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Articles from the January 18, 2023 edition

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Coleman named mayor

Susan Coleman was named Sweet Home's mayor – becoming the first woman to hold that top office in nearly four decades and only the third female mayor in the city's 130-year history – during 2023's...

 

Army Corps officials hear Sweet Home feedback on plan for dams system

A plan that will reshape management of 13 dams and reservoirs in the Willamette River Basin was the subject of a public meeting at the Sweet Home Senior Center on Jan. 11. About 60 citizens attended t...

 

Terrence Shea  

Terrence "Terry" Kevin Shea, 65, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 27, 2022, from fungal meningitis, a rare complication from cancer treatments. To his family he was a bit of a superhero because he beat cancer... Full story

 

Sue Tenbusch

Sue Ann Tenbusch, 72, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 13, 2023. She was born July 13, 1950, in Toledo to Earl L. and Virginia (Graham) Hendrickson. Mrs. Tenbusch lived in Sweet Home most of her life. She loved to knit, watch movies, listen to music, dance,... Full story

 

Death Notices (Jan. 18, 2023)

George Delwyn Cooper, 84, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 13, 2023. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit www.sweethomefuneral.com. Byron “Bill” William Mabee Jr., 93, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 9, 2023. Sw... Full story

 

January ESPY Winners

The Sweet Home School Board honored the district's January ESPY honorees at its monthly meeting Jan. 9. Honorees include, in front from left: Harper Ficek, first grade, Oak Heights; Rylee Reed, third...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 18, 2023

Child care advocate figuring out solutions to 'terrifying' puzzle

Bryan Steinhauser admits he didn't really know a lot about the world of child care when he went to work last April for the Early Learning Hub Family Resources and Education Center at Linn-Benton...

 

Letter: Frustration builds at the fuel pump (Jan. 18, 2023)

Editor: I am very fed up with gas stations in Sweet Home. I went down today to get some gas and was asked how much and I said, “fill it up” and was asked how much again and I again said “fill it up” and was told I still had to say how much!...

 

Letter: State needs help to build housing (Jan. 18, 2023)

Editor: An open letter to Gov. Kotek: I love your goal of increased housing of Oregonians; it is so very needed. There are, however, two snags observable on the way to that wonderful goal. First, new housing must be available for all Oregonians....

 

Letter: Parents need to be on alert for 'Woke' (Jan. 18, 2023)

Editor: America’s world has become infested and occupied by a Marxist secular religion. It is a religion because people give it deep commitments. It offers a counterfeit, undefined “salvation.” It’s a doomed mistake to take any pieces from...

 

From Our Files (Jan. 18, 2023)

Jan. 18, 1973 City Manager Michael Gleason said an increase in vandalism is costing the city thousands of dollars in repairs, adding that Sweet Home has one of the worst records in the state for...

 

State adds dental care for veterans

Veterans Services Manager Dee Baley-Hyder told the Linn County Board of Commissioners Tuesday morning, Jan. 10, that county veterans would now have access to dental care thanks to a new program from the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs. She...

 

Man gets 25 years in homeless camp crash

A Salem man was sentenced Wednesday, Jan. 11, in Marion County Circuit Court to 25 years in prison for his role in a March 2022 DUII incident that killed four people, including former Sweet Home...

 

Around Town (Jan. 18, 2023)

Final city-health focus group set The Sweet Home Health Committee, in partnership with Western University School of Health Sciences, will conduct the final session of focus-group meetings seeking community input on the health of the city at 6 p.m....

 

Public Safety (Jan. 18, 2023)

Jan. 9 1 a.m. - Matthew Carl Martin, 32, was cited and released on a Lebanon Municipal Court warrant for third-degree theft, failure to comply on original charge of second-degree theft and failure to appear on original charges of second-degree...

 

First Linn County baby of 2023 born in Lebanon

Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital welcomed its first baby of the year, Brahm Fimbulvetr Farrell, born at 2:47 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. His parents, Chelsee and Jered Farrell, of Albany, honored...

 

SHOCASE to highlight Ross works

The Sweet Home Oregon Coalition for Arts and Scholastic Enrichment begins a new year of art shows with the "wet-on-wet" paintings of local artist and teacher Don Ross from Jan. 25 to Feb. 15 at the...

 

Linn Democrats re-elect Taylor to third term as chair

Jerred Taylor has been elected to a third two-year term as chair of the Linn County Democratic Central Committee. Taylor, the lone nominee, was elected by acclamation Jan. 5 during the Linn County Democrats’ biennial reorganization meeting at...

 

Towry named to lead Boys & Girls Club

Former Sweet Home City Manager Ray Towry was recently named the newest executive director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam, which includes Lebanon and Sweet Home. His tenure...

 

Reptile Man Visits

Richard Ritchey, the Reptile Man, paid a visit to Oak Heights third-graders, as seen in the first photo, on Thursday, Jan. 12. In the second photo, he speaks as a lizard sits comfortably on Piper...

 

Circuit Court (Jan. 18, 2023)

Warrants are out on the following individuals: Samuel Frank Ayers, Noah David Colgrove, Curtis Ray Daniel, Ashlee Dee Flanagan, Andrew James Freitag, Aaron Thomas Halvorson, Noe Hernandez-Reyes, Michael Trevor Hilton, Isaac Booker Justham, Faron...

 

Boys and girls wrestlers both finish third at Oregon Classic

Sweet Home's boys and girls both placed third in the Oregon Classic Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14, in Redmond. The tournament lived up to its reputation, with nine of the top 10 4A boys teams compet...

 

Prep swimming: Huskies get test run in district pool

Sweet Home’s young swimmers got a taste of what the district meet will look like Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Albany Sprint Meet, held at the South Albany pool where the Huskies will swim at districts Feb. 10 and 11. Coach A Jay Bronson said the meet...

 

Huskies' 2023 cheer competition doubles size of field

Sweet Home hosted its fourth annual cheer competition Saturday, Jan. 14, drawing a field of competitors ranging from youth to high school varsity teams that director Amber Rosa said was double the...

 

Boys end non-league basketball season with pair of losses

Sweet Home boys basketball lost to Madras 55-36 at home last week and to Crook County 64-32 on the road, wrapping up the non-league portion of the season with a 1-12 record. Against Madras (7-6) on...

 

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