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Articles from the January 12, 2022 edition

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Fire destroys vacant 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...

 

School board reviews state COVID-19 advisory

Sweet Home School District School Board members reviewed the Jan. 3 Oregon Department of Education’s school health advisory, issued earlier this month. The ODE recommended that schools pause extracurricular activities or ensure they follow the...

 

County prepares as COVID-19 numbers rise

With a massive surge in COVID-19 numbers late last week, local health officials are scrambling to prepare for anticipated demand for vaccines and the impact on local medical facilities.  The state's...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 12, 2022

Ranger honored for 2020 fire heroism

Linn County Commissioner Will Tucker has a beef with U.S. Forest Service leaders, so he took it last week to Sweet Home District Ranger Nikki Swanson.  But not in the way that sounds.  Tucker...

 

Kimberly Beth Palmer

Kimberly Beth Palmer, 62, of Sweet Home, passed away peacefully Dec. 31, 2021, at her home. She was born Feb. 15, 1959, in Charleston, W.V., to Eugene and Patricia (Strobel) Woods. Kim was a "Navy... Full story

 

Jaden Daniel Zimmerman

Jaden Daniel Zimmerman, 20, of Corvallis, died Dec. 5, 2021, as the result of a tragic car accident. He was born on April 28, 2001, in Corvallis to parents Dale and Amie (Riggs) Zimmerman. Jaden... Full story

 

Howard Arms

Howard Melvin Arms, 94, of Foster, died Jan. 5, 2022. He was born March 21, 1927, in Vinita, Okla., to John Moses and Iva Jane (Young) Arms. Mr. Arms served in the United States Army. He lived in... Full story

 

Ronald West

Ronald Dale West, 95, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 22, 2021. He was born Aug. 3, 1926, in Zanesville, Ohio, to Ellis and Ruth Elizabeth (Leaf) West. Mr. West moved, from Zanesville across the country,... Full story

 

Death Notices (Jan. 12, 2022)

Robert Lee Felkins Sr., 86, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 4, 2022. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit www.sweethomefuneral.com. Roy Dale Williamson, 60, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 5, 2022. Sweet Home... Full story

 

Parent addresses sparsely attended school district listening session

A "listening session" was held Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Sweet Home Junior High, allowing parents to interact with Sweet Home School District board members outside of regular monthly board meetings, where...

 

Nyquist named commissioner chairman; no decision on homeless site

Roger Nyquist was elected chairman of the Linn County Board of Commissioners for the 20th year Tuesday morning, Jan. 4, during the board's first meeting of 2022. Commissioner Will Tucker will serve...

 

Letter: Added thoughts on sewing skills (Jan. 12, 2022)

Editor: I really enjoy Roberta Mc-Kern’s museum musings. The last one (Dec. 29) about a quilt interested me for different reasons than history. She assumes that mothers did the embroidery, because surely no boy, or child of 11 or 12, or a man would...

 

Letter: Is this liberty or mass groupfear? (Jan. 12, 2022)

Editor: In 2022 will Americans turn to basic life and liberty principles? When a nation’s leaders identify and isolate non-criminal citizens, something wicked this way comes. Back in the day, Americans were presumed innocent until proven guilty. Th...

 

From Our Files (Jan. 12, 2022)

Jan. 13, 1972 City Council members voted to install a two-line emergency phone to the police station, to purchase two road graders to bring two streets up to standard, and to purchase a piece of property. The decision to add another emergency line...

 

Numerous laws passed in 2021 long session

Oregon legislators passed hundreds of new laws in the 2021 session, many of which went into effect Jan. 1. The Legislature considered a total of 2,519 bills, memorials and resolutions during the 2021 long session, and passed 719 – adding six more... Full story

 

Meeting to discuss possible changes to Corps' Willamette Valley System

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planners are considering changes that may impact the continued operations and maintenance of the Willamette Valley System, which includes Foster and Green Peter reservoirs.  Staff continues developing an Environmental...

 

Around Town (Jan. 12, 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....

 

Public Safety (Jan. 12, 2022)

January 3 3:19 a.m. - Perry Leroy White, 57, was arrested on a Linn County Sheriff’s Office warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of criminal driving, Linn County Sheriff’s Office. 9:17 a.m. - Deputies confirmed that a missing juven...

 

Cougar attacks dog Monday

Sweet Home police warned residents to be aware after a dog was attacked by a cougar just after noon Monday, Jan. 10. The dog belonged to a resident in the 1000 block of 43rd Avenue. Kathi Melson, 62, and her boxer-shepherd mix exited the back of...

 

Linn County engineer retires after 16 years

Although Linn County Engineer Chuck Knoll's last day of work was Dec. 31, his list of planned activities will keep him busy for a long time to come. For example: trips to Alaska, Yellowstone, and...

 

Lebanon man gets four years for COVID-19 relief fraud

A Lebanon man was sentenced to four years in federal prison Thursday, Jan. 6, after reportedly stealing millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds. Andrew Aaron Lloyd, 51, also received five years’ supervised release and was ordered to pay more...

 
 By Cathryn Arndt    News    January 12, 2022

Four tips for achieving your health goals in the new year

Here we are again, at the start of a new year!  No doubt you, like so many others, want to make some healthy changes this year and nutrition is an area in which most of us can improve! I will not...

 

Sweet Home swimmers edge Shelton, beat two others at Newport

After missing an extra week after their swim meet at Stayton, scheduled for Dec. 30, was called off due to weather, Sweet Home’s girls got back into the groove Saturday at Newport, coming away with a team win. The boys were third, behind Newport,...

 

Boys basketball: Tough competition keeps Huskies on losing end

Sweet Home boys basketball (2-11, No. 31 state ranking) lost to two much higher-ranked opponents in two road games last week, falling to Corbett (8-1, No. 13) 61-34 on Jan. 4 and Woodburn (10-2, No. 12) 48-22 on Jan. 7. “We’re getting a lot of...

 

Girls wrestling: Four Huskies, team win titles at inaugural Linn County girls championships

Sweet Home's girls won the first-ever Linn County women's wrestling championship tournament Friday, Jan. 7, finishing ahead of five other schools. Sweet Home had 13 entrants in the tournament, with...

 

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