Articles from the July 21, 2021 edition

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 By Benny Westcott    News    July 21, 2021

Councilors address speeders, LID qualms

The Sweet Home City Council's July 13 session at City Hall covered a lot of ground, from discussions of Main Street's speeding problem to the cost of a local improvement district. A highlight, however...

 

Campfires banned in Linn County campgrounds

Campfires are prohibited in all parks or recreation facilities operated by the Linn County Parks & Recreation Department, due to high fire danger, public safety concerns and limited firefighting... Full story

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    July 21, 2021

Tough Coronavirus Recovery

OK Country owner Diane Farthing is still feeling the effects of a COVID-19 bout that began on Sunday, June 6. Multiple members of her family were also infected. The experience has made her more wary o...

 

Linn County Fair returns, with record crowds

A record crowd of 34,330 people attended the Linn County Fair that ended Saturday, July 17. And making the number even more amazing is that the fair ran for three days, not the usual four as in past...

 

Kolby Hunter Keenon

Nov. 14, 2002 - July 17, 2021 Kolby Hunter Keenon, 18, of Sweet Home passed away Saturday. He was born Nov. 14, 2002 in Albany to Kelly Glen and Angila Irene (Stafford) Keenon. He has lived in Sweet H... Full story

 

Judy Mae Kaczmarek

Sept. 21, 1949 - July 9, 2021 Judy Mae Kaczmarek, 71, of Sweet Home passed away July 9, 2021. She was born Sept. 21, 1949 in Cottage Grove to Ken and Betty (Denham) Fueston. She moved to Sweet Home... Full story

 

Gary D. Morris

Jan. 5, 1948 - July 4, 2021 It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Gary D. Morris, age 73, of Sweet Home, on July 4, 2021. Gary was surrounded by close family in his home on the... Full story

 

Caroline Putney

July 27, 1932 - July 13, 2021 Caroline B. Putney, 88, of Sweet Home, died July 13, 2021. She was born July 27, 1932 in Lebanon to Loyal G. “Jack” and Esther Lindig (Barrette) Walker. She lived in... Full story

 

PEO awards scholarships to four women

Sweet Home PEO Chapter DD has announced its annual scholarship winners. Three young women were awarded Oregon State Chapter Scholarships. Samantha Hutchins and Mikayla Spencer were awarded scholarship...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    July 21, 2021

Meet Capt. Jason Ogden, Sweet Home Police Department's first of that rank

Jason Ogden, a near-24-year veteran of the Sweet Home Police Department, was promoted from sergeant to captain on Thursday, July 1. "He's brought a lot to the table throughout his career," Police...

 

Legislative process damaged by COVID

COVID has been difficult for everyone and that’s included our government representatives. Where you stand on the coronavirus or political spectrum may influence how you read that, so let us explain what we mean. Specifically, we’re talking about...

 

Transit complicates Sr. Center opening

Editor: We recently received a phone call from a longtime member and volunteer of the Sweet Home Senior Center asking why it was closed. She had called the Lebanon Senior Center to confirm that it was now open and found it very disappointing to...

 

Around Town July 21, 2021

Blood drive begins July 22 A Red Cross-sponsored blood drive runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at the old Wells Fargo bank building, 1266 15th Ave. Potential blood donors should be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds....

 

Public Safety Log July 21, 2021

July 12 2:06 a.m. - Andrew James Frei-tag, 20, was arrested on a Sweet Home Municipal warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of second-degree criminal mischief, Albany Police Department. 9:52 a.m. - Callers reported a motor-vehicle...

 

Progress made on Bruler Fire

Crews continued using advantageous weather in their attack on the week-old Bruler Fire 30 miles east of Sweet Home, estimated at 156 acres Monday morning. The blaze, first detected Monday, July 12,...

 

Teen killed Saturday in crash near Sweet Home

An 18-year-old Sweet Home man died early Saturday morning in a crash on Crescent Hill Road, near the intersection of Highway 228 near Sweet Home. Kolby Keenon was a passenger in a 1996 Ford Explorer driven by a 17-year-old Sweet Home male, who has...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 21, 2021

Van Eck retires from SHPD after 28 years

After 28 years in service to the Sweet Home community, Sgt. Jason Van Eck handed in his gun and his badge, retiring on Monday, July 12, in exchange for the solitude of the woods. Van Eck started...

 

Boys suspected of starting fire on Airport Road

Two boys are suspected of causing a brush fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon, July 14, in the 4600 block of Airport Road. According to Capt. Jason Ogden, Sweet Home police officers and Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District personnel responded...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    July 21, 2021

New School Board members Albert, Hoffman sworn in

The Sweet Home School District's July 19 board meeting at the district office featured some new faces. Recently elected school board members Janice Albert and Sara Hoffman took their oath of office...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 21, 2021

Little Promises presses on after COVID, complications

After more than a year of COVID restrictions, including an eight-month shutdown, how is Little Promises Children's Program doing? It's been difficult, said Erik Duncan, chairman of the board, a year...

 

After COVID shutdown, wrestlers flock to Santiam camp

Dozens of wrestlers covered mats on the floor of the Sweet Home High School Sweet Home hosted its annual Santiam Wrestling Camp for boys July 10-13, after a hiatus last year due to the coronavirus...

 
 By The New Era    News    July 21, 2021

Crews increase containment on Bruler Fire

Crews worked Wednesday to increase containment on the Bruler Fire 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home, now estimated at 195 acres. Containment is listed at 12 percent. According to a U.S. Forest Service...

 
 By The New Era    News    July 21, 2021

Woman arrested in death of Albany man

An Albany woman was arrested Monday on a second-degree murder charge in connection to a death that occurred west of the city in early June. Tennisha Quin Bourne, 34, is suspected of killing Charles Thomas Mooney, 38, of Albany. Investigators...

 

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