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Articles from the February 20, 2019 edition

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Schools officials ask city to ease charges for water

In response to a proposal from the Sweet Home School District to waive water fees for irrigating its fields, Sweet Home city staff will explore some ideas and report back to the City Council's...

 

Suspect leads 50-mile police pursuit through SH

A new arrival to Lebanon is in custody in Linn County Jail after leading Sheriff's deputies on a pursuit through Sweet Home that ran from Albany to Milepost 48 on Highway 20 on Thursday afternoon, Feb...

 

Construction work continues steadily at new City Hall

The exterior of the new City Hall, in the Midway area of Sweet Home along Highway 20, is quiet and serene. A fence blocking access to the parking lot is all that hints that anything is going on in the...

 

Council OKs effort to procure $243,000 grant for Sankey Park

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved plans to pursue a $243,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation to help pay for several improvements to Sankey Park. Based on...

 

New group running mud event

While the Santiam Four-Wheel Drive Association is not running its Mud Fest this year, an event it has organized for decades, another group will run the Northern Farms Mudfest on March 2 at the same site in Holley. Donnie Wagner of Toledo, who said...

 

James Meyer

May 18, 1933 – Feb. 10, 2019 James "Jim" Martin Meyer, 85, of Sweet Home, died Feb. 10, 2019. He was born May 18, 1933 in Princeton, Kan. to James Jacob and Virgie Alice (Williams) Meyer.  He...

 

Tamara McBride

June 19, 1962 – Feb. 12, 2019 Tamara “Tammy” Lynn McBride, 57, of Sweet Home, died Feb. 12, 2019. She was born June 19, 1962 in Portland to Willis and Mary Ann (Purcell) McBride.  She lived in Portland, Lebanon, Albany and Sweet Home.  Ms....

 

Jill Maria Ackeret

A Celebration of Life for Jill Maria Ackeret of Sweet Home, who died Jan. 30, 2019, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Sweet Home Christian Church, 18th Avenue and Long Street. Friends and family...

 

Water rate complaint a valid one that deserves discussion

City Manager Ray Towry hit the nail on the head during Friday’s Administration, Finance and Property Committee meeting when he said the School District is negotiating. Counselor Dave Trask was exactly right too about the responsibility for paying...

 

Around Town Feb. 20, 2019

Century Farm award applications Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 award year for the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program. The application deadline is May 1. Families throughout Oregon who have continuously farmed portions of their...

 

New officer Brian Prather latest to come back to Sweet Home

Brian Prather is the newest addition to the Sweet Home Police Department and the latest in a stream of officers who have grown up locally and have opted to join the force. He is also the latest in a...

 

Public Safety Log Feb. 20, 2019

Feb. 14 8:59 a.m. - Caller reported neighbors replaced the concrete that supports his shop, 43000 block of North River. Feb. 13 7:02 a.m. - Caller reported someone stole his bicycle, 3100 block of Juniper. Report taken. Loss valued at $300. 8:55...

 

Local man arrested for drunken driving

Police arrested a 42-year-old man for drunken driving following a single-vehicle crash in the Foster area on the evening of Feb. 11. At approximately 7:37 pm, the Sweet Home Police Department received a report of a single-vehicle traffic collision...

 

Electrocution kills local man

A 47-year-old Sweet Home man died after he was electrocuted Monday morning, Feb. 18, while working at his home. Louis Carde was “working on a home project, a kind of home-made wood burner,” said Lt. Michelle Duncan of the Linn County Sheriff’s...

 

Circuit Court Roundup

Matthew Allen Pitts Matthew Allen Pitts, 30, pleaded no contest to unlawful use of a weapon and was sentenced to 36 months probation in Linn County Circuit Court Feb. 13. Charges of menacing and...

 

Homeless shelter at Fir Lawn offering help to needy on cold nights

A group of volunteers, called ONE SHELTeR – Sweet Home Emergency Low Temperature Refuge, are trying to ensure that homeless people don't freeze overnight from sleeping outdoors, and Fir Lawn...

 

Early morning pursuit, crash end in DUI arrest

Police arrested a 48-year-old man early Tuesday, Feb. 12, following a brief pursuit. At approximately 4:31 a.m., a Sweet Home police officer observed a vehicle traveling without the use of headlights...

 

Girls defy the odds to win state swimming championship

On paper, it didn't look like Sweet Home's girls really had much of a chance to walk away with a state swimming championship trophy as they entered the finals Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Tualatin Hills...

 

Cheerleaders second at state with best performance of year

The Huskies placed second at the state cheerleading competition Saturday after giving their best performance of the season. Newport beat out Sweet Home for the state championship, held at the Memorial...

 

'Importance of Being Earnest' to be staged at high school

Sweet Home High School students will present the Oscar Wilde play "The Importance of Being Earnest" next week. The students will perform the play at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2 and a...

 

SHARC Showdown invites talent for April show

The Sweet Home Oregon Coalition for Artistic and Scholastic Enrichment will present the SHARC Showdown talent in April, date to be announced, in the Sweet Home High School auditorium, 1641 Long St. The group invites the Sweet Home community to...

 

State championship brackets set, wrestlers ready to head to Portland

Sweet Home’s boys will open the state championship tournament late Friday afternoon, Feb. 22, in a bid for their second team championship in three years. “We’re ready to go,” Coach Steve Thorpe said. “We’re ready to get after things, read...

 

Huskies lose two, but stay in hunt for state hoops playoffs

Sweet Home lost 63-61 at Cascade on Feb. 12 and 55-35 at Sisters Friday, but they have managed to clinch a spot in the play-in round of state playoffs based on the entire Oregon West Conference’s high rankings. If the 13th-ranked Huskies win their...

 

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