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Articles from the December 23, 2020 edition

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Hospital staff given first vaccine doses

Samaritan Health officially began administering the COVID-19 vaccine to medical workers on Friday, Dec. 18, after much anticipation. The Pfizer vaccine is the first to roll out, though there are six...

 

New domes provide comfort for local homeless

Winter, for older folks like Louis Carreiro, can be oppressive. "Everything hurts with the cold. I can't bend over or anything," he said, bundled in layers of coats at the Sweet Home Church of the...

 

Senator, wife experience first-hand loss, recovery from wildfire

It was 1 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 8 when state Sen. Fred Girod awoke in his bedroom overlooking the North Santiam River. He still doesn't know why. "It was just one of those flukes," said Girod,...

 

In Loving Memory of Bob Pipkin

May 7, 1940 - Dec. 1, 2020 Bob was born in Hugo, Okla. to young, poor farmers. His childhood was one of abject poverty, neglect and abuse. Bob realized at a young age that education was the key to...

 

Linda Murphy

April 9, 1947 - Dec. 11, 2020 Linda Lee Murphy, 73, of Sweet Home passed away Dec. 11, 2020. She was born April 9, 1947 in Sweet Home to Vern Richard and Mildred “Midge” Ila (Stewart) Godell....

 

Thomas Kelley

Sept. 15, 1962 - Nov. 26, 2020 Thomas Joseph Kelley, 58, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 26, 2020 from medical issues. He was born Sept. 15, 1962 at Lebanon Community Hospital to Harry (Tom) and Marjorie...

 

Ted and Kathleen Franks celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

Ted and Kathleen Franks, of Sweet Home, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary recently. They were married Nov. 24, 1950 in Medford. They lived in Southern Oregon until 1995, when Ted retired and t...

 

Seeking true peace in turbulent times

Christmas, for many in our society, is supposed to be about family, presents, comfort and joy, generosity toward the less fortunate and, for some, remembering why we celebrate the holiday in the first place: the birth of Jesus Christ. We’re in the...

 

Biggest joy of serving in House is hanging with local residents

My nearly 13 years in the legislature will be wrapping up in the next couple weeks. This will be my last submission as your state representative. I find it very fitting to spend the next 400, or so,...

 

Help for homeless worthy of support

Editor: These are very trying times for all types of humanity. Unfortunately, not everyone is living in the most comfortable of housing situations. It is sad and perplexing to listen to some complain of “eyesores”, when there are families caught...

 

Manipulation of language a danger

Editor: “Political Correctness (PC) is language fascism pretending to be manners.”  (George Carlin) People use words to express thoughts. Language fascism (tyranny) controls the words people can say. When PC’ers cut back the words we can say,...

 

COVID presents genuine perils

Editor: Kudos to Ms. Kenoyer for her very timely op-ed piece on the serious perils that COVID presents us with. I, too, have seen news footage of people suffering from this horrible disease, and hence, choose to follow best scientific guidance to...

 

Around Town Dec. 23, 2020

Small business training for free Linn-Benton Community College’s Small Business Development Center offers a variety of business classes as the new year begins. “Going Into Business,” a free, informational, lively one-hour Zoom class led by...

 

Efforts under way to raise funds for businesses shuttered by COVID

Efforts are under way to provide opportunities for the community to help two local businesses that have been forced to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Both Steelhead Fitness, at 1295 Main St., and the Rio Theatre, at 1439 Main St., have...

 

Public Safety Log Dec. 23, 2020

Dec. 14 7:06 a.m. – Caller reported a truck parked behind a building with extension cords plugged into it, 780 block, Long. Santiam Chiropractic Clinic. Officer responded, contacted male and trespassed at caller request. 9:10 a.m. – Caller...

 

Heavy rainfall, flooding keep city workers busy

Sweet Home residents experienced some unusually high water Sunday, Dec. 20, after heavy rains fell for 24 hours over the weekend. Public Works Director Greg Springman said his staff recorded 3.1 inches of rainfall in a six- to eight-hour period. The...

 

Husky wrestlers have put Sweet Home on the map

Eight state team titles. Thirty-eight conference championships. Forty-four individual state champions. Three hundred and forty-two state placewinners. There's no question that wrestling has put Sweet...

 

Governor turns responsibility for opening schools over to local districts

Gov. Kate Brown today (Wednesday, Dec. 23) directed the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority to implement several new policy initiatives, with the goal of putting more school districts on track to return students to...

 

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