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Articles from the May 13, 2020 edition

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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

Linn COVID-19 cases top 100

Linn County had 103 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday morning, an increase from 97 one week earlier and 78 the week prior, according to information provided by the Oregon Health Authority. OHA reported...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

Budget panel nixes proposed levy reduction

City Budget Committee members last week rejected a budget proposal that would decrease property taxes by 30 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The Budget Committee met Tuesday, May 5, as part of its ongoing review of the proposed budget. It is...

 

Jamboree on hold – pending update this week

The Oregon Jamboree announced May 7 that the 2020 event will not be held the first weekend of August based on a statement by Gov. Kate Brown earlier in the day. “Our staff, management team and Board of Directors are working hard on a variety of...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

Officials eye skies as fire season nears

While rain is in the forecast through next week, fire season is fast approaching; and the Oregon Department of Forestry is reminding people that it's time to prepare. That means cleaning vegetation...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

Pandemic-related uncertainties overshadow schools budget process

While preparing a budget for the 2020-21 school year, the Sweet Home School District faces substantial uncertainty with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has put hundreds of thousands out of work in Oregon and millions nationwide,...

 

Debra Greer

Oct. 21, 1952 - April 27, 2020 Debra Mae Greer, 67, of Sweet Home died April 27, 2020 at the Evergreen Hospice House in Albany following a struggle with cancer. She was born Oct. 21, 1952 in Lebanon... Full story

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

New chamber manager looks forward to getting into community

New Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce office manager Diana Kelly is ready to get out and start meeting people as soon as she can. Of course, how soon that can happen will depend on the coronavirus...

 

Mailer is not what Sprenger is about

Editor: I was so sad to receive a mailer attacking Sherrie Sprenger. Her opponent must not understand how we do things around here. We are honest, hard-working people and we don’t lie. Sherrie’s opponent misrepresented her. Sherrie has been a... Full story

 

Thankful for good Post Office people

Editor: Congratulations to our Post Office! I received a wedding inviation from a granddaughter this past week addressed to “Granny B” with no last name, wrong house number, not east, but west, no street, but avenue, with no last name on the... Full story

 

City rate increase idea ill-timed

Editor: I got my water bill. Our City Council has really been grabbing our money and making it very difficult to enjoy our homes here in Sweet Home. First, they took over, was it 20,000 extra dollars left over from the extra levy to help the police... Full story

 

Kerry Johnson a problem-solver

Editor: The important thing to know about Kerry Johnson is that she cares. She cares, and she likes solving problems. What better combination for a public servant? What’s more, she’s good at it. She gets things done. She knows how to go beyond... Full story

 

Sprenger's experience makes her good choice

Editor: I am supporting Sherrie Sprenger for Linn County Commissioner. The position of county commissioner is best served by a well-rounded and well-grounded person. Sherrie will bring those qualities to the position when elected. Her educational... Full story

 

Kerry Johnson 'capable'

Editor: I have known Kerry Johnson many years as an employee, co-worker and friend. I have found Kerry to be very intelligent and admired her ability to grasp and learn any new endeavor she pursues. I watched her do it with her work on the Oregon... Full story

 

Vote values, elect Sprenger

Editor: It is vital that we vote our values, so I will be voting for Sherrie Sprenger for Linn County Commissioner. During these tough times it is vital to have experience and effective leadership on the Linn County Commission. Sherrie has excellent... Full story

 

Johnson would provide 'steady leadership'

Editor: We have been friends with Kerry for 30 years through, starting with our relationship within the dental field and progressing throughout our lives from there. She has shown tremendous leadership in the community through her work on the Fair... Full story

 

Sprenger endorsed for a reason

Editor: The Albany Area Chamber and Good Government Council endorsed Sherrie Sprenger for Linn County Commissioner with good reason: She has the experience, common sense, proven record, and integrity to serve us well as a Linn County Commissioner.... Full story

 

Sprenger's character 'above reproach'

Editor: Those of us who know Sherrie Sprenger can testify that her character is above reproach. A servant leader, Sherrie has worked tirelessly to represent the constituents of House District 17, and all Oregonians for more than a decade in the... Full story

 

Mailer shows Johnson's true colors

Sherrie Sprenger’s opponent just showed her true colors by sending out an ugly mail piece full of misrepresentations about Sherrie Sprenger. Her opponent claims Sprenger is all about power and money. That could not be further from the truth and... Full story

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

Proposed police budget includes spending increase of $12,000

Under the proposed budget for 2020-21, the city is projecting a slight increase in police spending, less than $12,000 on a $3.1 million budget. The increase includes a proposed reduction of 30 cents per $1,000 in assessed value in the Police...

 

Around Town May 13, 2020

Studs deadline is Friday, May 15 Oregon drivers will not be required to remove studded tires until 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 15, the Oregon Department of Transportation has announced. The deadline had previously been extended from April 1 to May 1....

 

Public Safety Log May 13, 2020

May 10 1 a.m. - Christopher Eugene Montez, 47, cited on Sweet Home warrant for second-degree theft, Eugene. 7:03 a.m. - Hunter Ariel Ringheimer, 26, arrested for felony possession of heroin and state warrant for parole violation, 1500 block of Main....

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

Linn County parks slowly opening after coronavirus closures

The Linn County Parks and Recreation Department is opening parts of the system that had been closed this week. Some of the closures were seasonal, but some of the parks system had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and related closures aimed at r...

 

Graduation plans begin to take shape

Sweet Home High School Seniors will have their chance to walk across the stage and receive a diploma next month. Supt. Tom Yahraes outlined tentative plans for graduation during the School Board’s regular meeting, held virtually, Monday night....

 

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