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 By Benny Westcott    News    August 17, 2022 

Kelcey Young named new Sweet Home city manager

By Benny Westcott Kelcey Young will be Sweet Home's next city manager, Mayor Greg Mahler announced in a letter released Thursday, Aug. 18, but dated Aug. 16. Mahler wrote that the City Council, after...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 17, 2022 

City manager hopefuls make public debut

About two dozen people attended a Wednesday, Aug. 10, meet-and-greet with the two Sweet Home city manager candidates at City Hall. Kelcey Young and Blair Larsen each gave 10-minute presentations addre...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 17, 2022 

Bid solicitations approved for Phase 1 of treatment plant

The Sweet Home City Council voted unanimously Aug. 9 to allow staff to solicit bids for Phase One of the Mahler Water Reclamation Facility Improvements Project. The city has been in design for...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 17, 2022 

Health fair returns Aug. 20 after two-year COVID-19 hiatus

After a two-year COVID-19 hiatus, Sweet Home's Health Fair will return Saturday, Aug. 20. The event will be held outside, in the Sweet Home High School parking lot facing Long Street, from 9 a.m. to...

 

Changes come to Sweet Home Chamber

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era The Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center's website and digital membership experience have undergone overhauls with the July 20 rollout of an online...

 

County Planning Dept. busy with permits, post-fire rebuilding

Linn County’s Planning & Building Department issued 209 total building permits in July, Director Steve Wills told the Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Aug. 9. Board Chair Roger Nyquist was not present and Commissioner Sherrie Sprenger participated b...

 

Public Safety (Aug. 17, 2022)

Aug. 8 12:18 a.m. - Allen Dale Ensley, 33, was cited and released on a Sweet Home Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of second-degree criminal mischief, 18th Ave./Main St. 12:28 a.m. - Matthew Carl Martin, 32, was...

 

Summer Rainbow in Sweet Home

Following a sudden thunderstorm that dumped about half an inch of rain in town, this rainbow materialized in the skies above Sweet Home Tuesday evening, Aug. 9....

 

Sweet Home High School grads land nearly $1.76M in scholarships

Following are scholarships awarded to Sweet Home High School graduating seniors from the Class of 2022. This list does not include federal or state need grants. The total amount of scholarships, including financial aid, Oregon Promise, military and...

 

Circuit Court (Aug. 17, 2022)

Stephen Michael Aziz, 68, petitioned on Aug. 5 that he will plead guilty to DUII, and the state will dismiss a charge of reckless driving. Kayla Lynn Buster, 32, was charged on July 29 with first-degree theft for allegedly stealing lottery ticket...

 

Fire damages 6th Ave. home

A house sustained smoke damage from a fire beneath it Tuesday, Aug. 9, in the 900 block of 6th Ave. Police and firefighters responded at about 7:30 p.m. to find "copious amounts of smoke" drifting...

 

Linn County and Lebanon police logs, July 19-Aug. 9, 2022

Aug. 9 2:13 a.m. – Kurtis Riley McClurg, 33, was cited for a Lebanon Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear and a Linn County Justice Court warrant for contempt of court. 7:20 a.m. – Nicholas Gene Ford, 35, was cited for a Lebanon Municipa...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 10, 2022

Logging for fish

Many river goers see fallen trees as a nuisance. But for juvenile winter steelhead, toppled timber can be a welcome addition to the aquatic ecosystem. USDA Forest Service District fish biologist and...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 10, 2022

Judge: Lower Green Peter to help fish

Green Peter Reservoir will be lowered to historic levels this fall and early winter, during which period its dam generators will cease to produce electric power, in an effort to preserve young...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 10, 2022

Training pays off for local young people in July 29 water rescue

A broken-down boat on Foster Lake may have recently gotten in the way of recreation for five area young people, but it turned out to be a life-saver for two Salem men. The evening of July 29 began...

 

SHUHS Class of 1960 members celebrate (belatedly) 60 years at Waterloo

Members of the Sweet Home Union High School Class of 1960 gathered July 23 at Waterloo Park to mark 60 years since their graduation, though a two-year wait for COVID to pass pushed it to...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 10, 2022

Superintendent outlines approach, plans for school board members

At the Sweet Home School District's Monday, Aug. 8 meeting at the District Office, Interim Supt. Terry Martin, who assumed that role July 1 after former Supt. Lisa Riggs resigned on June 30, told the...

 

Meridian Heights Loop closing to traffic Aug. 13

Meridian Heights Loop will be closed to traffic Saturday, Aug. 13, for road resurfacing, the Linn County Road Dept. has announced. Sierra Santa Fe Corp. is scheduled to apply a product known as Liquid Road to the asphalt pavement surface of Meridian...

 

Need work? County Parks Dept. still needs help

Business has been booming this summer at Linn County Parks, director Brian Carroll told the Board of Commissioners Tuesday morning, Aug 2. However, he added, staffing remains well below adequate levels. “Our staff is doing a great job and they are...

 

South Cascade District fire danger now 'high'

Fire danger level has increased to “high” (yellow) on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry South Cascade District, which includes Sweet Home and Lebanon, as of Aug. 6. This escalation comes on the heel of recent lightning strikes...

 

Planners give final OK to new development code

At its Thursday, Aug. 4 meeting at City Hall, the Sweet Home Planning Commission approved an updated Sweet Home Development Code that commissioners have been working on for several years. The code will now be sent to the Sweet Home City Council for f...

 

Salem man killed in I-5 rollover

A Salem man was killed Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 2, in a rollover crash on Interstate 5 north of Albany, Oregon State Police reported. According to OSP, troopers and emergency personnel responded about 1:15 p.m. to the crash near milepost 236. A...

 

Public Safety (Aug. 10, 2022)

August 1 6:37 a.m. - Brooke Lynn Paige Brown, 48, was cited and released for second-degree criminal trespass and harassment, 1100 block of Tamarack St. 8:39 a.m. - Caller reported someone scraped the side of his vehicle while it was parked in 1300...

 

Dinos in the Library

A traveling exhibit called "Oregon's Dino-Story" is on display through Sept. 3 in the foyer at the Sweet Home Library, 1101 13th Ave., through Sept. 3. Displays, which were created by Jeff Franzen of...

 

Gates man sentenced in child exploitation case

A Gates man was sentenced to 1,027 months in prison Monday, Aug. 8, in connection with an online child exploitation investigation reported in April 2020 to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. According to Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan, an...

 

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