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Articles from the December 14, 2022 edition

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Christmas Parade lights things up

A brightly decorated, fully loaded log truck from McCollum Logging rolls down Main Street during Sweet Home's Parade of Lights Saturday night, Dec. 10, as a line of spectators watches from the...

 

Hawthorne principal on leave

Debbie Phillips, who has served as principal at Hawthorne Elementary School since July of 2021, is currently on administrative leave. Superintendent Terry Martin said he would not comment on the...

 

Teachers close to OK'ing pay in new contract

Certified Union Representative Steve Thorpe told the School Board Monday night, Dec. 12, that the district’s teachers have tentatively accepted a “financial package” part of the contract with the district in this negotiations year. He said...

 

Statewide gun control measure under fire

Following its passage by a narrow 50.6% statewide majority in November, a controversial firearms measure has encountered a series of stumbling blocks on its way to becoming law. Measure 114, which would ban the sale or transfer of magazines capable...

 

Veterans walk the Long Road on behalf of fallen

Walking the entire length of U.S. Highway 20, America's longest road, is a feat most people would probably consider impossible, or at the very least extremely difficult. But one must consider three...

 

Tommy Holley

Tommy Joe Holley, 76, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 2, 2022, following an extended battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 11, 1946, in Wright City, Okla., to James R. Holley and Dimple (Quinn) Holley. He came to Sweet Home as a young child when his family... Full story

 

David Loring VanDerlip

David Loring VanDerlip, 78, passed peacefully Dec. 3, 2022, at his home in Crawfordsville. He was born April 19, 1944, in Catskill, N.Y., to Loring VanDerlip and Janet (Best) VanDerlip. He is... Full story

 

Obed Pizarro

Obed Pizarro, 36, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 8, 2022. He is survived by his father, Victor Pizarro; stepmother Blanca Gonzales; mother Lucy Donies; his son, Malakai Pizarro; his siblings; and numerous... Full story

 

John Earl Harcrow

John Earl Harcrow, 89, of Sweet Home, passed away Dec. 8, 2022, after a three-year battle with cancer. Earl was born Oct. 23, 1933, in Glover, Okla., to John Robert and Lois Lucille (Mullens)...

 

Death Notices (Dec. 14, 2022)

Dallas Clinton Allee Jr., 76, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 8, 2022. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. Charles Leo Kier, 77, of Lebanon, died Dec. 11, 2022. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated... Full story

 

Notes from the Newsroom: Staying alive in the holiday season (Dec. 14, 2022)

I consider myself very well-versed in dealing with moving vehicles. I’ve been a runner for 40-plus years – though a bit slower now – and I’ve shared the road with cars all over the world. When I was a kid, I lived in Japan, where I delivered...

 

Letter: Staffers want their principal's return (Dec. 14, 2022)

Editor: We, the staff of Hawthorne Elementary School, would like to take a moment to voice our concern regarding the recent removal of our administrator (principal) Debbie Philllips. For the past two years Debbie has led all educational activities...

 

From Our Files (Dec. 14, 2022)

Dec. 14, 1972 Week-long freezing temperatures and snow storms abrupted many locals with freezing water lines. When the thermometer dropped from 15 degrees to minus three in a day, plumbers, the city water department and hardware stores were flooded...

 

SHEM seeks volunteers to help with homeless

Sweet Home Emergency Ministries is busier than ever, but SHEM is lacking volunteers, leaders of the organization said last week in a presentation to the Sweet Home Rotary Club. Cindy Rice, who...

 

Commissioners talk economic development

What is the role of government in terms of business development? That was a key topic Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Linn County Board of Commissioners’ meeting. Ryan Vogt, Executive Director of the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, reported...

 

Santiam State Forest delivers $6.7M for Linn, other counties

The Oregon Department of Forestry released a report to state forest trust land counties highlighting social, economic and environmental accomplishments in fiscal year 2022, including distributing $6.7 million to Linn, Marion and Clackamas counties....

 

Circuit Court (Dec. 14, 2022)

Warrants are out on the following individuals: Samuel Frank Ayers, Noah David Colgrove, Curtis Ray Daniel, Ashlee Dee Flanagan, Andrew James Freitag, Aaron Thomas Halvorson, Noe Hernandez-Reyes, Michael Trevor Hilton, Faron Walter Kennedy, Taylor...

 

Around Town (Dec. 14, 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 menu on Friday, Dec. 16, is a holiday special featuring a rotisserie-style chicken...

 

Public Safety (Dec. 14, 2022)

Dec. 5 6:15 a.m. - Caller reported seeing a male walking in the area carrying a chainsaw and a bag, 800 block of 18th Ave. Andrew Edwin Amundson, 33, was arrested on a Sweet Home Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of...

 

Homeless man found dead

A homeless man was found dead Thursday morning, Dec. 8, in the camp behind the old Sweet Home City Hall. Sgt. Ryan Cummings said Obed Pizarro, 36, was discovered by a fellow camper, who called medics, “who determined that he was deceased....

 

Lost and Found

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel got a little dose of Christmas cheer Monday, Dec. 12, when someone returned a Christmas card, commissioned by the business, which had been stolen earlier in the month. The...

 

Miller's works on display in new SHOCASE exhibit

Sweet Home Oregon Coalition for Artistic and Scholastic Enrichment, or SHOCASE, is sponsoring an exhibit of local artist Elda Miller's paintings and other artwork at the Sweet Home City Hall Gallery...

 

Healthy You: Healthy baking alternatives: Sweeteners (Part 2)

Last month we prepared ourselves for making substitutions for white sugar in holiday baking. We considered its effects in both the body and in baking. Since you can’t substitute all sweeteners 1:1...

 

Girls basketball: Burke's buzzer-beater lifts Sweet Home against visiting Hidden Valley

Senior guard Brooke Burke hit a game-winning buzzer-beating three pointer to give her team the victory against Hidden Valley and the Huskies split a pair of games against Molalla and Phoenix last...

 

Swimming teams post win over district rivals in home meet

Sweet Home's swimming teams outscored league rivals Salem Academy, Sisters and Kennedy in a home meet Friday, Dec. 9. The Huskies swept the relays on both the boys and girls side to give them big lead...

 

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