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Articles from the December 16, 2020 edition

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Schools: Enrollment falls as COVID cases rise

The rise of COVID cases in Linn County has pushed the possibility of in-person schooling far out of reach. But Supt. Tom Yahraes said at a Dec. 14 School board meeting that he expects enrollment,...

 

City manager explains strategy to Library Board

Sweet Home's Library Board meeting on Dec. 10 was rife with tension, as City Manager Ray Towry attended to discuss the budget and recent furlough notices. The board members in attendance, Eva Jurney, Kevin Hill, Charlene Adams and Don Hopkins, had...

 

Driver arrested after pursuit through SH

A Florence man was arrested early Tuesday morning, Dec. 8, after leading police on a chase through town and hitting a Sweet Home Police Department unit in the process, Police Chief Jeff Lynn said....

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    December 16, 2020

Bureaucratic boo-boo brings local tree farm unexpected publicity

Jon West, owner of West's Tree Farm on Berlin Road, finds social media and the Internet can be a double-edged sword for his Christmas tree business. On one hand, he said, many of his customers find...

 

Geraldine Bruseau

Jan. 27, 1921 – Dec. 5, 2020 Geraldine Holder Bruseau, 99, of Sweet Home died Dec. 5, 2020. She was born Jan. 27, 1921 in Wright City, Okla. to Earl “Ott” and JettiMae (Moore) Rowe. She married... Full story

 

Tyrone Cramblit

Feb. 21, 1952 – Dec. 10, 2020 Tyrone Lee Cramblit, 68, of Foster died Dec. 10, 2020 in his home. He was born Feb. 21, 1952 in Sacramento, Calif., the oldest son of Robert Jefferson and Louella May (... Full story

 

Emilie Gibson

Aug. 12, 1922 - Dec. 2, 2020 Emilie Eugenie Gibson, 98, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 2, 2020 in Happy Valley. She was born Aug. 12, 1922 in Manitoba, Canada, to Jean and Clairie Chabbert. She was raised... Full story

 

Sharon Leader

March 30, 1938 – Dec. 6, 2020 Sharon Lee Leader, 82, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 6, 2020. She was born March 30, 1938, in Corvallis, the daughter of Calvin and Delores (Wooden) Hough. She attended... Full story

 

Betty Lorraine Stokes

July 17, 1931 - Dec. 6, 2020 Betty Lorraine Stokes, 89, of Cascadia passed away Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. She was born July 17, 1931 in Kylertown, Pa., to Roland and Emma (Bumbarger) Hubler. She was raise... Full story

 

Woodlands group seedling sale set for next Feb. 6

By Larry Mauter For The New Era Linn County Small Woodlands Association is moving ahead with its 26th annual seedling sale.  The Board of Directors met on Dec. 2 and agreed to carry on with the event. The sale is set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at the...

 

Taking COVID seriously will save lives – maybe yours

Every week I tabulate the dead to create the COVID graphs for this newspaper. Each life snuffed out by coronavirus is a line or less on my spreadsheet. When they’re local I take particular note, and there are more of those than ever these days....

 

Library furloughs deserve scrutiny

Editor: The issuance of layoff notices to Sweet Home library staff, and subsequent withdrawal of those notices deserves careful scrutiny, as the background could spell repeats of this action. It is important to understand the history leading up to...

 

Internet should be regulated as utility

Editor: I was happy to read the article in the Dec. 9 issue regarding internet issues in the area. I feel it brings light to an issue facing many citizens, and I commend the local companies for stepping up, but I feel the underlying issue deserves at...

 

Brighten up Sweet Home's downtown

Editor: Who is trying to uglify our town? Did they find a bargain on dark gray paint by the barrel? Oregon winters are gray – brighten up! No more gray paint! I’m glad the city wants owners of empty buildings to clean them up. They should...

 

Culture makes fine year-end donation

Editor: Those who donate to good causes at the end of each year should keep the Oregon Cultural Trust in mind. This program, the only one of its kind in the country, lets you double the impact of your donation at no extra cost. Here’s how the...

 

Around Town Dec. 16, 2020

Openings for youth leadership program Know a local teen who you think would make a good leader? The Rural Community Leadership Program is offering a local program to train leaders. The program is designed to give young people opportunities to...

 

Public Safety Log Dec. 16, 2020

Dec. 7 8:52 a.m. – Caller reports someone ran into the building last night, some information exchanged, 2000 Main, McDonald's. Officer responded, report taken, will attempt to contact driver. 11:44...

 

Despite challenges, Kids Christmas Store turns out 'great'

The sixth annual Kids Free Christmas Store turned out a little different this year, with fewer shoppers than in the past. But Nancy Patton, founder and director of the event, which gives children 4 th...

 

Council says goodbye to two departees, then ditches business license

The Dec. 8 City Council meeting was filled with laughter as the mayor and council members said goodbye to colleagues who lost their reelection bids. Councilors James Goble and Cortney Nash are leaving...

 

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