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Articles from the December 29, 2021 edition

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White Christmas Season

Brad Furst puts the finishing touches on a snowman he and his kids, Kianna, 11, left, and Chase, 6, built at the corner of Long Street and 22nd Avenue Monday morning, as their 5-month-old Rottweiller...

 
 By Cory Frye    News    December 29, 2021

Lambert returning to Jamboree

Miranda Lambert will return to the Oregon Jamboree next summer as one of the festival's headliners, organizers have announced. She will join Trace Adkins and Old Dominion as the lead acts at the...

 

Committee talks options for the homeless

Community Services Officer Sean Morgan delivered numbers regarding Sweet Home’s homeless population and discussed a proposed sleep center during a Community Health Committee meeting at City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20. According to Morgan’s count, so...

 

Pastor Joe retiring after Medley of service

Joe Medley's 12½ years of service as a pastor in Sweet Home have been, in a word... well, it's kind-of hard to explain in a word.  Medley became pastor of Fir Lawn Lutheran Church in September...

 

William Jones

William McKinley Jones, 54, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 10, 2021. He was born Oct. 2, 1967 in Fontana, Calif., to Earl and Betty Ruth (Byrd) Jones. Mr. Jones served in the United States Marine Corps... Full story

 

Ernest Lehto

Ernest Leo Lehto, 87, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 20, 2021. He was born May 14, 1934 in Newberry, Mich., to Jack William and Limie Olive (Madison) Lehto. He lived in Newberry until 1961, when he moved... Full story

 

Dan Richard Allen

The world got a little quieter with the passing of Dan Richard Allen, 68, on Dec. 6, 2021. Known and loved for his senses of hard work, comic relief and the skill to be able to chat with just about an... Full story

 

Death Notices (Dec. 29, 2021)

Thomas William Ballweber, 36, of Sweet Home, died Dec. 25, 2021. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. Donations can be made to Go Fund Me or Sweet Home Funeral Chapel to help with funeral costs. For updated information, visit www.s... Full story

 

P.E.O. hosts Education Celebration

In the first photo, P.E.O. Chapter DD members held an Education Celebration "Reach for the Stars" Dec. 15 at the Evangelical Church. In the second photo, two of the group's five 2021 scholarship...

 

Cultural Coalition to hold workshop for grant-seekers

The Linn County Cultural Coalition will hold a workshop for prospective grant applicants on Thursday, Jan. 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Albany Regional Museum, 136 SE Lyon St., Albany. Participants can also join by Zoom....

 

Commentary: Hypocrisy in lead as Olympics near (Dec. 29, 2021)

By Rich Lowry It should be a rule of thumb that the Olympic Games shouldn’t be held in countries that operate concentration camps. If this strikes you as a reasonable demand, you aren’t suited to serve on the International Olympic Commit-tee....

 

From Our Files (Dec. 29, 2021)

Dec. 30, 1971 Cats like to travel, but surely Minnie didn’t intend to go to Portland when she crawled up under the hood of the neighbor’s car. When Jack Kerr’s car pulled out of the driveway in the morning, Minnie’s adventure began. She went...

 

County to re-open vaccination clinics at Expo Center Jan. 4

Linn County Public Health will resume large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinics Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Albany's Linn County Expo Center, the county's Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday, Dec. 21. Both...

 

Around Town (Dec. 29, 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...

 

Motorcyclist hurt in Main Street crash

An Albany motorcyclist was injured Thursday afternoon, Dec. 23, after colliding with a mid-sized SUV in the 800 block of Main Street. According to police, Curtis Rowe, 34, was traveling westbound on...

 

Public Safety (Dec. 29, 2021)

December 19 1:34 p.m. - Caller reported fraud. Victim out $900 in gift cards. 48100 block of Cascadia Drive. December 20 9:06 a.m. - Caller reported finding a large amount of mail in the 43900 block of McDowell Creek Drive. Deputy responded, sorted...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    December 29, 2021

Holiday book captures family spirit

Overcast skies blanketed West's Tree Farm on a weekend earlier this holiday season, and its parking lot off Berlin Road was full. Melissa Toquero stood near the entrance, pointing new arrivals to...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    December 29, 2021

Building bears

Walking through the coral-colored door at 1228 Main St., it's clear that Renita Sews proprietor Renita Cohen has a flair for vintage comfort. Freshly painted white and yellow walls blanket the room,...

 

Rich histories embroidered into special quilt

A call came to the East Linn Museum a while back. Would we be interested in a quilt made by a ladies’ club east of Foster for a young lady turning 16 in 1942? “Another friendship quilt?” the...

 

Fire destroys home on 46th Avenue; cause unknown

A fire with an undetermined cause burned a home at 1186 46th Avenue Tuesday morning, Dec. 21. The fire originated in the main living room of the a 1,200-square-foot house, according to Lieutenant...

 

Timber Unity delivers big Christmas Eve surprise for local family

A Sweet Home family was surprised by an avalanche of gifts on Christmas Eve after being selected for Timber Unity's third annual Family Christmas Surprise. Renice Lizama-Meston and her two daughters,...

 

Christmas holiday memories from the Army years

"Company D, Private Drake speaking. Can I help you?" Bill answered the phone on a snowy Christmas Eve in 1965. He and I were pulling CQ (charge of quarters) duty for Company D, a duty company for...

 

Real Estate (Dec. 29, 2021)

Following are Lebanon, Sweet Home and Brownsville-area real estate transactions recorded with the county during late October and early November 2021. Sales from late November were not available at press time. These are not properties for sale, and...

 

Huskies give up halftime lead in loss to Yamhill-Carlton

Yamhill-Carlton (2-6) came back in the second half to upend Sweet Home's (2-6) two-point halftime lead en route to a 46-38 non-league boys basketball victory on Tuesday, Dec. 21. "It was a close game...

 

Girls improve to .500 in hoops with win over Yamhill-Carlton

The Huskies moved to .500 on the season (4-4) with a win at home on Dec. 21 against 3A Yamhill-Carlton (1-7), 44-37. Despite being down 16-15 at half, the Huskies won the third and fourth quarters by...

 

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