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Articles from the September 2, 2020 edition

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District, teachers negotiating as new school year nears

Of The New Era Sweet Home School District and teachers union leaders are facing off over classroom safety and other issues as opening day for the new school year approaches. Union leaders maintain that “teachers working at home is the safest way to...


Fire at Green Peter: Multiple agencies rally to contain blaze in two days

Of The New Era A fire that broke out Saturday afternoon on a roadless peninsula at the eastern end of Green Peter Lake had stopped spreading Monday, Aug. 31, and will likely be contained at 14 acres....


Family works to recover after narrow escape from house fire

Of The New Era When Brandon Freeman heard someone scream "fire!" he leaped into action Tuesday, Aug. 25. Freeman ran outside to grab a hose and rushed to where smoke was pouring from his home at 38th...


Looming evictions pose challenges

Of The New Era A wave of evictions may occur once the statewide moratorium on evictions runs out on Sept. 30, experts say, but landlord organizations and service providers alike are trying to prepare and prevent disaster. The Community Services...


David Kragness

David Allen Kragness, 65, of Sweet Home, died Aug. 22, 2020. He was born July 31, 1955 in Sweet Home to Bradley Omer and Naomi Elaine (Muenchow) Kragness. He entered the United States Navy in 1973 and... Full story


Clair Edward Allen

Clair Edward Allen, aka "Two Gun" and "Rowdy," 85, of Lebanon, passed away on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 at Evergreen Hospice Home in Albany. Clair was born July 31, 1935 in Crawfordsville, to Harry and... Full story


Robert Lee Anderson

Robert Lee Anderson, 85, died Aug. 3, 2020. He was born in Vernonia, Ore. on Jan 1, 1935. He was raised in Sweet Home by his parents Alice Van Dolah and Robert Archie Anderson, along with his two... Full story


Neil Meacham

Neil A. Meacham, 60, of Longview, Wash, passed away June 20, 2020 at his home. He was born on Sept. 30, 1959 in Placerville, Calif., to Richard and Myrna Meacham and spent most of his adolescent life in Coos Bay. Upon graduation from Marshfield High... Full story


Service Notice

Raymond Wesley Stevens, 85, of Sweet Home died May 10, 2020.  A Celebration of Life potluck for Mr. Stevens and his son-in-law, David Kragness, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at Sweet Home VFW Park. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the... Full story


Last Concert at Marks Ridge

A large crowd turned out Friday night, Aug. 28, for the final concert of Marks Ridge Winery's summer concert series, featuring Jobe Woosley and Co., above. Owners Jay and Janet Westly have owned the...


Conveniences mask frighteningly fragile society

We live in uncertain and unstable times. The conveniences of the 21st Century, where nearly anything we want or need is at our fingertips, belie the fragility of our physical lives – and our social structures. Keep going; we’ll explain. We can...


Grange memories are good ones

Editor: Roberta McKern’s article (Aug. 26) about the Holley Grange brought back such nostalgic memories for me.   Back in the day, it was a time of safety.  Everyone knew everyone and kids were expected to behave themselves.  On the block...


City Councilors discuss raising SDC fees for new construction

By Kelly Kenoyer Of The New Era City Council members last week discussed increasing the city’s System Development Charges over the next several years, which would bring the charges to a level similar to other comparable cities. Councilors Diane...


Around Town -- Sept. 2, 2020

Can drive to raise money for S.A.F.E. 2021 S.A.F.E. Party organizers will hold a can drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at O’Reilly’s parking lot, on the corner of Main Street and 10th Avenue. Cans may be dropped off at the location...


Public Safety -- Sept. 2, 2020

August 24 1:39 p.m. – Rochelle Aleece Woods, 34, caught shoplifting at Bi-Mart, 1980 Main. Cited and released for theft. 1:50 p.m. – Caller reported their friend smoked marijuana and is now having a reaction that may be from the weed being laced...


Senior Center chief calls it quits – sort of

Ken Bronson was honored by a drive-by procession of Senior Center and Rotary Club members, and others Friday afternoon, Aug. 28, behind the Jim Riggs Community Center, where the Senior Center is...


Local family's sunflower just kept growing and growing, turning heads

Of The New Era The humble giant is so tall, that even when he bows his heavy head in modesty, he's 10 feet tall. And the giant is turning heads in the neighborhood. Lori McCann and her daughter...


SH returning to online school, but superintendent hoping for change

Following the Labor Day weekend, Sweet Home students will return to school Tuesday, Sept. 8, on-line, thanks to local COVID-19 case counts that the state has deemed too high to allow kids in...


Police to focus on traffic this weekend

Sweet Home Police Department officers will be focusing on downtown traffic as the Labor Day weekend approaches and the department is reminding the public to avoid drinking and driving. “You’ve heard it before,” said Police Chief Jeff Lynn.... Full story


Cost of wastewater plant improvements rises, but changes should last longer

Of The New Era Costs for the planned wastewater treatment plant have risen about $1.9 million since the last estimate, but planners say the changes will help the plant last a lot longer. City Council...


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