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Articles from the January 8, 2020 edition

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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 8, 2020

Restoring the Past

For Gary Betts, a 1943 Willys MB Jeep he found in a quarry outside Corvallis takes him back to his early years. With its original "Go Devil" engine, it can reach 45 mph and give a modern...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 8, 2020

Police calls down for Sankey Park

The city’s efforts to improve Sankey Park in recent years appear to have paid off with a significant reduction in calls to police for activity at the park. In 2017, police responded to 120 reports from Sankey Park. Last year, they responded to 98...

 

City eyes zoning change near 18th and Tamarack

The City of Sweet Home is requesting a zoning change in the area east of 18th Avenue and north of Tamarack Street, from residential-industrial transition to medium-density residential. City Associate...

 

What just happened? We look back at 2019

Here are some of the top stories from 2019. Missed something? Check out our archives at sweethomenews.com. Just run a search with some unique key words and you should see what you're looking for....

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 8, 2020

Longtime Sweet Home Police CSO Gina Riley retires

Gina Riley called it quits Monday, Dec. 30, after nearly 11 years working with the community on behalf of the Sweet Home Police Department. Riley, 60, left a position as a trial assistant at the Linn...

 

Audrey Mae Johnson

Died Dec. 10, 2019 Audrey Mae (Stapleton) Johnson, 88, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 10, 2019. Audrey was born in Hibbing Minn., and with her family, moved to Portland, Ore. and started...

 

Thelma Brady

March 28, 1952 - Dec. 29, 2019 Thelma Brady, longtime resident of Sweet Home, died unexpectedly on Dec. 29, 2019, at the age of 67. She was born March 28, 1952 in Maryland to Jim and Ruby Martin....

 

Michael Ferebee

Jan. 17, 1955 – Dec. 25, 2019 Michael Wayne Ferebee, 64, of Sweet Home died Dec. 25, 2019 in Grants Pass. He was born Jan. 17, 1955 in Eugene to William Baster and Dorothy (Holdridge) Ferebee. He li...

 

Lowell Funk

March 2, 1927 – Jan. 2, 2020 Lowell Christian Funk, 92, of Sweet Home died Jan. 2, 2010. He was born March 2, 1927 in Centerfield, Utah to Chauncey and Alethea (Sorensen) Funk.  He spent his first...

 

Ryan Rowe

Jan. 29, 1984 – Dec. 19, 2019 Ryan LeRoy Rowe, 35, a longtime resident of Sweet Home, died Dec. 19, 2019 at his home in Christmas Valley. He was born Jan. 29, 1984 in Lebanon to Gary Arthur Rowe...

 

New year, new decade, new challenges

The new year means the holidays are over and it’s time to get back to business. For The New Era, that means starting what the folio on the front page says is our 91st year. We celebrated our 90th anniversary last fall, which is when the paper...

 

New laws greet Oregonians with arrival of new year

The Oregon Legislature passed a total of nearly 700 new bills in 2019, many of which kicked in on Jan. 1. The new laws impact a wide range of aspects of Oregonians’ daily life: shopping, driving, work and employment, housing, the environment, and...

 

Around Town Jan. 8, 2020

Free ASL class at area library The Brownsville Community Library is hosting an American Sign Language Class on Thursday evenings in January. The first class will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at 146 Spaulding Ave., Brownsville. This will be a...

 

Grants available for arts, culture

The Linn County Cultural Coalition is accepting proposals for grants to fund projects that will promote and improve access to the arts, to history and local heritage, and for humanities-related activities in Linn County. The LCCC is a 501(c)3 non-pro...

 

Phone charger blamed for house fire

A fire severely damaged an Airport Lane home Monday morning. Sweet Home firefighters responded to the fire at 9:37 a.m. at 4591 Airport Lane, located at the intersection of Airport Lane and 46th...

 

SH man located area after two nights in snow

A Sweet Home man spent two nights trapped in the snow after crashing his pickup in the Moose Creek area east of Cascadia. Linn County Sheriff’s Office and Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District responded to a report of a crash about 10.5 miles up...

 

Public Safety Log January 8, 2020

Jan. 2 8:06 a.m. - Caller reported vandalism, Crawfordsville School, 38420 Glass St., Crawfordsville. Report taken. 4:32 p.m. - Caller reported she was lost in the woods near Canyon Creek, 49100 block of Highway 20, Cascadia. Female was located and...

 

Mill fire human-caused, officials say

Sweet Home Police Department is investigating the fire that destroyed the shipping and receiving office at the former Willamette Industries Sweet Home Mill. The building, located at 2210 Tamarack...

 

Husky boys and girls are county wrestling champs; Thorpe nears 600 wins

Sweet Home won both the boys and girls tournaments of the Linn County Championships Friday, Jan. 3, led by five individual champions for the boys and four for the girls. "That was a huge...

 

Girls finish first against tough competition at Lebanon Invite

Sweet Home's girls placed first in the toughest field they've faced thus far this year, and possibly until they reach state, at the Lebanon Invitational Saturday, Jan. 4. The meet included 5A power...

 

Boys take 9-2 record into league after Elmira win

The Huskies beat Elmira 54-38 in their final pre-league game Friday evening at home in boys basketball. The Huskies led 13-7 after one quarter and kept up the pressure, building a 29-13 halftime...

 

Last-second basket lifts SH girls over Elmira

A last-second shot by Adaira Burger saved the game for Sweet Home, which watched Elmira take away a comfortable lead in girls basketball Friday night, Jan. 3 in the Huskies' last non-league match...

 

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