Articles from the January 25, 2023 edition

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Home, finally

An idea that has been years in the making for many community stakeholders finally came to fruition last Saturday, Jan. 14, when the Family Assistance and Resource Center's (FAC) Managed Outreach and C...


Property owner: City carport rule isn't solving problems

Local property owner Josh Victor expressed his dislike of a city code that requires carports on certain properties during a meeting of the Planning Commission Jan. 19. Specifically, the city code read...

 By Sarah Brown    News    January 25, 2023

Old library book drop produces long-hidden trove

Public Works Crew Lead Sean Hegge thought it was going to be just another normal day as he headed into the Sweet Home Public Library to perform a quick fix on the book drop, but his day took an...


Cathy Beemer

Cathy Annett Beemer, 69, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 3, 2023. She was born July 29, 1953, in Eugene to Lloyd and Alda Lou (Harvey) Jewell. Mrs. Beemer is survived by her sons, Will Beemer of Sweet Home... Full story


George Cooper

George Delwyn Cooper, 84, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 13, 2023. He was born Aug. 14, 1938, in Goldendale, Wash., to Ora Allen and Helen Alvira (Cox) Cooper. After graduating high school in Lyle, Wash., he served in the United States Air Force. Mr.... Full story


Henry Deja

Henry Winston Deja, 67, of Sweet Home, died peacefully on Jan. 15, 2023 after a short battle with cancer. He was born June 3, 1955, to Tom and Maryann Deja in Lakewood, Wash. His dad and uncle were pa... Full story


Death Notices (Jan. 25, 2023)

Jack Gerald Herring, 92, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 19, 2023. Viewing will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. Josephine Floyd Jeppsen, 88, of Lebanon, died Jan. 23, 2023. Sweet Home... Full story


Otis Arlie King

Otis "Oty" Arlie King, 98, died Jan. 21, 2023, at Evergreen Hospice in Albany. He was born Aug. 22, 1924, in Holley to Oran and Etta King, the only boy among seven siblings. A good student and... Full story


Frances Louise McDonald

Frances Louise McDonald, 79, of Lebanon passed away Jan. 22, 2023. She was born May 31, 1943, in Lebanon to Raymond Millard and Winifred Phedora (Morris) Robertson. Frances lived all over the... Full story


Gerold 'Jerry' Lee VanBrocklin

Gerold "Jerry" Lee VanBrocklin, 75, of Sweet Home passed away Jan. 12, 2023. Jerry lived most of his adult life in Oregon where he raised his family. He lived in Cottage Grove for many years, where... Full story


Carroll Eugene Bain

Carroll Eugene Bain, 77, of Sweet Home passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. He was born Feb. 11, 1945, in Albany to Francis and Alice Janette (Little) Bain. He served in the United States Army from... Full story


Commentary: Why newspapers matter

The title above might seem self-serving, but it reflects an increasing concern in Oregon, and not just for newspaper publishers. I’ve heard from readers, from government officials, from businesses who are worried about where the state’s...


Lebanon man tracks feathered friends

Back in 1972, when Jeff Harding graduated from high school, his father offered to buy him a shiny new calculator before he enrolled at Oregon State University. "They were new and exciting in those day...


From Our Files (Jan. 25, 2023)

Jan. 25, 1973 A patrolman and junior high student were hospitalized following a collision of a school bus and city ambulance at the intersection of 12th and Long streets. Charles Pollock, 14, was chec...


Opinion: GOP leader lists challenges he sees for Oregon

Editor’s note: Although we are a nonpartisan newspaper, we think this “open letter,” written by the chair of the Oregon Republican Party, highlights concerns shared by Linn County’s rural residents, so we’re giving it some space. Dear Gov....


Around Town (Jan. 25, 2023)

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. 25, 2023)

Jan. 16 9:00 a.m. - Caller reports non-injury motor vehicle crash at 2000 Main St. Report taken, damager over $2,500. 11:15 a.m. - Benjamin Philip Hyatt, 43, arrested on Sweet Home Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear on an original charge...


Circuit Court (Jan. 25, 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, Isaac Booker Justham, Noe Hernandez-Reyes, Michael Trevor Hilton, Isaac...


SHHS drama students to stage 'Midsummer Night's Dream

The Sweet Home High School Theatre Department will present Midsummer Night's Dream, a Shakespearean Comedy, on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 2 and 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium. The play is...


Donors replace emergency generator after outage at SHEM

Sweet Home Emergency Ministries has been able to purchase a generator to provide electricity during power outages, board member Cindy Rice reported. During the extended weather-related power outage in early September of 2022, the backup generator at...


Donors replace emergency generator after outage at SHEM

Sweet Home Emergency Ministries has been able to purchase a generator to provide electricity during power outages, board member Cindy Rice reported. During the extended weather-related power outage...


New Congresswoman Chavez-DeRemer names senior staff

Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-Happy Valley), recently announced her senior staff, hiring several experienced professionals to work on behalf of Oregonians in the Fifth Congressional District. Chavez-DeRemer was officially sworn in following House...

 By Scott Swanson    News    January 25, 2023

Ridgeway adds primary care to increase patient 'access'

Ridgeway Health, the independent medical clinic that opened downtown in the summer of 2021, has quietly begun taking primary care patients, owner and founder Dr. Sam Milstein confirmed last week....


Real Estate Sold (Jan. 25, 2023)

Following are Lebanon, Sweet Home and Brownsville area real estate transactions recorded with the county during December 2022. These are not properties for sale, and some transactions may represent a change of ownership within a family or...


Sweet Home High School FFA competitors place in Lebanon

Sweet Home High School Future Farmers of America students were among placewinners in agricultural mechanics and interview competitions in Lebanon. First photo: Sweet Home's Ag Mechanics team, which...


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