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Articles from the August 19, 2020 edition

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 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 19, 2020

Challenges of Blue Pool

Tamolitch Falls spills into a jewel of a pool in the midst of the Willamette National Forest. The miniature lake there, popularly known as "Blue Pool" for its iridescent hue, draws tens of thousands o...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 19, 2020

Councilors OK zoning change for apartments

Sweet Home City Council members spent an hour on Tuesday, Aug. 11, listening to public testimony and addressing questions from concerned neighbors about a zoning change application for a property overlooking Mountain View Road. The proposed zoning...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    August 19, 2020

Relative's letter inspires novel for SH alum

It's not often that a single letter from a relative inspires a book, let alone changes the course of one's life. Catherine A. Ponzoha Hamilton, daughter of longtime local residents Joe and Mickey...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 19, 2020

Final send-off for Old Sweepy

Sweet Home's loyal old street sweeper, Old Sweepy, has cleaned its last street. After mechanics noticed the sweeper was spitting up more dust than it was collecting, they decided to open the machine u...

 

Neil A. Meacham

Sept. 30, 1959 - June 20, 2020 Neil A. Meacham, 60, of Longview, Wash., passed away June 20, 2020 at his home. He was born Sept. 30, 1959 in Placerville, Calif. to Richard and Myrna Meacham and spent... Full story

 

Marion Lucille Cota

Dec. 17, 1928 - Aug. 11, 2020 Marion Lucille Cota passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was 91 years old. Herschel F. and Ruby L. (Bynum) Trogdon brou... Full story

 

Mayzell LaVon Tuchardt

Aug. 30, 1935 - Aug. 14, 2020 Mayzell LaVon Tuchardt, 84, of Sweet Home, passed away Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. She was born Aug. 30, 1935 in Duncan, Okla. to Will J. and Bertha (Miller) Thomas. She... Full story

 

Time for more local control in battling COVID?

We’ve been living with the coronavirus pandemic for about five months now in east Linn County and it’s been an experience. Particularly in our schools. Educators have been jerked this way and that by constantly changing directives from Salem as t...

 

Fix parks during COVID shutdown

Editor: At the beginning of last month, city streets and distribution crews assisted with the installation of the new playground equipment at Sankey Park. I understand the delay in getting this done was because the vendor didn’t have employees... Full story

 

Four candidates so far for Nov. 3 City Council election

Four candidates have already registered to run for Sweet Home’s City Council, which will have four vacant seats to fill in the Nov. 3 election. Councilors James Goble, Lisa Gourley, Cortney Nash, and Dave Trask are up for re-election, and Nash and...

 

Around Town August 19, 2020

All-class SHHS reunion canceled The annual Sweet Home High School multi-class reunion picnic, hosted by the Class of 1958, has been canceled to the coronavirus pandemic. The picnic would have been held Sunday, Sept. 13. The annual event is held on th...

 

Public Safety Log August 19, 2020

August 10 10:59 a.m. – Caller requests prescription pickup, 2300 block of Main. Officer responded, assisted. 12:25 p.m. – Caller reported a client left boxes of salon items he was selling, so she and her coworkers could go through them. But one...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 19, 2020

Linn County death added to state coronavirus total

Linn County recorded its 11th death from the coronavirus last week, according to the Oregon Health Authority, but the victim actually died in early June. The 75-year-old man tested positive on April...

 

Problem burl removed from Calapooia at McKercher

The log that trapped two children in recent weeks in the Calapooia River near McKercher Park turned out to be a 30- by 30-inch burl, said Brian Carroll, Linn County Parks director. He said Linn...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 19, 2020

Wear and tear leaves Sankey Park bandstand facing demolition

The Sankey Park bandstand is on its last legs, and will have to be taken down and replaced, according to a report presented to the City Council at its Aug. 11 meeting. The structure was built in the...

 

Rallies remain 'peaceful' despite low-key faceoff, police say '

Two rallies held Friday evening in Sweet Home stayed "absolutely peaceful," police said, though participant numbers were up from the week before. The fourth straight weekly Freedom Rally on the...

 

On heels of All-America honor, local swimmer heads to college

When Magen Hager finished the 200 Freestyle preliminary race at the 4A/3A/2A/1A swimming state championships last February, she knew she'd fulfilled a big goal: she'd set a state record in the event...

 

5K Tuesday on Corvallis golf course

Best in the West Events will hold its final socially distanced 5K cross-country run at starting at 5:45 p.m. p.m. Tuesday. Aug. 25, on the front 9 of Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis. The race will be the third in a series held on the final Tue...

 

Early deadline nears for virtual races

Samaritan Foundations and SamFit are partnering to present the first-ever Samaritan Walk Run Roll 2020, a virtual 5K, 10K and half marathon that participants will complete at their own pace between Sept. 10-20. Entrants who register for the virtual...

 

Cheerleaders shake rust in camp

Sweet Home's cheer team got busy last week with its annual three-day Cheer Camp, held at Community Chapel. Coach Amber Rosa said she had 18 girls this year, half last year's team number of 36....

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 19, 2020

Schools update: New COVID numbers close SH classrooms to all students

Of The New Era Linn County has dropped out of eligibility for K-3 students to attend school in person. That means no students, including those in Sweet Home, will start school in brick-and-mortar clas... Full story

 

Gov. Brown declares state of emergency due to threat of wildfire

Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, Aug. 19, due to the imminent threat of wildfire across Oregon. Much of the state is now in extreme fire danger, and red flag warnings have been issued for hot, dry, windy conditions and dry... Full story

 

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