Articles from the March 15, 2023 edition

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Man dies, woman hurt in house fire

A Sweet Home man died in a house fire Thursday evening, March 9, near 47th Avenue and Main Street. According to the Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District, the blaze was reported shortly after 10...


LCSO deputies involved in shooting in Cascadia area

Linn County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved Tuesday afternoon, March 21, in an officer-involved shooting while responding to a 911 call of a disturbance at a residence in east Linn County,... Full story

 By Benny Westcott    News    March 15, 2023

Homeless facility a 'success'

The new Family Assistance and Resource Center's managed outreach and community resource facility was declared a success during a March 9 Community Health Committee meeting. "Ever since [it] got up...

 By Scott Swanson    News    March 15, 2023

Honors served at DSA banquet

Mike Reynolds was honored with the Distinguished Service Award Saturday night, March 11, at the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce's annual awards banquet, held at the Boys & Girls Club. Sean Morgan...

 By Benny Westcott    News    March 15, 2023

School board gets report on facility needs

What does the Sweet Home School District need to provide for kids' physical needs and accommodate the growth in the community? That was a focus for the School board Monday, March 13, as members...


Thorvald Cowley

Thorvald "Bill" William Cowley, 83, of Sweet Home, died March 11, 2023. He was born June 11, 1939, in Durban, South Africa to William Robert and Thelma (Thorvaldsen) Cowley. He grew up in Durban,... Full story


Carol Davenport

Carol Davenport, 86, of Sweet Home, died March 7, 2023. She was born Nov. 16, 1936, in Pacific Grove, Calif., to Harry and Hazel (Bond) Ferguson. She was raised in Pacific Grove, then moved to Seaside, Calif., where she married and raised her... Full story


Carol Donnell

Carol Louise Donnell, 71, of Sweet Home, died March 8, 2023. She was born June 1, 1951, in Ventura, Calif., to Charles G. and Betty J. (Viet) Conger. She came to Sweet Home in 1976. Mrs. Donnell worked for Sweet Home School District for 32 years.... Full story


Linda Renoud

Linda Renoud, 72, of Sweet Home, died March 8, 2023, at the Salem Hospital surrounded by her close family.  She was born Feb. 12, 1951, in Sweet Home to Noel and Lavida Richards. At the time they had... Full story


John Scott

John Franklin Scott, 80, of Sweet Home, died March 2, 2012. He was born Feb. 19, 1943, in McMinnville to Delbert C. and Viola (Wolf) Scott. He lived in Otis in his early years but at other times... Full story


Death Notices (March 15, 2023)

Luke Buehner, 39, of Sweet Home, died March 9, 2023. Services are to be determined. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit William Burton Johnson, 54, of Sweet Home, died... Full story


Velma (Vitek) Cosler

Velma Cosler, 101, of Albany, passed away Feb. 26, 2023, at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House. Velma was born Jan. 17, 1922, to William and Zella Vitek in Stillwater, Okla. In 1930 Velma, her brother,... Full story


Daniel 'Dan' John Matheny

Daniel “Dan” John Matheny, 76, of Lebanon, passed away March 5, 2023. He was born Dec. 25, 1946, in Portland, the second son of Donald Edward and Dale Sylvia (Power) Matheny. He grew up in Halsey and remembers dressing up to go into Lebanon. He... Full story


Edith Joann VanBelle

Edith Joann VanBelle, 85, of Spanaway, Wash., passed away Feb. 25, 2023. She was born June 22, 1937, in Percival, Fremont County, Iowa to William Burton "Burt" and Edith Fern (Foster) Taylor. Joann... Full story


Diane Jean McDaniel

Diane Jean McDaniel, 74, of Sweet Home passed away from brain cancer on March 10, 2023. She was born Dec. 4, 1948, in Portland to Leonard Oliver and Betty (Cramlet) Oliver. She grew up in Sweet Home... Full story


Commentary: Economic illiteracy costs Americans (March 15, 2023)

By Dr. Caleb Fuller “Economics,” wrote Henry Hazlitt, “is haunted by more fallacies than any other study known to man.” True. No epoch is immune to the scourge of economic illiteracy. Yet, we find ourselves in a moment of especially...


From Our Files (March 15, 2023)

March 15, 1973 The DEQ requested a survey be conducted in the Foster and Midway areas to determine whether a health hazard exists. The project includes inspection of septic tank systems and a survey...


DNA helps ID body found in 2020

The remains of a woman found 13 miles east of Sweet Home nearly three years ago have been identified, Oregon State Police announced in a news release posted Tuesday, March 7, to Facebook. The Linn...


Public Safety (March 15, 2023)

March 6 1:24 a.m. - Natasha Sue Funk, 44, arrested on Sweet Home Municipal Court warrant for failure to comply on an original charge of third-degree theft, Corvallis Police Department. 2:24 a.m. - Caller reported a suspicious vehicle at Holley...


Around Town (March 15, 2023)

Lebanon garden classes continue Master gardener Sheryl Casteen’s free basic organic gardening classes continue through April at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St. Classes are scheduled Saturdays, March 18 and 25, and April 1, 8 and 15....

 By Benny Westcott    News    March 15, 2023

SHOCASE 'Power of Love' gala Saturday

Sometimes music best expresses "The Power of Love." So goes the theme of the Sweet Home Coalition for Artistic and Scholastic Enrichment (SHOCASE)'s annual gala concert - a night packed with local...


Commissioners agree to hear concerns about land swap

Linn County commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker agreed after a brief public hearing Feb. 28 to accept written comments about a proposed land swap in Millersburg for 72 hours, giving that city’s officials time to respond...



Ryker Hartsook competes in the pole climbing event during the annual forestry competition hosted by Sweet Home High School Saturday, March 11. Schools from all over Oregon participated. See more photos in our online gallery....


Mayor: City headed in 'good direction'

By Scott Swanson Of The New Era New Sweet Home Mayor Susan Coleman delivered her first State of the City address Saturday night, March 11, at the Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Awards...


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