Articles from the March 16, 2022 edition

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 By Scott Swanson    News    March 16, 2022

RAIN-ing at the Rio

Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network on Friday unveiled a series of videos the organization has created to promote local communities, including Sweet Home, to potential business start-ups....

 

Update: Lebanon woman, Redmond man dead in Highway 20 crash east of Sweet Home

Two people are dead after a two-car, head-on collision at the weigh station on Highway 20 in Foster just before noon Friday, March 18. According to Oregon State Police, at approximately 11:25 a.m.,... Full story

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    March 16, 2022

Mask mandate end brings 'newness' to school life

Sweet Home High School wasted no time in getting back to pre-pandemic programming on Monday, March 14, the first school day in Oregon since the state's long-held mask mandate was lifted on March 12....

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    March 16, 2022

City council approves IGA with Linn County

The Sweet Home City Council came close March 8 to losing the Lebanon-based Family Assistance and Resource Center Group's involvement in a long-proposed and intensely discussed homeless center....

 

Missing woman located in Sweet Home

On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, the Sweet Home Police Department assisted in returning a missing 24-year-old woman with developmental disabilities home to Seymour, Conn. The woman had been reported...

 

L. Adelle Harris

L. Adelle Harris, 82, of Foster, died March 8, 2022. She was born Dec. 26, 1939, in Powell Park, Wyo., to Ralph and Georgia Amber (Knapp) Collins. She lived in Lebanon and Sweet Home area for most of... Full story

 

Benjamin Pimentel

Benjamin Michael Pimentel, 49, of Sweet Home, died March 7. 2022. He was born May 19, 1972, in Woodland, Calif., to Ronald and Cherylon (Hendrix) Pimentel. Mr. Pimentel grew up in California and,... Full story

 

Rev. Anton P. Stoll Johnson

Rev. Anton P. Stoll Johnson moved on from this world into eternal life on March 2, 2022, in Bend, at the age of 91. He was born May 17, 1930, in Tacoma. Wash. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran Univer... Full story

 

Jay Bryan Kimball

Jay Bryan Kimball, 79, of Lebanon (formerly Sweet Home), passed away March 4, 2022, at Willamette Manor Assisted Living. He was born June 12, 1942, in Los Angeles, Calif., to John Bryan and Mary... Full story

 

Death Notices (March 16, 2022)

Debra Rae Kelly, 63, of Sweet Home, died March 7, 2022. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit www.sweethomefuneral.com. Roseanne Virginia Lupoli, 53, of Sweet Home, died March 14, 2021. Viewing will...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    March 16, 2022

New officer: Meet the man behind the badge

Officer Tyler Robinson, who began working with the Sweet Home Police Department in late December 2021, entered law enforcement with a desire to do good things for others, to help resolve issues and co...

 

SH man arrested for attempted murder, robbery

A Sweet Home man was arrested March 8 on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery stemming from a January incident in Lebanon, police said. Jason Andrew Scott, 34, was taken into custody at Cheadle Lake Storage by the Lebanon Police Department, work...

 

Masks still required in Samaritan facilities

Samaritan Health  Services is reminding the public that although Oregon Health Authority is lifting the indoor face mask mandate for the general public on March 12, the OHA will still require face masks in health care facilities in Oregon until furt...

 

Commentary: Day at newspaper can go to the dogs fast

Running a small community newspaper can be a little crazy at times, in fact many times. This is a job that requires precision and focus, but that's usually taking place amid frequent changing...

 

Lack of flag flying etiquette sad (March 16, 2022)

Editor: Every day as I leave my home I am faced with a neighbor’s torn American flag flying high on a pole. Directly below their flag where a second honorable flag often flies, like P.O.W. M.I.A. or a state flag, is a “F--- Biden” flag. This is...

 

Send a message when you shop (March 16, 2022)

Editor: PEOPLE!!! If you don’t want to learn to speak Russian or Chinese, buy MADE IN THE U.S.A. Let it be your contribution to the Ukraine Freedom efforts. Carol Marchbanks Sweet Home...

 

Commissioners reflect on COVID-19 pandemic

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker last week celebrated the approaching end of the state’s COVID-19 mask mandate on Saturday, March 12, and commended county staff and elected officials who continued to keep...

 

From Our Files (March 16, 2022)

March 16, 1972 The District 55 School Board approved the hiring of a diversified occupations director and a vocational education director for high school programs. They will develop vocational programs being stressed by the state board of education...

 

Primary election candidates finalized for May 17 election

Election line-ups are finalized for the state primary election on May 17. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 41 people had signed up to run for governor in the first open race since 2002. Thirty-four remained on the ballot after the period, which ended...

 

New county judge takes oath

Linn County Circuit Court Presiding Judge Thomas McHill, right, administers the oath of office to new Judge Keith Stein Friday, March 11, during an investiture ceremony at the Linn County Courthouse...

 

Around Town (March 16, 2022)

Meals on Wheels weekly menu Meals on Wheels offers take-out lunch at the Sweet Home Community Center to seniors over 60 at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The Senior Center serves a separate lunch on Wednesdays. Suggested donation is $3.50. Al...

 

Public Safety (March 16, 2022)

March 7 7:33 a.m. - David Sterling Schwan, 32, was arrested on a Sweet Home Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of third-degree theft, Lebanon Police Department. 6:06 p.m. - Caller reported that prescription medication...

 

Early morning fire destroys part of shop

An early morning fire destroyed a portion of a shop Tuesday, March 8, on Rowell Hill. Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District personnel responded to the blaze, which was reported shortly before 1...

 

State appoints first-ever prosecutor to specialize in poaching cases

Poachers beware: There is a new force in the courts. An anti-poaching special prosecutor. Jay D. Hall, hired last month as a new Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice, is...

 

Swimming MVPs are Hewitt, Sayer, Seward, Tyler and Wright

First-year Sweet Home High School Swim Head Coach Ajay Bronson learned quickly that when so many athletes dominate on their way to the state championships, it's hard to pick just one recipient per...

 

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