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Articles from the January 30, 2019 edition

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Snow closes schools in Sweet Home Tuesday morning

About an inch of snow fell in the Sweet Home city limits, just in time to prompt schools Supt. Tom Yahraes to decide to close schools, after initially deciding on a two-hour delay. Yahraes said "icy,... Full story


Council gives OK to police car purchase

The Sweet Home City Council approved a supplemental budget allowing the Police Department to spend up to $15,500 from the city’s Narcotics Fund to replace a vehicle used by its detective. The Narcotics Fund uses money obtained through seizures and...


SHHS graduation rate increased slightly in past year

Sweet Home High School’s graduation rate increased slightly in the 2017-18 school year, but its dropout rate fell significantly, according to figures released by the Oregon Department of Education Thursday. The four-year graduation rate increased f...


Ethics panel rules against commissioner on two counts

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission last week determined that Linn County Commissioner John Lindsey violated state law requiring the disclosure of a potential conflict of interest twice, while...


Sweet Home's Kittson-MaQatish sworn in as Circuit Court judge

Newly elected Linn County Circuit Court judges Rachel Kittson-MaQatish and Michael Wynhausen were sworn in Friday afternoon, Jan. 25, during an investiture cere-mony at Linn County Courthouse....


BonnieLu DeWeese

Dec. 10, 1937 – Jan. 19, 2019 BonnieLu Florence DeWeese, 81, of Sweet Home, died Jan. 19, 2019. She was born Dec. 10, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minn. to Robert and Lucille Marie (Parsons) Kemp.  She... Full story


Stanley Robert Seleen

Feb. 27, 1947 - Jan. 8, 2019 Stanley Robert (Stan) Seleen, 71, was born Feb. 27, 1947 and died in Salem Hospital on Jan. 8, 2019.  He was born in Lebanon to Theodore and Betty Lou Bridgeman... Full story


Frances Larsen

March 11, 1931 – Jan. 18, 2019 Frances Marie Larsen, 87, longtime resident of Sweet Home, recently of Lebanon, died Jan. 18, 2019. She was born March 11, 1931 in Burbank, Okla. to Dewit T. and... Full story


Verna Wodtli

June 14, 1927 – Jan. 19, 2019 Verna Mae Pittsley Wodtli, 91, longtime resident of Sweet Home, died Jan. 19, 2019 in Lowell after a long illness. She was born June 14, 1927 in Carter, Wis. to George... Full story


Melissa Yates

May 26, 1984 – Jan. 25, 2019 Melissa Ann Yates, 34, of Albany, formerly of Sweet Home, died Jan. 25, 2019. She was born May 26, 1984 in Lebanon to Albert Preston and Deborah Sue (Hayes) Yates. She lived in Albany and the Sweet Home areas during... Full story


'Utopian' politicians forget that nothing is free

By Dennis Linthicum After the recent elections, the Democrat Party has a “super” majority in both of Oregon’s Legislative chambers. They also own the Governor’s Office. This means they have a 66 percent majority in the legislature and can...

 By Scott Swanson    News    January 30, 2019

Sheriff Yon outlines expectations, concerns at Lebanon forum

Sheriff Jim Yon outlined his expectations for his department and some of the issues he expects to deal with in the near future during a talk Friday, Jan. 25, to a capacity audience at a forum...


Local educators' work impressive

Editor: A couple class acts! I was pleased and not a bit surprised that Mr. Yahraes met all nine performance standards (Jan. 23 edition). I have talked to several people under his present supervision and a few that are now retired. They all speak...


Around Town Jan. 30, 2019

Free spay/neuter available for cats Now is the perfect time to spay/neuter cats to prevent future litters of kittens. Spring breeding season is right around the corner and is the time when unaltered cats often exhibit nuisance behaviors, including...

 By Sarah Brown    News    January 30, 2019

Business veterans share wealth of knowledge in retirement

Every morning, Joe and Marlene Peterson can be found at a Starbucks, having their daily coffee and enjoying each other's company. They're a friendly couple who, like most, share common interests and...


Grant to fund bike safety program for fifth-graders

The Sweet Home School District will begin a sort of driver’s education program for fifth-graders next school year – teaching them to ride bikes safely. Samaritan Health Services has awarded an $8,000 social accountability grant to the School...


Boys enter week tied for 4th after hoops split with Sisters, Newport

Sweet Home picked up a win and a loss last week in boys basketball beating Sisters 51-42 at home Jan. 22 and falling 64-45 at Newport Friday, Jan. 25. Those results leave Sweet Home in a three-way...


Husky wrestlers get final big workout before district and state

It was a big weekend of wrestling for Sweet Home as the girls team won its first big tournament, the junior high wrestlers won their district meet and the high school boys competed at Reser's...


Public Safety Log Jan. 30, 2019

Jan. 27 12:15 a.m. - Jody Lawrence Maruffo, 40, arrested on Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on original charge of harassment. Jan. 26 1:27 a.m. - Bryce Taylor Keenon, 22, arrested on Linn County warrant for failure to appear on original...


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