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Articles from the September 16, 2020 edition

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 By The New Era    News    September 16, 2020

Community battles as massive blazes, spot fires, threaten

In the aftermath of the windstorm that swept in on the evening of Labor Day, Sweet Home-area residents found themselves facing a threat last week that many had never experienced up close and...


COVID counts may open doors of classrooms

The most current numbers from the Oregon Health Authority by county set Linn County at 13 cases per 100,000 the week ending Sept. 5, which is the third consecutive week Linn County has been eligible for students K-3 to return to the classroom. “As...

 By Sarah Brown    News    September 16, 2020

Cascadia resident's Ghost Towne awakens memories of past

What started out as a means to keep Terry Lahodny's pets safe and teach his grandchildren a lesson has turned into an attraction that draws people from all over to see the mock western town he's...


Leone Brown

April 21, 1946 – Sept. 5, 2020 Leone May Brown, 74, of Sweet Home died peacefully in her sleep Sept. 5, 2020. She was born April 21, 1946 in Salem to Leonard Earl and Lilly Trieste (Nelson) Gainer.... Full story


Wanda McCartin

Jan. 6, 1925 – Sept. 11, 2020 Wanda June (Smith) McCartin, 95, of Sweet Home, died Sept. 11, 2020. Her death came 35 days after her husband, William Edward McCartin, who died Aug. 7 after 78 years o... Full story


Frances Olson

June 1, 1923 – Sept. 3, 2020 Frances E Olson, 97, died peacefully in her sleep Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Frances was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was born June 1, 1923... Full story


Relaxed coronavirus rules allowing care home residents to finally receive visitors home

For Brenda Hyland of Sweet Home, the coronavirus pandemic has meant more than not getting to eat out at restaurants. She hasn’t hugged her mother since March 5. “That’s a tough one,” she said, fighting back tears. “We’re a hugging...


Local Gleaners load up groceries for firestorm evacuees

As ash rained down on Sweet Home Wednesday, Sept. 9, leaders of the Sweet Home Gleaners started wondering how to respond to the growing crisis. Sweet Home was at evacuation Level 1, and the fire...


Land use policy key to public safety

Guest Commentary Sweet Home was very, very fortunate last week. Last Tuesday, we watched helplessly as Detroit, Lyons, Gates and Mill City in the North Santiam Canyon were either destroyed or severely damaged by wildfires. Meanwhile, another fire... Full story


Thanks to local firefighters

Editor: I want to thank all of the firefighters in our community for their work, whether for the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District, Oregon Department of Forestry or local logging companies. SHFAD responded to 52 calls the night of the... Full story


Hope outweighs divisiveness

Editor: Well, 2020 has certainly been a difficult year for us thus far as Oregonians and Americans, from COVID-19 in the beginning of the year to the civil unrest and rioting that erupted after George Floyd’s death and now the devasting wildfires... Full story


Trustees return Dale Keene to Sweet Home School Board

There’s a new School Board member in town, after board members chose Dale Keene to replace Angela Clegg, who stepped down earlier in the summer. Board members Jim Gourley, Jason Van Eck, Chanz Keeney, Mike Reynolds, Jason Redick, Debra Brown, and...


Voters to choose from nine candidates for City Council

The field has been finalized for Sweet Home’s upcoming municipal elections on Nov. 3. Four City Council members – James Goble, Lisa Gourley, Cortney Nash and Dave Trask – have their seats up, and all four are running again. Five new...


Around Town Sep. 16, 2020

Blood donation events in Lebanon The American Red Cross needs people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a blood supply as diverse as the patients who depend on it. Blood donation events are planned on Sept. 19 and 29 in...


Public Safety Log Sep. 16, 2020

Sept. 6 8:14 a.m. – Lebanon Police located Kenneth Daniel Helfrich, 39, on Sweet Home warrants for failure to appear on original charges of two counts of criminal mischief and criminal trespass. Cit...


'Cowboy Convoy' volunteers team up to help rescue livestock

As evacuation orders started coming in fast throughout east Linn County Tuesday, Sept. 8, folks in local rural communities started wondering how on earth they would get all their livestock out...


Resources for Fire Recovery Help

Following are some resources for residents in need of help during the wildfires: Power Problems Pacific Power customer care agents are available and ready to help customers through this incredibly difficult time. They can be reached 24/7 at...


Investigators probing suspicious fires in SH, Brownsville areas

Eight suspicious fires were started in a period of two hours during the early hours of Monday, Sept. 14, according to Linn County Sheriff's Office. The fires were all put out quickly, but were set in...


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