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 By Benny Westcott    News    March 3, 2021 

Council puts LID on hold after protests

Local citizens expressed resistance to a proposal that would include street, sidewalk, curb, gutter and storm drain improvements in the Willow Street neighborhood during a City Council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 23. The Local Improvement District...

 
 News    March 3, 2021 

Community mourns loss of leader Tim McQueary

By Alex Paul Reprinted courtesy of Mid-Valley Media Jo Ann Hull was a freshman at Sweet Home High School when Tim McQueary was a senior in 1962. She "knew about him" since he was involved in student...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    March 3, 2021 

Local leaders discuss options for homeless

The Sweet Home Community Health Committee batted around different ideas for dealing with the issue of homelessness at their monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 22. Discussions centered around the...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    March 3, 2021 

Chamber announces new executive director, lays out goals in online forum

Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce board members met with the public virtually on Thursday, Feb. 26, to provide an update on chamber leadership and its goals. The event, which was streamed live from the...

 
 News    March 3, 2021 

Public Safety Log March 3, 2021

Feb. 22 4:14 a.m. - Xavier Judson, 19, of Bend, cited for speeding 73/45, 5200 block Main Street. 9:27 a.m. - Deputy responded to report of theft and criminal mischief to equipment on Cascade Timber Consulting property, 35600 block Courtney Creek...

 
 News    March 3, 2021 

Linn County drops into 'Moderate' risk as reported COVID case numbers decline

Linn County moved into the “Moderate” risk level for COVID Friday, Feb 26. The change came after the county’s incidences of new reported COVID cases have dropped precipitously during the most...

 

Northern Mud Fest on hold for now

As is the case with other regular local events, the annual Northern Farms Mud Fest's 2021 festival is in jeopardy. Due to COVID-induced mass gathering restrictions, the annual event, which typically...

 

Parks get priority in council review of improvement plans

As Sweet Home’s City Council members discussed the budget for this year’s capital improvement plan during a Feb. 16 special work session at City Hall, Councilor Diane Gerson urged her colleagues to take a more proactive stance than past councils...

 

Public Safety Log Feb. 24, 2021

Feb. 14 1:14 a.m. - Caller reported intoxicated male yelling and pushing ex, 3224 Main St. Officer responded, male transported to Linn County Hospital by medics for minor injuries and intoxication. Corey Christopher Bradbury, 32, arrested for...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    February 24, 2021

Life's busy for new Senior Center director, despite COVID shutdown

If Dawn Mitchell, co-director at the Sweet Home Senior Center, could take time away from her busy schedule to participate in one of the center's activities, she would try the glass fusing workshop....

 

Time capsules of various sorts offer windows to the past

Recently, one of East Linn Museum’s invaluable volunteers, Nadine Jackson, came across two associated artifacts as she straightened up the museum’s attic and moved on downstairs to put order into...

 

SHFAD firefighters battle pair of blazes over two-day period

Sweet Home firefighters responded last week to two fires in the area. The first, near the corner of 38th Avenue and Long Street, broke out Wednesday morning, Feb. 17, in a detached garage on a lot...

 

Finding the needle in the briar patch impossible – or not

The rain was heavy and it was hard to see in the darkness. I was glad that I had put my rain pants and boots on when I left the house. I pulled on my raincoat as I stepped out of the truck. I was wet...

 

Linn County moving to Moderate Risk Friday

Starting Friday, Feb. 26, Linn County will move into the Moderate Risk level for COVID. The change comes after the county's incidences of new reported COVID cases have dropped precipitously during...

 

Hearing on development fees silent

Sweet Home’s City Council held a public hearing Feb. 9 on a proposed a new methodology for calculating system development charges. The methodology would allow the council to set SDCs at considerably higher rates in the future than the current SDC...

 

SH's new representative getting up to speed

State Rep. Jami Cate welcomes a visitor to her new office in the House wing of the Oregon State Capitol. The Capitol building is largely empty, except for a few people huddled in a meeting in corner...

 

COVID numbers continue to fall in county

As the next wave of local students heads back to brick-and-mortar classrooms this week, Linn County's COVID numbers continue to drop. During the week of Feb. 7 - Feb. 13 saw 88 new COVID cases...

 

New pastor plans to help Freedom Hill 'replant' as church

Helping churches rebuild is not a new experience for Jeff Dankenbring. And that's what he's in Sweet Home to do: Help "replant" Freedom Hill Church, which has seen a decline in attendance and...

 

Public Safety Log Feb. 17, 2021

Feb. 8 12:56 p.m. - Caller reported identity theft. 27200 block of Rowell Hill Road. Two fraudulent accounts were opened, with total charges of approximately $3,230.29. Report taken. 4:31 p.m. - Karen Sechrest, 59, of Sweet Home, cited for speeding...

 

Fire destroys 5th Avenue home, but leaves one happy surprise

A fire that apparently started in a carport burned a home on the south end of 5th Avenue Thursday evening. The fire was reported by a resident just before 7:30 p.m. Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance Distr...

 

New dog handler Brian Prather says Gemma is natural fit

Gemma, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, has been a drug-sniffing dog for the Sweet Home Police Department for nearly 3 years. But as of Feb. 1, Gemma has a new handler, along with a new home. Officer...

 

Interested in preserving pollinators? Be a Master Melittologist

By Kym Pokorny Oregon State University Writer Oregon is the first state in the nation to form a Master Melittologists program of trained community scientists dedicated to preserving and cataloguing be...

 

Linn County's jobless numbers mirror those of rest of state

The state of Oregon lost a total of 25,500 jobs in December, largely in the leisure and hospitality sector. Other sectors with job losses included private education, government, wholesale trade,...

 

Fast, fun times in 7th Sweetheart Run in SH

Scott Gullickson left the field in whatever dust hadn't been dampened by the rain Saturday with a sizzling finish to the seventh annual Sweetheart 5K run, clocking a 17:59. The race started and...

 

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