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Articles from the March 18, 2020 edition

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Coronavirus impacts Sweet Home

The effects of the coronavirus hit Sweet Home hard going into last weekend as schools and agencies shut down in-person services to the public and residents scrambled to stock up on supplies. Events...


City Council declares state of emergency, provides relief on utility bills

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council Thursday (March 19) declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and approved a plan to waive fees for shutting off and starting water service for businesses that are...


Many business remain open; Here's a status list

The following businesses, in alphabetical order, may have changes to their service during this state of emergency. This list may be updated as new information becomes available. To add your business to this list, please call the office at (541)... Full story

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 18, 2020

City councilors ponder water rate proposals

City staff members have proposed increases for all of the city’s water customers. Staff presented their recommendations to the City Council at its March 10 meeting. At the low end, those using 300 cubic feet per month or less, water bills would...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 18, 2020

District makes plans for new state money

After School Board approval, the School District is submitting an application for nearly $1.8 million in Student Investment Account funds which would pay for an expansion of programs and more than 14 full-time equivalent employees. The funds are...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 18, 2020

Railroad crossing case gets final court hearing goes to (final) court

Attorneys for Albany and Eastern Railroad and residents of Country Lane argued Thursday morning, March 12, before the Oregon Supreme Court whether the railroad crossing at Country Lane was what is considered a “common road.” After purchasing...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 18, 2020

Students get hands-on introduction to dental field

Sweet Home High School seniors Samantha Virtue, Brook Womack and Lilly Lindsey have spent time this year learning to make crowns, working with fillings and taking dental impressions. They are among...


Arlene Sorseth

November 15, 1921 - March 5, 2020 Arlene was born on a farm near Sweet Home, Oregon, to Arthur and Maud Sportsman. The property has been maintained as a family retreat and is part of her enduring... Full story


Gerald Mink

Dec. 30, 1956 - March 4, 2020 Gerald W. Mink, 63, of Sweet Home, died March 4, 2020 with his son Anthony and daughter Lacey by his side. He was born Dec. 30, 1956 in Albany to Dean and Betty (Cheek) Mink. He was born, raised and spent his entire... Full story

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 18, 2020

Author puts pursuit of visual art aside to write novels

Jenna Underwood is busy studying visual arts, but she has a surprising passion for the theater of the mind – writing fiction, drawing pictures with just words. Underwood, 21, a 2017 graduate of...


Court will decide railroad battle but right answer may lie elsewhere

Sometimes life throws us a curve ball and that seems to be what has happened to Albany and Eastern Railroad and to the residents of Country Lane, located across Highway 20 from Harmony Road just west of The Narrows. As reported on page 1 and...


Oregonians need open records to get information we should know

Editor’s note: This week, March 15-21, is Sunshine Week, coinciding with Founding Father James Madison’s birthday and National Freedom of Information Day on March 16. If you’re not a journalist or someone active in public affairs, you may not...


Around Town March 18, 2020

Editor’s note: Due to restrictions on public gatherings and other developments occurring even as The New Era goes to press, it’s highly possible that many of the events listed here may be postponed or cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. City s...


Public Safety Log March 18, 2020

March 16 6:14 a.m. - Caller reported a shop door was wide open, 2300 block of Main. Officer attempted to secure the property and left a business card. March 15 1:56 a.m. - Officer bitten by a dog while assisting medics with a cardiac patient, 1100...


SH man gets sentenced to prison

Darrell Loren Schilling, 51, of Sweet Home was sentenced in Linn County Court on March 6 to 27 months prison on three charges related to an incident that ended in a standoff with police on March 22, 2019. He also was sentenced to 24 months...


'Consistent' Hunter Coulter named boys basketball MVP

The Sweet Home High School basketball team named junior Hunter Coulter its Most Valuable Player during its annual awards banquet on March 10. "Coulter had a really good season," said Coach Drew...

 By Scott Swanson    Sports    March 18, 2020

New golf coach Ron Moore loves the game and teaching kids

Ron Moore is known for a variety of things in Sweet Home: civic leader, president of the Sweet Home Economic Development Group (which produces the Oregon Jamboree), community booster, youth sports...


School closure extended to April 28

Sweet Home schools will now be closed through April 28, along with all other public schools in the state, following an executive order issued Tuesday, March 17, by Gov. Kate Brown. Brown had earlier closed schools through March 31. All high school... Full story


OSAA extend ban on practices, competition through April 28

Following Gov. Kate Brown’s announcement on Tuesday extending statewide school closures through April 28, the Oregon School Activities Association has extended the suspension of interscholastic practices and contests for sports and activities for... Full story


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