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  • Sweet Home School District Champions Team Spirit with New Unified Basketball Program

    Keeghan Gittins, For The New Era|Jan 31, 2024

    The Huskies Unified basketball team played their first game at Newport Jan. 15. They lost to the Newport Cubs 26-20. But that wasn't the story. The story was the parents in the stands, erupting with emotion. One parent in the crowd said, "You could really feel how much the kids loved it. It felt like my son was finally a part of something." Unified basketball is a subsection of Unified Sports, which is a division of the Special Olympics. Its purpose is to bring those with and without...

  • Overall A Good Year - Crime Stats 2023

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 31, 2024

    This past week the Sweet Home Police Department (SHPD) released their statistics for 2023 and according to Police Chief Jason Ogden, it's been a busy year but statistically speaking a better year overall for crime. "In 2023, the total number of crimes reported in our town was 1917, marking a 9.55% increase from the 1743 crimes reported in 2022. However, it's important to note that the number of crimes resolved also increased from 1094 in 2022 to 1268 in 2023, which is a 16% increase." said...

  • City Council Approves Contract Bringing Money To Shelter

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 31, 2024

    At Tuesday's City Council meeting the board started the evening off approving the request for council action to approve a contract for personal services with the Community Services Consortium (CSC) to create new shelter capacity and provide rapid re-housing services to the unsheltered in Sweet Home. The request was submitted by Cecily Hope Pretty, Administrative Services Director and was reviewed by Kelcey Young, City Manager. The city doesn't have adequate funding within its budget so entering...

  • City of Sweet Home Is Calling All Artists

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 31, 2024

    The City of Sweet Home and the Arts Committee is now accepting proposals for potential murals along Main Street and Long Street. The exact locations have yet to be determined, however they hope to do twelve murals in total. They are looking for artists who may be interested in painting the murals and asking them to submit proposals by February 15, 2024. The application deadline has been extended beyond their original January 31 due date due to the number of applicants the city has received so...

  • Car Runs Off Roadway On North River Drive

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 31, 2024

    There was a single car accident at 1:36 pm on Sunday, January 28, at 43596 North River Drive. The driver, Aaron Nelson, age 21, of Sweet Home. The vehicle went off the roadway and over an embankment, striking a tree, and came to rest against a tree, approximately 50-60 feet down. Nelson was the only occupant in the vehicle. He was assisted out of the vehicle by a bystander prior to the arrival of EMS. Fire District personnel then assisted the patient to the roadway and transported him to...

  • CSC Kicks Off P.I.T. Count As FAC Celebrates First Year In Action

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 31, 2024

    On Wednesday, January 24, the Community Services Consortium (CSC) formally kicked off their 2024 P.I.T (Point In Time) count of the homeless. It's that time of year when the rural areas of Oregon begin counting the homeless population in an effort to receive funding for their areas throughout the upcoming year. The survey, called a PIT count that's basically a snapshot of the current numbers of homeless in an area. States are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to...

  • Ryan Lindsey Pinned By SHFD - Three Generations Of First Responders

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 31, 2024

    At the Fire Department board meeting held this past Tuesday, January 23, Ryan Lindsey of Sweet Home was pinned by his father, Levi Lindsey. Ryan is known as being a legacy firefighter, a firefighter who is a continuation of family members who previously or currently serve. "It is an honor I do not take lightly that firefighters from all over Oregon inspiring their children, to start their fire service journey here at Sweet Home Fire District (SHFD)," said Chief Nick Tyler. "We have had many...

  • Commissioners Learn About Alcohol & Drug Efforts

    Alex Paul, For The New Era|Jan 31, 2024

    Linn County’s Alcohol & Drug Department provided services to more than 1,151 individuals last year, director Justin Thomas told the Linn County Board of Commissioners Tuesday morning. And, he said, his staff provided more than 30,000 services, up more than 4,000 services over the prior year. Those services come through group and individual therapy sessions. Thomas said part of the uptick in services provided is improved outreach by staff. “The county has provided transportation options for clients in more rural parts of the county, includin...

  • SHHS Wrestlers Shine at Reser's Tournament of Champions Following 50 Year Mat Club Anniversary

    Sky Chappell|Jan 31, 2024

    Sweet Home Mat Club, founded in 1974 by Wayne Thorpe, Bill Lynn, and Jeff Murphy, celebrated its 50th-year anniversary on January 25, 2024, during the duals against Harrisburg. This milestone marks a long-standing commitment to the sport of wrestling and the development of young athletes within the community. During the dual, Coach Tomas Rosa was acknowledged for his dedication not only to the high school team, but also to Mat Club. The recent duals against Harrisburg proved to be a mixed bag fo...

  • Sweet Home Huskies Swimming Team - Now 7-1!

    Kristy Tallman|Jan 31, 2024

    On Saturday, January 26, the Sweet Home Huskies dominated in a thrilling swim meet against the Philomath Warriors, Sister Outlaws, and Kennedy Trojans. Both the boys and girls swim teams of the Huskies secured resounding victories, solidifying their impressive 7-1 record for the season. Head Coach A Jay Bronson expressed immense pride in his team's accomplishments, stating, "I'm incredibly proud of what they are accomplishing. Austyn Hogan had another great meet with four personal bests. Timber...

  • SHHS Girls Basketball Resilient Despite Losses

    Sky Chappell|Jan 31, 2024

    Following a full week of league games in the Oregon West Conference, the Sweet Home High School girls basketball team has had a tough time putting wins under their belt after losing 22-50 against the Newport Cubs (3-12) Jan. 23 and 15-52 at home against Philomath Warriors (12-3) Jan. 26. The Huskies are currently ranked sixth in the Oregon West Conference. They're 248th in the state, moving up three places since their last game, and 31st in the 4A division. Although losing the game at home Jan....

  • SHHS Boys Basketball Faces Tough Losses in OWC

    Sky Chappell|Jan 31, 2024

    With the Oregon West Conference off to a running start, the Sweet Home boys basketball team has struggled to keep pressure in their second and third league games losing 38-67 against the Newport Cubs (9-5) Jan. 23 away, and 24-56 against the Philomath Warriors (13-3) Jan. 26 at home. The Huskies (3-13) have been putting up a noteworthy fight in which they've already improved upon last year's record (1-22). "Philomath is the #2 ranked team in the state and for a good reason. They are big and...

  • Walter Adolph Rasch

    Jan 31, 2024

    May 13, 1932 - January 14, 2024 Walter Adolph Rasch, 91, of Sweet Home passed away January 14, 2024. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. www.sweethomefuneral.com... Full story

  • Richard Dale Oelrich

    Jan 31, 2024

    Richard Dale Oelrich April 9, 1944 - January 20, 2024 Richard Dale Oelrich, 79, of Sweet Home went to be with the Lord on January 20, 2024. He was born April 9, 1944 of loving parents Christie and Milli (Zubke) Oelrich in Bemidji, Minnesota. He moved from Minnesota to Oregon in 1965, living in Eugene, Seattle, Albany, Lebanon/Berlin area before settling in Sweet Home. Richard was known for his love for the Lord and was dedicated to his family and friends whom he loved dearly. He was a very hard worker taking pride in his work. Richard loved bei... Full story

  • Linda Louise Wilson

    Jan 31, 2024

    Linda Louise Wilson December 15, 1948 - January 24, 2024 Linda Louise Wilson, 75, of Sweet Home passed away January 24, 2024 at Evergreen Hospice with her daughter Terrie by her side. She was born on December 15, 1948 to Alson Dennis Jr. and Mary Beatrice (Gibson) Stout in Eugene. She grew up in Veneta and married Tommy Lee Wilson in 1965. They lived in the Deadwood/Swisshome area until 1984 and then moved to Lebanon, finally settling in Sweet Home in 1992. Linda was a homemaker who loved... Full story

  • Lavida H. "Vi" Richards

    Jan 31, 2024

    Lavida H. "Vi" Richards August 15, 1922- January 24, 2024 Lavida H. "Vi" Richards, 101+, of Sweet Home passed away January 24, 2024 in Lebanon. She was born near Chariton, Iowa, on August 15, 1922, the youngest of eight children born to H. Taylor and Myrtle (Nussbaum) Oxenreider. She grew up on a farm in Lacona, Iowa, and attended high school in Chariton, Iowa. In 1940, Lavida married Noel Richards. They had their first daughter, Barbara, before moving west. They moved from their farm to Oregon... Full story

  • Leroy Louis Wink

    Jan 31, 2024

    Leroy Louis Wink May 12, 1958 - January 25, 2024 Leroy Louis Wink, 65, of Sweet Home passed away Thursday, January 25, 2024 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. Leroy was born at Albany General Hospital on May 12, 1958 to Mhynard and Hattie (Twining) Wink. He graduated from South Albany High School in 1976 and joined the Air Force as a jet engine mechanic after graduation. He married his wife, Julie Wink, on October 8, 1999, in Albany. They have spent the last 24 years devoted to each other... Full story

  • Dorothy Marie Erickson

    Jan 31, 2024

    Dorothy Marie Erickson August 17, 1937 - January 13, 2024 Dorothy Marie Erickson, 86, of Sweet Home passed away January 13, 2024. She was born August 17, 1937 to George Allen and Dorothy (Edwards) Casebolt in Eureka, California. She grew up in Eureka, California, met and married Allen Edward Erickson. They later moved to Sweet Home and raised their four children. Dorothy worked at the moulding plant in Harrisburg and Stayton Cannery. She then worked at Boise Cascade in Sweet Home for many years. She enjoyed being outdoors fishing and camping.... Full story

  • Daryl Dwayne Davis

    Jan 31, 2024

    Daryl Dwayne Davis June 7, 1943 – December 17, 2023 Daryl Dwayne Davis, 80, of Sweet Home passed away December 17, 2023 at Riverbend Hospital in Springfield. He was born June 7, 1943 to Thelma (Gill) and Marion Davis. He grew up in Montana and Oregon. Most of his childhood was growing up in the Sweet Home area where he attended school, before joining the United States Marine Corps in 1960 and served until 1964. Daryl returned to Sweet Home where he had a long career as a logger and equipment o... Full story

  • Around Town - January 31, 2024 Edition

    Jan 31, 2024

    Gnome Paint Night Downtown Restaurant and Lounge will be hosting a gnome painting event 2 to 4 p.m Saturday, Feb. 4. Expert instructors will guide step-by-step with lots of fun and laughter. Never painted before? Not to worry this event is all about having fun and enjoying the process! Aprons, Brushes and Paints are included as well as a pre-sketched 11x14 Canvas. Tickets are $45. 21+ age requirement. For more information, contact Downtown Restaurant and Lounge, to be put on a waitlist, email; we.make.art.or@gmail.com. Sportsman’s Holiday...

  • Public Safety - January 31, 2024 Edition

    Jan 31, 2024

    Jan. 22 9:49 a.m - Faron Kennedy, 59, was arrested for failure to appear on an original charge for first degree theft. 11:52 a.m - Alison Gail Garrett, 50, was arrested on Benton County Circuit Court warrants for first degree burglary and fourth degree assault. 11:54 a.m - Ervin Larry Smith, 70, was cited for failure to pay for registration and failure to display registration. 12:52 p.m - Gilbert Alonzo Martinez, 48, was arrested for second degree criminal mischief, second degree disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. 1:08 p.m - Kagen Cowart...

  • Circuit Court - January 31, 2024 Edition

    Jan 31, 2024

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

  • From Our Files - January 31, 2024 Edition

    Jan 31, 2024

    Jan. 31, 1974 Dr. JJ McCarthy, a chiropractor in Sweet Home, put his ice skating blades to the iced pond at Lester Shingle mill for a spin. He said the last time there was enough ice in the city was in 1949 when Wiley Creek froze over and he could skate a quarter mile up the creek. McCarthy is a former professional speed skater who won the Diamond Trophy at Lake Saranac in New York in 1931. In 1933 he was North American Speedskating Champion. When the 1932 Winter Olympics happened at Saranac, Mc...