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Articles from the May 20, 2020 edition

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Sprenger, Cate, Glaser lead Republicans in contested local primaries

State House District 17 Rep. Sherrie Sprenger is carrying 65.87 percent of the vote in the Republican primary for Linn County Commissioner Position 3 as of 8 p.m. on May 19. With 10,214 votes, she is leading Kerry Johnson, 4,174 votes, 26.92...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 20, 2020

Furloughs to save money for district

Anticipating a revenue shortfall next year, the Sweet Home School Board decided Monday night, May 18, to take four furlough days this year to save money for next school year while using the Oregon Work Share program to ensure employees receive...

 

SH begins to reopen following COVID-19

Linn County is among 31 counties that entered Phase 1 of the governor’s plan to reopen Oregon Friday, May 15, allowing restaurants and bars, personal service providers and gyms to reopen. Locally, the City of Sweet Home partially opened its parks...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 20, 2020

City working to support at-risk businesses, build 'relationships'

So what’s Sweet Home’s economic development director to do during the coronavirus pandemic shutdown? “It’s been a whirlwind,” Blair Larsen said Friday, the first day of Gov. Kate Brown’s...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 20, 2020

It's official: 2020 Oregon Jamboree cancelled

Oregon Jamboree Festival Director Robert Shamek announced May 13 that the 2020 Oregon Jamboree would not be held this year. Jamboree staff, SHEDG board members and management team members have been...

 

Frances Lee Ann John

June 3, 1951 - May 11, 2020 Frances “Lee Ann” (Babcock) John, 68, of Salem, formerly of Sweet Home, earned her heavenly halo on May 11, 2020. Lee Ann was born in Lebanon on June 3, 1951 to Guy...

 

Grace Emma McCoy

Nov. 23, 1919 - May 16, 2020 Former Sweet Home resident Grace McCoy died May 16, 2020 of causes relating to being 100 years old. She was born in Grace City, N.D. to Wiley and Alta Forquer on Nov. 23,...

 

Santa De La Pena

Dec. 20, 1938 - May 14, 2020 Santa De La Pena, 81, of Sweet Home died May 14, 2020. She was born Dec. 20, 1938 in National City, Calif. to Francisco and Johanna Cruz. She lived in Oceanside, Calif....

 

Raymond Stevens

April 10, 1935 - May 10, 2020 Raymond “Steve” Wesley Stevens, 85, of Sweet Home died May 10, 2020. He was born April 10, 1935 in Thomas, Okla. to Lloyd Franklin and Vessay J. (Hensley) Stevens....

 
 By Skyler Bascom    Opinion    May 20, 2020

3 positives from COVID-19 shutdown

As you may have noticed in my last column, I can be a bit of a pessimist.  If I had a choice, my profile in this newspaper wouldn’t have a picture of me, but rather a cartoon drawing of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh or just a picture of the cloud fr...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    May 20, 2020

Rebound from COVID-19 dominates council's attention last week

Addressing the Sweet Home City Council last week, Linn County Commissioner Will Tucker and Rep. Sherrie Sprenger urged Sweet Home residents to follow the guidelines as the county begins reopening, both to protect lives and to prevent the state from...

 

Mental health needs awareness

Editor: There is a glaring issue with health care today. I took my wife to an empty emergency room in Corvallis recently for sudden onset double vision, loss of coordination, and emotional changes worried about a stroke. She has been in treatment...

 

Writer right about council's attitude

Editor: I agree with Marilyn Taggart Schlim that the City Council doesn’t care about the people of Sweet Home. I would like an explanation of where the almost $200,000 taken from the police department and library went. Not that it went for...

 

Around Town May 20, 2020

Live Memorial Day services planned Memorial Day services are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at Pioneer Cemetery in Brownsville and 10:30 a.m. at Crawfordsville Cemetery. Physical distancing is required and members of the general public should watch from...

 

Public Safety Log May 20, 2020

May 18 12:42 a.m. - Five callers reported loud explosions or gunshots, Oak Terrace and 3rd. Officer checked the area. Unable to locate. Officer spoke with several residents who believed it was fireworks. One caller said she did not believe it was...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    May 20, 2020

Council gives City Manager Ray Towry high marks

The Sweet Home City Council provided City Manager Raymond Towry with positive marks on his annual evaluation. Councilors unanimously approved the evaluation during their meeting on Tuesday, May 12....

 

Linn County COVID-19 cases up to 109, including presumptives

Linn County had 109 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday morning, an increase from 103 one week earlier and 97 the week prior, according to information provided by the Oregon Health Authority. Linn County had no reported deaths related to COVID-19 last...

 

Four charged in big game poaching case after tip from citizen

Three area men and a woman, two of them from Lebanon, have been charged with poaching 27 big game animals from various locations in Western Oregon, including Linn County, over the past two years....

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    May 20, 2020

Budget Committee agrees to keep levy intact, move marijuana money to General Fund

The Sweet Home Budget Committee last week continued its discussion of allocating marijuana tax funds to the General Fund for future needs and $230,000 originally proposed for property tax reductions to fund up to two police officer positions. The mee...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 20, 2020

Virtual recognition event honors SHHS forestry students

Oregon high school forestry programs last week honored their students last week with special recognition based on how teens performed at career development events or competitions earlier in the year, prior to the closure of schools in response to...

 

Two Sweet Home teens die in early-morning wreck on Highway 228

Two Sweet Home teens were killed and another was severely injured early Saturday, May 23, in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 228 near Milepost 10, in the Sunset Lane area, east of Brownsville. According to the Oregon State Police, troopers and...

 

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