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Articles from the July 25, 2018 edition

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 By Sarah Brown    News    July 25, 2018

Local heart transplant recipient gets to meet donor's mom

It took nearly a lifetime for Vicky Johnson to decide she was ready for a heart transplant, but only a few short minutes to find out she was about to get one. The Sweet Home resident was given the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 25, 2018

Warm, dry weather pushes fire danger to extreme as restrictions tighten

Fire danger increased to extreme Monday, July 23, and the Oregon Department of Forestry Sweet Home Unit increased the Industrial Fire Precaution Level to III, placing the highest restrictions on...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 25, 2018

Water service shut-offs rise

The City of Sweet Home is shutting off more water services to delinquent customers each month than it did last year. During 2017, the city generally shut off between 20 and 46 water services for delinquent bills, according to city records. The...

 

Cellphone outage due to broken fiber cable

Verizon cell phone users, along with carriers who use the company’s towers, lost service for nine hours Monday, July 23, after a CenturyLink fiber optic line serving the Sweet Home area was cut. “A connectivity issue is causing a service interrup...

 

Joseph Couch, Jr. 

Dec. 17, 1957 - July 18, 2018 Joseph "Joe" Randall Couch, Jr., 60, of Sweet Home, died July 18, 2018. He was born Dec. 17, 1957 to Joseph Randall Couch Sr. and Myrna Susan (Delozier) Couch in Kansas...

 

Vergene Davenport

Feb. 7, 1925 - July 21, 2018 Vergene Davenport, 93, of Sweet Home died July 21, 2018. She was born Feb. 7, 1925 in Portland to Harry K. and Leora Rose (Nye) Miller.  She lived in Oregon for her...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 25, 2018

Community Center roof repairs planned to begin in few weeks

Repairs to the flat areas of the roof at the Jim Riggs Community Center will begin in the middle of August. The project will cost about $24,000. The Jim Riggs Community Center houses the Sweet Home...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 25, 2018

Colleagues' encouragement good for us all

I’ve just returned from the annual Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association convention, held last week on the other side of the mountains. Typically, in addition to some rounds of golf on high-end resort courses and a bunch of business meetings, the...

 

Sister thankful for warmth to brother

Editor: On July 14 we went to the Loggers event during the Sportsman’s Holiday and I wanted to thank the sponsors and helpers of the show. My brother has Down syndrome but he loves to go and compete in the competition. His nephew did sign him up...

 

Worthy vets aren't being nominated

Editor: OK to all you veteran supporters, it’s time you nominate the veterans of Sweet Home for the 2018 Veteran of the Year. I cannot understand the thinking of the Sweet Home area, why no one is nominated! I know several who should be. I know...

 

Reunion special due to participants

Editor: Returning to the Sweet Home area is always a treat, but coming to a school reunion is special. This past weekend the SHUHS Class of 1963 enjoyed their 55th class reunion. Good food, good company and lots of helping hands made the event...

 

Museum thanks yard sale helpers

Editor: The East Linn Museum gives a big “thank you” to those who made our summer yard sale a success. This especially includes museum volunteers who braved the all-too-warm weather to set up, keep the sale going, and dismantle it. The VFW, for...

 

Around Town July 24, 2018

Reptile show at library July 25 On Wednesday July 25 at 10 a.m. The Boys and Girls Club, with the sponsorship of the Sweet Home Public Library, will host the International Reptile Rescue. Free ‘Teenagers’ sci-fi movie at mill Movies at the Mill...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 25, 2018

Theater facelift winding down to credits; interior work next

The Rio Theater's new exterior improvements on the building being developed into a second theater are nearly done, owner Thomas Baham said as he and his son T.J. ran cables Friday for a new sound syst...

 

Public Safety July 24, 2018

July 23 2:07 a.m. - Caller wanted to speak to an officer right away but refused to give dispatch any details, 1400 block of Sunset. Officer responded. Caller did not have anything criminal to report. He wished to discuss government conspiracies....

 

Sweet Home man dies after two-car collision on Highway 20

A Sweet Home man was fatally injured Tuesday, July 17, in a two-vehicle crash near the Highway 20 weigh station east of town. After a head-on collision, Scott A. Wartena, 76, of Sweet Home died July...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 25, 2018

Gubernatorial candidates lay out cases for newspaper crowd

With Gov. Kate Brown bowing out, a proposed debate between the top gubernatorial candidates became, instead, campaign stump speeches by her chief opponents, Republican Knute Buehler and Independent Patrick Starnes, to an audience of newspaper...

 

Wake the World gives foster kids opportunity for day on Foster Lake

Wake the World has become an annual event at Foster Lake and director Vince Castronovo said this year's, held Monday, July 23, was one of the best. "The weather was amazing," said Castronovo, a Salem...