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Theft suspect arrested after police chase through Sweet Home, into the mountains

A new arrival to Lebanon is in custody in Linn County Jail after leading Sheriff's deputies on a pursuit from Albany to Milepost 48 on Highway 20 Thursday afternoon, Feb. 14. Derrick Tyree Smallwood,... Full story

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    February 13, 2019 

SHHS drop-out rates falling

The Sweet Home School District is doing more than ever to track down students who leave high school and ensure they are in some kind of program in which they will earn a diploma or GED. Sweet Home...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    February 13, 2019 

Charter students get pep talk from Ninja star

American Ninja Warrior star Travis Rosen challenged local charter school students to hang tough when life is difficult and to work hard to better themselves during an appearance at Sweet Home Charter...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    February 13, 2019 

Driver, 60, rescued after 14 hours in snow on Highway 20

Scott Kessner spent approximately 14 hours stuck on a mountain hillside after crashing down a snowy embankment east of House Rock last week, but he said he wasn't particularly worried – despite a...

 

Seedling sale produces growth

By Larry Mauter For The New Era More than 100 volunteers over two days pushed the 24th annual Linn County Small Woodlands Association seedling sale to near-record numbers. More than 9,000 seedlings...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    February 13, 2019 

School officials reminding parents that vaccinations matter

If your kids aren’t up to date on their vaccinations for common communicable diseases, Wednesday, Feb. 20, won’t be a good day when they get to school. That’s because Feb. 20 is School Exclusion Day, and the Oregon Immunization Program is...

 

Public Safety Log Feb. 13, 2019

Feb. 10 2:25 a.m. - Jamie Crystal Glass, 26, arrested on Sweet Home warrant for failure to appear on original charge of third-degree theft, Linn County. 7:05 a.m. - Caller let out his dog and found a...

 

Snow concerns give way to near-perfect weather for Sweet Heart Run

Concerns about ice and snow melted away into a "fantastic" day for a race Saturday, as local runners turned out for the annual Sweet Heart Run. "The race was fantastic," said Larry Horton of the Rotar...

 

Warming shelter open at Fir Lawn

Fir Lawn Lutheran church is hosting a warming shelter through at least the end of this week, providing a place for the homeless to get out of freezing weather at 109 W. Holley Road. The shelter opens at 9 p.m. Doors close at 11 p.m. Those staying in...

 

Mudfest canceled for this year, organizers say

The Santiam Four-Wheel Drive Association has canceled its annual Mudfest for 2019. The event, usually held the first Saturday in March, draws about 1,500 people per year to play in the mud at a location near Holley. “The organization thought it...

 

Friday RV fire caused by cigarette, fire officials say

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District determined that a cigarette caused an RV fire at 2115 Larch St. Friday evening, Feb. 8. Firefighters responded to a report of the fire at 5:53 p.m. They found the RV parked in a gravel lot near a local...

 

Holiday patrols elicit one DUI arrest, tickets, lot of warnings

Sweet Home police arrested one person for driving under the influence during the Christmas season as part of a focus on drunken driving during the holidays. The period, from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6, was the first of two periods of extra patrols planned to...

 

Fir Lawn church to offer warming shelter

Fir Lawn Lutheran Church will open an overnight warming shelter starting Saturday night, Feb. 9, from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. The church, at 109 W. Holley Road (Highway 228), will provide an evening meal and a bagged breakfast, as well as sleeping... Full story

 

District pursues options to help homeless

The Sweet Home School District is looking for new ways to help its large group of homeless students. The number of students designated as homeless in the district has been running in a range of 230...

 

SH resident named ODF 2nd-in-command

Lena Tucker of Sweet Home has been named the state's deputy forester. Tucker follows Nancy Hirsch, who retired from the position in December. Tucker was named to the position by State Forester Peter...

 

OSU study: Northwest Forest Plan has yet to turn the tide for birds at risk

By Steve Lundeberg Oregon State University Writer Twenty-five years into a 100-year federal strategy to protect older forests in the Pacific Northwest, forest losses to wildfire are up and declines in bird populations have not been reversed, new...

 

Public Safety Log Feb. 6, 2019

Feb. 3 4:22 a.m. - Christopher Wilson-Reeder, 28, arrested for fourth-degree assault, 27900 block of Liberty. Transported to Linn County Jail. Feb. 2 8:34 a.m. - Cutty Moore arrested for misdemeanor...

 

SH man charged with sex offenses

A Sweet Home man was charged Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Linn County Circuit Court with first-degree sex abuse and first-degree sexual penetration in a case involving a minor. Joshua James Deffenbaugh,...

 

Council gives OK to police car purchase

The Sweet Home City Council approved a supplemental budget allowing the Police Department to spend up to $15,500 from the city’s Narcotics Fund to replace a vehicle used by its detective. The Narcotics Fund uses money obtained through seizures and...

 

Snow closes schools in Sweet Home Tuesday morning

About an inch of snow fell in the Sweet Home city limits, just in time to prompt schools Supt. Tom Yahraes to decide to close schools, after initially deciding on a two-hour delay. Yahraes said "icy,... Full story

 

SHHS graduation rate increased slightly in past year

Sweet Home High School’s graduation rate increased slightly in the 2017-18 school year, but its dropout rate fell significantly, according to figures released by the Oregon Department of Education Thursday. The four-year graduation rate increased f...

 

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