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Articles from the November 25, 2020 edition

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Locals join up to help homeless

The weather was dreary the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 18. The sky was dark and rain was coming down in buckets on the Church of Nazarene. Regardless, a small group of volunteers gathered under the a...


School district responds to COVID cases

The Sweet Home School District notified parents and staff Friday, Nov. 20, that two staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 at Oak Heights Elementary. “The staff members who tested positive do not work with our limited in-person program and...


Got lights? Organizers envision show that draws crowd

Picture a downtown lighted to the nines, so spectacular that people from throughout the Mid-Valley region make a point to drive through Sweet Home to see it. Picture neighborhoods similarly decorated, so people want to drive through them to see and...


Local students don't let COVID stop their volunteerism

It was the chimneys, most of all, that left an impact. "The number of chimneys – that's all that's left of the houses right now, chimneys lining the riverside," said Sweet Home High School senior...


Ruth Bond

Sept. 17, 1931 - Dec. 30, 2019 Ruth Bond, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and dear friend, passed away peacefully on Dec. 30, 2019, at (a very young) 88. Ruth possessed a beautiful blend of... Full story


Evelyn Maxine Evans

Nov. 10, 1935 - Nov. 15, 2020 Evelyn Maxine Evans, 85, of Lebanon, left this world for heaven on Nov. 15, 2020 in her home, surrounded by people she loved. She was born on Nov. 10, 1935 in Winchester,... Full story


Walter DeVault

Oct. 31, 1960 – Nov. 13, 2020 Walter “Chris” DeVault, 60, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 13, 2020. He was born Oct. 31, 1960 in St. Maries, Idaho to Walter Charles DeVault and Sharon Lee (Barker)... Full story


Alice Gallogly

Dec. 17, 1930 – Nov. 3, 2020 Alice Grace (Rose) Gallogly, 89, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 3, 2020. She was born Dec. 17, 1930 on the family farm in Lebanon, the daughter of Russell C. and Nellie G.... Full story


Cleo Hopper

Dec. 9, 1938 – Nov. 18, 2020 Cleo Jeanette (Dysinger) Gali Hopper, 81, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 18, 2020. She was born Dec. 9, 1938 in American Fork, Utah, to Blaine and Neta (Jeffs) Dysinger. She... Full story


Steven Leroy Pitts

April 29, 1956 - Nov. 14, 2020 Steven Leroy Pitts, 64, of Albany, passed away Saturday. He was born in Lebanon to George and Leta (Hand) Pitts. He lived in Crawfordsville most of his adult life. He... Full story


Cassie Jeppsen

July 26, 1983 – Nov. 17, 2020 Cassie Lynn Jeppsen, 37, of Sweet Home died peacefully at home Nov. 17, 2020 with her husband in attendance. She was born July 26, 1983 in Corvallis to Gary Lynn and... Full story


Michael Reynolds

Sept. 15, 1944 – Nov. 16, 2020 Michael “Mickey” Joseph Reynolds, 76, of Sweet Home died Nov. 16, 2020. He was born Sept. 15, 1944 in Attleboro, Mass., to Joseph E. and Rita C. (McCracken)... Full story


In difficult times, thanksgiving can be healthy

2020 has been a tough year. That may be one of the few things Americans agree on, pretty much universally. We’re sick of COVID, even though most of us haven’t actually had it. We’re tired of the restrictions, we’re unhappy about the numbers,...


Parking lot story has two sides

Editor: In regards to the “Mollie’s Bakery Parking lot” (Nov. 11), we all should be appreciative of the generosity of Merv and Steve Hanscam in donating the use of that parking lot to our community and the businesses adjoining it. It’s hard... Full story


Doctor: Be cautious even with family

Editor: It has been a challenging year full of unwelcome changes brought by the coronavirus pandemic. Most of these changes are for the greater good – precautions which limit the spread of the virus. With some changes it is hard to see any silver l... Full story


Economic benefactors should be among those we're thankful for

By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson With all the attention commanded by the presidential campaign, election, and aftermath, plus the ongoing COVID-19 story, many other issues have faded into the background. Though escaping the headlines, some of these other...


Around Town Nov. 25, 2020

Thanksgiving Day meals offered in SH Free meals are available on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, for local residents. Angila Tack Food Services is offering a free drive-through Thanksgiving breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. at 1255 15th Ave., between Main and...


Public Safety Nov. 25, 2020

Nov. 16 2:20 a.m. - Stacy Teixeira, 55, of Sweet Home, arrested on parole violation warrant and $7,500 Lebanon Justice Court warrant for failure to appear, following a traffic stop. Teixeira also issued citations for driving with a suspended license...


Longtime SHPD dispatcher Teresa Culley retires

Teresa Culley retired Monday, Nov. 9, after more than 33 years as a dispatcher at Sweet Home Police Department. Just one other employee had worked for the city longer, Communications Supervisor Penny...


Farmer's familiarity with his livestock pays off in early care

Editor's note: This article contains some explicit biological terminology. It was a late spring day with mostly blue sky, but some heavy dark clouds. Walt was waiting when Ruth and I pulled into his...


City seeking to fill Planning Commission vacancy

The City of Sweet Home is seeking to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission. The seven-member Planning Commission provides citizen review and recommendations on planning-related matters to the City Council. The commission has two distinct...


Ornament hunt returns to local Willamette National Forest trails

The Willamette Valley Visitors Association has launched its third annual ornament hunt on non-wilderness trails of the Willamette National Forest and a handful of trails in the Umpqua National...


New owner plans elder care facility at former Twin Oaks site

A new elder care facility on Nandina Street is expected to bring up to 50 jobs to Sweet Home in January. The new residential care facility, located at 950 Nandina where Avamere Twin Oaks closed in Jul...


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