Articles from the March 31, 2015 edition

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 By Audrey Gomez    News    March 31, 2015

Donations push Boys & Girls Club over first goal to keep branch open

The Sweet Home Boys & Girls Club started last week about $8,000 short of its $40,000 March 31 fund-raising goal. As of last Saturday, it had not only met that goal but was $1,225 toward the next...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 31, 2015

Councilman proposes that city outlaw pot

The City Council will vote at its next meeting, April 14, whether to put a pair of ordinances, including a ban on the sale, possession and use of marijuana proposed by Councilor Jeff Goodwin, on the agenda for the April 28 meeting. Goodwin proposed...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 31, 2015

SHFAD shuffles budget to cover negative balance

As the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District prepares to enter its budget sessions, board members have taken action to head off a negative beginning fund balance, the result of apparent past budgeting mistakes that have left the organization about...


Courts round-up: Local man pleads guilty in heroin case

A Sweet Home man pleaded guilty last week to drug charges stemming from a case in which a Lebanon woman died from a heroin overdose. A federal judge accepted Rockie Eugene William Morse’s guilty plea in district court in Eugene to conspiracy to...


Death Notices

Esther Gerke Ankrom, 99, of Lebanon died March 22, 2015. Funeral services were held Monday, March 30, at the Santa Clara Church of Christ in Eugene, with burial following at Liberty Cemetery in Sweet Home. Velma Stevens, 91, of Ontario, formerly of...


Blanche Tilson

June 17, 1934 - March 28, 2015 Blanche Marie Tilson, 80, of Sweet Home died March 28. She was born June 17, 1934 in Reading, Pa. to Franklin and Alma (Zell) Marshall. She moved to Sweet Home in 1964. Mrs. Tilson worked odd jobs here and there, but...


Christopher Oldfield Jr.

Jan. 23, 2015 - March 23, 2015 Christopher Warren Oldfield Jr., 2 months, of Sweet Home died March 23, 2015. He was born Jan. 23, 2015 in Portland to Christopher Oldfield and Jessica Selvy. He is... Full story


Scott Harer

Sept. 20, 1960 - March 29, 2015 Scott Lee Harer, 54, of Sweet Home died Sunday, March 29, 2015. He was born Sept. 20, 1960 in Casa Grande, Ariz. to Robert P. and Marjorie L. (McKeel) Harer. His family moved to Oregon in 1962 where Mr. Harer attended...


Mary Nelson

March 22, 1919 - March 21, 2015 Mary E. Nelson, 95, of Sweet Home died March 21, 2015. She was born March 22, 1919 in Lexington to Roy and Helen (Kirk) Tyler. She died three hours before her 96th birthday. She moved to Willamina about 1922, then to... Full story

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 31, 2015

SHFAD makes changes to intern, resident volunteer program

Fire Chief Dave Barringer has ended the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District’s intern medic and resident volunteer programs and hired them as part-time emergency medical technicians. The change affects nine medics, including three resident... Full story


Was that a decade which just flashed by?

Ten years ago, April 1, was a Monday, a bit cold and rainy, as I recall. It was our first day as owners of The New Era. Wow. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Ten years. Time does fly. This week’s edition of the newspaper will be No. 520 for us. Taken... Full story


Around Town April 1, 2015

Volunteer baristas needed at hospital Anyone who loves making coffee drinks is invited to put their skills to use at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. The hospital’s auxiliary is recruiting volunteers to work shifts at the Garden Grounds...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 31, 2015

Demolition of foreclosed ‘problem’ house gladdens neighbors

The neighborhood around Poplar Street and 11th Avenue is much quieter now in the wake of a foreclosure by Linn County and the demolition of an old house on the corner. In 2012, neighbor Gerritt...


Public Safety Log April 1, 2015

March 30 12:20 a.m. - Kory Samuel Wooldridge, 24, arrested on Sweet Home warrant for failure to appear on original charge of second-degree criminal trespass, 1540 Main St., Safeway. Cited and released. Caller had reported a male lying on the...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 31, 2015

Council puts brakes on 1st Ave.‘speed bumps’ plan

The Sweet Home City Council sent city staff members back to the drawing boards in the attempt to solve First Avenue’s ongoing complaints about traffic after rejecting a proposal to install “speed humps.” The council considered three bids... Full story


Softball team beats league rival Junction City

The Huskies defeated league rival Junction City 13-8 but lost 11-1 to North Marion in the North Marion Spring Break Series held on Friday. SH 13, Junction City 8 The Huskies built a dominating lead early on, scoring three runs in the first, five in...

 By Audrey Gomez    News    March 31, 2015

Writers enjoy mutual support in Sr. Center group

When a writing class offered through Linn-Benton Community College was cancelled, a group of Sweet Home classmates decided to keep meeting and writing anyway. What emerged from that is a new group,...

 By Jeff Hutchins    Sports    March 31, 2015

Shooting: Smaller may seem better in a firearm – until you shoot it

I don't know how big the first gun ever created was, but I'll guarantee you the second one was smaller. For anything we use that’s portable, it's human nature to want it even more so. Computers, cell phones, cars and yes, most definitely firearms.... Full story


Huskies split four games at California baseball tournament

The Huskies split four games in varsity baseball in the American Christian Academy Invitational tournament in Redding., Calif., Thursday through Saturday. They opened with a win, 6-4, against... Full story


Huskiettes name team award winners

The Sweet Home High School Huskiettes dance team named Kailey Harrington the Most Valuable Dancer Monday evening during its annual awards dinner. Also receiving awards from their teammates were Tori... Full story


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