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Articles from the November 27, 2019 edition

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Superintendent tells students about his life in far north

When Sweet Home schools Supt. Tom Yahraes was a teen, he didn't know what he wanted to do with his life. Yahraes was a guest speaker Thursday, Nov. 21, at Sweet Home High School's Natural Resources...

 

Forestry Club still winning, but program now well beyond just that

After graduating some heavy hitters last year, the Sweet Home High School Forestry Club is "rebuilding," but in a recent "pre-season," the team came through with two first-place trophies and one...

 

SHFAD leader in local OT

The highest levels of overtime wages among Sweet Home-area public employees last year went to a Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District employee, who made $21,500 on top of an $81,600 administrative salary, according to an analysis by The New Era....

 

Jury: State at fault in timber lawsuit

Following a 19-day trial, a Linn County jury last week found in favor of 13 Oregon counties, led by Linn County, who sued the State of Oregon for breach of contract by failing to properly manage forest policy and promote timber harvests on Forest...

 

Richard Grumbo

June 4, 1948 – Nov. 18, 2019 Richard Lee Grumbo, 71, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 18, 2019. He was born June 4, 1948 in Coos Bay to Frederick N. and Florence (Wolfgram) Grumbo. He lived in the coastal...

 

Gary Pace

July 17, 1955 – Nov. 24, 2019 Gary Lee Pace, 64, of Sweet Home died Nov. 24, 2019. He was born July 17, 1955 in Sweet Home to App and Georgia May (Green) Pace. He lived in Sweet Home his entire life. He worked at Willamette Valley Rehab Center and...

 

Isaac Boone Melson

Feb. 4, 1938 - Nov. 19, 2019 Isaac Boone Melson, 81, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Nov. 19, 2019. Boone was born on Feb. 4, 1938 in Holly Creek, Okla. and was a...

 

Easy to lose perspective amidst our luxury

It’s time for Thanksgiving and, well, to be thankful. To listen to the news and how the vast majority of us talk about life, things aren’t great. The economy is in trouble, even when things are going well for so many. The national deficit and...

 

Shopping in brick and mortar about experience

Editor’s Note: Sweet Home has participated in Small Business Saturday, a movement to encourage residents to shop at businesses in their own home town, for the last three years. The event is held each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving (and...

 

Towers decision as 'cut-and-dried'

Editor: Once again the City Council showed its true colors. The issue on the towers (Nov. 20) was already a cut-and-dried deal before the public meeting. In my opinion, they could care less about the feelings of the people of Sweet Home. The fiber...

 

Eliminate God and pay a steep price

Editor: Another school shooting. I’m not a bit surprised. Randi Weingarten, a lesbian socialist who runs the largest teachers union in the country, wants God and patriotism eliminated from the public schools. Alex Caputo-Pearl, the president of...

 

Weigh the issues before you vote

Editor: This just in: The 2018 FBI “Crime in the US” report includes these facts: Robbery is down 12 percent from 2017; murders fell 6.2 percent. Contrary to media bias, even as the number of firearms increased, crime declined. Rifles of all...

 

Use sale funds to pay down loan

Editor: I read, with interest, the reporting on the sale of the property previously housing Public Works (Nov. 20). In the article it was reported that the original thinking was to use the money from the sale to help pay for the remodel of the new...

 

Around Town Nov. 27, 2019

Christmas tree permits on sale The Willamette National Forest is offering Christmas tree permits online through the Open Forest System. Sales are in progress through Jan. 6. Permits will need to be printed to be valid. The pilot program allows you to...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    November 27, 2019

World War II an unforgettable experience for local veteran, 95

Edward "Ted" Stilson has one of those stories that perhaps only a few others in the world's history can claim as their own. While fighting in World War II, a small Bible in the left breast pocket of...

 

Public Safety Log Nov. 27, 2019

Nov. 24 3:13 a.m. - Caller reported a broken water line flooding the area, 1700 block of Grape. Officer located the broken water line, which had a moderately steady of flow of water entering the...

 

FBI data suggests rash of thefts boosted crime in SH in 2018

Based on crimes tracked by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the crime rate in Sweet Home increased substantially from 2017 to 2018, thanks to a big bump in the number of theft reports. Based on data in the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, Sweet Ho...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    November 27, 2019

Operation Happy Hearts aims to help families of deployed parents in service

The holiday season is a time for inspiration, and inspiration can come in many forms. For Trisha Van Eck, it was the Hallmark movie "Operation Christmas," a story about a single mother who did...

 

Jasper Korn named football's Most Valuable Player

Jasper Korn was named Most Valuable Player for the Sweet Home football team at its awards dinner Tuesday, Nov. 19. Head Coach Dustin Nichol said the senior wide receiver was one of five candidates...

 

Alumni roundup: Tow finishes among top NACC volleyball players

Ally Tow (SHHS 2018) led the Linn-Benton Community College volleyball team to the Northwest Athletic Conference Championship Tournament in Tacoma last week, but the Roadrunners were eliminated after going 1-2 in the 16-team tournament. Tow, a...

 

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