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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

As Singing Christmas Tree choir members wait to perform their next song Friday night, Dec. 2, Santa and Mrs. Claus salute the audience. At left is Emcee Paul Rowton Jr. The concerts, which drew some...

 

City Hall annex moved to FAC homeless site

Sweet Home's old City Hall annex made a trip across town Tuesday morning, Nov. 29, to the site of the Lebanon-based Family Assistance and Resource Center's Managed Outreach and Community Resource...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    December 7, 2022

Ogden named Sweet Home's new police chief

Jason Ogden came to Sweet Home 25 years ago because he and his wife thought the small community would be a good fit. From all appearances, they were right: On Wednesday, Nov. 30, only a month after th...

 

County seeks grant for Lewis Creek Park improvements

Linn County Parks will apply for a matching grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to replace a restroom and sidewalks and improve Americans with Disabilities Act access to the beach...

 

Josephine Germain

Josephine "Jo" Elizabeth Germain, 78, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 28, 2022. She was born Jan. 5, 1944, in Culver City, Calif., to William Roy and Verva Margaret (Morgan) Ackley. She moved to Sweet Home i... Full story

 

Larry Terry

Larry Earl Terry, 75, of Sweet Home, died peacefully Dec. 2, 2022, at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Albany. He was born May 23, 1947, the son of Edwin and Lela (Kelly) Terry in Dallas. He... Full story

 

Death Notices (Dec. 7, 2022)

Taffy Deane, 69, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 23, 2022, at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Juanita Linne Dorsey, 51, of Springfield, died Nov. 26, 2022. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is... Full story

 

Opal Lea Smith

Opal Lea Smith, 88-year-old resident of Siloam Springs, Ark., died Nov. 27, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. She was born Nov. 4, 1934, to John H. Reynolds and Zona M. Reynolds in Siloam Springs. Opal... Full story

 

Ronald Allen Wolfe

Ronald Allen Wolfe, 72, of Sweet Home passed away peacefully Nov. 24, as family gave thanks for the love he brought into their lives. He was born July 14, 1950, in Woodburn to Richard and Anna Wolfe,... Full story

 

Fires burn two garages in Sweet Home area

An explosion and shop fire rocked a detached garage shortly after noon Friday, Dec. 2. Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District personnel responded to find the roof gone on the 20- by 24-foot garage at...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    December 7, 2022

Landmark legislator VanLeeuwen dies at 97

Liz VanLeeuwen, a longtime mid-valley farmer who represented Sweet Home and Lebanon in the Oregon state Legislature from 1981 to 1999, died Nov. 27 on her farm on Irish Bend Loop, near Halsey. She...

 

Public Safety (Dec. 7, 2022)

Nov. 28 1:09 a.m. - Caller reported a customer claiming that someone had stolen and cashed in lottery tickets, 1200 block of Long St. Loss of value: $120. 5:10 a.m. - Caller reported a truck repeatedly parking in front of her house, 600 block of Oak...

 

Editorial: Christmas starting strong in Sweet Home (Dec. 7, 2022)

If last weekend was any indication, we feel pretty safe in saying that Sweet Home is really moving on from those two years of COVID experience. The Singing Christmas Tree pulled off three successful performances, for the first time in as many years....

 

Letter: Still seeking room for Jesus (Dec. 7, 2022)

Editor: There have been times when traveling that all places seem to be full. Perhaps even Motel 6 did not leave the light on. But we are not alone; Jesus personally faced this and it began long ago. Temporarily, there was no room for Him in Heaven:...

 

From Our Files (Dec. 7, 2022)

Editor’s note: We’ve discovered that the Dec. 4, 1997 edition is missing from our bound archives, so we’re unable to review the news from that particular date. Dec. 7, 1972 The Corps of Engineers will be tearing down the 30-year-old Wiley...

 

Volunteers sought for foster care committee

Volunteers are needed for the Citizen Review Board of the Oregon Judicial Department. These boards review the cases of children in the state’s foster care programs to ensure their permanency and safety, foster accountability, work on system...

 

Corps unveils plan for local dams

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Portland District (Corps) is asking for public feedback through Jan. 19 on its proposed 30-year plan for the operation and maintenance of its system of 13 dams and reservoirs across the Willamette River Basin. The...

 

Around Town (Dec. 7, 2022)

Meals on Wheels weekly menu Meals on Wheels offers take-out lunch at the Sweet Home Community Center to seniors over 60 at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The Senior Center serves a separate lunch on Wednesdays. Suggested donation is $3.50....

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    December 7, 2022

Christmas tree auction draws record crowd, proceeds

The Sweet Home Alumni Foundation's "Trees for Scholarships" auction set records – again – this year, with a record crowd and record proceeds Saturday night, Dec. 3. "Every year we seem to be break...

 

Holiday Happenings

Saturday, Dec. 10 -- Sweet Home Christian Church Christmas Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Check out the goods at 1825 Long St. -- Parade of Lights, 6 p.m. – This year's parade will be bigger and...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    December 7, 2022

Parade of Lights to return bigger than ever

Sweet Home residents will once again get to watch a Parade of Lights, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, but they've got twice the space to do it. That's because the length of the parade has been doubled...

 

Boys finish with split in Week 1 to open basketball season

Sweet Home boys basketball split a pair of games in its opening week of play, beating Elmira 33-31 on the road on Nov. 30 but falling to Cottage Grove 55-39 at home on Dec. 2. The game against Elmira...

 

Top-Five Swimmers

Sweet Home Swim Club members, from left, Khloe Sautel, Malia Hewitt and Chloe Tyler finished with top-five times in their age groups over the swim season from Sept. 1, 2021 to Aug. 31, 2022. They...

 

Swimmers show depth in opening victories

Sweet Home's swimmers opened their season at home Friday afternoon, Dec. 2, hosting longtime league rivals Stayton and Blanchet Catholic, and Kennedy, which is a more recent member but is gaining...

 

Wrestlers start strong, despite lineup absences

Sweet Home's wrestlers opened their season with a pair of tournaments very familiar to the team's veterans. "It went well," Coach Steve Thorpe said of Sweet Home's first week. "We went to Lebanon and...

 

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