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 By Benny Westcott    News    June 16, 2021 

At Last, The Finish Line

Forecasted rain held off as hundreds of friends and family of Sweet Home High School's class of 2021 celebrated the graduation of 128 young people after a senior year like no other. Onlookers sat on... Full story

 News    June 16, 2021 

Man trespassed on North River Drive, then later arrested after fleeing deputies, climbing a tree

A man who had gotten into trouble on North River Drive earlier in the day was arrested Tuesday afternoon, June 15, after he fled Sheriff's deputies off Rock Hill Road, south of Lebanon, and climbed...


New emergency care, senior facilities planned

Long-awaited, big healthcare changes are coming to Sweet Home, city and corporate officials announced Thursday, June 10, during a meeting hosted by Wiley Creek Community. The senior residence...

 By Benny Westcott    News    June 16, 2021 

Outdoors students build own boards, skis at Hoodoo

Fifteen Sweet Home High School juniors and seniors in Lindsey Haggas' outdoor PE class went to the Santiam SnoLab at Hoodoo Ski Area over the last few weeks to design and build their own skis and...

 News    June 16, 2021 

Jamboree announces Ashley McBryde as Sunday headliner

The Oregon Jamboree announced over the weekend that Ashley McBryde will headline the Sunday, Aug. 1, performances at this year's festival. That was one of a number of new acts announced for the 2021...

 News    June 16, 2021 

Commissioners give tentative green light to solar project

A proposed 12-acre solar power development on Eicher Road east of Albany will be allowed to proceed, pending a wetlands review and analysis, the Linn County Board of Commissioners agreed on a 2-1 vote Tuesday morning. Commissioners Sherrie Sprenger...

 News    June 16, 2021 

Public Safety Log June 16, 2021

June 7 2:09 a.m. – Joshua Kealohanui Ben Leslie, 33, cited and released on a Lebanon Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of third-degree theft, 2405 Main St. 7-Eleven. 2:53 a.m. – Caller reported fire south of Old...

 By Benny Westcott    News    June 16, 2021 

After mixed feedback from residents, council approves $1.63 million Willow/Yucca LID

Sweet Home City Council members voted 5-2 on June 8 to direct city staff to prepare a resolution and ordinance necessary to form a neighborhood local improvement district (LID) in the Willow/Yucca...

 By Benny Westcott    News    June 16, 2021 

Superintendent Tom Yahraes says it's time to leave district

Superintendent Tom Yahraes announced to the Sweet Home School Board at its June 14 meeting that he will be resigning from the position of Sweet Home School District's superintendent, effective August...


SHHS graduation a go this week – with conditions

Sweet Home High School’s graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, June 11 at 7 p.m. on Husky Field, weather permitting. The ceremony is not open to the community. Visitors can attend with a ticket only. Each graduate will receive six tickets...

 By Benny Westcott    News    June 9, 2021

Dozen top students to lead SHHS graduation exercises Friday

Twelve Sweet Home High School seniors have been named named to lead graduation exercises this Friday, June 11, at Husky Field (see accompanying story). Valedictorians, all of whom finished with...


County sets July 14 as deadline to auction mill land

The Linn County Board of Commissioners will accept Requests for Proposals for the purchase of the former Willamette Industries (Weyerhaeuser) mill site at 2210 Tamarack St. in Sweet Home until 5 p.m....

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 9, 2021

Police Department veteran celebrates 40-year milestone

Communications Supervisor Penny Leland has passed the 40-year mark in an extraordinarily long law enforcement career with Sweet Home Police Department. More than 40 years ago, Leland became a...


Write-in candidate winners named for Sweet Home School Board

Winners have been finalized for Sweet Home School Board seats on the ballot in the May 18 election, including write-in vote recipients for seats for which candidates registered in the May 18 election. In the only contested race for a board seat for...


Public Safety Log June 9, 2021

May 27 7:53 a.m. – Caller reports her vehicle was broken into, 2440 Long St. Officer responded, report taken for unauthorized entry into motor vehicle and second-degree theft. Approximate value $800. 9:21 a.m. – Deputies took report of credit...

 By Scott Swanson    News    June 9, 2021

Sportsman's Holiday Court readies to take on season of activities

Seven young women make up this year's Sportsman's Holiday Court as the annual community celebration, scheduled for July 8-11, nears. Members of the court are high school juniors Paige Chafin,... Full story


Standoff briefly closes North River

Sheriff’s deputies shut down North River Drive Tuesday evening, June 1, for about 45 minutes while they dealt with a situation involving gunfire and what they considered potentially suicidal behavior. Sheriff Jim Yon said a caller contacted the She...


Rescue on Foster

Sheriff's Marine Patrol deputies rescued a mother and child Friday afternoon after their kayak overturned on Foster Lake when two personal watercraft went by. According to the Sheriff's Office,...

 By Cathryn Arndt    News    June 9, 2021

How to get get over roadblocks in shopping, cooking, eating

People sometimes think that being a dietitian makes eating healthy automatically easy for me. It doesn’t. I struggle with the balance of budget, time, food sensitivities, availability of products,...

 By Benny Westcott    News    June 2, 2021

City to get dog parks, thanks to donations

The city is going to get two new dog park facilities and upgrades to two city parks, thanks to donations from the community, City Council members decided at their May 25 meeting. On April 7, Mayor Greg Mahler submitted a proposal to use donated funds...


Free fishing this weekend for Oregonians, but Sunnyside Pond may not be a good destination

Everyone can fish, clam and crab for free in Oregon on Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6, but Sunnyside Pond is probably not a preferred destination at this point. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will not be stocking trout this week into... Full story


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