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Articles from the October 28, 2020 edition

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 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 28, 2020

Council aiming to upgrade downtown

After years of watching stagnation continue in downtown Sweet Home, City Council is ready to make some serious moves to address vacant buildings and revitalize the area. That’s the outcome of a special meeting on Oct. 20, in which councilors...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 28, 2020

Family reunited with local homeless man after 20 years of silence

On a bright Saturday morning in mid-October, Louis Carreiro anxiously waited for a car he wouldn't recognize, peeking out of his tent at every sound. He had hardly slept that night, nervous and...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 28, 2020

New pastor brings varied experience to Cornerstone

Kurt Schnabel has been involved in church pretty much all his life. He was born in Guatemala to parents who were missionaries, grew up in Panama and in Southern California, and has assisted in pastora...

 

Hospice to honor those who have passed in virtual event

Samaritan Evergreen Hospice will hold its annual Light Up a Life celebration as a virtual event that will go live on Sunday, Nov. 22, at samhealth.org/LUAL2020. The annual event brings people together to remember loved ones who have passed and to...

 

Harry's place more than just typical veterinarian's call

"Hi Doc, I'm glad you could come this morning," Harry said as he stepped out of the mobile home into the morning mist. "I have a couple of new calves with diarrhea. They are still up and around, but...

 

Election: All else aside, your vote counts

If there were a barometer to gauge how politically aroused rural Oregonians have become after years of urban-influenced [rogressive activism in Salem, it may be this 2020 election. A big indicator will be whether and how rural communities vote....

 

Choices made on ballot affect many

Editor: My husband and I are not allowed to vote on the Sweet Home City initiatives and leadership because we do not reside within the city limits. I have lived in the area for 49 years and my grandchildren are fifth-generation “Sweet Home” via m... Full story

 

Citizens' votes make difference

Editor: Time to Vote! Well, the time in getting closer for us to exercise one of the most important privileges we have – voting! Voting is a freedom that some countries still do not have today, and we should be thankful and appreciate that right in... Full story

 

Homeowners pay unfair share

Editor: I understand why Mr. Mahler (Oct. 14) and Mr. Gourley (Oct. 21) want the levies to pass. I agree that we do need the services of the  Sweet Home police and the library. However, they failed to mention that the police levy and the library... Full story

 

Rising taxes create difficulty for some

Editor: My property tax statement came today. It states that our house, for which we paid $72,000 10 years ago, is now worth $208,870. That’s fine and good, but along with the new value is the amount of taxes that came with that evaluation. The... Full story

 

Despite delivery, funds handled well

Editor: I attended the meeting that started the whole controversy of “stealing funds from the City of Sweet Home budget.” I was even allowed to ask a question of the city finance director at that meeting. It quickly became apparent to me that... Full story

 

Public Safety Log Oct. 28, 2020

Oct. 19 7:09 a.m. – Caller reported female has been screaming for the last hour, 300 block of Holley. Officer responded, contacted female who had accidentally locked herself out of her apartment, was able to get back inside. 8:18 a.m. – Vehicle...

 

Around Town Oct. 28, 2020

K9 scavenger hunt to benefit Gemma The Sweet Home Police Department’s annual Cascade K9 Jamboree will kick off Thursday, Oct. 29. This year, instead of a live festival with a wide variety of canine-oriented events, the event is a photo scavenger...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    October 28, 2020

Retired dentist stays active with interests ranging far and wide

When Henry Wolthuis retired from his dentistry practice in Sweet Home in 2014, he found himself waking up with little to do. "I probably did a lot of sitting around," he said, as if recalling a former...

 

Former forest ranger's local history a go-to for stories of old

Roy Elliott's 1971 book, "Profiles of Progress," ranks high on the favorite book list at the East Linn Museum. The best history of Sweet Home in the museum's research room, it includes sketches of...

 

Cascadia crash injures five

A single-car collision in Cascadia Sunday afternoon sent all five occupants to hospitals, one by Life Flight, authorities said. Emergency personnel from Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 28, 2020

County-funded library program gives kids opportunity to learn, have fun

Even with sports canceled and schools closed, youngsters in Sweet Home still have the chance to have fun and learn together. The library's childcare and enrichment program, funded by the Linn County...

 

Halloween, harvest celebration events planned for SH, beyond

Here are some Halloween or harvest festival-type events that have been announced in the community: Family-friendly haunted house: Local insurance agent Jamie Erickson is hosting a family-friendly haunted house from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31,...

 

COVID scare abruptly ends spring sports; fall aims to start Nov. 2

The spring “mini season” ended abruptly for Sweet Home athletes Thursday, Oct. 22, when the school district officials announced they were canceling sports through the end of this week after an athlete developed “a presumptive case of...

 

Local land case appealed to state Supreme Court

Neighbors of a 108-acre parcel off Crawfordsville Drive are asking the Oregon Supreme Court to overrule a decision by the state appellate court that is the latest in a battle between a developer and landowners north of Crawfordsville. Neighbors are r...

 

Husky golfers get quick intrasquad match in to end 'mini' season

As spring sports' "mini season" ended abruptly last Thursday, Oct. 22, (see accompanying story), Sweet Home's golfers slipped under the wire and managed to play a nine-hole intrasquad match Wednesday...

 

Willamette Speedway results

Willamette Speedway ended its 2020 season Saturday night with a final race series. Here are results: Hornets – (1) Matthew Emry; (2) James Skeslien; (3) James Nagel; (4) Cheyenne McDonald; (5)Nicole Emry; (6) Ryke Jeffers; (7) Devin Keefer; (8)...

 

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