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Articles from the May 19, 2021 edition

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 By Scott Swanson    News    May 19, 2021

Arsonist sought in church fire

Sweet Home police are working to identify a suspected arsonist who, they believe, started a fire that severely damaged the fellowship hall at Elm Street Baptist Church Tuesday evening, May 11. "The fi...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 19, 2021

Judge: Other cities copying SH's Community Court program judge says

Judge Larry Blake Jr. presented an update on Sweet Home’s Community Court program to City Council members at their May 11 Sweet Home City Council meeting. Councilors in attendance were Angelita Sanchez, Susan Coleman, Mayor Greg Mahler, Diane...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 19, 2021

More housing in works for Sweet Home

More people may be calling Sweet Home their own home in the near future, as a number of subdivisions and apartment complexes are in the works throughout the town. A third phase of building is planned...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 19, 2021

SHHS senior gets statewide B&G Club honor

Abby Jernejcic, of Sweet Home, knows her way around at the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam. She started with the club six years ago as a client, and then joined the staff a year and a hal...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 19, 2021

$55 million schools budget goes to board

Sweet Home School District Budget Committee members unanimously approved a 2021-22 budget of $55,024,931 at their May 10 meeting. That total is a marked increase from the $45,960,296 that was budgeted last year. “By almost any measure, we have...

 

Melvin Christopher Arms

March 7, 1953 - May 15, 2021 Melvin Christopher “Chris” Arms, 68, of Sweet Home, passed away Saturday. He was born March 7, 1953 in Beaumont, Texas, to Howard and Margaret Lea (Hilliard) Arms.... Full story

 

Jack L. Beler

Dec. 22, 1957 - May 2, 2021 Jack L. Beler, 63, of Lebanon, passed away May 2, 2021. He was born Dec. 22, 1957 in Artesia, Calif., to Sammy Lem and Judith Marie (Hilliard) Beler. He was a Boy Scout and... Full story

 

Paul Peters

Dec. 5, 1929 - May 5, 2021 Paul Peters, 91, died May 5, 2021 surrounded by family. He was born Paul Patrick Peters on Dec. 5, 1929 in Gretna, Neb., to Paul and Nora Peters. Paul grew up in Colome,... Full story

 

Donald Bennett

April 28, 1943 - May 13, 2021 Donald "Steve" Bennett, 78, of Sweet Home died May 13, 2021. He was born April 28, 1943 to Donald William and Margaret Bennett. Mr. Bennett retired from the U.S. Navy... Full story

 

Ralph Cornish

Feb. 6, 1936 - May 9, 2021 Ralph W. Cornish, 85, of Sweet Home, died May 9, 2021. He was born Feb. 6, 1936 in Holdenville, Okla., to Ralph Woodrow and Ruby Irene (Blackwell). Mr. Cornish moved to Swee... Full story

 

Clayton Martin

Nov. 2, 1930 - May 10, 2021 Clayton Jesse Martin, 90, of Sweet Home, died May 10, 2021. He was born Nov. 2, 1930 in Marshland to Henry Macy and Rosa Mae (Hudson) Martin. He served in the United... Full story

 

Fiscal Folly in Washington

By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson For years, I have been sounding the alarm about chronic federal deficit spending—practiced by both Republicans and Democrats—steering our country into a fiscal abyss. I feel like a broken record as I periodically chroni...

 

Around Town May 19, 2021

County hosting 2 vaccination clinics Linn County Public Health will host two COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 19 and 20, at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center. Children ages 12 and older are...

 

Public Safety May 19, 2021

­May 10 8:43 a.m. – Sarah Lee Clark, 26, cited for driving while suspended and driving uninsured, 1000 Block Main St. Cited and released on Linn County Circuit Court warrant for possession of meth. 1:05 p.m. – Caller reports the pad lock on thei...

 

Cost to county taxpayers when court defendents fail to appear: some $1 million

It costs Linn County taxpayers about $1,000 every time someone charged with a crime fails to appear in court, according to District Attorney Doug Marteeny. And last year, that happened 949 times. It is the No. 1 issue on the Top 10 list of...

 

County residential appraisals to start in Sweet Home

Staff from the Linn County Assessor’s Office will begin appraising residential properties within the Sweet Home city limits this week and likely continue through August, according to Assessor and Tax Collector Andy Stevens. Stevens said that...

 

Commissioners affirm parental OK needed for vaccines

At their Tuesday morning meeting, Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker emphasized their position that minors will not be vaccinated at county-sponsored COVID-19 clinics without parental permission. The issue...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    May 19, 2021

Huskies qualify four for state track meet, amid flurry of PR's

Four Sweet Home track and field athletes qualified last weekend for the Oregon Division 4 track and field championships this Friday and Saturday, May 21-22 at Siuslaw High School in Florence. Huskies...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 19, 2021

Police, Executive, Library budgets all grow in proposal sent to City Council

Sweet Home's Budget Committee unanimously approved a proposed budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year in their May 13 meeting. That recommendation will be forwarded to the City Council for final approval...

 

Sheriff's Office offers free boating inspections

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office will offer free boat inspections this weekend at area Bi-Mart stores, according to Sheriff Jim Yon. “Our marine deputies will work with owners to make sure their boats are ready for the water this summer and they... Full story

 

Younger leads race for Fire Board seat; Gourley on top in School Board race

Rob Younger led Kenny Weld and Brock Cota in votes for the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Board of Directors Position 4 seat as of noon Wednesday, following the May 18 election. Younger had 662 votes (44.34%), ahead of Weld's 491 (32.89%)...

 

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