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Articles from the May 3, 2016 edition

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Golfers tune up for districts with best round of season

After what Coach Pat Davis described as their worst round of the season, Sweet Home’s boys bounced back Monday, May 2, with their best round of the season, finishing with a team score of 405 at...


Huskies beat Sisters in baseball for first time in years

Sweet Home came from behind last week to take down the Sisters Outlaws in baseball for the first time in at least six years. The Huskies beat the Outlaws 10-9 on April 26 at home. In their previous...


While some falter a bit, other Huskies step up with big night at Lebanon

Facing some large-school competition, Sweet Home’s track and field athletes had a so-so night at Lebanon’s Rob Allen Twilight Invitational Friday, April 29. "It was a mixed bag,” said Coach...


Huskies make short work of Sisters, Sutherlin in softball

Sweet Home crushed Sisters and Sutherlin last week in softball. The Huskies beat at Sutherlin 16-1 on Thursday, April 28, and Sisters 17-0 twice, all of them in five innings under the 10-run rule, at...

 News    May 3, 2016

Public Safety Log May 4, 2016

May 2 7:55 a.m. - Caller reported a trailer parked for an extended period of time, 46th Avenue. Referred to code enforcement. 8:55 a.m. - Caller reported a neighbor’s fence is falling over because o... Full story

 By Staff    News    May 3, 2016

New SHEDG president sees role as a chance to give back to community

Rachel Kittson-MaQatish cre-dits the Sweet Home community for the successes she has experienced over the years, and she says that’s what drives her as she volunteers as the Sweet Home Economic...


Consultant: Bringing wastewater plant up to speed will be costly

Engineering consultant Jon Holland told the Sweet Home City Council last week that the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant will require $20 million in upgrades. With a phased approach, over the next 30 years, and counting inflation, those costs... Full story

 News    May 3, 2016

Samaritan purchasing Lebanon Teen Challenge building for substance abuse treatment center

Samaritan Health announced Thursday, April 28, that it has purchased Teen Challenge's substance abuse treatment facility in Lebanon and hired Teen Challenge's inpatient treatment program director. The move follows an announcement in January that... Full story

 By Staff    News    May 3, 2016

District Attorney: Deputies justified in shooting suspect

Two Linn County Sheriff’s deputies were justified in using deadly force in a March 25 incident, District Attorney Doug Marteeny announced during a press conference Friday, April 29, at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. According to the DA’s rep...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 3, 2016

New councilor wants to see community improve visually, cash in recreation

James Goble has been away from City Council issues for awhile, and he’ll be spending the next few months getting up to speed after taking his new seat on the council on April 8. Goble was chosen to...


Council’s action raises questions

Editor: With all the uncertainty and mystery surrounding the departure of Craig Martin, our former City Manager I have the following questions and comments: 1. The council’s comment “we are taking a new direction” brings up the question... Full story

 By Staff    News    May 3, 2016

National monument proponent likens Douglas fir forests to redwoods

Stephen Sharnoff made a pitch last week to a Salem audience to gain more support for the nearly half-a-million-acre Douglas Fir National Monument he and Andy Kerr are proposing. He was invited by the...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 3, 2016

Jamboree’s 7th Mystery Concert a first-time sell-out

The seventh edition of the Ore-gon Jamboree’s Mystery Concert, a key concert in its Sweet Events calendar, turned out to be a big hit with a sold-out crowd when Old Dominion took the stage Wednesday... Full story

 News    May 3, 2016

SH man gets nine months after felon-in-possession guilty plea in firearms case

Allen Maurice Diggs, 74, of Sweet Home was sentenced Friday to nine months in prison after pleading no contest to felon in possession of a firearm. {{more} Diggs faced two charges of felon in...


What is the City Council’s vision?

Editor: Craig Martin, we are grateful for the exceptional job you did as city manager and regret the loss of your leadership. Council: What - exactly - is your vision for Sweet Home? Communication with the public, to date, shows a vision of chaos... Full story


Reasoning behind decision paper-thin

Editor: Only in Sweet Home can such paper-thin reasoning as “It was time for a change” suffice as an official statement from a City Council. Craig Martin’s forced retirement was done behind closed doors and without witness because I believe it...


Council’s action a grave error

Editor: I’m sure we’re not the only ones in shock from the forced retirement of our beloved Craig Martin. My wife and I have rarely seen a man more dedicated to his job and so actively and selflessly involved in his community. Since the facts... Full story


Alcohol criticism not very biblical

Editor: In response to Victoria Peargin’s letter, “Alcohol shame to Christian witness” (April 20), I write this as a lover of Christ Jesus. In regards to the pastor who opened a business that serves beer, he should be loved and not ridiculed....

 By Staff    News    May 3, 2016

Cost to move Municipal Court estimated at about $45,000

The Sweet Home City Council voted 6-0 to begin collecting construction bids to move Sweet Home Municipal Court into Sweet Home Police Department. The move will cost an estimated $45,393, according to figures collected by Police Chief Jeff Lynn. The...

 By Staff    News    May 3, 2016

Organizer seeks help in bringing back Chips ’n’ Splinters show

In an effort to bring back the past, Shirley Austin is calling on Sweet Home businesses, organizations and groups to put together different acts for the annual Chips ’n’ Splinters variety show. The show will be held on July 8 and proceeds will...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 3, 2016

Outgoing City Manager Craig Martin says good-bye at last-day reception

Former city councilors, staff members and Sweet Home residents said goodbye to City Manager Craig Martin Friday afternoon at a reception in his honor. Martin, who had been city manager since 1997,...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 3, 2016

Council asks staff for process to find interim manager

The Sweet Home City Council on Monday asked city staff to develop a selection process for an interim city manager and report back at the next regular City Council meeting. The council can meet in a special session the following week to vet the...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 3, 2016

City putting down cash to buy former Sweet Home Ranger District building

The City Council voted 6-0 Monday evening to pay $25,000 in earnest money on the former Sweet Home Ranger District office. The city will begin an inspection process. Following the inspection period, it may purchase the property, 3225 Main St., for...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 3, 2016

Chamber kicking off Saturday Street Faire on property purchased from SHEDG

The Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce will begin hosting a Saturday Street Faire this Saturday, May 7, on property it is in the process of purchasing from the Sweet Home Economic Development Group. The...

 News    May 3, 2016

Super sloshy at S.A.F.E. Super Hero Run

Camren Reed, clad in a Batman outfit, stops to lighten his load Saturday morning, April 30, during the inaugural Super Hero Run for S.A.F.E. as, race volunteer Jeff Parker, rear, makes sure Manny...


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