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Articles from the June 3, 2020 edition

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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 3, 2020

SHFAD wrapping up bond projects

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District is scheduled to wrap up its bond projects this summer. Sweet Home voters approved a six-year $1.575 million bond levy in 2016. The bond initially had a rate...

 By Scott Swanson    News    June 3, 2020

Cate claims victory; Sword not done yet

Jami Cate declared victory last week in the primary election for the state House District 17 seat, with a 34-vote lead over her closest competitor, Scott Sword, who says he isn't conceding yet. Cate,...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 3, 2020

Local businesses getting back to work after shutdown

While the governor released Phase II guidelines last week, Sweet Home businesses that have been closed are getting back to work while others that remained open are continuing to meet changing...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 3, 2020

Teen improving amid memories of siblings

Kylee Anne Simonis, 15, continues to improve following a fatal crash on Highway 228 east of Brownsville. Her brother, Caleb Frank Simonis, 19, and sister, Shelby Rose Simonis, 16, were fatally...


Reba Jean Gridley

April 15, 1949 - May 26, 2020 Reba Jean Gridley, 71, of Sweet Home peacefully passed away at her home May 26, 2020. She was born April 15, 1949 in Sweet Home to Lonnis John and Peggy Norine (Sorrell)... Full story


Ronald Rikala

May 21, 1956 - May 27, 2020 Ronald Kelly Rikala, 64, of Sweet Home died peacefully at his home on May 27, 2020 after a long battle with cancer, with his family at his side. He was born May 21, 1956... Full story


Jerry Marsh

Jan. 26, 1950 - May 27, 2020 Jerry Edwin Marsh, 70, a former Sweet Home resident, died May 27, 2020 of colon cancer at the Veteran’s Community Living Center in Vancouver, Wash. He was born Jan. 26,... Full story

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 3, 2020

New VFW Auxiliary leader wants to focus on community, kids

Denise Lovik wants to keep the VFW Auxiliary working for the community and local children during the next year as she takes over as president of the organization. In the organization's annual...


Science can provide answers, not decisions

By Rich Lowry If you thought the coronavirus presented difficult policy questions, don’t worry – we have science. California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted the other day: “The West Coast is – and will continue to be –guided by SCIENCE.” Joe...


LUBA ruling more than just NIMBY

Editor: Many thanks to The New Era for covering the LUBA (Land Use Board of Appeals) reversal of the rezoning of the 108 acres on Crawfordsville Drive which had changed the zoning from farm/forest to non-resource five-acre minimum. Most of this prope... Full story


Politicians need to check their facts

Editor: Twitter just fact-checked President Trump for the first time. I hope they continue to do so. I’m all for fact-checking all politicians. And if they lie they should be charged with contempt of the American people and fined, say, $50K a lie.... Full story

 By Scott Swanson    News    June 3, 2020

City seeking new engineer of record, treatment plants operator

Sweet Home City Councilors on Tuesday, May 26, gave staff members the go-ahead to seek bids for city engineering services and a new operator for the water/wastewater treatment plants. Council members...


Around Town June 3, 2020

Foster Dam Road closures next week The road over Foster Dam will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 9 and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 10. The road will be fully closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic in order for...


Public Safety Log June 3, 2020

May 29 3:37 a.m. - Caller reported someone was screaming near Hilltop Market, 4800 block of Main. Officer contacted a male who said he was just yelling at himself. He agreed to move on. 4:04 a.m. - Caller reported a suspicious male walking down the...


Coronavirus count drops for Linn County; new total is 115

Linn County had 115 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday evening, which is a decrease and revision from 116 reported for the previous Monday and 109 the week prior, and Linn County’s death toll remained at nine, according to information provided by the...


New patrol unit gives Sweet Home cops bit of a new look

Sweet Home's latest patrol vehicle offers a new look for the Police Department's fleet with the addition of a new Dodge Durango about a month ago as part of SHPD's normal rotation. City police have...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 3, 2020

Schools, city await word on what next year's financial picture will look like

The Sweet Home School District, like other districts and state agencies, is bracing for big hits to its budgets next school year, while hoping that other funding streams may help it maintain its current service levels. School officials listened last...


SH man collides with suspect allegedly fleeing assault

A Sweet Home man’s car was involved in a collision with another vehicle driven by a man fleeing the scene after he allegedly threw a hatchet at a group of juveniles and then chased them with a knife in the Marcola area Wednesday, May 27. The Lane...


Circuit Court: Driver in fatal crash charged with manslaughter, more

Austyn Wayne Hillsman Austyn Wayne Hillsman, the driver arrested in connection with the May 23 fatal crash that killed two Sweet Home teens on Highway 228, east of Brownsville, was indicted on May 26 on six charges, including manslaughter, in Linn...


Police working on identifying teen tagging suspects

Sweet Home police are investigating six teens involved in tagging the parking lot at Sankey Park and vehicles on 14th and Elm streets early Wednesday morning. Police took the first report at about 4 a.m. on May 27, but they believe that the...


Thorpe, Royer and Hart named Outstanding Wrestlers at long-delayed awards event

State champions Jackson Royer and Travis Thorpe were named the Pat Baxter Outstanding Wrestlers for Sweet Home's boys wrestling team, and state placewinner Jessy Hart was named Outstanding Wrestler fo...


June 8 School Board meeting moved to Junior High

The Sweet Home School District Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 8, in the new gym at Sweet Home Junior High School. Due to the COVID-19 state-wide restrictions, and in keeping with the efforts of social distancing to reduce the spread of...


City Council to conduct budget hearing June 9

Sweet Home City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, to hold a public hearing on the proposed municipal budget for fiscal year 2020-21. A copy of the budget may be inspected or obtained at...


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