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Articles from the May 10, 2023 edition

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The seniors won May Week, but Sweet Home High School students in all grades had lots of fun at the annual Track Meet on Friday, May 5, which marked the end of the event. The forecast stayed mostly...

 By Benny Westcott    News    May 10, 2023

Schools, city develop plan after Foster shooting affair

Sweet Home city and school district officials have come up with a plan to improve communication following an incident in which the public was kept in the dark for more than a month after a neighbor of...

 By Scott Swanson    News    May 10, 2023

SHFAD gets grant for wildfire programs

Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District has announced that it is implementing two new programs in the near future, one that aims to decrease wildfire risk in the community, and the other to bolster...

 By Benny Westcott    News    May 10, 2023

Run to recognize rabbits

When Kelcey Young became Sweet Home's city manager last year, she had to acquaint herself with many facets of her new job and home. One quirky problem the former Clearlake, California, finance...


Violet Alberts

Violet June Alberts, 92, of Sweet Home, died April 24, 2023. She was born Aug. 2, 1930, in Missoula, Mont., to Carl Edwin and Gladys Lucille (Wadsworth) Hanson. Over the years she lived in Montana,... Full story


Hayward Bellah II

Hayward Solon Bellah II, 74, of Sweet Home, died May 2, 2023. He was born Jan. 24, 1949, in Martinsville, Ind., to Hayward Solon and Barbara (Cornett) Bellah. He retired as a command sergeant major fr... Full story


Raymond Davis Jr.

Raymond "Ray" Henry Davis, Jr., 84, of Sweet Home, died May 5, 2023. He was born June 12, 1938, in Burgdorf Hot Springs, Idaho, the son of Raymond H. and Roma (Barns) Davis, Jr. Mr. Davis came to Swee... Full story


Troy Duncan

Troy Allen Duncan, 64, of Sweet Home, died May 1, 2023. He was born Oct. 3, 1958, in Lebanon, the son of Allen LaMon and Cledith Thelma (Thompson) Duncan.  He was a lifelong Sweet Home resident. He served in the United States Army. Mr. Duncan loved... Full story


Carol Kostman

Carol Lynne Kostman, 86, of Sweet Home, died May 2, 2023. She was born April 15, 1937, in San Diego, Calif., to Gwendolyn (Fowlkes) and Samuel J. Rice Jr. She grew up in Medford and moved to Oildale,... Full story


LeRoy Bickford (May 20 service)

A Celebration of Life for LeRoy Bickford, who died March 17, 2023, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Sweet Home Elks Lodge, 440 Osage St., in Sweet Home. Friends and family members are... Full story


Carrie Lea White

Carrie Lea White (Carrie Reilly Lea), age 65, passed away March 15, 2023 at Salem Hospital. Her mother, son and brother were with her at the time. Carrie was born Sept. 15, 1957, in San Jose, Calif.,... Full story


Death Notices (May 10, 2023)

Timothy James Higholt, 38, of Sweet Home died May 6, 2023. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Final burial with military honors will follow at Gilliland Cemetery. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is... Full story


Editorial: Steamroller lawmaking not good for anyone (May 10, 2023)

Things are not going well in Salem. Unfortunately, that’s not new, but it’s still disappointing. Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, elected in 2020, resigned Monday afternoon after a Willamette Week  newspaper report revealed that Fagan had been...


From Our Files (May 10, 2023)

May 10, 1973 More than 40 businesses are participating in "Ding-A-Ling Daze," the biggest retail sales promotion sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Businesses will stay open late, and merchants...


County approves proposed 2023-24 budget

After four daily meetings last week, the Linn County Budget Committee approved a proposed 2023-24 budget of $229,270,552 Thursday morning, May 4, at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany. Committee members include community volunteers Jennifer...


Commissioners OK agreements with SH, other cities, for emergency dispatch

The Linn County Board of Commissioners in a brief session Tuesday morning, May 2, approved intergovernmental agreements to provide emergency dispatching Linn County Sheriff’s Office services to area communities and districts. The following were...

 By Benny Westcott    News    May 10, 2023

$65 million budget for schools moves to board

A $65,236,782 spending plan for Sweet Home’s schools, nearly $10 million dollars more than the current year’s adopted budget of $55,584,273, was approved Monday, May 8, by Budget Committee members. Committee members, who on this day were...


Around Town (May 10, 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...


Public Safety (May 10, 2023)

May 1 8 a.m. - Caller reported a male stealing items from Thriftway, 621 Main St. Report taken for third-degree theft. The value of these items was unknown. Kyle James Elmer, 31, was cited and released for third-degree theft. 8:48 a.m. - Brittny...


Day of Prayer

Participants in Sweet Home's Day of Prayer are led, in the first photo, by Pastor Jim Corley of the Evangelical Church during a prayer session at Sweet Home Police Department Thursday, May 4. Prayer...


Circuit Court (May 10, 2023)

Warrants are out on the following individuals: Calvin Alvin Ames, Samuel Frank Ayers, Shenese Danielle Cobain, Ashlee Dee Flanagan, Aaron Thomas Halvorson, Isaac Booker Justham, Noe Hernandez-Reyes, Michael Trevor Hilton, Faron Walter Kennedy,...


Corps to provide update on refilling reservoirs

After a historically dry start to the refill season, water managers with the Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are optimistic about refilling most Willamette Valley reservoirs after increased rainfall and snowmelt in April. To help...


Man arrested in Sweet Home stabbing

A Sweet Home man was stabbed Friday afternoon, May 5, during an altercation at a 9th Avenue residence, police said. A second man was arrested on multiple charges in connection with the incident. According to police, officers responded at about 4:55...


Outdoors: Mother's Day fun at Silver Falls this weekend

Silver Falls State Park will host its annual Mother's Day Birding and Wildflower Festival Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14. Come see the migratory birds and spring blooms at the park this time of...


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