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Articles from the January 31, 2018 edition

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Pat Gray, 'far beyond finance director,' steps down

After nearly 27 years with the city, Pat Gray will retire as Finance Director Jan. 31. She leaves with the appreciation of her boss of the last year and a half. "What Pat Gray has done for the city...

 

American Legion officer seeks graves of local veterans

Dale Jenkins is looking for the public's help in locating the graves of veterans in the Sweet Home area Jenkins, commander of Sweet Home's American Legion Post, is specifically looking for the...

 

Councilors raise city service fees

Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council added and increased a number of fees during its regular meeting on Jan. 24. Staff recommended the increases following the city's annual review of its fee sch...

 

SHHS graduation rate drops slightly, but officials hopeful

Sweet Home High School’s four-year graduation rate slipped slightly in 2016-17, by less than a percentage point; but school officials see some bright spots in the underlying statistics. In 2016-17, the four-year graduation rate was 70.88 percent,...

 

Kenneth Dale Fields

Sept. 26, 1961 - Jan. 18, 2018 Kenneth Dale Fields, 56, died on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at his home in Garden City, Kan. He was born on Sept. 26, 1961 at Mesa, Ariz. the son of Lee and Karen L....

 

Sue Olson, mom – literally – at A&W, clocks out for last time

After almost 24 years behind the window at A&W, Sue Olson's last day was Friday, Jan 26. Olson went to work for then-owner Verlin Weaver on May 1, 1994. Olson said she needed extra money at the time....

 

Might doesn't make right

Editor: One thing that drives me crazy is when government or large companies do something – not because it’s the right thing to do, but because they can. I love Sweet Home and appreciate all the city does to keep our community healthy and...

 

Around Town Jan. 31, 2018

Foster Dam Road closures ahead Foster Dam Road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, to allow removal of the old fish weir from the dam spillway. The road will then be closed Tuesday, Feb. 13, and possibly on Feb. 14, from 8 a.m....

 

Steve Magnolia puts music background to work as volunteer

The sound of weeping guitars and blues shredders rings throughout the home of Steve Magnolia and Edie Wilcox in Sweet Home. Guitars, carrying the autographs of blues musicians Magnolia has known and...

 

Public Safety Jan. 31, 2018

Jan. 27 7:52 a.m. - Caller reported a suspicious vehicle, 44200 block of Highway 20. Deputy spoke to the female owner of the trailer. She said she and her husband were homeless and living in the RV. Deputy advised them on the rules for camping in...

 

New finance director learned craft at WOU

The City of Sweet Home's new finance director brings several years of experience in budgeting from a post at Western Oregon University. Brandon Neish, 29, succeeds Pat Gray, who retires at the end of...

 

CG, JC roll past girls

The Huskies lost a pair of games last week in girls basketball, 69-28 to Cottage Grove and 63-26 to Junction City. The team has played every team in the league and is midway through its Sky-Em League...

 

Boys lose to Cottage Grove, Junction City

The Huskies lost 72-48 to Cottage Grove and 57-35 to Junction City in boys basketball last week, bringing them to the midpoint of Sky-Em League play. Halfway through the Huskies are 4-1 in fifth...

 

Sweet Home overhauling land use rules to streamline process

The city is throwing out the old and starting from scratch – sort of – as it works through the home stretch of a review and update for the city's land use ordinances. The Community and Economic...

 

Sweet Home woman arrested on theft, forgery, drug charges

Sweet Home police arrested a local woman Thursday morning, Jan. 25, on theft, forgery and drug possession charges. According to Chief Jeff Lynn, at approximately 8:18 a.m. Thursday, Sweet Home police...

 

Rising through the ranks

Sweet Home’s Volleyball 14-1 Black had a successful Sunday at McKay High School in Salem, going undefeated. From left, they are, in front, Zoey Erevia, Kristan Stafford, Chloe Tyler and Brooke Dodge. In rear, from left, are Head Coach Mary...

 

Two Sweet Home girls qualify for state finals in wrestling

Two Sweet Home girls qualified for the state wrestling finals Saturday, Jan. 27, to end a week of schedule changes that left the Huskies with a league title. The wrestling team's Senior Night was...

 

Swimmers hit a high point on path to district and state

With the district swim meet 10 days out, Sweet Home Coach Doug Peargin likes what he saw Friday, Jan. 26, from his Huskies as they faced two of the top 10 teams in the state. "This was our best...

 

No injuries, man hospitalized after suicide attempt

An investigation is ongoing into an incident in which a 32-year-old man was apprehended Friday, Jan. 26, after police said he threatened suicide in the parking lot outside the Jim Riggs Community Center. According to Police Chief Jeff Lynn, at...

 

Sweet Home woman arrested on theft charges

Sweet Home police arrested a local woman Thursday morning, Jan. 25, on theft, forgery and drug possession charges. According to Chief Jeff Lynn, at approximately 8:18 a.m. Thursday, Sweet Home police officers, with assistance from members of the Linn...

 

Man arrested after allegedly firing shots in apartment complex

A man was arrested late Thursday night, Feb. 1, after allegedly firing a gun from an apartment and then running from police. Sweet Home Police responded at approximately 10:50 p.m. to the Stonebrook Apartments, 300 W. Holley Road for a report of a...

 

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