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Articles from the May 26, 2021 edition

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 By Benny Westcott    News    May 26, 2021

Officials seek answers to rise in mental calls

In the first quarter of 2020, the Sweet Home Police Department responded to 31 mental health-related calls. In the first quarter of 2021, that number ballooned to 120. “Finding the reason for the increase is always kind of difficult, because...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 26, 2021

Students ready to perform 'Many Disguises of Robinhood'

Sweet Home High School students will perform "The Many Disguises of Robinhood" Thursday through Saturday, May 27, 28 and 29, at the high school's auditorium. Seating starts at 6:45 p.m. on May 27 and...

 
 By Benny Westcott    Sports    May 26, 2021

SHHS alum Ryan Adams named Husky football coach

Ryan Adams has been named the new Head Football Coach for Sweet Home High School, Athletic Director Nate Tyler said Monday. Adams, a social studies teacher at the high school, grew up in Sweet Home...

 

Don Wolfe

Aug. 29, 1929 – May 14, 202 Donald Lee Wolfe, 91, of Sweet Home, died May 14, 2021. He was born Aug. 29, 1929 in Evansville, Ind., to Bertha Wolfe Hughes. He grew up in Greensburg, Ind., and later... Full story

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 26, 2021

Local swimmer looking for help in getting kids into the pool

Local resident Nancy Shadomy loves to swim. "I was raised in southern Florida," she said. "I'm a fish. Swimming is my happy place." Shadomy, who retired recently from the U.S. Forest Service Sweet...

 

Mental Health: Right foods can help manage stress

May is Mental Health Month and The New Era has agreed to include a weekly message submitted by local mental health advocates who are concerned about the effects of the past year on local residents. Here is this week’s installment: Have you noticed...

 

Child care proposal folly for many

By Rich Lowry Joe Biden has a New Deal for America’s kids. He wants to spend more than $225 billion on child care for infants and toddlers, and $200 billion for free, universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. This is being hailed as a social...

 
 By Larry Horton    News    May 26, 2021

Imagination Library: Six years and going strong in Sweet Home

Six years ago a group of Rotarians from all four Rotary Clubs in Linn County meet with Greg Row, the head of the United Way of Linn County at that time. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss an ea...

 

Dustin Nichol has quiet, broad impact

Editor: As I was watching the school board meeting online on May 10, I was incredibly sad and disappointed to hear about the resignation of teacher/coach Dustin Nichol. For the past 25-plus years Dustin has been dedicated to the youth of our...

 

Around Town May 26, 2021

Senator to hold digital town hall U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley will hold a digital town hall for Linn County residents at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 26. County residents are invited to join online, on mobile devices, or on the telephone to discuss what needs...

 

Public Safety Log May 26, 2021

May 17 7:27 a.m. – Caller reported motor vehicle was burglarized. Nothing apparent missing. Report taken. 30500 block Fairview Road. 8:04 a.m. – Caller reported vehicle burglary in 30100 block Fairview Road. Stolen items included two wallets....

 

Chicken coop lamp blamed for fire that totaled home

A fire that began in a chicken coop rapidly spread to a home on Citabria Street Saturday morning, May 22, in Sweet Home.  Residents narrowly escaped, one of them pulled from the window of the...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 26, 2021

Retired vet David Larsen puts stories from career in print

Retired veterinarian David E. Larsen says he started writing 20 years ago. But the stories he puts on the page started taking shape long before that. Fifty short stories from Larsen's four decades of...

 
 By Roberta McKern    News    May 26, 2021

Minor mysteries add spice to life at East Linn Museum

"Which way?" "I think that's upside down." "Wait, something's stuck in there." "Looks like a piece of cork." "It won't shake loose." "No. I'll see if I can get it. I think I can." Two lady volunteers...

 

3 Huskies compete in state golf

Three Sweet Home golfers ended up in the state tournament last week, after a rollercoaster couple of days in which they were first told they were in, then told they were out, then told they were back...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Sports    May 26, 2021

Four Huskies leave state track with six medals, near miss

Tristan Calkins won the 4A state championship in the long jump, but his most dramatic moment came at the finish line in the state 200 meter final on Saturday, May 22, at Siuslaw High School in...

 

Drive-Through celebration to honor Delena Gilman June 3

The Senior Center will host a “drive-through” farewell for longtime senior exercise instructor Delena Gilman on June 3. Gilman is moving to Maine. The event will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Community Center, 880 18th Ave., and will take...

 
 By D E Larsen DVM    News    May 26, 2021

Birds, bees and basset puppies

We had just finished dinner and were supervising the girls as they cleaned up the dinner table when the telephone rang. Good evening, Doc,” said Sandi’s voice on the other end of the line. “I ho...

 

Huskies split opening games of boys basketball season

In a pair of home games to open the season, Sweet Home beat Sisters 50-31 on Friday before losing to Woodburn 54-49 on Saturday. Of the Sisters matchup, Head Coach Drew Emmert said "I thought that...

 

Local election results on hold while problem ballots are counted

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%)...

 

Commission extends aid deadline for restaurants

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker have extended the deadline for restaurant owners who wish to apply for financial assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state guidelines until May 28. Linn County has...

 

Girls open hoops season with split

Sweet Home girls basketball started off in the win column with a 40-25 road victory against Sisters on Friday. “We played really well,” said Head Coach Michelle Knight. “We have some things to work on, rebounding and boxing out and things like...

 

Sweet Home starts wrestling season with state's best; busy week ahead

Sweet Home started its wrestling season off Thursday, May 20, against one of the best teams in the United States, Newberg. The score told the story: 66-0. "We struggled to find someone who would...

 

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