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 News    July 8, 2020 

County COVID-19 numbers edge up

As Oregon exceeded the 10,000 mark in total COVID-19 cases last week, Linn County has seen a slight increase in its count of new presumptive cases, with 17 reported over the past week, according to Oregon Health Authority figures. The state’s...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 8, 2020 

Linn's parks getting plenty of use as the 'only game in town'

A lot has happened this year – even when it appeared not much was happening – in Linn County's parks. And for the last month things have really been exploding as the crowds pack the parks, Parks Director Brian Carroll said. The Fourth of July...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    July 8, 2020 

Former reporter finds new challenges in familiar surroundings

Sean Morgan may no longer sport his iconic ponytail or spend his entire day writing, but said he fits in well as the Sweet Home Police Department's community services officer and evidence technician....

 
 News    July 8, 2020 

Linn-Benton Community College announces Sweet Home area graduates

Linn-Benton Community College has awarded 923 degrees and certificates to 818 students in its 52nd graduating class. Although the college was unable to hold a formal commencement ceremony this year, LBCC is commemorating grads through online...

 
 News    July 8, 2020 

DMV unveils new computer project to replace antiquated system

Oregon’s Department of Motor Vehicles has completed a multi-year project to replace its computer systems. The replacement is part of the broader DMV Service Transformation Program – a 10-year, $90 million investment in the future of DMV. Replacin...

 
 News    July 8, 2020 

Public Safety Log July 8, 2020

July 5 12:06 a.m. - Caller reported neighbors lighting fireworks. Officer responded, contacted residents who were warned for unnecessary noise. Residents said they were finished for the night. 5th...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 8, 2020 

Church members turn out to help family of young attendee

Members of Freedom Hill Church joined forces last week to distribute a little Christian love to the family of a girl who attends their Sunday School. They spent most of Thursday, July 2, painting a...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 8, 2020 

City staff working to complete playground area at Sankey Park

By the end of this summer, Sweet Home kids will be able to go to Sankey Park to enjoy a 1,300-square-foot playground structure that's the result of some fortuitous financial moves that is giving the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 8, 2020 

Upgrades make Sunnyside dog park better experience for all

Dog owners who use dog parks to exercise their pets are experiencing some new improvements this summer at Sunnyside Park. "I wanted to give these guys some props for following through on what we talke...

 
 News    July 8, 2020 

2 arrested for east county burglaries

Linn County Sheriff's detectives arrested two people Tuesday, June 30, in connection with several thefts, burglaries and property crimes from Linn and Marion Counties. Sheriff Jim Yon said his office...

 
 By Cathryn Arndt    News    July 8, 2020 

How to survive the summer barbecue experience - healthily

Summer is looking a little different this year—state and county fairs are canceled, concerts nixed off the agenda, summer weddings downsized or delayed. Yet the good ol’ fashioned, small-scale barbecue with family and friends is still happening!...

 
 News    July 8, 2020 

Outdoors: Deer getting aggressive in S. Oregon

A dog was killed by a doe in a yard in east Medford. An Ashland woman was attacked while walking her dog on the Southern Oregon University Campus. ODFW is receiving reports of aggressive deer throughout Ashland, east Medford and even in Jacksonville....

 
 News    July 8, 2020 

School Board to meet virtually

The Sweet Home School Board will hold its monthly meeting virtually at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 13. "Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 state-wide restrictions, and in keeping with the efforts of social distancing to reduce the spread of the... Full story

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 1, 2020

Citizens turn out to support police

Nearly 200 Sweet Home residents lined Main Street in front of the Sweet Home Police Department Wednesday evening, June 24, in a rally to support police officers. The "Back the Blue" event, organized b...

 

Masks mandatory Wednesday in all indoor public spaces

Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that Oregonians statewide are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, beginning Wednesday, July 1. The order applies to businesses and members of the public visiting indoor public spaces. Face coverin...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    July 1, 2020

Freshmen of the Year honors go to Brookelynn Burke, Christian Dominy

Despite an unusual and short-lived introduction to Sweet Home High School, Christian Dominy and Brookelyn Burke still managed to bring home the coveted Freshman Boy and Girl of the Year award for...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 1, 2020

Employees, city agree on contract

The City Council, in a special meeting Monday night, June 29, approved a four-year contract with city employees to end nearly a year of negotiations. The 40-page document includes a number of changes from previous contracts that both City Manager Ray...

 

Organizers call off this year's Health Fair

Sweet Home’s Health Fair has been cancelled. Due to the on-going concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, guidelines set forth by Oregon governor Kate Brown, the Center for Disease Control, and the Community Health Committee, organizers have decided to...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    July 1, 2020

Citing COVID concerns, council reverses on water rate increase

Due to concerns about the economic impacts of COVID-19, Sweet Home residents will not see an increase in water rates for the 2020-21 fiscal year, instead maintaining the current base rate of $19.99. The City Council voted 5-1 on June 23 to rescind a...

 

Public Safety Log July 1, 2020

June 27 3:28 a.m. - Caller reported vehicle broken into and gun missing, which occurred between 1 and 1:30 a.m. Report taken for unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, first-degree theft. 2405 Main St., 7-Eleven. 9:15 a.m. - Report taken for the...

 

Homicides, suicide preceded fire

Investigators have determined that three people found dead in an early morning house fire on April 28 were homicide victims, and a fourth died by suicide, according to Police Chief Jeff Lynn. The...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    July 1, 2020

At 83, age hasn't slowed Howard Crover much as he's still haulin' logs

Some people are so married to something that the phrase, "It's in their blood," rings true for them. That could be said of Howard Crover, who's likely got splinters and fuel in his blood because he's...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 1, 2020

Defendant arrested after refusing to wear mask, walking out of proceeding

A Sweet Home man was jailed for contempt of court Wednesday morning, June 24, after he refused to wear a face mask during a Municipal Court proceeding and allegedly left the courtroom while the judge was speaking to him. John Kulbeth said he arrived...

 

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