Articles from the April 1, 2020 edition

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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 1, 2020

2nd veteran dies of coronavirus as numbers rise

The total number of COVID-19 cases rose from 191 as of the morning of March 23 to 606 statewide as of 8 a.m. Monday morning. The death toll increased to 16 with the report of three deaths by Monday...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 1, 2020

Cops take precautions on patrol

Sweet Home police are taking precautions to minimize potential exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus to remain safe and able to serve the public while also finding ways to assist residents. Among the...

 By Scott Swanson    News    April 1, 2020

Retired vet to tell tales from long career in SH

Shortly after his retirement from four decades of veterinary practice in Sweet Home at the end of 2016, Dr. David Larsen embarked on a second career: author. Actually, he'd been writing for a "long...

 By Scott Swanson    News    April 1, 2020

Remodel spices things up at SHEM, despite virus

Sweet Home Emergency Ministries volunteers are enjoying some massive upgrades to the aid organization's headquarters on Long Street, but thanks to the coronavirus shutdown, clients aren't – right no...


Marilee Conley

Aug. 7, 1951 – March 18, 2020 Marilee Mickel Conley, 68, of Creswell, Ore., passed away at home while visiting her son in Texas on March 18, 2020. In the final moments before being taken to heaven,... Full story


Carol Gonzalez

March 16, 1947 – March 12, 2020 Carol L. Gonzalez, 72, of Sweet Home died on March 12, 2020 with her daughter by her side. She was born March 16, 1947 in Wright City, Okla. to Lucille Elkins and... Full story


Carla Sundberg

Oct. 7, 1953 – March 17, 2020 Carla Jean Larisey Sundberg, 66, of Sweet Home died March 17, 2020 at Oregon Health Sciences University from complications following pneumonia. She was born Oct. 7,... Full story


Seedling sale boosts scholarship offerings

By Larry Mauter For The New Era Buoyed by continued success of the Linn County Small Woodlands Association Seedling Sale, board members have increased scholarship and educational funding commitments for the year. Meeting March 5, directors heard...


Blood drive to be held Wednesday at Evangelical Church

Sweet Home Evangelical Church will host a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Activity Center, 1347 Long St. The coronavirus pandemic has caused a critical shortage of the nation’s blood supply. With shelter-in-place mandates...

 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    April 1, 2020

This anniversary will be one to remember

Fifteen years ago, on what we later realized was April Fools Day of 2005, my wife Miriam and I walked into the office we now occupy as publishers of your newspaper. Hard to believe, how fast that time has gone by. Our daughters, who were all in...


Testing, protection are paramount

Editor: We will not be successful at stopping COVID-19 without doing two things. Testing everyone and providing personal protective equipment for all people. There are many people with no symptoms at all that have this virus and can spread it for two...


Thank you to our doctors

Editor: Since 1933, March 30 has been celebrated as Doctors Day – a time to say a special thank you to physicians everywhere for the vital role they play in fostering health and healing.  The commemoration was established on the first anniversary...


Public Safety Log April 1, 2020

March 30 2:26 a.m. - Ryan Wesley Sechrest, 33, cited for driving while suspended and driving uninsured, 1100 block of 26th. Vehicle impounded. 5:30 a.m. - Caller reported that someone broke into a vehicle during the night, 900 block of Timber....


Around Town April 1, 2020

SHAF scholarship deadline is May 8 Sweet Home Alumni Foundation is extending the deadline for scholarship applications from Sweet Home High School seniors by five weeks, to Friday, May 8. Foundation directors voted unanimously to make the change. In...

 By Sarah Brown    News    April 1, 2020

Rock club members on lookout for treasures – and for next generation

Though the 72nd annual Sweet Home Gem and Mineral Show had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 lockdown, that hasn't cooled local rockhounds' ardor for minerals. Ed Anderson, president of the Sweet Hom... Full story

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 1, 2020

Plea for medical face masks elicits enthusiastic local response

Sweet Home Rotary Club and Senior Center members are among local residents who are sewing masks and donating them to the hospitals. For the Rotary Club, Larry Horton has been meeting volunteers at...

 By D E Larsen DVM    News    April 1, 2020

Doc's Memoirs: Mutt and Jeff kept life interesting for country veterinarian

Here they come, I could see them walking over from Safeway. My memory fails me to remember their names likely because of the nicknames I’d attached to them. I only used those names privately, mostly...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 1, 2020

Gleaners organizations carrying on, with some restrictions

Sweet Home's two Gleaners groups are staying busy helping supply food to low-income families through the COVID-19 outbreak. "We're here for the community, and we're staying here for the community, no...


Human remains found east of Sweet Home

Human remains have been found in an area off Gordon Road, 13 miles east of Sweet Home, Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon said Monday. Yon said the Sheriff's Office received a call at 1:37 p.m. Friday April... Full story


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