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Articles from the November 8, 2016 edition

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Couple celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

They said it wouldn’t last, but it did. Jim and Jerry Mosher will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in December. Jim was a sophomore and Jerry a freshman at Sweet Home High School when they...


Old Girl still rides after decades of parades

The Old Girl has been a silent and inanimate partner to the Sweet Home VFW Post honoring veterans for many decades. She is older than most of the membership, and the venerable elder is showing her...


Starting up the Franklin

Navy veteran Marion Fritts choke starts by hand the Veterans of Foreign Wars Sweet Home Post’s 1930 Franklin in anticipation of the upcoming Veterans Day parade. Stan Gray is in the driver’s... Full story


Cheerleaders win all-state

Junior Britney Zook Saturday became the first cheerleader in the history of the Sweet Home High School program to place first two years in a row at the Oregon Cheerleading Coaches Association... Full story


Trask, Gourley, Goble, Gerson win City Council election; marijuana sales allowed and taxed

Winners of the Nov. 8 Sweet Home City Council election include incumbents Dave Trask, Diane Gerson and James Goble and newcomer Lisa Gourley. Trask placed first in the election followed by Gourley and Goble. They will serve four-year terms. Gerson... Full story


SHFAD to start bond sale next week

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Board of Directors has completed the final policies required to begin selling bonds to pay for equipment and building improvements. The board met Friday morning to approve and adopt a list of policies... Full story


SHEDG, council mull property partnership

The Sweet Home City Council agreed by consensus Oct. 25 to partner with the Sweet Home Economic Development Group in the acquisition of 220 acres along the south bank of the South Santiam River. The property, located west from the northern end of...


Obituaries November 8, 2016

Jeff Baird Nov. 14, 1957-Nov. 5, 2016 Jeff Baird, 58, of Cascadia died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. He was born on Nov. 14, 1957 in Ogden, Utah, to Warren Varr and Mary Elizabeth (Lunt) Baird. He worked as a metal stud framer for many years and helped... Full story


Obituaries November 8, 2016

Pearl Kimball Aug. 10, 1921-Oct. 31, 2016 Pearl Sadie Birdsall Kimball, 95, of Newport and formerly of Sweet Home, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2016. She was born in Claire City, S.D., to Leslie and Ella (Be...


At the World War II Memorial

The New Era went with Walt Rasch on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.; with his son, Gerry Rasch. Here is Walt with period volunteer Sid Wade, left, at the World War II Memorial. “There were 50... Full story


Council reopens grants program

The Sweet Home City Council approved a new community grants program, with $5,000 available for nonprofit groups this fiscal year. The council’s Administration and Finance Committee recommended approval of the program at its Oct. 18 meeting. The...


New teacher wants to provide more to choir students

Sweet Home High School choir teacher Duncan Tuomi wants to help students pursue music past the classroom, the same kind of opportunities he had when he was growing up. Tuomi, 22, took over this year a...


From Our Files

November 10, 1966 Two Sweet Home youths were arrested this week and charged with taking a city parking meter, according to police reports. The youths had taken a parking meter, which had broken loose from the sidewalk in front of Cardwell’s... Full story


Letters to the Editor

Thanks to those who have cared Editor: The family of George VanLeeuwen wishes to express gratitude and appreciation to all those who so compassionately cared for him during his final months and for all those who shared memories, expressed... Full story


Police, fire crews start their annual Christmas gift programs

Both the Sweet Home Police Department and the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District have begun their annual Christmas tree gifts-for-children programs. The fire department’s Christmas for Kids Sharing Tree Program focuses on children from infants...


Affordable Care Act promises spike in prices next year

It’s that time of year again. Time for vibrant fall colors, cool crisp morning air, and open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges – the government-regulated, state-based healthcare plans set up as part of the act. Since...


Around Town November 1, 2016

Merchants need presents for kids The Committee for Christmas in Sweet Home is collecting gifts and wrapping paper for its Kids Christmas Free Store. Last year more than 100 children received gifts at this event, which allows children the opportunity...


Elea Hewitt named Linn County Junior First Citizen

Sweet Home High School senior Elea Hewitt was named Linn County Junior First Citizen along with Hunter Knox of Harrisburg High School last week at a luncheon held at the Albany American Legion Post... Full story


Daytime Christmas parade moving forward

“A Traditional Christmas” will be the theme of this year’s Sweet Home Christmas Parade, which is still in the planning stages. The Sweet Home Parade Committee will host the annual event the morning of Saturday, Dec. 3. The Chamber of Commerce...


Fire damages Jones Drive home

Firefighters responded to a call at 4:08 a.m. on Nov. 5, for a house fire at 28600 Jones Dr. in Foster. The homeowner kept the fire at bay with a garden hose until firefighters arrived, said Lt. Zach Lincoln, of Sweet Home Fire District. The cause is...

 By Sarah Brown    News    November 8, 2016

Veteran stand down serves those who served

For The New Era Community Services Consortium hosted its second annual Mid Valley Stand Down for Homeless Veterans at the River Center in Lebanon on Nov. 3. This year 76 veterans came to the event to...


Public Safety Log November 8, 2016

Nov. 6 4:13 a.m. - Matthew Allen Pitts, 28, cited and released on Lebanon warrant for failure to comply on original charges of third-degree theft and probation violation and Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on original charge of harassment,...


Municipal Court Dispositions

Oct. 28 -Cassandra Maria Angulo, guilty by default, driving while suspended, fined $2,000. -James M. Copell, no contest, disobeyed traffic control device, fined $260. -Dewayne Lee Edwards, no contest, driving while suspended, fined $435. -Kyle James... Full story


SH Municipal Court to offer amnesty on unpaid fines

The Sweet Home Municipal Court will begin offering amnesty on fine payments for anyone who is in collections in January. The Sweet Home City Council approved the program 7-0 during its regular meeting held Oct. 25. The Sweet Home Municipal Court has... Full story


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