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Articles from the April 22, 2020 edition

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COVID-19 cases, local deaths, rise slowly in county

The total number of positive COVID-19 tests statewide increased to 1,956 as of Monday morning, up from 1,584 a week earlier, on April 13. The state’s death toll reached 75 as of Monday morning, up from 53 a week earlier. Linn County had 62 cases...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 22, 2020

Council OKs water rates increase

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved an across-the-board increase in water rates that will help fund the installation of new pumps dedicated to reducing the impact of Water Treatment Plant operations on distribution pipes. The council...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 22, 2020

City strikes mother lode – locates massive water leak

City of Sweet Home workers last week found what may be the mother lode of leaks in the water distribution system, a rupture that is likely responsible for the majority of water lost from the system...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 22, 2020

SH bull rider working on return to rodeo after injury

After suffering a severe injury five years ago, Leif Erickson of Sweet Home is getting in shape to pursue his passion: riding bulls in rodeos, again. He had hoped to get back at it this year, but as...

 

Daniel Fred Schroeder

Sept. 30, 1958 – April 10, 2020 Daniel Fred Schroeder, age 61, of Sweet Home, passed away on the morning of April 10, 2020 peacefully at his home. Although he entertained the idea of living a... Full story

 

Vinton Timely Mason

June 18, 1933 - April 12, 2020 Vinton Timely Mason, 86, passed away on April 12, 2020 in Beaumont, Mich., where he succumbed to the coronavirus. Known to his family as “Pat,” he was born in east... Full story

 

Adam Mitchell Spencer

May 8, 1982 - April 19, 2020 Adam Mitchell Spencer, 37, of Sweet Home, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2020. He was born on May 8, 1982 to Tami J. (Ferebee) and Randy A. Spencer in Corvallis. He lived... Full story

 

Fairie 'F. Lynn' Lassley

Nov. 5, 1947 - April 1, 2020 Lynn Lassley, 72, or Albany passed away April 1, 2020 due to complications of COPD. Lynn was the firstborn daughter of Jack and June (Carpenter) Lassley in Portland, Ore.... Full story

 

Joe Jenkins

April 27, 1929 - April 14, 2020 Joe Jenkins, 90, of Sweet Home, peacefully passed away at 10:09 p.m. on April 14, 2020, at his home, comforted by his loving wife Marilyn. He was supported by his careg... Full story

 

Phillip Palkki

Oct. 4, 1926 - April 3, 2020 Phillip Harold Palkki, 93, of Sweet Home, died at 6:50 p.m. on April 3, 2020. He was born at 5:50 a.m. on October 4, 1926 in Sago Township, Itasca County, Minn., the 11th... Full story

 
 By Tim Swanson    News    April 22, 2020

COVID-19 shutdown in Philippines presents challenges beyond those in U.S.

Editor's note: Tim Swanson, formerly an elementary school teacher in Sweet Home, and his family have worked in Christian missions outreach in the Philippines, mostly to youth and children, since...

 

Public Safety Log April 22, 2020

April 20 12:28 a.m. - Breanna Marie Mansell, 26, arrested on Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on original charge of third-degree theft and Linn County warrant for failure to appear on original charges of possession of methamphetamine and poss...

 

Staying home truly does save lives

By Adam Brady, MD and Robert Turngren, MD Thank you for staying home to save lives. The good news is, it’s working. From mid-March to mid-April, Oregon’s aggressive physical distancing and stay-at-home measures have prevented an estimated 18,000...

 

Time to reel in public spending

Editor: City of Sweet Home may have to look at layoffs, due to overspending, and find other ways to cut spending to avoid job loss I am concerned about the City of Sweet Home, as they have been on an uncontrollable spending spree. Have you seen your...

 

Meat markets ideal for spread of virus

Editor: Humans are cutting down forests, wiping out all other life forms habitats on a massive scale.  Eighty percent of earth’s land animals and plants live in forests. Cutting them down brings us into contact with disease-carrying species. And...

 

Around Town April 22, 2020

Blood drive at local church Wednesday Sweet Home Evangelical Church will host a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Activity Center, 1347 Long St. The Red Cross has implemented new measures to ensure blood drives and donation...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    April 22, 2020

Samaritan unveils new STARS inpatient drug treatment center

The new facility for Samaritan Treatment and Recovery Services, at 111 N. Main, at the intersection with Tangent Street in Lebanon, is complete and nearly ready for occupancy, except for a few obstacl...

 

Sheriff's Office getting help in ID'ing remains found east of SH

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its attempt to identify two sets of human remains found in the past three weeks near Sweet Home. The first, a set of remains belonging to a white female between the ages of 30 and 50, were found on...

 

Lebanon's Strawberry Festival canceled

The 2020 Lebanon Strawberry Festival has been canceled, organizers announced Monday, April 20. “After careful consideration for the welfare of the public and the impact that COVID-19 continues to have on our city and its residents, the 2020...

 

Salem woman dies in crash after hitting 2 cars at 'excessive' speed

A Salem woman was killed after traveling into Sweet Home at a high rate of speed and colliding with two vehicles Thursday evening. Sherry Wheeler, 48, was deceased upon officer arrival at the scene...

 

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