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Lebanon police and court updates March-April 2023

Lebanon man gets nearly 90 years for sex abuse of minor A 59-year-old Lebanon man was sentenced on April 7 to nearly 90 years in prison after being convicted on multiple charges of sexual abuse of a...


Police, school district report gunshots across street from Foster School

Sweet Home police are investigating an incident that occurred more than a month ago, when a man discharged a firearm in the neighborhood of Foster School, apparently striking the school building. According to a public statement issued by the police... Full story


Cleaning Up the Streets

Volunteers work at the corner of Main Street and 15th Avenue Saturday afternoon, April 22, during an Earth Day cleanup effort. Dozens of volunteers turned out for the event, which was organized by...

 By Benny Westcott    News    April 26, 2023

Ex-SHFAD lieutenant alleges violations

Former Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District lieutenant/paramedic Zach Lincoln received five minutes at the Tuesday, April 18, Fire Board meeting to outline alleged incidents of district-related...


Sushi comes to Sweet Home

Sushi in Sweet Home? Until April 7, that had never been an option. However, residents and visitors can now enjoy the Asian cuisine at Osaka Sushi, 658 Main Street. The sit-down restaurant - Sweet...


Donald Hembree

Donald Edward Hembree, 86, of Sweet Home, died April 15, 2023. He was born Sept. 29, 1936, in Hartville, Mo. to Raymond and Velma (Smith) Hembree. In 1954, he moved from Missouri to Idaho to be with Viola. They married on Sept. 3, 1957. They lived... Full story


Gilbert 'Gil' Ward Little

Gilbert "Gil" Ward Little, 91, of Albany, formerly of Sweet Home, died April 16, 2023, in Albany. Gil was born Feb. 16, 1932, to Herbert Ward and Evangeline Bertha (Willet) Little at his... Full story


Oscar Hiaasen Memorial Service

A memorial service for Oscar Hiaasen of Sweet Home, who died Nov. 30, 2022, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the VFW Hall, 580 Main St. Oscar was a longtime Oregon State Police officer who... Full story


Terrence J. Mumey

Terrence J. Mumey, 77, of Surprise, Ariz., a former Sweet Home resident, passed away April 15, 2023, with his wife and niece at his side. Terry was born Jan. 8, 1946, in Estacada and raised in Holley. He graduated from Sweet Home High School in... Full story


Juanita Hennick

Juanita C. (Haney Redding) Hennick, 84, formerly of Sweet Home, died April 17, 2023. She was born June 22, 1938, to parents Frank and Rose Haney, in Stayton, one of five children. The family lived in Mill City, later moving to Sweet Home.   She... Full story


Ronald Vogel Sr.

Ronald Lee Vogel Sr., 79, of Jefferson, most recently of Sweet Home, died April 10, 2023. He was born July 13, 1943, in Scottsbluff, Neb., to Richard Gerald and Gertrude (Willging) Vogel. Mr. Vogel enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a volunteer... Full story


'Fabrics, Fibers & Filaments' exhibit to open

By Molly Larson Cook For The New Era There's more to art than paint and canvas, and a colorful new Sweet Home Coalition for Artistic and Scholastic Enrichment (SHOCASE) exhibit, "Fabrics, Fibers...


Commentary: HB 2002 raising questions on all sides (April 26, 2023)

By Jami Cate A major piece of legislation, sponsored by all but four Democrat legislators serving in Salem, is working its way through the Legislature. On the afternoon of April 14, the Joint Committee on Ways and Means met to deliberate and vote on...


From Our Files (April 26, 2023)

April 26, 1973 The Louis W. and Maud Hill Foundation, which owns timberlands in the area, authorized a $12,000 grant to the school district for the construction of a Forest Products Program class...


Letter: School trustee's parting words (April 26, 2023)

Editor: First, it has been a pleasure serving on your school board, but after 20 years I have decided to step away. For most of the 20 years I have been on the board, we have all been able to work well together and always try to do what is best for...


Letter: Bible sets forth big 'If' for nation (April 26, 2023)

Editor: As the National Day of Prayer approaches on Thursday, May 4, we are reminded of one of the prominent Bible verses in II Chronicles 7:14, which states, “If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek...


Around Town (April 26, 2023)

Meals on Wheels weekly menu Meals on Wheels offers an on-site lunch at noon Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays to seniors over 60 at the Sweet Home Community Center. There is a suggested donation of $3.50 per meal. Meals are ordered in advance, and are...


First-graders sought for Sportsman's Holiday court

First-graders in the Sweet Home School District (home-schooled students included) are encouraged to apply to become a junior princess or escort for the 2023 Sportsman’s Holiday, which runs July 6-9. The names of one boy and one girl will be...


Daughters of the American Revolution Winner

Luka Ogden, of Sweet Home, left, a student at East Linn Christian Academy, holds a first-place Good Citizen Award during a tea hosted April 13 by the Santiam Chapter of the Oregon Daughters of the...


55 Plus: Active body, active mind

The value of hobbies for seniors is undeniable. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology found that employees who engaged in creative hobbies outside of...

 By Roberta McKern    News    April 26, 2023

Digging Treasure at the East Linn Museum: Anatomy of a massacre (part 2)

EDITOR'S NOTE: The first installment of this two-part series ran in the March 29, 2023, edition of the New Era. Read it online at Last month's article left us at the beginning...


Public Safety (April 26, 2023)

April 17 4:53 a.m. - Andrew Joseph Osinga, 22, was cited for failure to carry proof of insurance, Main St./46th Ave. 5:09 a.m. - Serenity Nichole Tsosie, 25, was cited for failure to carry proof of insurance, 1000 block of Main St. 10:40 a.m. -...


Municipal Court (April 26, 2023)

April 12, 2023 Adams, Daniel L. – no contest, violation driving while suspended or revoked, fine $440. Strawn, Mikeal G. – no contest, criminal driving while suspended or revoked, fine $1,101, probation 60 months. Bettelyoun, Rikki N. – guilty...


Sweet Home Junior High Honor Roll (April 26, 2023)

8TH GRADE 4.00 – Heaven Leigh Ader, Xander Blom, Mailey Brewer, Ryker Burr, Kandance Mae Claunch, Marshall Ray Anthony Dixon, Khrystoffer Domingo, Brittany Lippert, Landon Robert Murry, Eddie Newell, Olivia Grace Saveskie, Isaiah Jacob Liam Scofiel...


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