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Articles from the April 28, 2015 edition

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 By Staff    News    April 28, 2015

SHJH teacher puts stories, long on her mind, into print

That Sweet Home Junior High School teacher Dana Simonson is now a published author isn’t really a surprise. The literary muse has been with her for a long time, she says. Writing as Dana Kirk,... Full story

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 28, 2015

Proposal would move $500k to bolster SHPD

City Manager Craig Martin has proposed transferring $500,000 to the police department in the 2015-16 Sweet Home city budget to cover a shortfall that has loomed for several years, while overall, the... Full story

 

Arbor Day tree plantings

Arbor Month Poster Contest winner Johnny Lyons, above, a first-grader at Sweet Home Charter School, {{more)) plants a tree on the school campus, his reward as one of the contest’s two winners.... Full story

 
 By Staff    News    April 28, 2015

Watershed coordinator brings love of Northwest to job

Eric Anderson brings significant history in stream restoration to his new position as coordinator for the South Santiam Watershed Council. He started his new job on March 29. Anderson grew up in...

 

Elmira loss puts Huskies solidly in second in softball standings

Sweet Home is solidly in second place after a 7-3 loss at Elmira on Friday. It is the Huskies’ second loss to the Falcons and the Huskies’ only other loss in the Sky-Em League. The Huskies are 6-2...

 

That’s progress

A fund-raising “thermometer” for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam, at the corner of Highways 20 and 228, reflects the club’s announcement Monday, April 27, that it has met its secon...

 

Death Notices

Nancy Marie Bock, 93, of Sweet Home died April 23, 2015. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit www.sweethomefuneral.com. Evelyn Fay Brown, 82, of Sweet Home died April 25, 2015. Viewing will be from 4... Full story

 

Dennis Harper

March 18, 1963 – April 22, 2015 Dennis James Harper, 52, of Sweet Home died April 22, 2015. He was born March 18, 1963 in Enterprise. In 1983 he married Christine Lavato and they had four...

 

Lyle Birky

Dec. 30, 1936 – April 19, 2015 Lyle R. Birky, 78, of Sweet Home passed away Sunday April 19th. He was born Dec. 30, 1936 in Creston, Mont. to Elmer and Anna (Lapp) Birky. He lived in both Montana and Oregon. He was a logger and member of the... Full story

 

Belton Ashcraft

Nov. 5, 1930 - April 27, 2015 Belton B. “Tex” Ashcraft, 84, of Sweet Home, died April 27, 2015. He was born on Nov. 5, 1930 in Columbus, Miss., the son of Belton C. and Maude (Ponds) Ashcraft. He served in the United States Air Force from 1958...

 

Erick Parkerson

Dec. 12, 1967 - April 20, 2015 Erick Dwayne Parkerson, 47, of Eugene died April 20, 2015 at his home of a seizure disorder. He was born Dec. 12, 1967 in Eugene, one of four children, to Eugene and...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 28, 2015

Experiencing booming attendance, local church plans big expansion

Harvest Christian Center is planning to expand its church building by nearly 13,000 square feet to accommodate a growing membership and provide room for additional growth. Pastor Mark Woody and his... Full story

 

Women still lack true equality

Editor: Will transgender men who convert to women lose their U.S. constitutional rights/guaranties of equality? Does that mean they’ll take a pay cut (women making 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man, with African American women and Latinas...

 

Northside Park trees are missed

Editor: Regarding Northside Park: Last summer, due to complaints of drug sales, the entire line of mature, flowering fruit trees on the north side of the park were completely removed. What was once a beautiful sight is now a rather dingy looking... Full story

 

‘Fifth-year’ program should target middle class

Editor: After reading the editorial on the fifth-year high school program (April 22), there was much I agreed with but critical points at the end with which I did not. I concur that when, not if, the program becomes more popular, it will be...

 

Editorial: Is it time to rethink local elections?

This year’s School Board election is shaping up to be, we hate to say it, a bit of a sham. We have three candidates for six positions, all of whom are incumbents. They fill two at-large positions and a Sweet Home position. The positions for which...

 

Around Town April 29, 2015

Theater auditions for camp, ‘Poppins’ The The Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts will hold auditions for its Kids Summer Camp at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, or Wednesday, April 29, at the Lebanon High School Auditorium. Auditioners should be...

 
 By Audrey Gomez    News    April 28, 2015

Quilting club welcomes all to join in 83-year tradition

Each Tuesday and Thursday, local seamstresses gather at the Senior Center to continue a tradition that dates back to 1932: the Jolly Stitchers Quilting Club. Of course, while none of the current 10...

 

Public Safety Log April 29, 2015

April 25 9:55 a.m. - Delbert Joe Tunnell, 76, arrested for felony public indecency, 1516 Ninth Ave. Caller had reported a male masturbating in public. April 24 3:24 a.m. - While on patrol, officer...

 

Down, but not out, Huskies win with seventh-inning rally

Trailing 7-1 headed into the bottom of the seventh inning Monday night at home, the Huskies scored seven runs to beat Elmira 8-7. With the last-inning win, the Huskies are in second place in baseball...

 

Huskies’ eagle caps golfers’ home tournament at Mallard Creek

Sweet Home’s golfers got to play at home for the one and only time this season Tuesday, April 21, in a scramble-format tournament in which golfers paired up with teammates and played the best ball... Full story

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 28, 2015

$337,000 decrease proposed for SHFAD budget

Fire Chief Dave Barringer has proposed a decrease of $337,000 in the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District’s budget in the 2015-16 fiscal year. The proposed budget is $2.3 million, down from an adopted budget of $2.67 million in 2014-15, which...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 28, 2015

SHFAD candidates both bring fire experience to table: Challenger Don Schlies

Don Schlies believes that retaining firefighters and medics is the most important issue facing the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District, and along with that, the board will need to address funding i...

 

SHFAD candidates both bring fire experience to table: Incumbent Tim Geil

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Board of Directors must look for new ways to raise money and cover expenses moving forward, said Tim Geil, an incumbent candidate for the board. He faces cha...

 
 By Roberta McKern    News    April 28, 2015

Digging Treasure at East Linn Museum: Portrait collection a good way to remember key figures of the past

For The New Era Most people want to be remembered and to remember others, especially when it comes to family. Until the 19th century, only the well-to-do held the option of posing for painted...

 

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