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Articles from the December 28, 2005 edition

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20 years of helping mothers

Of The New Era Mel and Peggy Wagoner got interested in the issue of unwed mothers 20 years ago after someone "close" to them became pregnant out of wedlock. At the time, their pastor at the Free...


Trainer teams with English shepherd to win awards

Of The New Era Using only her hands, Connie DeBusschere is winning awards in dog agility competitions. OK, it's actually her dogs that are winning the awards, but they are trained by DeBusschere and... Full story


Valley Catholic pressure leaves girls with hoops loss

Of The New Era The Husky girls basketball team lost 52-39 to Valley Catholic on the road on Dec. 20. "They're a real up-tempo team," Coach Jason Gorham said of the Valiants. "We came out and turned the ball over a couple times early." Valley... Full story


Boys upset 5th-ranked Valley Catholic with team effort

Of The New Era The Husky boys basketball team picked off Valley Catholic 56-49 at home on Dec. 20. "It was a great win," Coach Tim Little said. "We needed it. We played great, and they were number fiv...


Roberts brings classroom experience to District 55 School Board dais

Of The New Era Ken Roberts brings a special interest in students who do not fit the mainstream mold to the School Board. Roberts, 55, is one of four new board members who began serving in July. He ret... Full story


Teen pregnancy rates not falling in east county, observers say

Of The New Era Teenage pregnancy rates may be declining in the United States and in Oregon, but they are not in Sweet Home and other East Linn County communities, those who work with young mothers say. Though official number from government agencies...


District nurse works to help pregnant girls stay in school

Of The New Era Teen pregnancy doesn't stop at the school door — and that's where Joan Pappin meets it. Pappin runs Sweet Home High School's Teen Pregnancy/Parenting program, in which she works with 15 girls who are pregnant or already have a chi...


News Update: Suspect in Larwood Park homicide arrested

A man suspected in the death of a 20-year-old woman, whose body was discovered at Larwood Park on Dec. 20, has been arrested. Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller said Tuesday that Kenneth Charles... Full story


From Our Files

December 29, 1955 Last week's strong winds knocked out power in five areas around Sweet Home when falling trees snapped lines or broke poles, Pacific Power & Light manager Oren Hewitt reports. About 315 customers were cut off from power last... Full story


Over The Edge: Should city be putting its money into Weddle Bridge?

of The New Era Kim Lawrence, though more adversarial than necessary, has raised an excellent point when she criticizes the city in a recent letter to the editor and in an appearance at the Dec. 13 City Council meeting for spending money on the... Full story


Locals among Byway drawing winners

Of The New Era Anita Leach, of Mill City, won a $600-plus shopping spree in a drawing at Hoy's Hardware by the Over the Rivers and Through the Woods State Scenic Byway Marketing and Fund-Raising Committee. The committee drew 10 names for $1,700 in... Full story


Dennis H. Hile

April 21, 1943-Dec. 19, 2005 Dennis H. Hile, 62, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2005 at his home. He was born April 21, 1943 in Bremerton, Wash., to Hugh Oren Hile and Fern Evelyn Beers. He married Mary Jane Young in Las Vegas, Nev. on April 2, 1966. They...


Martha L. Bolin

Nov. 24, 1939 - Dec. 20, 2005 Martha L. Bolin, 66, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. She was born Nov. 24, 1939 in Sisters to Dale and Dorothea Taylor. They moved to Sweet Home in 1951. She attended g... Full story


Bertha E. Henthorne

April 14, 1920 -Dec. 19, 2005 Bertha Henthorne, 85, died Dec. 19, 2005 at Twin Oaks Rehab. She was born April 14, 1920 in Valliant, Okla., to James and Nancy Peden. She was educated at Lone Star in Oklahoma. She married Samuel Henthorne and they... Full story


Edwin ‘Ed' Leroy Luehring

Jan. 7, 1922 -Dec. 19, 2005 Edwin L. Luehring, 83, died Dec. 19, 2005 at Twin Oaks Care Center in Sweet Home. He was born Jan. 7, 1922 in Pomona, Calif., to Dietrich and Emma Luehring. The family...


Phyllis Jean Jimerson

Oct. 8, 1937 - Dec. 14, 2005 Phyllis Jean Jimerson, 68, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 14. She was born in Bassett, Neb. to Donald Vernon and Sarah Rozzella (Spencer) Nelson. Mrs. Jimerson grew up in the Yakima Valley area in Washington. In the late 1950s...


Family loses home in Christmas tree fire

Of The New Era Michael and Julie Bly took their children Christmas shopping after he got off work Monday night, Dec. 19. They bought some Dora the Explorer toys for daughter Hannah, 3 1/2, and a train... Full story


Coward resigning from City Council

City Councilor Jessica Coward resigned effective Dec. 31. Coward has been on the City Council since she was appointed on June 24, 2003 to fill a vacancy left Robert G. Danielson. She was re-elected in November 2004. Her term ends on Dec. 31, 2008....


Developer proposing 236 homes off 10th

Of The New Era The Sweet Home Planning Commission will hear an application on Jan. 9 for a new 236-unit planned development. The proposal would subdivide 74.67 acres off 10th Avenue over three phases,...


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