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Articles from the May 18, 2022 edition

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TUESDAY UPDATE: Two killed in Highway 20 crash Saturday; witnesses sought

NOTE: This story was updated Tuesday morning, May 17, 2022. The Oregon State Police is investigating possible impairment as a factor in a two-vehicle crash Saturday, May 14, that killed two...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 18, 2022

Council discusses vacant buildings

Wastewater plant upgrades, railroad depot also on agenda The May 10 Sweet Home City Council meeting featured discussions on potentially enforcing stricter vacant-building ordinances downtown, funding...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 18, 2022

Will decades-old plant get new treatment at last?

City officials are watching costs skyrocket as they plan for a new wastewater treatment plant that, they say, is decades overdue. But how needful, really, is a new plant in the first place? Essentiall...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 18, 2022

Sweet Home's hare-raising problem

A feral-rabbit issue has plagued Sweet Home and the surrounding area since late last year, but this month it's worsened by leaps and bounds -- or hops, you could say.  On Thursday, May 5, local Lisa...

 

Jesse Sharp

A graveside service for World War II Navy veteran Jesse Harvey Sharp, 95, of Sweet Home, who died Dec. 24, 2021, is planned for May 31. Mr. Sharp was born May 31, 1926 in Little Rock, Wash., to...

 

Death Notices (May 18, 2022)

Catherine I. Gordon (Urben), 91, a longtime Sweet Home resident, died May 10, 2022, in Salem. Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. Anita Margarete Launder, 97, of Sweet Home, died May 14, 2022, Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 18, 2022

All in on ADA sidewalk project

Workers from Emery and Sons Construction contractors go deep to install storm drain improvements in Foster last week as part of the city's long-awaited project to install sidewalks along Highway 20....

 

School district names ESPY winners for May

Sweet Home School District named its ESPY Award winners for May at the May 9 School Board meeting. In front, from left, in the first photo from the meeting, are Sailor Burr, third grade, Hawthorne...

 

Secretary of State discusses election changes

Secretary of State Shemia Fagan says Oregon's election system is about as air-tight as it can be, but that new rules may delay results, especially for close elections in the May 17 primary. Fagan, who...

 

Fire stopped after discovery of electrical short in wall

Firefighters stopped a short at its source Sunday evening, May 15, at a home in the 40000 block of Mountain Home Drive. The incident was reported at 11:45 p.m. According to C Shift Battalion Chief Randy Whitfield, responding personnel arrived to...

 

Caution urged on spring yard debris disposal

Because this year’s drought conditions put the state at higher wildfire risks, the Oregon Department of Forestry and other fire prevention experts urge caution when disposing of yard debris this spring. May is Wildfire Awareness Month, which is a...

 

Letter: GOP hypocritical, lies about abortion (May 18, 2022)

Editor: A guy once said that if men got pregnant you’d be able to get an abortion at a vending machine...  Christian opposition to abortion comes from the Republican party looking to corral, exploit and weaponize the church as a voting bloc....

 

Letter: Sheriff's race has one qualified candidate (May 18, 2022)

Editor: Campaigning for the November election for Linn County Sheriff has already begun and I urge all voters to carefully assess the candidates’ backgrounds, as only one of them is qualified to be our Sheriff. I hired both of them years ago when...

 

Letter: LCSO needs new leadership at top (May 18, 2022)

Editor: I’ve noticed Michelle Duncan has a slogan “because experience matters.” This carries no weight because it’s about love, caring, being genuine, and present. Prime example, Vince Lombardi was a high school teacher. He was asked to...

 

From Our Files (May 18, 2022)

May 19, 1972 An electronic piano was presented to the Senior Citizens of Sweet Home. The Lebanon chapter of Knights of Columbus, which includes Sweet Home member Bud Steinbacher, donated $250 toward the piano’s purchase. Membership in the senior...

 

Sweet Home School District Clothing Closet reopens

The Sweet Home School District Clothing Closet reopened May 4 at River of Life Fellowship, 1658 Long St., for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the spring of 2020. Hours are 1 to...

 

County helps Santiam Canyon residents rebuild after fire

Linn County has distributed more than $88,000 to assist homeowners use fire-retardant materials when rebuilding homes in the Santiam Canyon affected by the Labor Day 2020 wildfires, county commissioners learned Tuesday, May 10, at their weekly meetin...

 

Circuit Court (May 18, 2022)

Sweet Home On Friday, May 13, Justin Thomas Parker, 43, pleaded guilty to and was sentenced for DUII and recklessly endangering another person for an incident occurring on May 28, 2020. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 36 months probation and...

 

Around Town (May 18, 2022)

Meals on Wheels weekly menu Meals on Wheels offers take-out lunch at the Sweet Home Community Center to seniors over 60 at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The Senior Center serves a separate lunch on Wednesdays. Suggested donation is $3.50....

 

Public Safety (May 18, 2022)

May 9 5:07 p.m. - Caller reported a driver running a stop sign, nearly causing crash in the 28000 block of Pleasant Valley Road. May 10 8:04 p.m. - Sheriff’s Office responded to a verbal argument between a student and a bus driver in the 40900 bloc...

 

Lebanon police logs May 6-18

May 6 1:18 a.m. - Caller reported a white male with shaved head stole two packs of Red Vine candy, Main St. Loss valued at $6. 2:33 a.m. - Nathan Miller, 27, of Lebanon, cited on warrant, 2000 block S. Santiam Hwy. Report taken. 2:59 a.m. - Ivan...

 

Sweet Home boys qualify for state track in three events

Sweet Home qualified six athletes in three events – with a few more close misses – at the Oregon West Conference district championships Friday and Saturday at Husky Field. Although the boys were...

 

Insurance Office Ribbon Cutting

Travis Luttmer, center, cuts the ribbon to celebrate the opening of his Country Financial insurance office at 1001 Long St. He is flanked by staff members and members of the Sweet Home Chamber of...

 

Sweet Home boys finish fifth in golf districts; two clear 200

Sweet Home finished fifth in the seven-team Special District 2 boys golf championship tournament held May 9-10 at Tokatee Golf Club at McKenzie Bridge. The Huskies shot a two-day team total score of...

 

Softball: Surging Huskies hand Cascade first league loss, then lose close one to Stayton

Sweet Home softball pulled off a big upset on Thursday, May 12 with a 4-3 win against a Cascade team that had an undefeated 17-0 league record in the Oregon West Conference, and was in the midst of a...

 

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