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Articles from the December 2, 2020 edition

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 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    December 2, 2020

COVID cuts threaten SH Library staff

On Nov. 17, three part-time staffers at the Sweet Home Library received an unexpected letter: a layoff notice. The letter gave them 28 days of notice for a “potential” layoff, which would make their last day of work Dec. 15. While the staff were...

 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    December 2, 2020

Registration requirement in works for SH businesses

City officials are planning to implement a requirement for all businesses within city limits to have a license, and the City Council is expected to vote on that proposal in an upcoming meeting. The council’s Tuesday, Nov. 25, meeting was held...

 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    December 2, 2020

5 COVID deaths reported in Linn County last week

The coronavirus has claimed five lives in Linn County during the past week, the largest single-week total since the beginning of the pandemic when COVID-19 swept through the Oregon Veterans Home. The youngest, a 69-year-old woman, died Thursday, Nov....

 By Scott Swanson    News    December 2, 2020

Downtown owner restores old building that will be store

Scott Snedeker is, by his own admission, a "do-it-yourselfer." So when he moved to Sweet Home in 2015 with his wife Helen, from Arizona, he saw opportunities to invest and apply his skills in the...


Edward Stilson III

Nov. 18, 1924 - Nov. 26, 2020 Edward "Ted" Stilson III, of Sweet Home, passed away peacefully on November 26, Thanksgiving night at the age of 96. He led a long and enjoyable life. He was born in Buff... Full story


Anita Lorraine Clifton

Oct. 31, 1934 - Nov. 25, 2020 Anita Lorraine Clifton, 86, of Sweet Home passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. She was born Oct. 31, 1934 in Duluth, Minn. to Martin and Anna (Linder) Amundson. She... Full story


Gerald Matthews

Nov. 18, 1935 – Nov. 9, 2020 Gerald “Jerry” Lee Matthews, 84, of Sweet Home died Nov. 9, 2020. He was born Nov. 18, 1935 in Big Springs, Texas, to Edmond and Lela Maywood (Thompson) Matthews.... Full story


William Mealey

Feb. 2, 1937 – Nov. 25, 2020 William “Bill” Robert Mealey, 83, died peacefully at his home in Sweet Home on Nov. 25, 2020. He was born Feb. 2, 1937 in North Bend, Wash., to Anna Kathleen... 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, Ill., to John Yearly Winder and Gladys... Full story


Other answers besides layoffs for library

The news that the city is considering laying off library staff raises eyebrows on a number of fronts. Given the way the numbers appeared in early November, when property tax revenues had not yet materialized, it’s understandable that city...


Threatened cuts raise questions

Editor: Regarding cuts to the library staff, I have the following questions: 1. If there is a decrease in revenue of 4½%, was there an offset with the decrease of expenditures? What is it? I know there is a line item for purchasing books, DVDs, Audi... Full story


Around Town Dec. 2, 2020

Trees for Scholars Auction this week Sweet Home Alumni Foundation will hold its annual Trees for Scholars Christmas tree auction this year, but it will hold it online. The trees for sale will be available for viewing Wednesday through Saturday, Dec....


Public Safety Log Dec. 2, 2020

Nov. 23 12:12 a.m. - Caller reported traffic accident in 42300 block of North River Drive. Vehicle struck a tree and rolled down the hill. Sheriff’s Office reported passenger suffered minor injuries. Driver was not present when deputy arrived....


Quiet volunteer Bob Weidner has served in multiple ways

For decades, St. Helen Catholic Church has been providing Christmas meals to families in need during the holiday season. It's a simple act of their faith for parishioners who work behind the scenes...


Medicare plan deadline is Monday

People with Medicare have until Dec. 7 to make changes to their health plans and prescription drug coverage to meet their health care needs for 2021. There are several changes for the 2021 plan year. They are: - Twenty-nine prescription drug plans;...


Old bottles tell all manner of tales from days of yore

This is a tale of old bottles. Once, a pair of 5-year-old twins lived in a little house with their mother and father and younger sister and brother. About two blocks south flowed a small river. On an...

 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    December 2, 2020

Council takes step targeting derelict buildings

The City Council held its first reading last week for an ordinance which would fine owners of derelict buildings and require a higher level of maintenance for vacant commercial and industrial...


Residents asked to share thoughts on local culture

The Linn County Cultural Coalition invites members of the public to take a brief online survey about local cultural. The LCCC is a nonprofit corporation that promotes development of the arts, heritage, and humanities in Linn County through financial...

 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    December 2, 2020

Domestic violence rates up dramatically since start of COVID

Local emergency call data shows that domestic violence has shot up dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in recent months after a lull right at the beginning of lockdowns in March. Lucy Daumen Casal, shelter manager at the Center...

 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    December 2, 2020

Child abuse reports down, but experts warn reality may be otherwise

While reports of domestic violence are on the rise locally, child abuse reporting has actually fallen by a quarter in Sweet Home. Police Chief Jeff Lynn said there were 392 reports of child abuse betw...


When Husky fans return, Main Gym will offer a little sparkle

If OSAA-sanctioned sports begin on Dec. 28 as planned, and if fans are allowed to attend indoor events in the Main Gym, they will get an eyeful, a sparkling, polished auditorium that looks brand new....


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