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  • Keeping Us Going...A Lineman's Day After The Storm

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 24, 2024

    During last weekend's storm much of Sweet Home was left with the unfortunate circumstance of being powerless, not without strength mind you, powerless without electricity. Much of the town and surrounding area was crippled during the storm as ice coated the lines, trees downed power lines and transformers were pushed to their limits. For some that is a nightmare, for others it's "go" time. One such person who knows all about that is David Kem, Operations Manager for Portland General Electric (PG...

  • Father Reunites with Family After Fleeing Ukraine

    Sarah Brown|Jan 24, 2024

    In February 2022, the Martyniuk family found themselves making the hard decision to flee their country as Russia began bombarding Ukraine with missiles and tanks. It was a decision that would separate them from the patriarch of the family for more than a year. After being apart for one and a half years, Viktor Martyniuk was able to embrace his family at the Portland airport last August and return with them to Sweet Home where they currently live. The family, consisting of Viktor and Daniia, and...

  • Locals Treat Storm Workers To Free Lunch

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 24, 2024

    After an ice storm turned Sweet Home into a winter horrorland of icy roads, fallen trees and power lines, in came the cleanup trucks. The storm left thousands of people without power, stranded in their homes and unable to get out but thankfully it didn't stop the repair crews. Electricians, tree trimmers and cable/internet repair crews from across the state poured into Sweet Home this week in an effort to dig everyone out of one of its worst seen ice storms in years. Their presence was welcomed...

  • Tree Crew Receives Gratitude – A Special Thank You

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 24, 2024

    During the second day of free meals being served at Thriftway to the storm workers, Mary Anne Miller stopped by to deliver a special thank you to the tree trimmers. Miller brought with her a thank you card and a great big hug to the guys who are working hard to remove downed trees in the aftermath of last weekend's storm. "I've never been so thankful to see tree workers before," She explained she had several trees down on her property which is off Hwy 20 just out of Sweet Home. Jason Schrepfer,...

  • Local Grindz Delivers Dinner To Seniors Stuck In Storm

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 24, 2024

    Christopher Marocco, the owner of Local Grindz Hawaiian food truck located at 800 Long Street, wasn't about to let folks go hungry during the storm. He decided rather than lose the food due to the extended power outages he would offer free meals to seniors and families with small children. "I just had extra food available to me and luckily I didn't lose power at my house. I just wanted to do something to help out." During the storm Meals on Wheels was unable to deliver and seniors who received...

  • Firefighters Battle Intense Blaze at Highway 228 Shop

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 24, 2024

    A significant fire erupted at a shop along Highway 228 late Saturday night, drawing a substantial response from Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District and neighboring fire departments. The fire was first reported at approximately 10:48 p.m. near the 40900 block of Highway 228. Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District, along with additional fire agencies, responded to the blaze, which consumed a 2100 square foot galvanized steel quonset hut type shop. According to the Incident Commander, who... Full story

  • Shelter From the Storm

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 24, 2024

    As warnings of a winter storm covered the airways, folks around Sweet Home began to prepare for what might come. Temperatures were falling quickly and ice was on the way. It was promised to be a bad storm and the promise was fulfilled. According to City Manager Kelcey Young, the city was as prepared as it could be for what would turn out to be a very long storm. Due to a change in the weather the system stalled, causing the ice to pile on Sweet Home and surrounding areas. The city geared up the road crews and made sure the roads were sanded...

  • Girls Basketball Loses League Opener to Cascade

    Sky Chappell|Jan 24, 2024

    The Sweet Home girls basketball team started their first league play in the Oregon West Conference on Jan. 19 losing 15-76 to Cascade, which is ranked No. 9 in the 4A division. The Cougars (7-5) jumped out to a considerable 24-2 lead just after the first quarter. Following the first, the Cougars were able to get a substantial 48-9 lead by halftime. The Huskies, although behind, continued their fight. Coach Erika Evans commented on how proud of her team she was, stating "Overall I am proud, as...

  • Sweet Home Wrestling Ready for Regional Challenge

    Sky Chappell|Jan 24, 2024

    The Harrisburg All Girls tournament ended with a win for the Sweet Home wrestlers. Even with a few girls missing, the team "still dominated the tournament," Coach Steve Thorpe said. "It was great getting to compete against girls we will see at the regional tournament in a few weeks," Thorpe said. "Riley Watkins and Lydia Wright both had come from behind wins in the finals to earn first place." The results are as follows by weight: 110 - Alizeah Weikel (29-13) placed 2nd and scored 16.0 team...

  • Boys Basketball Faces Tough Loss to Cascade in Oregon West Opener

    Sky Chappell|Jan 24, 2024

    The Sweet Home boys basketball team suffered an unfortunate outcome as a result of their first league game, in the Oregon West Conference last week, losing 40-72 against Cascade on Jan. 19. The Cougars, (9-2) are ranked No. 4 in the state for 4A. "We played hard last night. We just struggled to make shots and looked overwhelmed by their pressure at times," Coach Drew Emmert said. "They are back to back state champs and played like it." The Cougars, last year, earned their third state championshi...

  • Cheer Team Sweeps The Competition

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 24, 2024

    On Sunday, Jan 21, the Sweet Home Cheer team competed in the Sweet Home Cheer Classic. Performing before a huge crowd the team was able to take first place in the Mini's and Tini's division in session one and the youth team took first place at both the Sweet Home and the Newberg Classic competitions. The juniors came home from the Newberg Classic with first in the game day division, first with their traditional routine and claimed session grand championship. At the Sweet Home Classic they...

  • Huskie Swim Team Continues Winning Streak - Now 6-1

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 24, 2024

    On Saturday, January 20, in a swim meet against the Stayton Eagles, Crosshill Christian Eagles, and St. Mary's Crusaders. Huskies took the win on both the boys and girls swim teams. "Both the boys and girls are now six and one on the year. They are doing really well and working really hard. At this point in the season we are not expecting best times, so any that pop up is a great bonus. We have two more home meets and we are really excited to see what comes out of it," said Coach A Jay Bronson....

  • Eileen Frances (Norman) Duncan

    Jan 24, 2024

    Eileen Frances (Norman) Duncan March 5, 1930 - January 12, 2024 Eileen Frances (Norman) Duncan, 93, of Lebanon was born to Arthur and Marie (Kowitz) Norman in Portland on March 5, 1930. She crossed over at home with family by her side on January 12, 2024. Her family moved to the farm on Brewster Road in Lebanon when she was three. Her family was very musical and she learned to play multiple instruments at a very young age because of her ability to hear a song and play it. She was in multiple... Full story

  • Patricia Christianson

    Jan 24, 2024

    Patricia Christianson April 30, 1943 - January 11, 2024 Patricia Christianson, 80, of Sweet Home passed away January 11, 2024. She was born April 30, 1943 to Leonard and Marthella (Bowden) Flanary in Bend. She moved to Sweet Home in the late 1970’s. Patricia managed the Broiler Cafe and the Timbers Tavern. She worked at Boise Cascade when she came down with multiple myeloma, with a life expectancy of six months. Patricia was a people person, she loved her family and her home. She enjoyed... Full story

  • Kenneth Ronald White

    Jan 24, 2024

    Kenneth Ronald White August 5, 1936 - January 13, 2024 Kenneth “Kenny” Ronald White, 87, of Sweet Home passed away January 13, 2024. Kenny was born August 5, 1936 in Vernonia the only child of Kenneth G. and Olive V. (Hobin) White. The family relocated to Sweet Home in 1943. His parents started a radio repair shop, expanding to White’s Furniture and Sporting Goods. Kenny grew up and went to local schools while they lived in an apartment above the family business on Main Street. In the... Full story

  • Dorothy Marie Erickson

    Jan 24, 2024

    Dorothy Marie Erickson August 17, 1937 - January 13, 2024 Dorothy Marie Erickson, 86, of Sweet Home passed away January 13, 2024. Services will be at a later date. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. www.sweethomefuneral.com... Full story

  • Doris Dean Hartley

    Jan 24, 2024

    Doris Dean Hartley November 15, 1934 - January 16, 2024 Doris Dean Hartley, 89, of Salem passed away January 16, 2024. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. www.sweethomefuneral.com... Full story

  • Patricia D. Gomez-Alvarez

    Jan 24, 2024

    Patricia D. Gomez-Alvarez October 1, 1957 - December 21, 2023 Patricia D. Gomez-Alvarez, 66, of Sweet Home passed away December 21, 2023. A celebration of life will be 11 am Saturday, February 3 at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements www.sweethomefuneral.com.... Full story

  • Around Town - January 24, 2024 Edition

    Jan 24, 2024

    The Great Gatsby Albany Civic Theater presents “The Great Gatsby” starting on Friday, Jan. 26, from 7:30-10 p.m. at 113 1st Ave. W, Albany. Evening performances (7:30 p.m.) will be Jan. 26 and 27, Feb. 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10. Matinee performances (2:30 p.m.): Jan. 28 and Feb. 4. Online streaming is also available for this show. “The Great Gatsby” is a timeless tale of love and tragedy set in the jazz age of New York. Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, pursues a former lover, Daisy, and his pursuit meets with a tragic end. This adaptation...

  • Public Safety - January 24, 2024 Edition

    Jan 24, 2024

    Jan. 15 1:31 p.m - Rodney Westbrook, 57, was cited for cell phone use. 4:24 p.m - Kelly Duane Kearns, 51, was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. 6:20 p.m - Raymond Lyle Tressel, 28, was arrested by Albany PD on a Sweet Home Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear on original charges for second degree criminal trespass and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle. 10:57 p.m - Kevin Earl Terwilliger, 60, was arrested for driving while suspended. Jan. 17 9:14 a.m - Sarah Denise Mullins, 41, was arrested for second degree criminal trespass...

  • Circuit Court - January 24, 2024 Edition

    Jan 24, 2024

    Warrants are out on the following individuals: Kaleb Kimber Banta, Jacob Reginald Bliss, Hope Marie Connors, Curtis Ray Daniel, Ashlee Dee Flanagan, Aaron Thomas Halvorson, Noe Hernandez-Reyes, Michael Trevor Hilton, Ariel Shanea Kaping, Faron Walter Kennedy, Andrew Donald LeGore, Charles James Marvel, Bryce William McGowan, Carrie Lynne Miller, Kendra Lynne Montoya, Larry Robert Morgan, Steven Dale Myers, Nicholas Alan Nelson, Julianne Nicole Phillips, Quentin Wyatt Quadros, Tammy Lavonn Robinson, Paul Levi Shelton, Kenneth Todd Smalley,...

  • From Our Files - January 24, 2024 Edition

    Jan 24, 2024

    Jan. 24, 1974 Gasoline dealers met with the mayor to determine how they might be able to alleviate the city’s shortage of fuel. Gas stations have had difficulty obtaining additional gas allocations. Guaranteed gasoline membership cards (entitling holders to 48 gallons per month at Cheap Charlies or Big Gallon) are being criticized and its legality questioned. Ripley’s Chevron station was approved to receive 8,500 gallons through “exceptional hardship assistance” from the Oregon Energy...

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