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Articles from the December 15, 2021 edition

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Lighted Christmas Parade 2021

Despite chilly temperatures and sometimes drenching rain, Sweet Home's 2021 Parade of Lights Saturday evening, Dec. 18, drew a large crowd of spectators and was a success, organizer Karla Hogan said....

 

School board discusses staffing woes

At the Sweet Home School District’s Dec. 13 board meeting, certified employees union leader Steve Thorpe predicted that teachers in the district would be appreciative of the upcoming two-week holiday break, as they have been working to navigate...

 

Plan explores natural threats to Sweet Home

Severe storms and wildland-urban interface fires, where neighborhoods and nature meet, pose the two greatest threats to Sweet Home, according to a recent update to the city’s 2021 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. The draft, submitted Tuesday, Nov....

 

Train ride for heroes

Sunday evening's Santiam Excursion Train ride on the Albany and Eastern Railroad wasn't just an everyday roll down the tracks. This one was packed with heroes. Local teachers, first responders and...

 

Pedestrian injured in Main St. crash

A 15-year-old Sweet Home girl was injured Tuesday, Dec. 7, after being struck by a car in the 1600 block of Main Street, the Sweet Home Police Department reported last week. City police and fire...

 

Marvin Emmert

Marvin Eugene Emmert, 85, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 10, 2021, in Albany at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House. He was born Dec. 20, 1935 in Molalla, the son of Floyd and Grace (Burkholder) Emmert. The... Full story

 

John Peterson

John Richard Peterson, 79, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 9, 2021, in Lebanon. He was born June 28, 1942, in Myrtle Point to Edwin and Clara (Quilhaugh) Peterson. He grew up in Powers and had lived in... Full story

 

Richard Tabor

Richard David Tabor, 81, of Albany, formerly of Sweet Home, died Nov. 17, 2021. He was born May 24, 1940 in Detroit, Mich., to Richard Archibald and Cloe Jean (Keeran) Tabor. Mr. Tabor graduated from... Full story

 

Clifford Wagers

Clifford Gail Wagers, 82, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 7, 2021. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the... Full story

 

Death Notices (Dec. 15, 2021)

Sonya Charlene Adams, 85, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 7, 2021. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit www.sweethomefuneral.com. Wiley E. Dimick Jr., 97, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 13, 2021. Sweet Home... Full story

 

Fire destroys barn on Ames Creek

Sweet Home firefighters battle a fire that destroyed a barn at 43424 Ames Creek Road on the evening of Friday, Dec. 10. The 900-square-foot structure was fully involved and the roof had collapsed...

 

SHEM negotiating pandemic, needs volunteers, representatives say

Sweet Home Emergency Ministries continues to be actively involved in assisting the community's needy residents despite complications from the pandemic, representatives of the organization told Rotary...

 

Guest commentary: Time to change our minds on nuclear power?

By Rachel Dawson The era of small-modular nuclear reactors is upon us, but Oregon lives in the past. Oregon continues to ban nuclear power, while other states with a similar moratorium are taking action to reverse their bans and bring nuclear power t...

 

From Our Files (Dec. 15, 2021)

Dec. 16, 1971 Tree branches, garbage cans and debris littered streets here last week following a strong evening wind. No damage was reported, although several power lines were downed by falling tree limbs. Gusts of wind were estimated at 35-40 mph....

 

County OKs Sweet Home acreage for shelters

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker gave initial approval Tuesday, Dec. 7, to provide the city of Sweet Home with 2.69 acres, which the city hopes to use for temporary homeless shelters. Commissioners also...

 

County courthouse briefly locked down over threats

Linn County Courthouse was locked down on the morning of Thursday, Dec. 9, after deputies learned someone was bringing a gun to court and planned to harm those in the courtroom.  Undersheriff Michelle Duncan reported that word of the threat reached...

 

Samaritan drug center reopens

After closing its doors in September due to a temporary staffing shortage, the Samaritan Treatment and Recovery Services residential program has reopened.  On Monday, Dec. 6, the facility welcomed new residents with a full staff, Samaritan Health...

 

Youth wage grant program disburses record $70K

The Linn County First-Time Youth Wage Grant Program has disbursed a record $70,770 to local businesses that provided teenagers with their first job this summer. The program, sponsored by the Linn County Board of Commissioners, is financed with...

 

Lottery: Gift recipients must be 18

The Oregon Lottery reminds the public that no matter the time of year, you must be at least 18 years old to play. Sales experience a spike each holiday season as people buy tickets as stocking stuffers, gift tags and easy-to-give gifts. “While we...

 

Around Town (Dec. 15, 2021)

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. Al...

 

Public Safety (Dec. 15, 2021)

December 6 9:06 a.m. - Caller reported a bike cart theft from a residence in the 1230 block of Nandina St. Officer responded; report taken for second-degree theft. Approximate loss of value: $100. 5:48 p.m. - Parker Del Mowdy, 25, was arrested on a...

 

Shopping for the Holidays

Christmas shopping was the name of the game Saturday at Hope Church as local children had the opportunity to pick out gifts for their family members. Director Nancy Patton said 138 children were able...

 

Christmas Gala 2021

Performers acknowledge the crowd following the completion of the Christmas Gala concert Saturday evening in the Sweet Home High School Auditorium. The two-hour program featured a wide range of...

 

Combat health problems arising from the holidays

Millions of Americans have set up their Christmas trees and retrieved other holiday decorations. For some, these items can cause respiratory problems resulting from the mold and dust they’ve collected while sitting in a garage or attic for 11...

 

County's drug program leader retiring after 42 years

Tony Howell's plans for his upcoming retirement after 42 years with Linn County's Alcohol & Drug program is a version of a popular restaurant menu item - surf and turf - although in his case, it m...

 

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