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 News    May 25, 2022 

Card-skimming device found at Sweet Home 7-Eleven

An illegal card-skimming device was found Thursday, May 26, at the 7-Eleven at 2405 Highway 20, the Sweet Home Police Department reported Friday morning. Police officer Sean Potter, who said the device was likely installed within the last couple of...

 
 News    May 25, 2022 

Tripping the light fantastic

Sixth-graders Walker Straight and Natasha Marin participate in a ballroom dancing competition at Sweet Home Junior High School on Friday, May 20. The event, which was back after two years off due to...

 
 News    May 25, 2022 

OHA warns about contaminated peanut butter

Oregon Health Authority is warning the people of Oregon to be on the lookout for Jif brand peanut butter that may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. J.M. Smucker Co., the parent company for...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 25, 2022 

Sweet Home depot's fate hangs in balance

A piece of local history faces demolition if no one steps up to save it. The dilapidated Oregon Electric Railroad depot sits at the north end of the Sweet Home Public Works Yard, suffering from severe...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 25, 2022 

Voters OK bond to build LBCC ag training center

A $16 million measure to fund construction of an agricultural training center and other improvements for Linn-Benton Community College won approval in the May 17 primary election, though mostly through Benton County votes, which outweighed a loss in...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 25, 2022 

Tyler becomes new Sweet Home fire chief

Nick Tyler was sworn in Tuesday, May 17, as the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District's newest fire chief. He succeeds Dave Barringer, who'd held the position since 2014. The 44-year-old Tyler, a Swe...

 
 News    May 25, 2022 

High school Drama Club to stage dark drama, Ibsen's 'A Doll's House'

Drama students at Sweet Home High School hit the stage this weekend for three performances of "A Doll's House." The first performance is on Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m., with subsequent shows on Saturday,...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 25, 2022 

Subdivision debated at Planning Commission meeting

The Sweet Home Planning Commission voted unanimously at its May 19 meeting to continue the public hearing to June 16 for Cordle Construction's application to subdivide a 193,625-square-foot property t...

 
 News    May 25, 2022 

Early morning fire destroys Lebanon shop

Fire destroyed a two-story shop early Friday morning, May 20, in the 31000 block of SW Fifth St., Lebanon. The conflagration was reported at 2 a.m. According to the Lebanon Fire District, the initial...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 25, 2022 

Police detective commended for assistance call

Sweet Home Police Detective Geoff Hamlin received a commendation from Police Captain Jason Ogden on Wednesday, May 11, for his actions during a February 24 "elder in danger" assistance call....

 
 News    May 25, 2022 

County offers tips for better mental health

The last two years have been stressful for everyone, from children to adults, and staff at Linn County Mental Health want people to know that it’s OK to sometimes feel overwhelmed. They also want you to know that help is available anyone with...

 
 News    May 25, 2022 

Commissioners hear death statistics for April

Linn County recorded 66 births in April, Dr. William Muth told the Linn County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday morning, May 17. Of those, 38 were female and 28 were male. About 14 COVID-19 outbreaks were recorded; three deaths were reported with...

 
 News    May 25, 2022 

QMS timber project moves to next step

The Sweet Home Ranger District announced Monday, May 23, that the final environmental assessment has been completed for the proposed 89,000-acre Quartzville-Middle Santiam Project located in the Willamette National Forest about 20 miles northeast of...

 
 News    May 25, 2022 

Public Safety (May 25, 2022)

May 16 10:03 a.m. - John Chelstad, 56, of Sweet Home, was cited for failure to license a dog, 100 block of 21st Ave. 10:30 a.m. - Ashley Rosenthal, 28, of Sweet Home, was cited for failure to license a dog, 5500 block of Nandina St. 11:29 p.m. - Jeff...

 
 News    May 25, 2022 

Carnival back at Oak Heights

Oak Heights School held its first Carnival in 2½ years Saturday, May 21. Principal Todd Barrett said the event, aimed at raising money for improvements the school playground, drew the largest...

 
 News    May 25, 2022 

Linn County Fair gets an Internet upgrade

Vendors at the Linn County Fair in July will see a marked improvement in their Internet service, due to the installation of high-speed fiber optics. Linn County partnered with LS Networks to install fiber optic cable from the courthouse servers to...

 
 News    May 25, 2022 

Avian flu detected in Willamette Valley birds

Several Canada goose goslings collected from Alton Baker Park in Eugene have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), and a larger outbreak is suspected as more sick and dead waterfowl have been observed at the park, state...

 
 News    May 25, 2022 

Real Estate Sold (May 25, 2022)

Following are Lebanon, Sweet Home and Brownsville area real estate transactions recorded with the county during April 2022. These are not properties for sale, and some transactions may represent a change of ownership within a family or corporation. P...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    May 25, 2022 

Lebanon Chamber launches 'Explore Lebanon' app

By Sarah Brown Lebanon Local The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce just rolled out an app dedicated to promoting local businesses, events and entertainment. "Explore Lebanon" features links to helpful resou...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    May 25, 2022 

People react to Lebanon's denial for a Pride proclamation

By Sarah Brown Lebanon Local Mayor Paul Aziz denied a request to proclaim June as Pride Month, following an April 13 City Council meeting where several members supporting the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay,...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    May 25, 2022 

Entry fees a change for Lebanon Strawberry Festival

The Lebanon Strawberry Festival Association, Inc. has changed its annual event's fee model this year as an approach to solving two problems: inflation and traffic to Cheadle Lake Park. Instead of...

 
 News    May 25, 2022 

California man, who allegedly assaulted woman at campground, arrested after pursuit

A California man was arrested early Wednesday morning, May 25, after leading Sheriff's deputies in a pursuit, Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan reported. According to Duncan and the Sheriff's Office, Aaron Halvorson, 44, was arrested after...

 

TUESDAY UPDATE: Two killed in Highway 20 crash Saturday; witnesses sought

NOTE: This story was updated Tuesday morning, May 17, 2022. The Oregon State Police is investigating possible impairment as a factor in a two-vehicle crash Saturday, May 14, that killed two...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 18, 2022

Council discusses vacant buildings

Wastewater plant upgrades, railroad depot also on agenda The May 10 Sweet Home City Council meeting featured discussions on potentially enforcing stricter vacant-building ordinances downtown, funding...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 18, 2022

Will decades-old plant get new treatment at last?

City officials are watching costs skyrocket as they plan for a new wastewater treatment plant that, they say, is decades overdue. But how needful, really, is a new plant in the first place? Essentiall...

 

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