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Articles from the November 11, 2020 edition

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Dispute threatens parking for theater, liquor store, gym customers

After signs saying “No Rio Theatre Parking” appeared in the downtown parking lot between the theater and 13th Avenue two weekends ago, citizens of Sweet Home suddenly became aware of a bubbling neighborly dispute between business owners...

 

Election: City Council gets 2 new members

Angelita Sanchez, Dave Trask, Lisa Gourley and Dylan Richards were the winners in the nine-candidate race for four Sweet Home City Council seats in the Nov. 3 election. Sanchez, who was seeking a...

 

No charges filed against watercraft operator in fatal accident at Foster

No charges will be filed against the operator of a personal watercraft that struck and killed a young boy at Foster Lake last summer, the county District Attorney's Office has decided. In the July 20...

 

James C. Kalebaugh

Feb. 4, 1927 - Nov. 4, 2020 James Kalebaugh, 93, passed away peacefully Nov. 4, 2020 at his residence in Sweet Home after a brief illness. He was born Feb. 4, 1927 in Santa Maria, Texas, to Rollie... Full story

 

Bertha Charles

Sept. 7, 1937 – Nov. 2, 2020 Bertha Marie Charles, 83, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 2, 2020. She was born Sept. 7, 1937 in Lone Wolf, Okla. to William and Bertie Zella (Blair) Branam. She lived in many... Full story

 

Governor pleads for Oregonians to stay home, stop COVID spread

After record-shattering spikes in COVID-19 cases across Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown held a press conference on Friday, Nov. 6, to announce new restrictions for the worst-off counties and to beg the rest...

 

New Community Court offers positive options to defendants

Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of stories dealing with the challenges facing the unhoused in our community. At noon Wednesday, Oct. 28, a veritable crowd of helpers gathered in...

 

Time for rural Oregon to make a good impact

As we near the end of a turbulent year, we’ve just experienced a critical juncture in our community, our state and our nation’s journeys: a big election. Unless President Trump pulls a spectacular and convincing legal rabbit out of the hat, we...

 

As emotional election ends ... the sun continues to shine

By Dr. Glenn Mollette   The sun is shining today and will rise tomorrow. For more years than we know the sun has followed this same pattern.  The rising sun is a good pattern for all of us. We know each day we can count on the sun. Some days the s...

 

Compression drops, meaning SH will get more levy revenue

Compression rates have gone down significantly in Sweet Home, which means the recently passed police and library levies will likely generate a lot more revenue than previously expected. Originally, the city asked for levies based on an expected...

 

Around Town Nov. 11, 2020

Where’s Gemma? Clues, prizes await Registration for the Sweet Home Police Department’s annual Cascade K9 Jamboree will continue through Nov. 18. This year, instead of a live festival with a wide variety of canine-oriented events, the event is a p...

 

Public Safety Log Nov. 11, 2020

Nov. 2 12:25 p.m. – A woman flagged down an officer to report her children missed the bus to school and she can’t find them, 1200 block of Tamarack. Officer checked multiple locations, unable to locate. Woman called and reported they have been...

 

Gearing up for the holidays? Check out these recipes

We all want to know how to eat well during the seasonal festivities don’t we? Regardless of how your 2020 Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities may look this year, the reality is the food is at...

 

Measure 108 passage means businesses, customers will be paying increased tobacco taxes

With the approval of Measure 108 by Oregon voters last week, the state Department of Revenue is moving ahead with the implementation of increases in cigarette and tobacco taxes along with a new tax on inhalant delivery products. As a result of the...

 

Fall sports 'mini-season' under way, with contests this week

After 10 days' hiatus, Sweet Home High School athletes were back on the fields and in the gym last week, as the fall sports "mini season" got under way. The unscheduled break came after a COVID scare...

 

Service truly what brought family together for local couple

This is the story of two military veterans who start their adult lives without much of a real plan, but who took opportunities that led them together, and for whom it's worked out pretty well. It's a...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    November 11, 2020

Local director brings stories of service to life in 'Veterans' Voices'

As a storyteller and eight-year volunteer on the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight, Leigh Matthews Bock has found "the perfect marriage" through her new project at the Majestic Theatre in...

 

Life is delivering music for Veteran of the Year, local bugler

Peter Butler enjoys surprises – most of the time. There was that draft notice he got back in 1961, the year he graduated from Lewis & Clark College, which wasn't exactly what he was hoping for....

 

Letter from a soldier: – Vietnam, 1969

Editor’s note: A reader sent us this letter, which appeared in the Aug. 7, 1969 edition of The New Era. It was from her then-20-year-old brother, who wanted to remain anonymous (and who will remain so), but wanted to convey his views about the...

 

Local Veterans Day events few, due to COVID-19

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple Veterans Day events have been canceled in the Mid-Valley. Breakfasts and dinners, the Albany Veterans Day Parade and other events will not be held this year, due to the pandemic. One of the last to go was a...

 

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