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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    February 26, 2020 

Councilors aim for downtown streetscape plan

The Sweet Home City Council is essentially continuing forward with last year’s goals, while adding an action plan to create a downtown streetscape plan. The council met with City Manager Ray Towry and department heads in an annual three-day work...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    February 26, 2020 

School district poised to fight state's Title IX crackdown

Sweet Home Schools Supt. Tom Yahraes is preparing to lodge a formal complaint against a decision by Oregon Department of Education officials requiring the combining of girls and boys into single...

 
 By The New Era    News    February 26, 2020 

Jamboree announces final headliner: Dustin Lynch

Dustin Lynch has been announced as the third and final headliner for this year's Oregon Jamboree, to be held July 31-Aug. 2. Also added to the lineup is sister duo Walker County. They join a lineup...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    February 26, 2020 

Rainfall exceeds last year, but not significantly more than normal

Up until last week, to state the obvious, this year has been wet. To date, more than twice as much rain has fallen compared to the same time last year – Jan. 1 through the mid-point in February, but the actual rainfall has been closer to the...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    February 26, 2020 

From SHHS track to Venice Beach and beyond, life's been challenge for Pam Walker

Pam Walker would tell you she started her athletic career when she was in the third grade, while she attended Holley Elementary. "I was out there runnin' around on the playground and was discovered...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    February 26, 2020 

Astronaut gives Charter School students up-close glimpse of space

The moon is roughly 25 feet from the earth – that is when the earth is the size of a basketball and the moon is the size of a baseball. That's what a group of students at Sweet Home Charter School...

 

Public Safety Log Feb. 26, 2020

Feb. 22 10:28 a.m. - A 3-year-old called 9-1-1 because his sister was being mean. Linn County dispatcher wrote, “We talked. He cried. He was fine. No further action.” Feb. 21 7:30 a.m. - Caller reported a male and female came onto the caller’s...

 

Tigers on Top

So, what does it take to get a 13-year-old out of bed and off to school – every stinking morning? Whatever it is, Sweet Home Junior High has apparently gotten a handle on it. The Junior High won...

 

City Council gives Jacobs the pink slip

The Sweet Home City Council has officially agreed to part ways with Jacobs Engineering, which has operated the city’s water and wastewater treatment plants since 2006. A year ago, city staff conducted an audit of the Water Treatment Plant that...

 

State ruling on forestry competitions confounds local program

Sweet Home school officials and students were caught flat-footed last week by an announcement that boys and girls will no longer be able to compete in separate forestry competitions. Forestry...

 

One-time local YouTube poster 'FedSmoker' dies

A former Sweet Home resident who went by the YouTube handle "FedSmoker" has died, Arizona state police reported last week. The Havasu (Ariz.) News-Herald reported that "a body found Feb. 9 on State...

 

Local schools announce first-semester Honor Roll

SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL Seniors 4.00: Davin Guzman, Megan Hager, Torree Hawken, Nicholaus James, Jasper Korn, Katie Kurtz, Zachary Luttmer, Brock Miller, Gavin Nichols, Bryce Porter, Tristan Saultz, Brom Sherwood, Pippi Somatis, Casey Tow, Kirtsen...

 

Library consultants recommend building new facility

Representatives of FFA Architecture, a library design firm, told the Sweet Home City Council last month that the best way to address current needs at the Public Library is to build a new one on the...

 

Workshop helps landowners plan strategy

Area landowners with property in the Santiam River watershed wrapped up a four-week workshop earlier this month that covered an array of opportunities for projects on their lands. Led by the South...

 

Police chief: Decline in crime probably due to number of factors

Driving a 19.5-percent decline in the number of crimes reported in Sweet Home last year is a dramatic fall in reported thefts, according to new details released last week as part of the Police...

 

Public Safety Log Feb. 19, 2020

Feb. 15 2:50p.m. - Caller reported cattle in the roadway, 39800 block of Mountain Home. Caller contained cattle prior to deputy arrival. 2:32 p.m. - Caller reported a burglary, 44000 block of North River. Investigation continuing. Feb. 14 5:38 a.m....

 

Councilors OK bus shelter loitering ban

The Sweet Home City Council last week gave final approval to a new ordinance that bans the use of bus shelters for any other purpose than waiting for a bus. The council voted 5-1 to approve the ordinance during its regular meeting on Feb. 11...

 

Mudfest 'Leap into the Mud' to be Feb. 29 at Northern Farms

The Northern Farms Mudfest will be a week early this year to allow participants to "Leap into the Mud" on Feb. 29, Leap Day. The event, at Northern Farms, located west of Holley off Highway 228, is...

 

Sweet Home at Timber Unity Rally

Twenty-four rigs left Sweet Home early on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 6, to join a statewide #TimberUnity convoy at the capitol in protest of proposed Senate Bill 1530, known colloquially as the...

 

Schools developing plans for SSA funds

Supt. Tom Yahraes told the School Board Monday that district staff will use the findings from a community survey and the district’s data to develop a plan to spend some $1.7 million in additional funding expected next school year. The funding is...

 

Officials get walk-through of nearly completed schools

Sweet Home School Board members got to see two elementary school construction projects that were basically finished, and a junior high project in which major construction is just about wrapped up,...

 

Librarian seeking missing pieces in Timber Echo collection

Sweet Home High School librarian Jill Wilson is looking for copies of old yearbooks and Huskian newspapers. The High School Library houses a nearly complete collection of yearbooks, from 2019 back to...

 

Arrested boy in gun case named

A 15-year-old boy arrested Jan. 28 after he allegedly brought a firearm to school at Sweet Home High School has been identified, officially. The boy has been identified by Linn County Juvenile Department Director Torri Lynn as Andy Sharber. He was...

 

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