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Broken main reveals problems

Water pours from Pleasant Valley Bridge as a flock of geese flies by Monday morning, Aug. 22, following a break in a water main that runs under the bridge. Sweet Home Public Works Director Greg Spring...

 By Sarah Brown    News    August 24, 2022

Guitars Under the Stars hosts music camp for budding junior shredders

It was probably Vincent Helstrom's proudest – and perhaps most embarrassing – one minute of his life when former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland took his green Dean ML guitar, strummed a few...


Bacteria levels from wastewater treatment plant high

Test results from Wednesday revealed E. coli bacteria levels exceed the permitted level of 406 MPN. The waterway affected is immediately downstream of the Pleasant Valley boat ramp. Therefore, staff recommends avoiding swimming or wading in that...

 By Benny Westcott    News    August 24, 2022

Kelcey Young named city manager

The Sweet Home City Council has named Kelcey Young as its new city manager, according to an Aug. 16 letter from Mayor Greg Mahler. He wrote that the council, after considering the city's needs,...

 By Scott Swanson    News    August 24, 2022

Green Peter drawdown delayed

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced last week that, due to unspecified equipment complications, the planned drawdown of Green Peter Reservoir will be delayed, likely until next fall. That development comes after the Corps released a plan...

 By Benny Westcott    News    August 24, 2022

School district bus-driver numbers improve

With September just around the corner, the Sweet Home School District is down one permanent bus driver — an improvement over 2021-22, when its transportation department was down three for most of the school year. A permanent driver will arrive...


Groundbreaking set for new clinic

Samaritan Health Services will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, to celebrate the start of construction on a 17,000-square-foot building that will house Samaritan’s new Sweet Home Family Medicine Clinic, as well as a new...


Johnny Baugus

Johnny Nathan Baugus, 73, of Sweet Home, died Aug. 16, 2022. He was born Nov. 1, 1948, in Cardwell, Mo., to James and Lela A. (Darden) Baugus. He grew up in the Tempe area of Arizona. He came to the... Full story


Richard Holcomb

Richard David Holcomb, Sr., 79, of Sweet Home, died Aug. 10, 2022. He was born July 1, 1943, in Lebanon to Roy F. and Margaret (Mealey) Holcomb. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969. Mr.... Full story


Ronald Riggs

Ronald Murdock Riggs, 88, of Foster, died Aug. 15, 2022. He was born Oct. 27, 2022 in Foster to Ray and Irene Riggs, one of four children. He spent his career in the logging industry. He is survived... Full story


Ethel Yoder

Ethel Yoder, 97, of Sweet Home, died Aug. 19, 2022. She was born Aug. 8, 1925, in Hubbard to Floyd and Grace Emmert. She married Glenn Yoder in 1951. Mrs. Yoder was a longtime Sweet Home resident,... Full story


Death Notice (Aug. 24, 2022)

Eunice Euvonne Murphy, 83, of Albany, died Aug. 20, 2022. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit Full story


Norma Cain

Norma Jane Cain, 92, of Sweet Home, passed away Aug. 10, 2022, in Mexico. She was born Oct. 20, 1929 in Mattoon, Ill., to William Stanley and Lona Jane (Grooms) Cobb. She was raised in the Mattoon... Full story


Donald Leroy Schlim

Donald Leroy (Don) Schlim, 76, of Sweet Home, passed away Aug. 12, 2022. Don was born May 11, 1946, in Kansas and moved to Lebanon when he was 6 years old. He graduated from Lebanon High School in... Full story

 By Benny Westcott    News    August 24, 2022

Wastewater treatment plant loses biological life in basin

On Tuesday, Aug. 9, the Sweet Home wastewater treatment plant experienced an increase of approximately double its usual flow of 700 gallons per minute. For three to four hours that day, its influent level was at 1,400 GPM. Then, three or four days...


Crawfordsville to mark bridge's 90th birthday

Crawfordsville will hold its annual Bridge Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the historic bridge at the corner of Highway 228 and Courtney Creek Drive. The free event will celebrate the 90th birthday of the bridge, which was...


100 Years Young

Lavida "Vi" Richards, seen in the first photo and at center right in the second, celebrated her 100th birthday on Aug. 13 with her famly, pictured at top, at Waterloo Park. Sixty-five family members...


Commentary: Attorney General on shaky ground? (Aug. 24, 2022)

By Rich Lowry Does Attorney General Merrick Gar-land know that he is investigating the man most likely to be the opponent of the president he serves? Does he realize that the intense political pressure campaign that he’s under to indict that man...


From Our Files (Aug, 24, 2022)

Aug. 27, 1972 The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality informed City Manager Michael Gleason that continuance of the city’s sewer discharge permit is hinged on meeting DEQ requirements. Gleason said the present plant is operating at capacity...


County OKs OHA grant for counseling programs

The Linn County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Aug. 16, accepted a $226,089 grant from the Oregon Health Authority to provide local counseling programs for persons with mental illness who have been charged with a crime. County Public Health...

 By Benny Westcott    News    August 24, 2022

Seven named to FAC board

A seven-member advisory committee that will have oversight over an upcoming Managed Outreach and Community Resource Facility for the homeless was chosen Aug. 15 at the Community Health Committee’s meeting at City Hall. The homeless facility will...


Linn DA appeals clemency ruling

Linn County District Attorney Doug Marteeny, his Lane County counterpart, Patty Perlow, and several crime victims are appealing to the Oregon Supreme Court after the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled earlier this month that Gov. Kate Brown was within...


Courts (Aug. 24, 2022)

Stephen Jay Fletcher, 46, was charged Aug. 12 with reckless driving, fourth-degree assault and failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons, which is a Class C felony. According to court documents, Fletcher allegedly recklessly drove...


Around Town (Aug. 24, 2022)

Meals on Wheels weekly menu Meals on Wheels offers take-out lunch at the Sweet Home Community Center to seniors over 60 at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The Senior Center serves a separate lunch on Wednesdays. Suggested donation is $3.50....


Public Safety (Aug. 24, 2022)

Aug. 15 2:26 a.m. - Caller reported that a male had stolen some power tools from a service box in the bed of his truck, 1900 block of 37th Circle. Report taken for unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and first-degree theft. Approximate value:...


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