital, hard at work.  For Olivia, 28, though, the payoff came at 6:24 p.m. with the arrival of a daughter, Elora Lynn Littlefield, who becam...

 

Paul Dotson

Paul Lawrence Dotson, 92, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 27, 2021. He was born March 7, 1929 in Berryville, Ark., to Chester Lawrence and Alice Mary (Ruth) Dotson. Mr. Dotson lived in Florida, Oklahoma and... Full story

 

Larry Davis

Larry Davis, 79, of Sweet Home, passed away on Dec. 28, 2021. He was born Jan. 18, 1942 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, to Raymond and Roma Davis. He lived in Idaho, California and Oregon before settling in... Full story

 

Death Notices (Jan. 5, 2022)

Services for Wiley “Shorty” Elvin Dimick Jr., 97, of Sweet Home, who died Dec. 13, 2021, will be held Jan. 8 at Gilliland Cemetery. Graveside service with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.... Full story

 

Duncan sworn in as Linn County sheriff

Michelle Duncan, Linn County's 41st sheriff, is a hard worker, dedicated, compassionate and a team leader, Circuit Court Judge Rachel Kittson-MaQatish said Monday morning, Jan. 3, as she officiated ov...

 

Rising star Munsick added to Jamboree's 'different styles' lineup

Continuing a string of artist announcements that started with the Oregon Jamboree's "Twelve Days of Christmas" series in December, the festival added Ian Munsick to its lineup on New Year's Day....

 

Commentary: New year brings another round of serious issues (Jan. 5, 2022)

Our Review of the Year, in this week’s edition, is a good opportunity to contemplate our recent past, and kind of get a grip on what really happened in a year that was definitely more up-beat than 2020, but still had its rough spots. And, as we...

 

From Our Files (Jan. 5, 2022)

Jan. 6, 1972 The aftermath of a duck hunting trip for a group of boys resulted in one boy being hospitalized with a gunshot wound Dec. 29. Jeffrey Stafford, 16, was struck in the lower back when a 16-gauge shotgun accidentally discharged in the...

 

County audit released

An audit of Linn County’s annual finances resulted in a “clean opinion with no reservations,” Tara Kamp of the CPA firm Pauly Rogers & Co. told Linn County commissioners Roger Nyquist and Will Tucker on Tuesday, Dec. 28. Commissioner Sherrie...

 

Public Safety (Jan. 5, 2022)

December 27 12:29 p.m. - Caller reported fraud involving resident of 28300 block of Ridgeway Road. Would-be victim was nearly scammed for $100,000, but a bank employee discovered the scam in progress and prevented the transaction from occurring....

 

Final Inspection

The new mailbox stacks at Cascadia's Short Bridge Wayside got a look-see from some of the people who made it happen. From left in the photo are: Jim Gourley; Courtney Flathers, field representative...

 

Around Town (Jan. 5, 2022)

Meals on Wheels weekly menu Meals on Wheels offers take-out lunch at the Sweet Home Community Center to seniors over 60 at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The Senior Center serves a separate lunch on Wednesdays. Suggested donation is $3.50....

 

Christmas Lights winners

Joyce and Paul Rowton, featured in the first photo, were double winners in the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce's 2021 Lights Contest (their display, at 994 29th Ave., illuminates the second photo),...

 

Husky boys can't find winner's circle in holiday basketball tournament

Sweet Home's boys basketball team came up winless at the SCTC Holiday Classic at Stayton High School last week, in a slate of three games that featured two showdowns against 5A schools. The Huskies,...

 

Swimming Awards

Sweet Home Swim Club members Mahlia "Josie" Hewitt and Chloe Tyler hold trophies they received at Oregon Swimming's Top-5 Banquet, which honors swimmers with the top-fastest times in the state in...

 

Sweet Home boys finish sixth behind some of state's top wrestling teams at NW Duals

Sweet Home's varsity boys finished sixth in the 34-team Northwest Duals wrestling tournament hosted Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 29 and 30, by West Albany at the Linn County Expo Center. The...

 

Wrestling: Girls 4th in 12-team Northwest Duals, a first for many of them

Sweet Home's girls finished fourth out of 12 teams at the Northwest Girls Duals wrestling tournament Thursday, Dec. 30, hosted by West Albany at the Linn County Expo Center. Thurston, which beat the...

 

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