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Articles from the April 8, 2020 edition

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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 8, 2020

Updated: School restarts online as seniors await word on graduation plans and schools are closed through the end of the year

Update: This story has been updated to reflect that Gov. Kate Brown has extended the closure of Oregon schools through the end of the school year. High school seniors may start finding out within the...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    April 8, 2020

Linn Shuttle buses keep rolling – with precautions

A Linn Shuttle bus rolls up to the stop on Kalmia, between 12th and 13th avenues. Three riders get on. Around the corner, the Dial-a-Bus parks in front of the library. Just a normal day for the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 8, 2020

State reveals plan to graduate high school seniors

Of The New Era The Oregon Department of Education released Graduation Pathways 2020 Wednesday (April 8) with the message that COVID-19 won't stop Oregon's high school seniors. The guidance details... Full story

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 8, 2020

Building boom continues in Sweet Home

Building is booming in Sweet Home. The city has about eight developments in the permitting process that total roughly 250 new housing units. That includes a variety of single-family residences as well...

 

Robert Matthew Waibel

Sept. 14, 1965 - March 26, 2020 Rob Waibel would cry tears of joy over an amazing cup of coffee, a sappy commercial, or the song “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits. He would leave chewed gum all... Full story

 

Eugenia Ames

Nov. 4, 1939 – April 1, 2020 Eugenia “Jeanie” Alexandria Ames, 80, of Sweet Home, died April 1, 2020 in Lebanon. She was born Nov. 4, 1939 in West Rutland, Vt., to Eugene and Helen (Sankowski)... Full story

 

Wilma Speck

June 14, 1935 - March 29, 2020 Wilma Speck, 84, of Sweet Home died March 29, 2020. She was born June 14, 1935 in Bismarck, N.D., to Charles and Rose (Kovash) Hanel. After graduating from high school,... Full story

 

Jamboree offers free daily concerts

The Oregon Jamboree is offering live “virtual jam sessions” every weekday this week, featuring various regional artists, including some who have performed in previous Jamborees. The Jamboree started the performances last week, on its Facebook...

 
 By Skyler Bascom    Opinion    April 8, 2020

Coronavirus' toll may go beyond the physical

I work bi-vocationally as a pastor and as an educator. Before the COVID-19 mandates to “shelter in place,” I used to tell people that I had one foot in the church and one foot in the school. Now it is more accurate to say that I have one virtual...

 

Sprenger best for County Commission

Editor: I would like to express how much we appreciate and think of Sherrie Sprenger. This lady has done so much for Oregon and her representation of our state and our county. She always has her constituents in mind and works tirelessly for us. Her...

 

Sprenger always available, listening

Editor: I am writing in support of Sherrie Sprenger for Linn County Commissioner. It has been my pleasure to know Sherrie for 15 years, first as the chairperson of the Lebanon Community School Board and then as my state representative. During these...

 

Coleman a tireless community servant

Editor: Please join me in voting for Susan Coleman in the upcoming election for State Representative for the 17th district. Over the past few years, Susan has reached out to many residents to hear their concerns and offer creative solutions. Susan...

 

Around Town April 8, 2020

LBCC offers help for local businesses To better support local businesses during the COVID-19 health crisis, Linn-Benton Community College’s Small Business Development Center has created a new platform for virtual business forums, called Let’s...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 8, 2020

COVID-19 numbers decline in county, but third veteran dies

The total number of positive COVID-19 tests statewide increased to 1,132 as of Monday morning from 606 one week earlier, March 30, and 191 two weeks earlier on March 23. The Oregon Health Authority...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 8, 2020

City seeking ways to help businesses

City officials are seeking ways to help local businesses survive through the impacts of social distancing caused by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Late two weeks ago, officials announced that they were considering a program in which the city...

 

Public Safety Log April 8, 2020

April 6 5:05 a.m. - Patrick Charles Hash arrested on Sweet Home warrant for third-degree theft, Albany. April 5 1:08 a.m. - Officer located juveniles out past curfew, 1300 block of Clark Mill. All were counseled and warned for curfew violation. Two w...

 

Free firewood through June 1 in Willamette National Forest

Personal firewood cutting will be free to the general public through June 1 on Willamette National Forest. No permit will be required during that period. Woodcutters can take up to four cords of firewood for personal use.  A cord is the amount of...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    April 8, 2020

After 15 years as half-finished 'eyesore,' duplex gets new life

A half-completed duplex that's sat nearly untouched for 15 years on the corner of Juniper Avenue and 5th Avenue is coming to life and is on the verge of being available to renters. Work on the...

 

OSAA board holds off on cancelling spring sports - for now

The OSAA Executive Board decided last week to continue suspension of spring activities, but not not cancel any other remaining state championships for the time being. The season is suspended through April 28, in line with the governor’s orders to...

 

Updated: Human remains found off Gordon Road, east of SH

Linn County detectives and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office have tentatively identified remains found near Gordon Road as belonging to a white female between the ages of 30 and 50 years old...

 

Update: Missing Junction City man found in Lebanon

The Junction City Police Department announced Wednesday morning that Larry Dean Housen, who had been reported missing from Junction City, was located in Lebanon at around 9:15. Junction City police... Full story

 

Another body found, this one on south Upper Calapooia

Linn County Sheriff's officials are investigating the discovery of possible human remains on Monday, April 6. County Sheriff Jim Yon said his office received a call at 4:58 p.m. Monday regarding the... Full story

 

Fire destroys shop next to Oak Heights School

Fire destroyed a 30- by 40-foot shop next door to Oak Heights Elementary School Thursday afternoon, April 9. Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District received a report at 4:10 p.m. from a caller, who... Full story

 

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