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 By Benny Westcott    News    September 15, 2021 

Masks back on table as parents address board

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era Just over two dozen unmasked individuals entered Sweet Home School Board meeting in the high school auditorium Monday, Sept. 13, despite being told at the door that th...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    September 15, 2021 

Homeless facility discussion continues at special meeting

The Sweet Home City Hall hosted a special meeting Thursday, Sept. 9, to discuss a proposed homeless facility on Linn County-owned property behind the Bi-Mart, next to Sweet Home Public Works....

 

Duncan named new Linn County undersheriff

By Alex Paul County Communications Officer When Michelle Duncan was a teenager in San Jose, Calif., her parents thought her interest in law enforcement as a career might be a passing phase. But the...

 
 By Cory Frye    News    September 15, 2021 

Dr. Carmen Wolthuis Hall: A homecoming on the keys

Dr. Carmen Wolthuis Hall has been many things in her illustrious career: an exceptional pianist, award-winning performer, educator, speaker and collaborative artist.  But she has local bona fides,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    September 15, 2021 

County to revisit Crawfordsville Drive zone decision

Developers and neighbors of a proposed plan map amendment and zone change on a 108.59-acre property on Crawfordsville Drive will take their case back to the county Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Sept. 21, after two years of legal wrangling. The...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    September 15, 2021 

Council passes COVID-19 state of emergency

Proclamation cites concerns related to mental health By Benny Westcott Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 7, voted unanimously to approve Resolution No. 22, proclaiming a “state of emergency” regarding the COVID-19...

 

Public Safety (Sept. 15, 2021)

Sept. 3 3:32 p.m. - Deputy responded to a family disturbance in 40900 block of Hwy. 228. A 14-year-old got upset and punched a glass sliding door, breaking it and cutting his hand. 3:41 p.m. - Deputy patrolled McDowell Creek Park and spotted a car...

 

Early-morning fire damages vacant house

Fire damaged a vacant house on Nandina Street early Wednesday morning, Sept. 8. Sweet Home firefighters responded at 3:25 a.m. to a report of the blaze, at 1400 Nandina St., across the railroad...

 

County rejects 4 bids for SH mill site

The Linn County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 7, rejected four bids for the former Willamette Industries mill site in Sweet Home Tuesday morning and agreed to consider offering individual parcels of the 150-acre property for sale....

 

Contractor hired for Sunnyside project

A Lebanon contractor has been hired to build and install a protective frame for information signs at Sunnyside Park. The signs have been designed to tell the story of the revival the Willamette Valley Ponderosa pine. The Linn County Small Woodlands...

 

SHHS alum awarded Mealey scholarship

By Katie Kohl LCSWA Scholarship Chair Three Linn County high school graduates have been awarded 2021 Robert Mealey Scholarships by the Linn County Small Woodlands Association for studying forestry or...

 

Highway 20 reopens -- early

U.S. Highway 20 between the House Rock Campground and Sheep Creek east of Sweet Home reopened Friday, Sept. 10. Crews completed the installation of two culverts in the road earlier than scheduled....

 

Highway 20 rollover (Sept. 15, 2021)

Oregon State Police troopers work at the scene of a log truck rollover at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, near milepost 36 on Highway 20. The Oregon State Police reported that the truck, traveling...

 

Cumberland Church move rescheduled to Sept. 28

The company relocating the historic Cumberland Church in Albany has announced the planned move will now take place on Tuesday, Sept. 28, according to Emma Eaton, president of the Cumberland Community Center. Eaton said the company, Emmert...

 

Proposed state redistricting maps released

Oregonians have a chance to have their say on how the state’s political boundaries are redrawn later this year. The Oregon House and Senate Committees on Redistricting released proposed congression-al and legsislative maps Friday, Sept. 3. The...

 

Sept. 13 School Board meeting moved to high school auditorium

The location of the regularly scheduled Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, has been changed from the Sweet Home Boardroom to the High School Auditorium. Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 state-wide restrictions, and in keeping with the... Full story

 

Ancestry gets an upgrade

On a Thursday afternoon at the Sweet Home Genealogical Society, volunteer David Larsen sits at a computer and places a 1968 Sweet Home High School yearbook's front page under a scanning machine. Its...

 

Quartzville Corridor names new park ranger

By Alex Paul Linn County Communications Officer Blake Nightingale spent a lot of time working on his grandparents' hazelnut farm near Brownsville. It's where he cultivated a love of working outdoors,...

 

30 new teachers join school district

Sweet Home School District is adding 30 new teachers this year, well above the usual number of new licensed personnel for a new school year. Some, such as Hawthorne Counselor Julie Harvey, who was a...

 

Holley Elementary School open house

In the first photo, Holley fifth-grade teacher Brett Bowers talks with students at the school's open house Thursday, Sept. 2. In the second photo, Cera Hartness, PTC president, dishes up ice cream...

 

Seniors enjoy first in-house lunch in 19 months

In the first photo, local Senior Citizens enjoy lunch in the Senior Center dining room Wednesday, Sept. 1, after a hiatus of some 19 months due to precautions required by the state in response to the...

 

Public Safety (Sept. 8, 2021)

August 30 4:44 a.m. - Steven Kenneth Stitt, 36, cited and released for second degree disorderly conduct, 2000 Block Main. 3:41 p.m. - Steven Lee Ballweber, 32, cited and released on Sweet Home Municipal warrant for failure to appear on an original...

 

Firefighters douse blaze in brush near Pleasant Valley Bridge

A fire, which investigators suspect may have started in a transient camp, burned nearly half an acre on the bluff between the railroad tracks and the South Santiam River, just west of the White's...

 

Fire damages house on Fairview Road

Sweet Home firefighters responded Sunday afternoon to a fire that severely damaged a house on Fairview Road. Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Batallion Chief Randy Whitfield said firefighters arrived shortly after the 4:18 p.m. call at 29237...

 

Remembering 9/11: Smoke, flames, fear, gridlock

Army Major Craig Anderson was in a meeting on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 in the high-rise office complex where he worked, in Falls Church, Va., when his world changed. His boss, though, in an upsta...

 

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