Articles from the October 26, 2022 edition

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City Council candidates sound off

Five of six Sweet Home City Council candidates took part Tuesday, Oct. 18, in a forum hosted by The New Era at City Hall. About 40 people attended as hopefuls Greg Mahler, Susan Coleman, David...


Boise police seek runaway believed headed toward Sweet Home or Albany

Boise, Idaho, Police are looking for a 15-year-old runaway named Kaylise who is believed to possibly be headed to Sweet Home, according to the department's Facebook. She was last seen in Boise on... Full story


Spirit of Sportsmanship

Sweet Home's crowd was honored Thursday, Oct. 20, with a Sportsmanship Award voted on by the Mid-Valley Volleyball Officials Association. In the first photo, fans cheer the volleyball team on during...


Local Gleaners look to 'scratch our way out'

Fliers have recently circulated through town warning that Fair Share Gleaners, a Sweet Home institution for 40 years, will close in November without more funding. But coordinator Tracy Rowe has other...

 By Scott Swanson    News    October 26, 2022

'Quiet' leader, big shadow

Jack David Barringer, a "quiet" leader in Sweet Home and a pioneer in local forestry, died Sept. 24, 2022. Barringer, 92, spent 34 years in local timber management, the last 14 as president of what...


Jack Barringer

Jack David Barringer, 92, of Sweet Home, died Sept. 24, 2022, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born Dec. 31, 1929 in Fort Worth, Texas, to Jack D. and Madge... Full story


Esther Capper

Esther K. Capper, 76, of Sweet Home, died Oct. 20, 2022. She was born Feb. 2, 1946, in Whittier, Calif., to Paul Revere and Dora Margaret (Jennings) Capper. She lived in Sweet Home for over 40 years and was a Christian. She loved her dogs and... Full story


Gerald Grimm

Gerald "Gerry" Edgar Grimm, 98, formerly of Sweet Home, died Sept. 27, 2022. He was born March 14, 1924 in Annamosa, Iowa, to Louis O. and Leona L. Grimm. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War... Full story


Martin Forbes

Martin "Marty" Wayne Forbes, 60, of Sweet Home, died Oct. 19, 2022. He was born Nov. 12, 1961, in Greeley, Colo., to Jimmie Wayne and Ada Arlene (Brint) Forbes. He spent his adolescence in Roseburg... Full story


Majesta Wells

Majesta Sophie Wells, 36, of Sweet Home, died Oct. 15, 2022. She was born June 5, 1986, in Lebanon to Gary Marvin and Shirley Diane (Tatum) Wells. She lived in various areas of Oregon, returning to Sweet Home in the fall of 2010. One of five... Full story


Death Notice (Oct. 26, 2022)

Elaine Mary Funk, 76, of Sweet Home, died Oct. 21, 2022. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit Full story


Barbara Ann Rush

Barbara (Barb) Rush, 86, of Corvallis, passed away Oct. 18, 2022 at her home. The daughter of Frank and Neni (Eddy) Frey, she was born June 2, 1936 in Baker, the youngest of three girls. She resided i... Full story


Two dead, four hurt in multiple I-5 crashes

Two people were killed and four were injured Wednesday, Oct. 19, following a series of collisions on Interstate 5 between Albany and Harrisburg that closed major portions of the artery for eight...


County weighs faster rural Internet service

Linn County residents — especially those who live in rural areas of the county — could benefit from faster Internet service, IT Director Steve Braaten told Commissioners Roger Nyquist and Sherrie Sprenger Tuesday morning, Oct. 18. Commissioner...

 By Sarah Brown    News    October 26, 2022

Weyerhaeuser strike reaching potential end?

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge W246 (IAM) President Tom Thede reported Monday, Oct. 24, that it (along with two federal mediators) has reached a tentative...


Commentary: Resources abound for local voters (Oct. 26, 2022)

Last week The New Era hosted a forum that included five of the six candidates running for Sweet Home City Council (all were invited). The reason we did that was because we felt that local voters need as many tools as possible to determine who...


From Our Files (Oct. 26, 2022)

Oct. 26, 1972 A tentative proposal to renovate the high school was approved by the school board and the architects were instructed to begin work on preliminary schematic drawings. A rough estimate of the cost was $2.25 million, $400,000 less than a...


Letter: Sheriff Duncan 'honest and ethical' (Oct. 26, 2022)

Editor: I worked with Sheriff Duncan for 22 years. I know her to be honest and ethical. While there are many employees who support Sheriff Duncan’s opponent there are also many who support Sheriff Duncan. Those who support Sheriff Duncan’s...


Letter: Forum helpful in rating candidates (Oct. 26, 2022)

Editor: I attended the forum for the City Council candidates at the council chambers on Oct 18 and would like to thank you for sponsoring the meeting and making it possible. Although I am well aware that yesterday’s home runs don’t win...


Letter: Thanks for building loggers shelter (Oct. 26, 2022)

Editor: We would like to thank Robin Miller and Mike Melcher for the structure protecting the loggers at the entrance to our town on Highway 228/Highway 20. The loggers are perfect to represent the history and the early days of Sweet Home. The cover...


Letter: Noting National Cat Day, Oct. 29 (Oct. 26, 2022)

Editor: Cats are listed among the 100 worst non-native invasive species in the world. According to the British Ecological Society, globally, cats have contributed to the extinction of at least 40 bird species, 21 mammal species, and two reptile...


Letter: Measure 114 'deeply flawed' (Oct. 26, 2022)

Editor: Ballot Measure 114 is deeply flawed for many reasons. In the Oregon Voters Pamphlet, the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association and the Chiefs of Police Association were clear. BM114 is not enforceable, even with adjustments to correct its...


Letter: Experience says Measure 111 good (Oct. 26, 2022)

Editor: I am writing in support of Measure 111. I was born to a single mom who lacked health insurance. OHSU provided charity care to my mom during my birth. Two years later, the Chemawa Indian Health Service Center in my hometown of Salem was...


Around Town (Oct. 26, 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. Al...


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