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Local youths work on soccer skills -- on their own

Husky Field sees action several days a week from local youth soccer players, some of whom show up on their own for some serious practice sessions. Last week, these youngsters were on the pitch,...

 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 5, 2020

Rescue in the Calapooia

Of The New Era Four different agencies and at least a dozen bystanders helped rescue a young boy trapped in the rapids at McKercher Park Saturday afternoon. According to officials, the 10-year-old...


Milwaukie man arrested for burglary

A Milwaukie man was arrested Monday afternoon, Aug. 3, on multiple counts of burglary and theft, Sweet Home police announced Tuesday. Police arrested Brian Neal Clement, 49, of Milwaukie on probable...

 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 5, 2020

Councilors split over zoning change for proposed apartments

Of The New Era A public hearing at Sweet Home City Council to consider a zoning change drew debate from the community and led to an evenly divided council with no decision. At their July 28 meeting, councilors considered an order that would rezone a...


Public Safety Log for August 5, 2020

July 27 8:45 a.m. – Andrew Dallas Samson, 37, cited on a Sweet Home warrant for failure to appear on original charge of offensive littering. 9:59 a.m. – Caller reported his work boots were stolen from his vehicle, Wiley Creek Park. Report taken,...


Two injured in crash

Both drivers were taken to Samaritan Lebanon Community HOspital Saturday afternoon after a two-car collision on Main Street, just east of 60th Avenue. Police and medics responded at 4:06 p.m....


Fire damages Tamarack Ridge mobile home

Fire damaged a mobile home in Tamarack Ridge Estates early Tuesday, July 28. A caller reported the fire at 5:03 a.m., at 1430 Tamarack St., space 104. According to Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance...

 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 5, 2020

Fire season goes to high

Of The New Era The fire danger level in the Sweet Home area rose “high” on Tuesday, July 28, which means campfires in the area are officially forbidden, along with restrictions on other activities. The Oregon Department of Forestry South Cascade...


Around Town for August 5, 2020

Friday night music at Marks Ridge Marks Ridge Winery hosts its summer concert series at 7 p.m. Fridays at 29255 Berlin Road. Cost is $10 per person. Bring a picnic dinner, friends, blankets and lawn chairs. Wine is available for sale. For more...


Is reporter biased against Trump?

Editor: I attended the Freedom Rally on the 24th of July. I went in support of President Trump. I did not agree with some of the speakers, and I certainty don’t agree with the agenda of neo-Nazis, and Aryan nations. And I wish they would have...


Community needs to rally together

Editor: I want to thank The New Era’s newest reporter Kelly Kenoyer  and editor Scott Swanson for their very informative article regarding the Freedom Rally’s organizer, Jimy White. In addition I am so grateful to the reader who brought the...


Challenges affect all Americans

Editor: I have no “real” understanding what racism and hate feel like, because I am a 70-year-old white man, and as a  U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran during the Vietnam War, I served with all races. I have never had that hate directed at me, n...


Protests can pose difficult challenges

Protests are a challenge for journalists in a number of ways. They can be a cauldron that mixes fervor – often angry fervor, concern – often deep concern – about one or more issues, along with...

 By Megan Stewart    News    August 5, 2020

After 13 years, Sweet Home woman decides to part with dreadlock

For The New Era Sweet Home resident Cindy Hovater considers herself "one of those people who knows no strangers" – and this was all the more true when she flaunted her 13-year-old dreadlock around t...


Death Notices for August 5, 2020

Charles “Chaz” Ballard, 59, of Sweet Home died Aug. 2, 2020. No services are scheduled at this time. Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service of Salem is handling the arrangements. John Marvin Bates, 62, of Sweet Home, died Aug. 2, 2020. Sweet Home... Full story


Brandon Schatz

Brandon Scott Schatz, 31, of Sweet Home, died July 31, 2020. He was born April 27, 1989 in Lebanon to Donald James and Sandra Jean (Overstreet) Schatz. Mr. Schatz lived in Sweet Home most of his life... Full story


Rose Nixon

Rose Ellen Nixon, 77, of Sweet Home, died July 25, 2020 in Lebanon. She was born Sept. 17, 1942 in Viking, Minn., to Joseph and Viola (Jennings) Dadey, one of seven children. Her family moved to... Full story


James Beers

James Donald Beers, 70, of Sweet Home, died Aug. 1, 2020 in Lebanon. He was born July 31, 1950 in Lebanon to Bob and Thelma (Poignant) Beers. Mr. Beers graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1968.... Full story


Christopher Klesh

Christopher Klesh, 46, of Sweet Home lost his hard-fought battle with multiple sclerosis and passed away on July 28, 2020. He was born March 27, 1974 in Salem to Richard and Marylyn (Ruckwardt)... Full story


Larry Max Kent

Larry Max Kent, 69, of Sweet Home died Dec. 2, 2019. He was born Sept. 5, 1950 in Lebanon to Max and Sheila Kent. He grew up in Sweet Home, moving to Gates for a short time in his 20's, only to... Full story

 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 5, 2020

East-end sidewalk project costs keep rising, thanks to delays

Of The New Era A sidewalk project along Highway 20 in Sweet Home, which has been in the works for five years, has ballooned to over $3 million in total costs, City Council members learned Tuesday,...

 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 5, 2020

New wrinkle: 4th-graders, up to start school at home in fall

Of The New Era Sweet Home students in grades 4 through 12 will be required to learn from home instead of attending school in person in fall, according to new information from the Oregon Department of Education. The newest guidelines from the state...


Rallies take place with 'no issues'

Two rallies held in Sweet Home Friday evening, July 31, were peaceful, with "no issues," Police Chief Jeff Lynn said Monday. A Freedom Rally held at the corner of 15th Avenue and Main Street...


Sweet Home man arrested after shooting

A Sweet Home man was arrested Tuesday night, Aug. 4, after a shooting in the area of 49th Avenue and Long Street, Sweet Home police reported Wednesday. Sweet Home Police Department received a report... Full story


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