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 By The New Era    News    September 16, 2020 

Community battles as massive blazes, spot fires, threaten

In the aftermath of the windstorm that swept in on the evening of Labor Day, Sweet Home-area residents found themselves facing a threat last week that many had never experienced up close and...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    September 16, 2020 

COVID counts may open doors of classrooms

The most current numbers from the Oregon Health Authority by county set Linn County at 13 cases per 100,000 the week ending Sept. 5, which is the third consecutive week Linn County has been eligible for students K-3 to return to the classroom. “As...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    September 16, 2020 

Cascadia resident's Ghost Towne awakens memories of past

What started out as a means to keep Terry Lahodny's pets safe and teach his grandchildren a lesson has turned into an attraction that draws people from all over to see the mock western town he's...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    September 16, 2020 

Relaxed coronavirus rules allowing care home residents to finally receive visitors home

For Brenda Hyland of Sweet Home, the coronavirus pandemic has meant more than not getting to eat out at restaurants. She hasn’t hugged her mother since March 5. “That’s a tough one,” she said, fighting back tears. “We’re a hugging...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    September 16, 2020 

Local Gleaners load up groceries for firestorm evacuees

As ash rained down on Sweet Home Wednesday, Sept. 9, leaders of the Sweet Home Gleaners started wondering how to respond to the growing crisis. Sweet Home was at evacuation Level 1, and the fire...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    September 16, 2020 

Trustees return Dale Keene to Sweet Home School Board

There’s a new School Board member in town, after board members chose Dale Keene to replace Angela Clegg, who stepped down earlier in the summer. Board members Jim Gourley, Jason Van Eck, Chanz Keeney, Mike Reynolds, Jason Redick, Debra Brown, and...

 

Voters to choose from nine candidates for City Council

The field has been finalized for Sweet Home’s upcoming municipal elections on Nov. 3. Four City Council members – James Goble, Lisa Gourley, Cortney Nash and Dave Trask – have their seats up, and all four are running again. Five new...

 

Public Safety Log Sep. 16, 2020

Sept. 6 8:14 a.m. – Lebanon Police located Kenneth Daniel Helfrich, 39, on Sweet Home warrants for failure to appear on original charges of two counts of criminal mischief and criminal trespass. Cit...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    September 16, 2020 

'Cowboy Convoy' volunteers team up to help rescue livestock

As evacuation orders started coming in fast throughout east Linn County Tuesday, Sept. 8, folks in local rural communities started wondering how on earth they would get all their livestock out...

 

Resources for Fire Recovery Help

Following are some resources for residents in need of help during the wildfires: Power Problems Pacific Power customer care agents are available and ready to help customers through this incredibly difficult time. They can be reached 24/7 at...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    September 16, 2020 

Investigators probing suspicious fires in SH, Brownsville areas

Eight suspicious fires were started in a period of two hours during the early hours of Monday, Sept. 14, according to Linn County Sheriff's Office. The fires were all put out quickly, but were set in...

 

Homelessness in Sweet Home

Pastor Bethanie Young didn't expect to become an impromptu camp host for the homeless, but when COVID-19 shut down warming shelters in March, it was hard to turn the needy away. Young, after all, is t...

 

Community steps up for local man and his dog(s)

Louis Carreiro was one of the first local homeless individuals to shelter by the Nazarene church last March. He's been sticking around with his service dog Diamond, a Labrador and bull mastiff mix....

 

Councilors OK plan to raise building fees

City Council members came to a consensus on planned increases to system development charges at a work session on Thursday, Sept. 3. The council decided, informally, to implement the increase in phases, and also capped the increase about $3,000 lower...

 

Red flag warning turns out to be real deal as winds, heavy smoke sweep into Sweet Home

By Scott Swanson Of The New Era A red flag warning got very real very fast for Sweet Home residents Monday evening, Sept. 7, as blustery winds from the north and east blew heavy smoke into town....

 

Local teen, 16, self-publishes book of his poetry

After pouring his emotions and life experiences into over 2,000 poems in three years, 16-year-old Ivan Bultman of Sweet Home High School is now a first-time author. Bultman, who has "loved...

 

Sunshine Industries slowly restoring operations after COVID shutdown

Sunshine Industries Unlimited restarted its day support services for local disabled adults on Aug. 31, following a months-long hiatus due to COVID-19. The services, however, look much different than before, said Executive Director Brittany Maudlin....

 

Public Safety Log Sept. 9, 2020

August 31 7:18 a.m. - Caller reported vehicle was broken into in 47300 block Quartzville Road. Missing items included Yugo SKS, two Glock Model 22 magazines and stereo amplifier. Total loss estimated...

 

Which is better – three square meals or snacks throughout day?

Three square meals or 5 small ones...which is better? There are many different diets available out there, but one question comes up consistently: Which is healthier – three square meals a day or...

 

New rules for mushroom pickers

Through early November, matsutake mushroom pickers in the Willamette National Forest will need a free letter of authorization instead of a paid permit to allow for collection, transport and sale of the mushrooms. The interim change is a result of the...

 

District, teachers negotiating as new school year nears

Of The New Era Sweet Home School District and teachers union leaders are facing off over classroom safety and other issues as opening day for the new school year approaches. Union leaders maintain that “teachers working at home is the safest way to...

 

Fire at Green Peter: Multiple agencies rally to contain blaze in two days

Of The New Era A fire that broke out Saturday afternoon on a roadless peninsula at the eastern end of Green Peter Lake had stopped spreading Monday, Aug. 31, and will likely be contained at 14 acres....

 

Family works to recover after narrow escape from house fire

Of The New Era When Brandon Freeman heard someone scream "fire!" he leaped into action Tuesday, Aug. 25. Freeman ran outside to grab a hose and rushed to where smoke was pouring from his home at 38th...

 

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