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Articles from the April 29, 2020 edition

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Virus toll nears 100 in Oregon

The total number of positive COVID-19 tests statewide increased to 2,354 as of Monday morning, April 20, up from 1,956 a week earlier, on April 20. The state’s death toll reached 92 as of Monday...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 29, 2020

Sealing mega leak already saving city major water

The recent location and repair of a major leak appears to have saved the city a lot of water, but exactly how much is yet to be determined. The Sweet Home Water Treatment Plant produced 242,000 fewer gallons per day in the seven days following a...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    April 29, 2020

Local man saved by cutting-edge cardiac technology

In the aftermath of the ice storm of 2017, Dennis Eggers set to work cutting up and moving 20 of the cedar trees he and his wife lost that winter. Little did he know, his effort would set into motion...

 

Norma Foster

Sept. 28, 1940 - April 22, 2020 Norma J. Foster, 79, of Sweet Home, died peacefully of cancer at her home in Sublimity on April 22, 2020 in Sublimity. She was born Sept. 28, 1940 in Sweet Home to...

 

Faron Pugh

Dec. 27, 1935 - April 23, 2020 Faron “Red” Young Pugh, 84, of Sweet Home, died April 23, 2020. He was born Dec. 27, 1935 in Pensacola, Fla. to Henry and Gertrude (Wilson) Pugh. He served in the...

 

Barbara Jump

Nov. 8, 1933 - April 13, 2020 Barbara Louise Jump of Terrebonne, a former Holley resident, died April 13, 2020 in her home, surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 8, 1933 in in San Diego, Calif., the only child of Charles and Eva Marie Gandy....

 

Time to ready for critical vote

Amid all the angst over COVID-19, attention may be a bit distracted from another very important event that is closing in fast upon us, one of the few that hasn’t been cancelled: Oregon’s primary election. Ballots are being mailed as we speak....

 

Former Sheriff supports Johnson

Editor: I am Art Martinak, former Sheriff of Linn County, and I am supporting Kerry Johnson for Linn County commissioner. A lot has changed since I was your Sheriff, but one thing has not. Linn County government is our local government and it...

 

LBCC president backing Sprenger

Editor: When I moved to Albany over a decade ago, Sherrie Sprenger was one of the first people I met. It didn’t take me long to see that here was a person who loved her community and was working hard to make it even better. Sherrie has been a...

 

Johnson offers real-life experience

Editor: Linn residents will soon get a chance to cast votes for individuals seeking to serve in public office. It’s easy to get excited about presidential elections, but clearly, it is the people we elect to local positions that have the biggest...

 

New City Hall was needed investment

Editor: I feel Mr. Scott Walker’s letter (April 22) was unfortunately stated as if the City Council and supervisors over the operations of the City of Sweet Home are carelessly overspending funds without concern for costs. The costs of operation...

 

Coleman dedicated, experienced

Editor: It is with confidence I support Susan Coleman for state representative. I’ve known Susan for several years and have always admired her leadership, personable qualities and dedication to her community. Because she has worked at the Capitol...

 

Around Town April 29, 2020

Deadline nears for forestry scholarship Monday, May 4, is the deadline for applications for four $2,000 scholarships offered by Linn County Small Woodlands Association to students graduating from Linn County high schools who plan to pursue forestry...

 

LBCC offers online classes to public in community education program

Amidst the current COVID-19 health crisis, Linn-Benton Community College has moved all course offerings online for spring term. In addition to credit programs that lead to a college degree, LBCC’s Extended Learning program is also offering a variet...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 29, 2020

Jamboree plans still moving forward; 'definite answer' in June

The Oregon Jamboree is about three months away, scheduled for July 31 - Aug. 2, and organizers are still moving forward with plans for this year's festival, despite uncertainty over whether it will...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    April 29, 2020

Meals on Wheels deliveries ongoing, with some coronavirus precautions

While much of its senior clientele is sheltering-in-place due to coronavirus restrictions, Meals on Wheels continues to provide meals three days a week, just in a little different format. Meals...

 

Public Safety Log April 29, 2020

April 26 9:41 a.m. - Cho Tam, 28, cited for speeding, 59 mph in a 35-mph zone, Main and 4th. 12:33 p.m. - Robert Alan Kelley, 30, cited and released in field on Albany warrant for failure to appear, 9...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 29, 2020

Sweet Home Junior High construction project nearing finish

Contractor Gerding Builders is edging ever closer to completion of the Sweet Home Junior High project, and School District Maintenance Supervisor Josh Darwood believes the school will be ready when...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 29, 2020

Ex-ambulance, SHPD crime unit, gets new life as homeless aid vehicle

An old ambulance that has gone through life as a police crime investigation unit and incident command vehicle is moving on to a new life: helping the homeless. Police Chief Jeff Lynn handed the keys t...

 

SH teen pleads guilty to sex charge

Austin Ryan Hunter St. Martin pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree sexual abuse March 12 in Linn County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for time served. He also...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 29, 2020

Community Court to offer options besides jail for suspects

The motive behind many crimes committed locally doesn't always flow from some deep, dark malevolent place in which perpetrators are bent on world domination or harming their neighbors and community....

 
 By D E Larsen DVM    News    April 29, 2020

Water, water everywhere but not a fish alive

Mr. Campbell had been bringing his little Yorkshire terrier into the clinic ever since I had opened for business a couple of years prior. This Saturday, he came through the door empty-handed, or so it appeared. “Where is Wolf today?” I asked....

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 29, 2020

Ex-SH hoops coach Risen finds new game: salsa production

Mark Risen's family salsa reci-pe isn't a secret to former Husky basketball players Risen coached at Sweet Home High School. "Love it," said former player Matt Matuszak, who now lives south of the...

 

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