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County COVID-19 numbers edge up

As Oregon exceeded the 10,000 mark in total COVID-19 cases last week, Linn County has seen a slight increase in its count of new presumptive cases, with 17 reported over the past week, according to Oregon Health Authority figures. The state’s...


School Board to meet virtually

The Sweet Home School Board will hold its monthly meeting virtually at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 13. "Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 state-wide restrictions, and in keeping with the efforts of social distancing to reduce the spread of the... Full story

 By Scott Swanson    News    July 8, 2020

Linn's parks getting plenty of use as the 'only game in town'

A lot has happened this year – even when it appeared not much was happening – in Linn County's parks. And for the last month things have really been exploding as the crowds pack the parks, Parks Director Brian Carroll said. The Fourth of July...


Carolyn Sue Barnes

March 15, 1951 – Sept. 21, 2019 Carolyn Sue Barnes, 68, passed away Sept. 21, 2019 at her home in Daytona, Fla., following a long, courageous battle with fibromyalgia and cancer. Her family was with... Full story


Dorothy Morse

Aug. 18, 1943 - June 30, 2020 Dorothy “Dottie” Kuulei Morse, 76, of Sweet Home, died June 30, 2020. She was born Aug. 18, 1943 in Waianae, Hawaii to Elias and Katherine (Lopes) Garcia Sr. She live... Full story

 By Megan Stewart    News    July 8, 2020

Former reporter finds new challenges in familiar surroundings

Sean Morgan may no longer sport his iconic ponytail or spend his entire day writing, but said he fits in well as the Sweet Home Police Department's community services officer and evidence technician....


Linn-Benton Community College announces Sweet Home area graduates

Linn-Benton Community College has awarded 923 degrees and certificates to 818 students in its 52nd graduating class. Although the college was unable to hold a formal commencement ceremony this year, LBCC is commemorating grads through online...

 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 8, 2020

Thinking about freedom, when it's not there

Been thinking at all about freedom lately? If so, you’re not alone. I’ve had more conversations about liberty in the last three months than I think I’ve had in 50-plus years. I also have to confess that I spent a lot more time this past Fourth...


DMV unveils new computer project to replace antiquated system

Oregon’s Department of Motor Vehicles has completed a multi-year project to replace its computer systems. The replacement is part of the broader DMV Service Transformation Program – a 10-year, $90 million investment in the future of DMV. Replacin...


Around Town July 8, 2020

Folk artist to play at Marks Ridge Lavinia Ross will play at Marks Ridge Winery during its summer concert series Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at 29255 Berlin Road. Ross, a longtime local folk performer, will present a program of original songs and...


Public Safety Log July 8, 2020

July 5 12:06 a.m. - Caller reported neighbors lighting fireworks. Officer responded, contacted residents who were warned for unnecessary noise. Residents said they were finished for the night. 5th...

 By Scott Swanson    News    July 8, 2020

Church members turn out to help family of young attendee

Members of Freedom Hill Church joined forces last week to distribute a little Christian love to the family of a girl who attends their Sunday School. They spent most of Thursday, July 2, painting a...

 By Scott Swanson    News    July 8, 2020

City staff working to complete playground area at Sankey Park

By the end of this summer, Sweet Home kids will be able to go to Sankey Park to enjoy a 1,300-square-foot playground structure that's the result of some fortuitous financial moves that is giving the...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 8, 2020

Upgrades make Sunnyside dog park better experience for all

Dog owners who use dog parks to exercise their pets are experiencing some new improvements this summer at Sunnyside Park. "I wanted to give these guys some props for following through on what we talke...


2 arrested for east county burglaries

Linn County Sheriff's detectives arrested two people Tuesday, June 30, in connection with several thefts, burglaries and property crimes from Linn and Marion Counties. Sheriff Jim Yon said his office...

 By Cathryn Arndt    News    July 8, 2020

How to survive the summer barbecue experience - healthily

Summer is looking a little different this year—state and county fairs are canceled, concerts nixed off the agenda, summer weddings downsized or delayed. Yet the good ol’ fashioned, small-scale...


Outdoors: Deer getting aggressive in S. Oregon

A dog was killed by a doe in a yard in east Medford. An Ashland woman was attacked while walking her dog on the Southern Oregon University Campus. ODFW is receiving reports of aggressive deer throughout Ashland, east Medford and even in Jacksonville....

 By Scott Swanson    Sports    July 8, 2020

New swim coach brings own experience to Sweet Home club

Life has taken some unexpected turns for Jacquie Price in the last few years, but now she finds herself at the helm of the Sweet Home Swim Club. "I'm excited," Price said. "I've always loved...


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