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 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    November 25, 2020 

Locals join up to help homeless

The weather was dreary the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 18. The sky was dark and rain was coming down in buckets on the Church of Nazarene. Regardless, a small group of volunteers gathered under the a...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    November 25, 2020 

School district responds to COVID cases

The Sweet Home School District notified parents and staff Friday, Nov. 20, that two staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 at Oak Heights Elementary. “The staff members who tested positive do not work with our limited in-person program and...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    November 25, 2020 

Got lights? Organizers envision show that draws crowd

Picture a downtown lighted to the nines, so spectacular that people from throughout the Mid-Valley region make a point to drive through Sweet Home to see it. Picture neighborhoods similarly decorated, so people want to drive through them to see and...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    November 25, 2020 

Local students don't let COVID stop their volunteerism

It was the chimneys, most of all, that left an impact. "The number of chimneys – that's all that's left of the houses right now, chimneys lining the riverside," said Sweet Home High School senior...

 

Public Safety Nov. 25, 2020

Nov. 16 2:20 a.m. - Stacy Teixeira, 55, of Sweet Home, arrested on parole violation warrant and $7,500 Lebanon Justice Court warrant for failure to appear, following a traffic stop. Teixeira also issued citations for driving with a suspended license...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    November 25, 2020 

Longtime SHPD dispatcher Teresa Culley retires

Teresa Culley retired Monday, Nov. 9, after more than 33 years as a dispatcher at Sweet Home Police Department. Just one other employee had worked for the city longer, Communications Supervisor Penny...

 
 By D E Larsen DVM    News    November 25, 2020 

Farmer's familiarity with his livestock pays off in early care

Editor's note: This article contains some explicit biological terminology. It was a late spring day with mostly blue sky, but some heavy dark clouds. Walt was waiting when Ruth and I pulled into his...

 

City seeking to fill Planning Commission vacancy

The City of Sweet Home is seeking to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission. The seven-member Planning Commission provides citizen review and recommendations on planning-related matters to the City Council. The commission has two distinct...

 

Ornament hunt returns to local Willamette National Forest trails

The Willamette Valley Visitors Association has launched its third annual ornament hunt on non-wilderness trails of the Willamette National Forest and a handful of trails in the Umpqua National...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    November 25, 2020 

New owner plans elder care facility at former Twin Oaks site

A new elder care facility on Nandina Street is expected to bring up to 50 jobs to Sweet Home in January. The new residential care facility, located at 950 Nandina where Avamere Twin Oaks closed in Jul...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    November 25, 2020 

COVID numbers in county all over the place, but mostly up

Day after day this week, Oregon broke new COVID records for daily cases, has seen record hospitalizations, and even set a new record for daily deaths related to this pandemic. The latest record is...

 

Samaritan announces new face mask requirements

Samaritan Health Services is requiring patients, visitors and all staff in any Samaritan facility to wear properly fitting face masks, rather than simply face coverings, as of Tuesday, Nov. 24. The change in face mask requirements was instituted...

 

Free fishing, clamming, crabbing this weekend in Oregon

Everyone, including nonresidents, can fish, clam and crab for free in Oregon this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27-28. No fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement or Two-Rod Validation) are required...

 

USFS seeks public input – before Nov. 30 – on prioritizing maintenance projects

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region is seeking public feedback on a proposed list of deferred maintenance projects selected for Great American Outdoors Act funding in fiscal year 2022.   The Forest Service projects, which are now open... Full story

 

Culture in Linn County? Local funding organization seeks public input

The Linn County Cultural Coalition is inviting the public to take a brief online survey about local culture. The Linn County Cultural Coalition is a nonprofit corporation that promotes development of the arts, heritage, and humanities in Linn County... Full story

 

Teacher takes classroom outside via video

On a brisk autumn morning, as fog clung to the hillsides, Natural Resources Instructor Blake Manley drove out to Holley, heading to a property on Crawfordsville Drive. Brian Murray, a pre-sale...

 

Governor's new orders to result in local shutdowns

Local businesses and organizations are adjusting to new requirements set down by Gov. Kate Brown Friday, Nov. 13 who announced a "freeze" in social activity due to concerns about surging coronavirus...

 

Parent to board: School 'is not working' for kids

Last week’s Sweet Home School Board meeting opened emotionally as a desperate parent, Jenna Northern, told attendees “what we’re doing now is not working.” Board members Jason Redick, Mike Reynolds, Debra Brown, Dale Keene, Joe Kennedy and...

 

Little Promises opens doors after drilling new well, negotiating COVID

When Little Promises Children's Program closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no way Nelia Taraski, director of the preschool, could have known how many barriers would stand in the way...

 

Elks' remodeled facility needs more usage, lodge leader says

Sweet Home Elks have spent the last decade remodeling their facility, but now that they have it about finished, they find themselves in a bit of a jam. "It's the whole COVID thing," said Randy...

 

Councilors approve plan to refinance debts, save city money

Sweet Home City Council is looking to refinance some of its debts to take advantage of unusually low interest rates. Councilors Lisa Gourley, Greg Mahler, Diane Gerson, Dave Trask, Susan Coleman, and...

 

Holiday lineup mixture of live, virtual and drive-thru events

- Community Kindness Event Deadlines: The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District and Sweet Home Police Department are accepting applications to their Christmas for Kids Sharing Tree toy programs and Shop with a Cop; and Sweet Home Emergency...

 

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