Articles from the March 25, 2020 edition

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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 25, 2020

Coronavirus shuts down SH businesses

Business is good for some and really bad for others in Sweet Home as local merchants and service providers deal with social distancing guidelines and requirements handed down by state officials in an...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 25, 2020

Legion leader does time after virus exposure

So far, Dale Jenkins hasn't shown any symptoms of COVID-19, but he's spent the last two weeks on the sidelines after a visit the Oregon Veterans' Home in Lebanon. Jenkins, commander of the local Ameri...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 25, 2020

Councilors declare COVID-19 state of emergency

The Sweet Home City Council on 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...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 25, 2020

Governor's order shuts down state

With the number of persons testing positive for COVID-19 in Oregon reaching 191 as of Monday morning, Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order requiring Oregonians to stay at home, closing businesses and requiring social distancing measures. A resid...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 25, 2020

SH district files discrimination complaint against state

The Sweet Home School District last week officially filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Office for Civil Rights in Seattle, Wash., on behalf of Sweet Home High School's female forestry...


Jason Darrel Graham

Aug. 20, 1976 - March 15, 2020 Jason Darrel Graham, 43, of Sweet Home passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020. He was born on a hot August day in 1976 to James and Vondella (Ingram) Graham. He left this... Full story


Geraldine 'Gary Anne' Smith

December 14, 1928 - March 12, 2020 Geraldine “Gary Anne” Groshong Smith, 91, of Sweet Home, passed away March 12, 2020, at her longtime home in Holley, Oregon, as she had always planned. She was... Full story


Joyce Barnhart

April 29, 1953 - March 20, 2020 Joyce Marie Barnhart, 66, of Sweet Home died March 20, 2020. She was born on April 29, 1953, in Antioch, Calif., to parents Frank and Mary (Moura) Kinder.   She... Full story


Carol Bilbrey

June 26, 1944 - March 13, 2020 Carol Sue (Todd) Bilbrey, 75, of Foster, died March 13, 2020. She was born June 26, 1944 in Los Angeles, Calif. to Van Franklin and Marjorie Lucille (Ray) Todd. She... Full story


Leah Hufford

July 18, 1928 - March 20, 2020 Leah Mardelle Hufford, 91, of Sweet Home, known to her friends and family as “Mardy,” died at home on March 20, 2020. She was born July 18, 1928 in Sweet Home to... Full story


Ruby Irby

Feb. 29, 1932 - March 17, 2020 Ruby Christine Irby, 88, of Sweet Home, died March 17, 2020. She was born Feb. 29, 1932 in Des Arc, Ark. to George and Ruth (Nesbitt) Thermon. She lived in Sweet Home for 60 years. Mrs. Irby was a member of the... Full story


Marian Nelson

Feb. 6, 1931 - March 21, 2020 Marian E. Nelson, 89, of Sweet Home, died peacefully on March 21, 2020 at Willamette Springs Memory Care Home in Corvallis. She was born on February 6, 1931 in Mill City, the daughter of Russell and Ellen (Dehaven)... Full story


Christina Ross

Oct. 8, 1952 - March 20, 2020 Christina “Chris” Jo Ross, 67, of Sweet Home, died March 20, 2020. She was born Oct. 8, 1952 in San Bernardino, Calif. To Robert Taylor and Peggy Jane (Frazer)... Full story


Rotarians collecting masks

Samaritan Health is asking people to donate face masks in anticipation of an expected shortage in the very near future.  Larry Horton of the Sweet Home Rotary Club said his organization will collect masks made by local residents on weekdays at the...


Coronavirus brings challenges

This coronavirus story has moved at a dizzying pace, even for journalists who may be more experienced than many in adjusting to fast-changing circumstances. Changes have certainly been rapid in recent days. The most recent (as of press time) is Gov....


Remembering Sunshine Week: Fighting a virus with truth, transparency

By Ken Paulson As the scope and threat of the coronavirus pandemic becomes clear, people all over the world hunger for two things: an effective vaccine and truthful information about the disease. The former may be more than a year away, but the... Full story


Public Safety Log March 25, 2020

March 22 4:15 a.m. - Caller reported that she spooked a male attempting to break into her vehicle about 15 to 20 minutes earlier, 1000 block of 15th. Report taken. Nothing taken. Minor damage to vehicle. 7:13 a.m. - Caller reported she just caught a...


Who's open, who's not?

Following is a list of local businesses and services that have responded to the governor’s orders regarding the coronavirus, as of Monday, March 23. If we’ve missed a business that should be on this list, call (541) 367-2135. A&W: Serving via... Full story


Around Town March 25, 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. Plant... Full story

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 25, 2020

School staffs working to get local education online after break

Since the closure of local schools on March 16, educators have been busy working out ways to get instruction out to their students while they stay at home to help avoid spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus. Sweet Home School District officials expect...


OSAA extends ban on sports, practice, through end of April

Following Gov. Kate Brown’s announcement on March 18, 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...


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