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Articles from the January 26, 2022 edition

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ODE: Sweet Home grad rate above state average

According to Oregon Department of Education data from the 2020-2021 school year, Sweet Home School District's graduation rate continues to exceed the state average, as it had the previous year,...

 

Monday accident caps week of area crashes

Icy conditions early Monday morning, Jan. 24, caused a two-vehicle crash in the 27000 block of Highway 20 east of Sweet Home. The accident was reported shortly before 8 a.m. According to Sweet Home...

 

County targeted by ransomware

About 6 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24, Linn County discovered that a number of its computers were infected with ransomware. Linn County’s IT Department shut down all affected computer systems immediately to minimize spreading of the ransomware. Ransomware...

 

Fire calls up in 2021, chief reports

The Sweet Home Fire District made 3,385 runs in 2021 — 865 were fire-related — a 20% increase from the previous year, Fire Chief Dave Barringer reported at a Tuesday, Jan. 18, fire board meeting. He attributed this to the district’s growing...

 

Cougar caught after attempted dog-napping

A cougar that tried to snatch a dog that was outside with its owner on Jan. 10 was trapped last week on a neighboring piece of property.  Sweet Home police issued a warning to residents after the dog, which police said belonged to Kathi Melson, a...

 

Edwin Carr

Edwin "Ed" C. Carr, 93, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 20, 2022. He was born Sept.11, 1928 in Tonopah, Nev., to Shelby John and Sarah Helen (Leavitt) Carr. He lived in Fallon, Nev., Grants Pass and Watsonvi... Full story

 

Jasper Keeney

Jasper June Keeney, 18, of Sweet Home died Jan. 19, 2022. She was born Dec. 22, 2003 in Lebanon to Kerry Keeney and Josie Mengore. She was a senior in high school, who planned on serving in the... Full story

 

Larry Radie

Larry Lloyd Radie, 82, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 19, 2022. He was born Sept. 1, 1939 in Garrison, N.D., to August and Adelia (Eman) Radie. He lived in Scio and then in Falls City until 1983, Foster... Full story

 

Mark W. Mausen

Mark, 75, passed away peacefully at his home in Lawndale, Calif. He was born April 13, 1946, in East Chicago, Ind., to Nick and Ann Mausen. The then-family of five resided in Illinois until 1948, when they moved to Sweet Home. One year later, they... Full story

 

Death Notice (Jan. 26, 2022)

David Hobart, 79, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 22, 2022. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit www.sweethomefuneral.com....

 

Sweet Home School District January 2022 ESPY Winners

Foster School: Hailey Baker and Autumn Bryant, third grade. Hawthorne School: Lincoln Sutton and Abby Banker, first grade. Holley School: Weston Olson, fourth grade; and Boone Cupp, fifth grade. Oak Heights School: Logan Barrett and Melany Huff,...

 

Seniors, beware of online fraudsters (Jan. 26, 2022)

Editor: I work with computers. I’ve developed software for over 45 years. Since 2013, I’ve provided a service to help people, typically those I know, with repairing, upgrading and fixing issues with computers. During this time, I’ve assisted...

 

Thanks to local business owners

Editor: We had an electrical fire in Sweet Home at a rental we own on Ironwood street Dec. 13.  Thank goodness, it was caught real quick by the renter with a fire extinguisher and saved the home.  The young family of five did not have renter...

 

From Our Files (Jan. 26, 2022)

Jan. 27, 1972 Last week’s storm that dumped 2.32 inches of rain on Sweet Home and even greater amounts in other areas caused heavier damage locally than in other parts of the Willamette Valley. At least three bridges were washed out in Eastern...

 

Sweet Home teen dies in Highway 20 crash

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 at about 4:18 p.m. to the report...

 

No injuries reported in Highway 228 crash

No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle crash Friday evening, Jan. 22, near milepost 19 on Highway 228 south of Sweet Home. According to the Oregon State Police, Marlin M. Weikel, 33, of Sweet...

 

Gov. Brown sued over sentence commutations

Linn County District Attorney Doug Marteeny last week joined with his Lane County counterpart, Patty Perlow, and four crime victims in an effort to seek a judge's order that Gov. Kate Brown and state...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 26, 2022

Omicron cases grow in county

The omicron variant of the COVID virus continues to rack up infection numbers in Oregon and locally, health officials and state agencies report.  “I would say, at this point, that we’re still having cases increase,” said Todd Noble, Linn Count...

 

Around Town (Jan. 26, 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....

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 26, 2022

A doctor who's always in

It was when Dr. Larry Horton retired that he became really active in the community.  Of course, that depends on which retirement we're talking about.  Horton, who recently turned 72, is the former...

 

What chittem bark brought to the valley

While reading through Lois Rice's notes at the East Linn Museum, a couple of newspaper clippings caught my attention. One, from July 1904, dealt with collecting chittem bark. The other, from...

 

Public Safety (Jan. 26, 2022)

January 17 9:46 a.m. - Tyler Paul Dean Malloy, 27, was arrested on a Sweet Home Municipal Court warrant for failure to comply on an original charge of second-degree theft, Albany. 2:10 p.m. - Caller reported items stolen during a shed break-in, 4600...

 

ODE: State grad rates drop only slightly

 By Alex Baumhardt Oregon Capital Chronicle The state’s average four-year high school graduation rate fell just two percentage points during the last school year despite major hurdles to instruction from the pandemic, according to data released...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 26, 2022

Chamber charts progress during year-in-review

Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce officials gave a report to the community Thursday evening, Jan. 13, on the organization's progress over the past year. New President Christy Duncan, of Samaritan...

 

County OKs rock quarry expansion

The Lyons-area Fox Valley Pit rock quarry will be allowed to expand its aggregate work area by 40 acres, Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist and Will Tucker agreed Tuesday, Jan. 18. Commissioner Sherrie Sprenger is on vacation. Northrock Quarry...

 

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