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Oregon Jamboree returns

The 28th Oregon Jamboree finished with a bang Sunday as 20-year-old sensation Laine Hardy stepped in to headline the day's program after Ashley McBryde was unable to show. The festival, which didn't...


Three finalists named for Sweet Home School District superintendent

The Sweet Home School Board has announced three finalists for further consideration to be the next superintendent for the Sweet Home School District. Finalist Paul Peterson is the interim principal... Full story


Legislators Cate and Girod to hold town hall Saturday morning at Sankey Park

State Sen. Fred Girod and Rep. Jami Cate will hold a town hall from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at Sankey Park, 877 14th Ave. The legislators will present updates from the 2021 legislative session and will take input from constituents. All are... Full story

 By Scott Swanson    News    August 4, 2021

Man sentenced in crash that killed SH teens

A Junction City man who was convicted in June by a Linn County Circuit Court jury of killing two Sweet Home teens while driving drunk on Highway 228 was sentenced last week to nearly 15 years in...

 By Benny Westcott    News    August 4, 2021

City Council hears buzz on bees and LIDs

A city ordinance outlining requirements for beehives on properties will be updated after several residents testified that the current ordinance wasn’t in the best interest of local beekeepers. The issue came to the Sweet Home City Council’s...


Beverly Noreen Kitchin

Aug. 27, 1932 - April 26, 2021 Beverly Noreen Kitchin, 88, passed peacefully April 26, 2021, with family at her side and cherry blossoms shimmering in Sweet Home's mid-morning sun. She was born to... Full story


Michele A. Graham

Jan. 3, 1954 - July 31, 2021 Michele A. Graham, 67, of Sweet Home, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2021. She was born Jan. 3, 1954 in Logan, Kan., to Orville Everett and Dorothy Lucille (Seeger)... Full story


Melissa 'Missy' Ann Jones

June 27, 1971 - June 19, 2021 Melissa “Missy” Ann Jones, 49, of Lebanon, passed away unexpectedly on June 19, 2021, just eight days before her 50th birthday. She was born June 27, 1971 in Beloit,... Full story

 By Benny Westcott    News    August 4, 2021

New principal brings experience to Hawthorne Elementary

Hawthorne Elementary School has a new principal with multiple decades of education experience. Debbie Phillips started the job Monday, July 19, six days after arriving from Montana. She replaces...


Restricting news coverage bad for all

Perceptive readers may have noticed that some of this year’s Oregon Jamboree acts are noticeably missing in our photo coverage. Here’s why: Due to an incident that occurred Friday evening, festival organizers decided to ban media photographers fo...


Around Town Aug. 4, 2021

First Friday to be wine and art walk Lebanon Downtown Association will hold a “First Friday Wine and Art Walk” from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, in the downtown business district. The monthly First Friday is held downtown at various times....


Public Safety Log Aug. 3, 2021

July 26 10:34 a.m. - Caller reported a dog at large, 1200 block of 44th Ave. Officer responded, dog placed in kennel, Animal Control advised. 4:48 p.m. - Caller reported that her neighbor tore down her “no trespassing” signs and came into her...


SHPD warns of 'stranger danger' after reports

The Sweet Home Police Department last week issued a warning to residents to watch for strangers in vans attempting to pick up children after receiving two reports in late July. In the first, a woman reported that her two granddaughters were walking...


Sheriff's Office suspends search for missing climber

The Linn County Sheriff's Office has suspended the search for a missing climber on Mount Jefferson, according to a news release issued Thursday, July 29. Steven Van Pelt, 33, of Salem, had been...


Monmouth man dies in crash near Independence

A Monmouth man was killed Wednesday, July 28, in a two-vehicle crash on Corvallis Road at Parker Road near Independence. Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies and medical personnel responded to the scene shortly before 11 a.m. A preliminary...


Highway 20 project to cause closures near Sweet Home

The Oregon Department of Transportation announced Tuesday, July 27, a construction project to make U.S. Highway 20 east of Sweet Home safer by constructing a retaining wall, realigning and reconstructing a portion of road and repairing landslide...


Bruler Fire containment at 65%

The South Cascade Interagency Type Team 3 continued mopping up and strengthening contingency lines Monday on the 195-acre Bruler Fire, burning 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home. Containment is at 65%. According to a U.S. Forest Service release, crews...


Travel through Brownsville to be curtailed Aug. 12-15

Traveling on Main Street in Brownsville and south of Lebanon will be curtailed Aug. 12-15 as the Linn County Road Department applies a chip seal on Main Street, according to Operations Manager Kevin Hamilton. Hamilton said the project encompasses...


County purchases Albany bank building for $1.3 million

Linn County has agreed to purchase the former US Bank building at 205 SW Ellsworth St. for $1.3 million. Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker unanimously agreed to the deal...


Sweet Home swimmers compete in regional, state meets

Sweet Home Swim Club members competed last month in both the Oregon long course state championships and the Western Region Speedo Sectionals. At the OSI 11 and Over Long Course Arena State...


Linn County to host breast feeding support event

Help celebrate World Breastfeeding Week from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Linn County Courthouse annex parking lot, 315 SW 4th St., Albany. Sponsored by the Linn County WIC program (Women Infant Children) numerous partners will have displays and...

 By The New Era    News    August 4, 2021

Albany man arrested in Corvallis shooting

An Albany man was arrested Thursday, Aug. 5, as part of an ongoing investigation into a July 17 shooting in Corvallis, according to a news release. Corvallis Police Department detectives arrested the... Full story

 By The New Era    News    August 4, 2021

SUNDAY UPDATE: Bruler Fire containment remains at 75%

Crews have contained about 75% of the 195-acre Bruler Fire burning 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home as of Sunday, Aug. 8, according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Forest Service. Its cause remains under investigation. The blaze was first... Full story


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