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Articles from the September 8, 2021 edition

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Proposed state redistricting maps released

Oregonians have a chance to have their say on how the state’s political boundaries are redrawn later this year. The Oregon House and Senate Committees on Redistricting released proposed congression-al and legsislative maps Friday, Sept. 3. The...

 

Sept. 13 School Board meeting moved to high school auditorium

The location of the regularly scheduled Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, has been changed from the Sweet Home Boardroom to the High School Auditorium. Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 state-wide restrictions, and in keeping with the... Full story

 

Ancestry gets an upgrade

On a Thursday afternoon at the Sweet Home Genealogical Society, volunteer David Larsen sits at a computer and places a 1968 Sweet Home High School yearbook's front page under a scanning machine. Its...

 

Quartzville Corridor names new park ranger

By Alex Paul Linn County Communications Officer Blake Nightingale spent a lot of time working on his grandparents' hazelnut farm near Brownsville. It's where he cultivated a love of working outdoors,...

 

30 new teachers join school district

Sweet Home School District is adding 30 new teachers this year, well above the usual number of new licensed personnel for a new school year. Some, such as Hawthorne Counselor Julie Harvey, who was a...

 

Timothy Leroy Bear

May 20, 1957 - Aug. 30, 2021 Timothy Leroy Bear, 64, of Sweet Home, went home to his Lord and Savior on Aug. 30, 2021 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. Tim, the eldest son of Clarence Eldon and... Full story

 

Death Notices (Sept. 8, 2021)

Frances Naomi Babcock, 97, of Sweet Home, died Saturday morning, Sept. 4, 2021, in Lebanon. Viewing will be noon Friday, Sept. 17, at River of Life church, 1658 Long St., Sweet Home. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Final burial will be at... Full story

 

Holley Elementary School open house

In the first photo, Holley fifth-grade teacher Brett Bowers talks with students at the school's open house Thursday, Sept. 2. In the second photo, Cera Hartness, PTC president, dishes up ice cream...

 

Seniors enjoy first in-house lunch in 19 months

In the first photo, local Senior Citizens enjoy lunch in the Senior Center dining room Wednesday, Sept. 1, after a hiatus of some 19 months due to precautions required by the state in response to the...

 

9/11: Remembering a day of tragedy, pain

Significant public events have a way of searing themselves into our memories. My mother, now in her mid-80s, remembers the exact moment she heard that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. Likewise, I remember Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001,...

 

From Our Files (Sept. 8, 2021)

Sept. 7, 1971 White’s Electronics initiated the four-day workweek, a move that had been in discussion for a year following a poll of employees. The four-day workweek is optional, but most employees have opted to do so. With Fridays off, women (who...

 

Around Town (Sept. 8, 2021)

Tune It Up Tuesdays continue Tune It Up Tuesday events continue in the downtown area through the remainder of the summer. The weekly events are held in conjunction with the Sweet Home Farmers Market, in an effort to encourage residents and visitors...

 

Public Safety (Sept. 8, 2021)

August 30 4:44 a.m. - Steven Kenneth Stitt, 36, cited and released for second degree disorderly conduct, 2000 Block Main. 3:41 p.m. - Steven Lee Ballweber, 32, cited and released on Sweet Home Municipal warrant for failure to appear on an original...

 

Firefighters douse blaze in brush near Pleasant Valley Bridge

A fire, which investigators suspect may have started in a transient camp, burned nearly half an acre on the bluff between the railroad tracks and the South Santiam River, just west of the White's...

 

Fire damages house on Fairview Road

Sweet Home firefighters responded Sunday afternoon to a fire that severely damaged a house on Fairview Road. Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Batallion Chief Randy Whitfield said firefighters arrived shortly after the 4:18 p.m. call at 29237...

 

Remembering 9/11: Smoke, flames, fear, gridlock

Army Major Craig Anderson was in a meeting on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 in the high-rise office complex where he worked, in Falls Church, Va., when his world changed. His boss, though, in an upsta...

 

Tuesday night fun downtown

In the first photo, Kurt Van Meter and his band perform at Tune It Up Tuesdays show on Aug. 30 in the parking lot at 1331 Main St. Close to 200 people turned out for the free event, which will be...

 

COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Sweet Home

As of Friday, Sept. 3, Oregon had reported 3,272 COVID deaths, marking a rise in 236 COVID reported deaths in the state since Monday, Aug. 23. On Sept. 3, the Oregon Health Authority had reported 283,873 new and presumptive cases of COVID, an...

 

Column: The barbecue-and-cancer question: Is there a connection?

Do you ever have a question about nutrition that hovers around the edges of your mind for a time until it finally makes its way to the forefront, where it firmly demands to be answered? If this sounds...

 

Fourteen suspects arrested in Lebanon marijuana case

Fourteen people were arrested Thursday, Aug. 26, in connection with two large-scale illegal outdoor marijuana grows on neighboring properties in the 39000 block of Griggs Drive in Lebanon. The Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (LINE)...

 

Highway 20 to close near Sheep Creek through Friday

U.S. Highway 20 east of Sweet Home near Sheep Creek will be closed to through traffic from Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 8-10, so crews can install two culverts that are part of a landslide repair project.  The slide area is between mileposts 54...

 

Father, son arrested, accused of stealing older relative's funds

A Lebanon father and son were arrested Tuesday, Aug. 31, after a lengthy investigation into the theft of funds from their 81-year-old mother and grandmother, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday, Sept. 2. According to a news release,...

 

CARA funds distributed for area projects

The Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments has dispersed almost $144,000 in federal CARES funding to area projects, Executive Director Ryan Vogt told Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker Tuesday morning....

 

Best in the West triathlon event returns this weekend

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era The 11th annual Best in the West Triathlon Festival is a go this year, from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 17-19, even with slightly fewer participants than usual....

 

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