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Articles from the February 17, 2021 edition

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Hearing on development fees silent

Sweet Home’s City Council held a public hearing Feb. 9 on a proposed a new methodology for calculating system development charges. The methodology would allow the council to set SDCs at considerably higher rates in the future than the current SDC...

 

SH's new representative getting up to speed

State Rep. Jami Cate welcomes a visitor to her new office in the House wing of the Oregon State Capitol. The Capitol building is largely empty, except for a few people huddled in a meeting in corner...

 

COVID numbers continue to fall in county

As the next wave of local students heads back to brick-and-mortar classrooms this week, Linn County's COVID numbers continue to drop. During the week of Feb. 7 - Feb. 13 saw 88 new COVID cases...

 

June Calhoon

June 21, 1929 - Feb. 12, 2021 June Calhoon, 91, of Lebanon passed away Friday. She was born in Portland to Hugh and Jeanette Emma (Thomas) May. She lived in Portland and Vernonia areas until 1950... Full story

 

Janice Debrie

May 18, 1961 - Feb. 7, 2021 Janice Debrie, 59, was taken home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Feb. 7, 2021 after a year-long battle with cancer. She was born May 18, 1961 in Salem to... Full story

 

New pastor plans to help Freedom Hill 'replant' as church

Helping churches rebuild is not a new experience for Jeff Dankenbring. And that's what he's in Sweet Home to do: Help "replant" Freedom Hill Church, which has seen a decline in attendance and...

 

COVID decision triggers unusual feeling: happiness

Imagine you’re a high school athletic director. You love sports and you like kids. If you didn’t, there are plenty of easier ways to make money. Your job – if not life – centers on trying to maximize the life experience for high schoolers,...

 

Impeachment trial rigged by GOP

Editor: Donald Trump said, “I could stand in the  middle of 5th Avenue and shoot someone and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” Well, that’s what he did on Jan. 6, 2021. Killed seven people, in fact, and got 140 officers injured, including brain...

 

Ramped-up mandates ring hollow against common sense

By Dennis Linthicum In the movie “Collateral Damage,” Arnold Schwarzenegger saves the day at the last minute. Aside from the bad guys, explosions, and the lustre of an action movie, there is another lesson: Don’t be fooled by kind words and...

 

Around Town Feb. 17, 2021

Donate blood at Fir Lawn Lutheran Fir Lawn Lutheran Church will host a blood donation event from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 109 W. Holley Road. Contact Jean Beriault at (541) 258-7782 or visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive and...

 

Public Safety Log Feb. 17, 2021

Feb. 8 12:56 p.m. - Caller reported identity theft. 27200 block of Rowell Hill Road. Two fraudulent accounts were opened, with total charges of approximately $3,230.29. Report taken. 4:31 p.m. - Karen Sechrest, 59, of Sweet Home, cited for speeding...

 

Fire destroys 5th Avenue home, but leaves one happy surprise

A fire that apparently started in a carport burned a home on the south end of 5th Avenue Thursday evening. The fire was reported by a resident just before 7:30 p.m. Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance Distr...

 

New dog handler Brian Prather says Gemma is natural fit

Gemma, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, has been a drug-sniffing dog for the Sweet Home Police Department for nearly 3 years. But as of Feb. 1, Gemma has a new handler, along with a new home. Officer...

 

Interested in preserving pollinators? Be a Master Melittologist

By Kym Pokorny Oregon State University Writer Oregon is the first state in the nation to form a Master Melittologists program of trained community scientists dedicated to preserving and cataloguing be...

 

Linn County's jobless numbers mirror those of rest of state

The state of Oregon lost a total of 25,500 jobs in December, largely in the leisure and hospitality sector. Other sectors with job losses included private education, government, wholesale trade,...

 

Katie Robeck signs letter to play soccer for Hesston College

Katie Robeck signed a letter of intent Friday, Feb. 12, to play soccer for Hesston College. She signed in the Main Gym, flanked by her parents, Cindi and Mike. Athletic Director Nate Tyler noted that...

 

Sweet Home volleyball, basketball players break competition drought with wins

After a year without playing indoors, at least officially, Sweet Home volleyball and basketball players got a chance to knock the rust off last weekend in Idaho. And boy, did they deliver. A group of...

 

Fast, fun times in 7th Sweetheart Run in SH

Scott Gullickson left the field in whatever dust hadn't been dampened by the rain Saturday with a sizzling finish to the seventh annual Sweetheart 5K run, clocking a 17:59. The race started and...

 

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