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April 27, 2016

Student Exchange seeks host families NorthWest Student Exchange is seeking families in the Sweet Home area to host international exchange students. Hosting a student can supplement educational and personal growth opportunities for children of the... Full story

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 27, 2016

Vacant home burns

Firefighters press an attack against a manufactured home fire Monday evening at Mountain Shadows manufactured home park, 1530 Tamarack St., space 18, Monday afternoon. Fourteen firefighters responded...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 27, 2016

City healthcare committee to create public health fair

The City of Sweet Home’s ad hoc healthcare committee is moving forward with plans to host a health fair in Sweet Home, with common health screenings, to help promote prevention. City councilors, citizens and representatives of Samaritan Health Serv...

 

Environmentalists to present monument proposal in Salem

At least two presentations about the proposed Douglas Fir National Monument are scheduled in Oregon this week. Neither meeting will be located less than 30 miles from the the nearly half-million-acre area that would be included in the monument as it...

 

New agenda for local Day of Prayer

Sweet Home residents will observe the National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 5, with a slightly different arrangement than has been the norm in recent years. Pastor Matt Coleman of Hillside Fellowship, one of the organizers, said the plan is to hold...

 

Bell-Whitfield wedding set

Nicole Bell and Christian Whitfield have announced their engagement to marry on Sept. 3, 2016. Bell is the daughter of Jack and Cindy Bell of Sweet Home. Whitfield is the son of Randy and Dina...

 

New bond levy would overlap current levy, but rates will be 6 cents lower

If voters approve a bond request for the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District, the property taxes that pay for its existing bond will overlap with the the property taxes that will pay for the new bond; but the combined tax rates will be lower than...

 

Rio is impressive

Editor: I went to the movie at the Rio tonight and I was very impressed. Nice, clean and very comfortable. It felt more like you’re in the home, not a theater. Prices were reasonable. Fresh popcorn and the movie was great. Thank you, Tom and... Full story

 

Council, explain

Editor: This week, our city council “involuntarily retired” our city manager, Craig Martin. It appears that Craig Martin has been forced from office by a small majority of council members. My question for the council members who united against... Full story

 

It’s time to end child abuse, make state safe for children

The time has come for us to end child abuse and neglect. It’s time for each of us to take a stand and to make sure that Oregon is a safe place for all of our children to live and grow up. Every April we take a break from our busy lives, we wear...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 27, 2016

Capital outlays increasing in proposed 2016-17 city budget

While the City of Sweet Home’s proposed budget will increase by about $562,000, it will decrease in most areas while increasing by $1.5 million in capital expenditures for 2016-17. Outgoing City Manager Craig Martin provided an overview of the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 27, 2016

Proposed 2016-17 fire district budget increases by 8.5 percent

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District’s proposed 2016-17 budget will increase by $196,000 to $2.5 million, about 8.5 percent. Fire Chief Dave Barringer presented the budget and a summary to the district’s Budget Committee on April 19. Within...

 

Real Estate

Following are Sweet Home, Lebanon and Brownsville area real estate transactions recorded with the county during the month of March 2016. Properties are listed by address, property/residence size and purchase price: 645 B St., Lebanon, .18 acre,... Full story

 

Huskies have phenomenal meet, set big personal records

Last week was an active one for Sweet Home’s more advanced track and field performers, as the Huskies competed at home Wednesday against Sisters and Sutherlin and then again on Saturday at the Meet...

 

Huskies top Elmira in softball

Elmira lost its first softball game of the year when Sweet Home defeated the Falcons 5-4 on the road on April 19. The Huskies’ only losses in league so far have been to Elmira, 8-2 and 3-2. “We feel really good,” said Coach Shane Cochran. “It... Full story

 

Girls gaining experience on the greens

Sweet Home’s girls haven’t had much tournament time on the golf course – until last week. The girls played three matches, including one ended prematurely by lightning. “They’ve been... Full story

 

Huskies lose two

Sisters 11, Sweet Home 1 The Sisters Outlaws defeated the Huskies 11-1 under the 10-run rule in five innings in Sisters Friday. “Awful rough day for us today.” said Coach Dan Tow. “We didn’t...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 27, 2016

Council approves ‘forced retirement’ for City Manager Craig Martin

The Sweet Home City Council and City Manager Craig Martin entered into an agreement Tuesday night that ends Martin’s employment with the city after more than 18 years effective April 30. Under the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 27, 2016

Salem man remodeling, cleaning up crime-ridden Nandina apartments

New landlord Justin Cherrington says quality rental units are key to cleaning up Sweet Home neighborhoods, like one in the 1200 block of Nandina Street. Cherrington, a Salem resident, bought the... Full story

 

Former bus driver enjoying new activities director gig

After four years as a shuttle bus driver, Sandi Hegge has taken on a new challenge: Activities Director at the Sweet Home Senior Center. While Hegge loved her job of driving Linn Shuttle’s LBCC expr... Full story

 

City manager departure doesn’t make any sense

We in Sweet Home have suddenly found ourselves in a situation we haven’t experienced in 18 years with the forced retirement of City Manager Craig Martin: going in a very new direction. As reported on page 1, council members voted 5-1 last week to...

 

Public Safety log April 27, 2016

April 24 5:31 a.m. - Naghmeh Kia, 26, cited for speeding, 44-25, 2400 block of Main. 9:50 a.m. - Caller reported the theft of a firearm in the past two weeks, 1200 block of 40th. Report taken. Loss...