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Articles from the March 6, 2019 edition

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 By Scott Swanson    News    March 6, 2019

SHHS auditorium upgrades make big difference for arts

Josh Crawford stood behind a brand new sound board in the Sweet Home High School Auditorium last week, explaining to a visitor how the new system works. "These four work this mic," he said,...


SH ballerina to dance senior performance

Nearly a lifetime of training will be on display Friday night, March 8, when Sweet Home's Rebecca Jones takes the stage at Oregon State University with the Willamette Apprentice Ballet troupe. Jones,...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 6, 2019

City to contract with COG rather than hire new planner

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved an inter-governmental agreement with the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments contracting for planning services in lieu of hiring a new city planner. The resignation of Jerry Sorte last month...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 6, 2019

County planning to auction former Willamette Industries mill site

The Linn County Board of Commissioners is moving forward with plans to auction off some 172 acres of former mill property. The property, the former site of Willamette Industries Sweet Home Mill, was t...


Ronald Banta

June 3, 1944 - February 27, 2019 Ronald Eldon Banta, 74, of Sweet Home, died Feb. 27, 2019 in Eugene. He was born June 3, 1944 in Lebanon to Leo and Pauline (Hoeft) Banta. His last place of residence was Eugene. He lived in the mid-Willamette Valley... Full story


Snow forces postponement of SHHS theater production

As a result of last week’s snow storm, Sweet Home High School Drama Department’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” has been postponed until March 14-16. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on March 14 and March 15, with doors...


Harry Kelley

Jan. 11, 1941 – Feb. 21, 2019 Harry Thomas Kelley, 78, of Sweet Home died Feb. 21, 2018. He was born Jan. 11, 1941 in Independence to Kedric and Marjorie June (Clem) Kelley.  He was raised and... Full story


New rent-control law breaks one that's tried and true: supply and demand

It’s astounding that, in an effort to further emulate the growing divide between haves and have-nots in California, the Oregon legislature is repeating the insanity that is driving San Franisco’s housing crisis. Impossibly, legislators and our go...


Shoppers: Read the labels for real deals

Editor: Shoppers, compare! I recently checked out the new Dollar Tree store. And Dollar General, while I was at it. I just want to remind shoppers to read the labels for quantity and price. Some things cost more at these “cheap” stores than they...


Self-defense is a basic human right

Editor: The most lethal and lawless weapons are not firearms. They are unconstitutional legal assaults forged by out-of-control legislators assembling decrees to destroy law-abiding citizens’ second amendment rights. Self defense is a basic human...


Around Town March 6, 2019

SHPD offers 1-day Citizen’s Academy Sweet Home Police Department is seeking participants for a one-day Citizen’s Academy. Once 10 to 12 have signed up, the department will work with the participants to set a date for the six-hour program. During...


Public Safety Log March 6, 2019

March 1 3:10 a.m. - Subject sped away from a police officer at a high rate of speed, 10th and Main. The vehicle was a dark-colored 2000 Jeep GCH, license plate XJK835. Report taken. 3:36 a.m. - Richard Lee Kintzley, 30, arrested for reckless driving...


Snow makes for good mud at festival

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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 6, 2019

City fund-raising to get matching grant to fix up Sankey Park

To meet a grant matching requirement, city officials are conducting a month-long fund-raising campaign to pay for $405,000 in improvements in Lower Sankey Park. The Park and Tree Committee has...


Senior Kurtz and juniors Royer and Thorpe named Outstanding Wrestlers

Jackson Royer and Travis Thorpe were named Outstanding Wrestlers for the boys and Marissa Kurtz was the girls Outstanding Wrestler at the team's awards dinner held Sunday evening, March 3. Thorpe and...

 By Scott Swanson    Sports    March 6, 2019

Sweet Home's Marissa Kurtz honored with inaugural girls wrestling scholarship

Marissa Kurtz was about to start warming up for her state wrestling finals match Saturday evening, Feb. 23, when she heard the announcer tell the crowd that the Tyrone Woodley Woods Scholarship awards...


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