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  • Sweet Home finance director to leave post

    Benny Westcott|Jul 20, 2022

    Sweet Home Finance Director Brandon Neish will be leaving his office Friday, July 29. However, he's merely jumping into the same position, this time in the city of Lebanon. He replaces Matthew Apken, who resigned in May after four and a half years. Neish reports for work Monday, Aug. 1. "It's a good move for me," he said of the switch. "It will be good for me and my family. I'll be closer to home and can get home at a more regular hour. There's a lot of good in the transition." Neish and his...

  • Two hurt in Highway 20 crash

    Jul 20, 2022

    A Sweet Home man was rescued and his young passenger suffered serious injuries Friday evening, July 15, after his commercial motor vehicle crashed down an embankment along Highway 20 near Sweet Home. The Oregon State Police reported they are investigating possible driver impairment in the incident, which was reported shortly before 6 p.m. Friday. Police said that 41-year-old Timothy Wade Shockey, who also has a Terrebonne address, was traveling west on Highway 20 when it tumbled down the north...

  • New doctor in the house

    Scott Swanson|Jul 20, 2022

    Sweet Home is about to get up-close-and-personal access to an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Donald Pennington, formerly head orthopedic surgeon for Oregon State University, has agreed to hold office hours twice a month at Ridgeway Health, which has been offering urgent care at 1023 Main St. since last fall. Pennington said he "did an outreach" to Ridgeway founder and owner Dr. Sam Milstein about the possibility of extending his practice into Sweet Home. "We just let him know where we were," he said,...

  • GW Henry

    Jul 20, 2022

    GW Henry, 89, of Sweet Home, died July 15, 2022. He was born Aug. 11, 1932, in Golden, Okla., to Otis R. and Mae (Allen) Henry. Mr. Henry lived in De Queen, Ark., before moving to Sweet Home on May 15, 1950. He married Helen Juanita Smith in 1949 in Arkansas. He worked in lumber mills, was a truck driver and a Baptist preacher for 57 years. Mr. Henry enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and reloading ammunition. He would get up at 4 a.m. to read the Bible and prepare for ministering. He was a... Full story

  • Bertha Pollock

    Jul 20, 2022

    Bertha "Bert" Ann Pollock, 90, of Sweet Home, died July 12, 2022.   She was born Jan. 19, 1932 on the Moore Ranch, at Euchre Creek in Ophir, to Thomas L. and Jewell M. Moore.  She grew up in Ophir, graduating as valedictorian in her class of three. She married Arnold Lee Pollock on May 6, 1950 in Bandon.  They lived in a few places before settling in Sweet Home, where Mrs. Pollock lived most of her adult life. She delivered newspapers, drove an ice cream truck (much to her children's... Full story

  • City Council tables discussion of rules amendments

    Benny Westcott|Jul 20, 2022

    A unanimous vote on July 12 tabled two proposed amendments to city council rules discussed by the Administration, Finance and Property Committee and submitted to the council for review. The first would deny requests for a third telephonic/video conferencing session from councilors who've participated in two successive ones "except in case of an emergency, for health reasons or for an ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] accommodation." The second covered attire for public meetings and events. "To promote the city council value of impartiality,...

  • Guest commentary: Proposed legislation provides protection for newspapers beleaguered by online giants

    Jul 20, 2022

    By Brett Wesner Google and Facebook have enormous economic and political power in society – especially over the news industry. Many ask if they have played a role in the misinformation that erodes our free press and plagues our democracy. Google and Facebook have a duopoly of the distribution of digital news content, which drives people to their platforms where they make money. The platforms hoard critical data and use clever tactics, like reframing stories in rich previews, to keep users on their sites – siphoning off the advertising...

  • From Our Files (July 20, 2022)

    Jul 20, 2022

    July 29, 1972 Isobella McKercher Braden retired as Postmaster of the Crawfordsville Post Office, which was raised from fourth class to third class during her time there. She began operating the office as acting Postmaster on July 1, 1943, serving the position the longest of anyone in the office, and was the only one who worked under Civil Service there. Braden’s father is the namesake for McKercher State Park, which sits across from her family home. He owned the “new” Finley Flouring Mill nearby, which later collapsed from old age....

  • New faces: A tradition in blue

    Benny Westcott|Jul 20, 2022

    Twenty-nine-year-old Daniel Gerkman may be new to policing, but the blue runs in his family blood. His father, Tim, is a Gladstone Police Department lieutenant who previously spent 33 years on the Gresham force, working his way up to captain. Brother Brian began with Fairview in 2012, four years before the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office took over that department. He was promoted to sergeant within the MCSO in 2020. Now, Daniel's following in their footsteps, having started May 31 in Sweet...

  • New faces: Dedicated to serving country, community

    Benny Westcott|Jul 20, 2022

    A conversation with Garritt Bolkcom about priorities kept returning to a central concept: service. First, he served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Now, he's serving his community as the Sweet Home Police Department's newest officer. (June 21 was his first day.) "I really love to serve, and I wanted to serve a great community and be a part of it and give back," he said. "I want to serve and help people - that's just who I am. That's what really draws me to it." Born in Medford, th...

  • County commissioners hear first reading of mushroom ordinance

    Jul 20, 2022

    The first reading of an ordinance that would allow Linn County residents to vote Nov. 8 to ban the growing and sales of psilocybin mushrooms in Linn County, was held Tuesday morning, July 12, before the Board of Commissioners. Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker had previously approved the process of placing the proposal on the November ballot. Although Ballot Measure 109, which legalizes the cultivation, sale and distribution of mushrooms to be used medically, was passed statewide in November 2020, it did not pass in...

  • Around Town (July 20, 2022)

    Jul 20, 2022

    Meals on Wheels weekly menu Meals on Wheels offers take-out lunch at the Sweet Home Community Center to seniors over 60 at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The Senior Center serves a separate lunch on Wednesdays. Suggested donation is $3.50. All meals are served with milk, coffee or tea upon request and diabetic desserts are available on request. The menu on Friday, July 22, is beef Spanish rice or chicken pastina, sliced carrots, a garden vegetable salad, an oat wheat roll and carrot cake. The menu on Monday, July 25, is chicken...

  • Municipal Court (July 20, 2022)

    Jul 20, 2022

    Following are outcomes of Sweet Home Municipal Court cases, as reported by the court: June 22 Johnston, Dylan J – no contest – Violation driving while suspended or revoked, fine $425; careless driving with accident, fine $390. Jurasinski, Robin R – no contest – Second-degree criminal trespass, fine $166, probation 24 months, no contact orders; Harassment, dismissed. Lutton, Noah W – guilty by default – Violation driving while suspended or revoked, fine $2,015, license suspension. Mize, Bobby J – guilty by default – Dangerous...

  • Public Safety (July 20, 2022)

    Jul 20, 2022

    July 11 10:49 a.m. - Deputies responded to non-injury crash in 48600 block Quartzville Rd. Vehicle totaled. Driver arranged own tow. Report taken. 3:12 p.m. - Caller reported dog in vehicle, Foster Dam/North River Dr. Sheriff’s Office responded, found dog tethered to outside of vehicle in sun. Owner, whose name was not listed, cited for unlawful tethering. Report taken. 3:54 p.m. - Multiple vehicles parked illegally at second bridge on Quartzville Road. Drivers located and warned. 4:13 p.m. - Caller reported vehicle burglary in 40800 block Mc...

  • Wills to lead county planning department

    Jul 20, 2022

    Former Linn County Building Official Steve Wills has been promoted to director of the Planning and Building Department, County Administrator Darrin Lane said last week. "We have observed Steve over the last year in the absence of a Planning and Building director," Lane said. "We are impressed with his leadership abilities and his desire to see the department succeed." Wills, 53, brings more than a dozen years of experience as a building inspector in both Deschutes and Linn counties - as well as...

  • Circuit Court (July 20, 2022)

    Jul 20, 2022

    Samuel Frank Ayers, 24, posted 10 percent of a $25,000 bail on July 6 related to charges of: failure to perform the duties of a driver when property is damaged, third-degree escape and felon in possession of a firearm. Julianne Nicole Phillips, 28, was charged on July 6 with second-degree forgery, identity theft and second-degree theft. Ariel Shanea Kaping, 28, was charged on July 8 with two counts of second-degree theft, two counts of second-degree forgery, and two counts of identity theft. Albert Blaine Arthur Wilson, 18, pleaded no contest o...

  • Fun times at the Linn County Fair

    Jul 20, 2022

    Shadows fall over the Linn County Fair on its opening night on Thursday, July 14. The three-day event in Albany ran from July 14-16. See more photos in our online gallery....

  • Fire season in effect

    Jul 20, 2022

    As of July 11, all Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) districts are in fire season. Public use restrictions may be in place where you live or at a destination you plan on recreating to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires. Compared with previous years, this is a slightly delayed start to the season for the state. The heavy rains in May and June of this year have helped in that. However, ODF urges Oregonians to remain vigilant in preventing human-caused wildfires. “Don’t be lulled into complacency because of the weather,” Fire...

  • Sweet Home alumni graduate from OSU, Yale

    Jul 20, 2022

    Following are current or former Sweet Home residents who have graduated from universities or college, as reported to The New Era. Elea Hewitt, of Sweet Home, graduated May 23 from Yale University’s Branford Residential College. Hewitt, a 2017 Sweet Home High School graduate, earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, with a concentration in environmental justice. Oregon State University graduated more than 7,300 students June 12 during ceremonies Saturday, June 11 at Reser Stadium on the Corvallis campus and Sunday, June 12, at...

  • OSU Honor Roll

    Jul 20, 2022

    Names of Sweet Home students who have made the Scholastic Honor Roll Spring 2022 have been announced by Oregon State University. A total of 7,150 students earned a B-plus (3.5) or better to make the listing. To be on the Honor Roll, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work. Students on the Honor Roll included Boe J. Baxter, junior, natural resources; Amber R. Fears, senior, psychology; Nicole M. Grady, junior, kinesiology; Jordan S. Hagle, senior, psychology; Madelyn Neuschwander, junior, natural resources; Jordan M....

  • Basketball Camp

    Jul 20, 2022

    Emily May, center, dribbles during a drill at Sweet Home High School's co-ed basketball camp held last week. Camp Director Drew Emmert said the event went "great," with a turnout higher than any in the last 10 years, with more than 150 participants ranging in age from kindergarten through eight grade. See more photos in our online gallery....

  • Sliding into softball camp

    Jul 20, 2022

    Sweet Home Softball Association held a camp for younger girls last week, July 11-12, at the high school softball fields. More than 50 girls participated, camp director Karyn Hartsook said. "It's an exciting time with all the girls coming to work out," she said. "It was even more fun seeing all the new faces." She said open gyms will start in January 2023, and will be announced on Sweet Home Softball's Facebook page. See more photos in our online gallery....

  • Girls wrestling camp participants triple in its second year

    Scott Swanson|Jul 20, 2022

    Seventy-plus girls, ages junior high through high school, jogged around the floor of the Main Gym Monday evening, July 11, during the second annual Women's Santiam Wrestling Camp hosted by Sweet Home High School. That number was triple the turnout for the inaugural camp, held last summer, and Sweet Home Coach Steve Thorpe and Mike Simons of Thurston, the camp directors, said it is a reflection of what's happening in the sport. "I knew it would grow, but not – I mean this is almost triple how m...

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