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 News    March 22, 2023 

Dancing 'The Power of Love'

Logan Shaffer, left, and Shasta Tenbusch, sixth-graders from Hawthorne School, perform a waltz during SHOCASE's Power of Love Gala Saturday evening, March 18, at the Sweet Home High School...

 By Scott Swanson    News    March 22, 2023 

LBCC to see fall tuition increase

Faced with an expected shortfall in state funding, Linn-Benton Community College officials announced last week that students will likely experience a nearly 7% tuition increase in the fall, and that the college will cut two academic programs and...

 News    March 22, 2023 

Ten candidates vie for school board

Ten candidates are running for the six open seats on the Sweet Home School Board in the May 16 special district election, with the closure of the filing period last week. The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District has three open seats, for which two...

 By Benny Westcott    News    March 22, 2023 

Council OKs contract for wastewater plant upgrade

The Sweet Home City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, March 14, to award an Aumsville firm a contract for upgrades to the city's wastewater treatment plant. Councilor Angelita Sanchez abstained from...

 News    March 22, 2023 

March 2023 ESPY Award Winners

Students honored with ESPY Awards at the March School Board meeting include, from left, Harlee Bellon, kindergarten, Foster; Annabelle Mengore, fourth grade, Holley; Kianna Furst, seventh grade,...

 By Sarah Brown    News    March 22, 2023 

City leaders discuss youth program

Several community leaders met Monday, March 13, to discuss forming a sustainable community and youth leadership program in Sweet Home. Among the 20-plus attendees were City Manager Kelcey Young,...

 By Benny Westcott    News    March 22, 2023 

Planners OK new RV dump

The Sweet Home Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday, March 16, to grant the Linn County Parks and Recreation Department a conditional use permit for a four-lane public recreational vehicle...

 News    March 22, 2023 

Public Safety (March 22, 2023)

March 13 1:48 a.m. - Simon Aaron Smith, 19, was cited for speeding 51/35, 1700 block of Main St. 12:03 p.m. - Caller reported being scammed. Approximate loss: $22,700. 1950 Main St. 3:37 p.m. - Caller reported a vehicle break-in, 4400 block of Main S...

 By Scott Swanson    News    March 22, 2023 

Appeals court upholds Crawfordsville development decision

The Oregon Appeals Court has upheld a decision by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals regarding the development of a 108.59-acre property just north of Crawfordsville that has been the focus of a battle between neighbors and developers since 2019. I...

 News    March 22, 2023 

County denies Millersburg land-use request

The Linn County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, March 14, denied a land-use request by the city of Millersburg, after studying the issue over parts of three meetings that started in January. Commissioners Roger Nyquist and Sherrie Sprenger...

 News    March 22, 2023 

Seats available on planning group, tree committee

The City of Sweet Home seeks to fill vacancies on its Planning Commission and Park and Tree Committee. The seven-member Planning Commission provides citizen review and recommendations on planning-related matters to the city council. Its members...

 By Benny Westcott    News    March 22, 2023 

SHFAD personnel honored at department awards dinner

For the first time since 2019, the Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District celebrated its own, holding its awards banquet Saturday night, March 18, at the Sweet Home Elks Lodge. Near the top of that...

 News    March 22, 2023 

Car Fire on Ridgeway

Battalion Chief Randy Whitfield hoses down a burning vehicle on Friday, March 17, near the intersection of Ridgeway Road and Shadow Lane. The call came in at 3:08 p.m. According to Whitfield, Sherry...

 News    March 22, 2023 

Municipal Court (March 22, 2023)

March 8, 2023 Bailiff, Alysia N. – no contest, operating a vehicle without driving privileges, fine $560; driving uninsured, fine $525. Baldinger, Aaron – pled guilty to third-degree theft, fine $208, probation 24 months, work crew 10 days....

 News    March 22, 2023 

Whale-watching season returns to Oregon coast

Oregon State Parks will host Spring Whale Watch Week in person along the Oregon Coast Tuesday, March 28 through Sunday, April 2. An estimated 18,000 gray whales are expected to swim past Oregon's...

 News    March 22, 2023 

LCSO deputies involved in shooting in Cascadia area

Linn County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved Tuesday afternoon, March 21, in an officer-involved shooting while responding to a 911 call of a disturbance at a residence in east Linn County,...

 News    March 22, 2023 

New York man dead in I-5 crash

A New York man died Saturday afternoon, March 18, in a single-vehicle crash that closed southbound Interstate 5, south of Brownsville, for about six hours. Oregon State Police responded to the crash, near milepost 210, at about 3:10 p.m. A...

 News    March 22, 2023 

UPDATE: Sweet Home man killed in Cascadia confrontation

A Sweet Home man was killed in an armed confrontation with Linn County Sheriff's deputies Tuesday afternoon, March 21, following a report of a disturbance in the Cascadia area, Oregon State Police... Full story


Man dies, woman hurt in house fire

A Sweet Home man died in a house fire Thursday evening, March 9, near 47th Avenue and Main Street. According to the Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District, the blaze was reported shortly after 10...


LCSO deputies involved in shooting in Cascadia area

Linn County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved Tuesday afternoon, March 21, in an officer-involved shooting while responding to a 911 call of a disturbance at a residence in east Linn County,... Full story

 By Benny Westcott    News    March 15, 2023

Homeless facility a 'success'

The new Family Assistance and Resource Center's managed outreach and community resource facility was declared a success during a March 9 Community Health Committee meeting. "Ever since [it] got up...

 By Scott Swanson    News    March 15, 2023

Honors served at DSA banquet

Mike Reynolds was honored with the Distinguished Service Award Saturday night, March 11, at the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce's annual awards banquet, held at the Boys & Girls Club. Sean Morgan...

 By Benny Westcott    News    March 15, 2023

School board gets report on facility needs

What does the Sweet Home School District need to provide for kids' physical needs and accommodate the growth in the community? That was a focus for the School board Monday, March 13, as members...


DNA helps ID body found in 2020

The remains of a woman found 13 miles east of Sweet Home nearly three years ago have been identified, Oregon State Police announced in a news release posted Tuesday, March 7, to Facebook. The Linn...


Public Safety (March 15, 2023)

March 6 1:24 a.m. - Natasha Sue Funk, 44, arrested on Sweet Home Municipal Court warrant for failure to comply on an original charge of third-degree theft, Corvallis Police Department. 2:24 a.m. - Caller reported a suspicious vehicle at Holley...


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