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Articles from the February 10, 2021 edition

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School return sees boost in enrollment

Sweet Home School District saw a jump in enrollment numbers at the beginning of this year, from 2,101 students on Dec. 18 to 2,131 students on Jan. 29. “Due to the return of in-person learning, we saw people coming back,” said Supt. Tom Yahraes....

 

Sweet Home football gets green light as governor revises stance on contact sports

As Sweet Home Athletic Director Nate Tyler put it in a tweet Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 10, "Sweet Home Football is back!" That came after an announcement by Gov. Kate Brown earlier Wednesday that the... Full story

 

Planners seek input on future of Lewis Creek Park

The planning process has begun on a master plan for Lewis Creek Park on Foster Lake, and county officials are looking to get input from local residents who use the facility. The park was built half a...

 

Despite COVID hurdles, SHHS notches record graduation in 2019-20

Sweet Home High School's Class of 2020 graduation ceremonies were unique in many ways: Graduates finished their high school careers in small pods in separate ceremonies over two days, and they were...

 

Campers snap up local spots

Thinking about spending a weekend at one of the local campgrounds this summer? Better move fast or you can forget it. Weekends at River Bend, Cascadia State Park and Clear Lake are booked into late September and Sunnyside is full through July and...

 

James Dain

Aug. 23, 1936 – Feb. 5, 2021 James F. Dain, 84, of Sweet Home died Feb. 5, 2021. He was born Aug. 23, 1936 in Watersmeet, Mich. to Orin and Evelyn Dain. He grew up in Scio. He graduated from Scio... Full story

 

Sweetheart Run this Saturday

The Seventh Annual Sweetheart Run will be held starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Weddle Bridge in Sankey Park. The chip-timed 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, and 1 Mile Kid’s Fun Run has become an annual event on the second Saturday in February....

 

Congress sidelined by presidential pens

By Rich Lowry President Joe Biden has proved that, if nothing else, he has a pen and a phone. According to The Economist, he signed more executive orders in his first two days than President Donald Trump signed in nearly his first two months. And he...

 

Just ignore the political uproar

Editor: The simplest way to ease the turmoil over the “political uproar” is to ignore it. Most of the uproar is by people who are trying to influence others with their own thinking. Just keeping in mind that not all “politics” is reasonable....

 

When government's actions cost citizens, is compensation in order?

By Dr. Eric Fruits Oregon Department of Education recently announced relaxed guidelines for school reopenings. The new guidelines provide a roadmap for districts in the Portland area and much of the state to roll out in-person instruction for...

 

Update: Linn County's COVID risk level drops

Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that 12 counties improved in risk level, with 10 including Linn County, improving from Extreme Risk,, for the first time since November, starting Feb.12. Effective Feb. 12 through Feb. 25, 14 counties will be in the...

 

Around Town Feb. 10, 2021

Lecture to focus on disaster, education The annual Starker Lecture Series at Oregon State University will this year focus on resilience in the face of disasters and other disturbances and how people across the forest landscape work to overcome...

 

Public Safety Log Feb. 10, 2021

Feb. 1 12:31 a.m. – Lisa Dawn Johnston, 46, cited and released on a Sweet Home warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of theft. 2:00 a.m. – Caller reported someone cut a catalytic converter off his vehicle, 1100 block of 43rd. Office...

 

Law enforcement on lookout for suspects in catalytic converter thefts

Catalytic converters are meant to protect people from airborne pollutants. But in 2021, Sweet Home residents might want to protect their catalytic converters. That's because the area is experiencing...

 

Chief: Homeless camp to be closed in March as other options are considered

The last day the homeless encampment at the Church of Nazarene will potentially be open is March 31, Sweet Home Chief of Police Jeff Lynn said last week. "If March is a beautiful month, we could do...

 

SHJH remodel getting final touches as students return

Finishing touches are being put on the newly remodeled Sweet Home Junior High building, which includes a renovated gym that is being called the Douglas Fir Dome, Supt. Tom Yahraes and Facilities Director Josh Darwood told School Board members at thei...

 

Though 'toxic,' with proper preparation lectins can provide great nutrition

I remember it distinctly. Three years ago I received a lot of questions regarding a certain doctor’s book (and his numerous YouTube ads) regarding a certain food “toxic” substance present in...

 

Aiden Tyler signs letter to play football for Western Oregon

Sweet Home quarterback Aiden Tyler signed a letter of intent Wednesday, Feb. 10, to play football for Western Oregon University. With his family – parents Nick and Rachel Tyler, and sister Chloe...

 

OSAA: Restrictions still on for 'contact' sports

The Oregon School Activities Association Executive Board opened the door Monday, Feb. 8, for soccer and cross-country seasons to progress, but maintained some restrictions on volleyball and football. The board voted to proceed with the cross-country...

 

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