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Articles from the January 19, 2022 edition

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Council supports homeless facility location

The Sweet Home City Council voiced unanimous support on Jan. 11 for a "temporary managed homeless outreach and resource facility" being constructed in a fenced-in, paved area behind the back parking...

 

Teen killed in rollover crash east of Sweet Home

A Sweet Home teen died Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 19, in a rollover crash east of Foster Lake, Oregon State Police said. OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded approximately 4:18 p.m. to the report of a single motor vehicle crash on Hwy 20... Full story

 

School district issues updated COVID rules

The Sweet Home School District last week released updated isolation and quarantine for students and staff who have had contact with or experienced symptoms of COVID. The guidance reflects directives announced by the state earlier this month.... Full story

 

Fire burns abandoned home near Safeway for third time

An abandoned house northwest of Safeway burned for the third time on Sunday morning, Jan. 16. Firefighters arrived at 10:54 a.m. at the property, 1400 Nandina St., which had also gone up in flames...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 19, 2022

Now retired, former Sheriff Yon ponders memories, options

Jim Yon was a senior in college, interning for the Linn County Sheriff's Office in the spring of 1993, when he discovered his dream job. Right there.  "I knew early in life that (law enforcement)...

 

See the forest for the (half) court

Spectators garbed in forestry gear, cheer during the boys basketball game against Philomath Jan. 11. The evening included a raffle to shoot a "Half Court Shot for $500" during halftime of the girls...

 

Roberta Kruesi

Roberta "Robbie" VavRosky Kruesi, 75, of Sweet Home died peacefully Jan. 11, 2022, at Conifer House Memory Center in Corvallis, surrounded by family. She was born Nov. 1, 1946 in Vancouver, Wash., to... Full story

 

Edith Slater 

Edith Gertrude Slater, 100, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 11, 2022, at Wiley Creek Community in Sweet Home. She was born Dec. 5, 1921, in Wilbaux, Mont., to Byron Hunter and Mary (Blanchard) Gift. Mrs. Sla... Full story

 

Larry William Painter

Larry William Painter, 83, of Sweet Home passed away Saturday. He was born May 20, 1938, in Lebanon to Quay Arthur and Lizzy Vanza (Cooper) Painter. Larry served in the United States Air Force from... Full story

 

Death Notices (Jan. 19, 2022)

Donald Scott Berry, 68, of Sisters, died Jan. 13, 2022. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit www.sweethomefuneral.com. William David Easling Sr., 83, of Lebanon, formerly of Sweet Home, died Jan. 14,... Full story

 

Gleaners ask residents to stop dumping at site

The Sweet Home Gleaners, Inc. relies on donations to run its thrift store. But its staff is unhappy with the near-daily dumping of unusable items in its parking lot after business hours, volunteer...

 

Building in Linn County up in first half of 2021-22 fiscal year

The number of permits issued within contract cities by the Linn County Planning & Building Department in the first half of the 2021-22 fiscal year is more than the previous year, Alyssa Boles...

 

Positive steps for local homeless (Jan. 19, 2022)

The saying, “Hell is full of good meanings, while heaven is full of good works” may be theologically suspect, but it makes a valid point: that talk is cheap, but action produces consequences. Which is exactly where Sweet Home is now. The City Cou...

 

From Our Files (Jan. 19, 2022)

January 20, 1972 It was learned Wednesday that the contract of Douglas Olds, school superintendent for four years, has not been renewed by the Board of Directors of District 55. The decision, according to Olds and Walter Mulholland, board chairman, w...

 

Strict 'organic' emphasis ignores realities of Oregon agriculture (Jan. 19, 2022)

By Jami Cate During a recent legislative hearing, House Speaker and gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek told those of us serving on the House Committee on Economic Recovery and Prosperity that...

 

Thanks for getting kids back on track (Jan. 19, 2022)

Editor: To our Sweet Home teachers, administrators, coaches, bus drivers, janitors, lunch ladies, and everyone who is helping our school district continue to run as smoothly as possible:  We just want to express our gratitude for your continued...

 

Sheriff: Experience key to public safety (Jan. 19, 2022)

Editor: As your sheriff, public safety is my top priority. At the time I began working in law enforcement, I wanted to protect our community and those unable to protect themselves. I started as a patrol deputy and narcotics detective many years ago,...

 

Newspeople looking for feedback on governor

News organizations and nonprofit groups in Oregon are teaming up to learn what voters want candidates for governor to be talking about as they compete for votes. They seek Oregonians to participate in a “Let’s Talk” 90-minute virtual listening...

 

Around Town (Jan. 19, 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. 19, 2022)

January 10 1:45 a.m. - Dustin Kyle Coughran, 31, was arrested on a Sweet Home Municipal Court warrant for failure to comply on an original charge of second-degree criminal trespass, Albany Police Department. 4:25 a.m. - The Sheriff’s Office...

 

Police probe alleged racism

By Scott Swanson Of The New Era The city and school district have issued statements denouncing racism and discrimination following a news report about an incident that allegedly took place during the Linn County Championships wrestling tournament...

 

Swimmers have 'great' sprint meet against district opponents

Sweet Home's swimmers got a look at how the rest of the district is shaping up on Saturday at the District Spring Meet "It was a great meet," said Coach A Jay Bronson. "Really quick." The meet was...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 19, 2022

Remembering 'Jammers'

James "Jammers" Warrington, one of Sweet Home's most recognizable homeless residents, died Friday afternoon, Jan. 14.  Police Chief Jeff Lynn said the cause of death for Warrington, 43, was "unsure."...

 

Courts ruling influencing cities' response to their homeless situations

Why are cities in Oregon scrambling to find solutions to house their local homeless populations? A large part of the answer is two recent court rulings in the Northwest that have significantly influenced how cities, including Sweet Home, are dealing...

 

Wrestling: Boys second at Oregon Classic after finals loss to La Grande

Sweet Home’s boys finished second to La Grande Saturday in the Oregon Classic’s 4A Division, the Huskies losing 46-31 in the championship round in what was a faceoff between the past two state champions – La Grande in 2020 and Sweet Home last y...

 

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