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Ethics panel rules against commissioner on two counts

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission last week determined that Linn County Commissioner John Lindsey violated state law requiring the disclosure of a potential conflict of interest twice, while...

 

Sweet Home's Kittson-MaQatish sworn in as Circuit Court judge

Newly elected Linn County Circuit Court judges Rachel Kittson-MaQatish and Michael Wynhausen were sworn in Friday afternoon, Jan. 25, during an investiture cere-mony at Linn County Courthouse....

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 30, 2019

Sheriff Yon outlines expectations, concerns at Lebanon forum

Sheriff Jim Yon outlined his expectations for his department and some of the issues he expects to deal with in the near future during a talk Friday, Jan. 25, to a capacity audience at a forum...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    January 30, 2019

Business veterans share wealth of knowledge in retirement

Every morning, Joe and Marlene Peterson can be found at a Starbucks, having their daily coffee and enjoying each other's company. They're a friendly couple who, like most, share common interests and...

 

Grant to fund bike safety program for fifth-graders

The Sweet Home School District will begin a sort of driver’s education program for fifth-graders next school year – teaching them to ride bikes safely. Samaritan Health Services has awarded an $8,000 social accountability grant to the School...

 

Public Safety Log Jan. 30, 2019

Jan. 27 12:15 a.m. - Jody Lawrence Maruffo, 40, arrested on Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on original charge of harassment. Jan. 26 1:27 a.m. - Bryce Taylor Keenon, 22, arrested on Linn County warrant for failure to appear on original...

 

Foster Dam Road to be closed Thursday

The road over Foster Dam will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in order to perform emergency maintenance on the dam. A crane will be used to remove debris from the water intake area.... Full story

 

Planting Seeds on Career Day

Sweet Home's sixth-graders spent the afternoon Friday, Jan. 18, at Foster School learning about various career opportunities and how the school work they do today has real-world applications. Foster...

 

School Board gives Yahraes positive marks

The Sweet Home School Board gave Supt. Tom Yahraes positive marks during its annual evaluation on Dec. 10. School Board Chairman Jason Redick released a statement on behalf of the board about the...

 

Committee mulls options for assisting local homeless

Members of the community's homelessness committee kicked around ideas Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, on how to go about assisting the local homeless population. They discussed where to host the Linn Cou...

 

Sellout? Jamboree ticket sales on record pace

Oregon Jamboree ticket sales are strong and could set records for the event. "Ticket sales are up over last year close to 15 percent now," said Robert Shamek, festival director. The Jamboree has...

 

Linn County Democrats elect leaders

The Linn County Democratic Central Committee on Jan 3 elected a new slate of officers, as well as delegates and alternates to the Democratic Party of Oregon State Central Committee and the Congressional District 4 Committee.  Officers are:  Chair...

 

Public Safety Log Jan. 23, 2019

Editor’s note: Sweet Home Police Department did not release a log for Jan. 19. If it becomes available, we will publish it in the Jan. 30 edition. Jan. 21 1:21 a.m. - Officer seized an Oregon license plate that should have been on another vehicle,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 16, 2019

Wowing crowds

Moriah Winn has turned heads since she was a little girl – most recently in east Linn County. Moriah, 12, is a violinist and singer who has wowed local audiences at church, school, in last year's...

 

Mayor: City going in right direction

Although it may not be as fast as he would like, Mayor Greg Mahler believes the city is making progress in the right direction. The City Council re-elected Mahler as mayor during its regular meeting...

 

Number of freshmen on track to graduate climbs

The percentage of ninth-grade students on track to graduate at this point in the school year has increased by more than six points over last school year. This year, 90.8 percent of freshmen are on...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 16, 2019

SHHS alum Candalynn Johnson seeking change through 'civic engagement'

Candalynn Johnson has never been one to miss an opportunity to get involved. So working to garner support for a new process of establishing electoral districts in Oregon is right in line with efforts...

 
 By Sean C Morgan    News    January 16, 2019

Officer honored for saving shooting victim

Sweet Home Police Officer Sean Potter has received a Letter of Commendation for saving a life in 2018. Department Sgt. Ryan Cummings made the presentation on Dec. 17. "He was in the right place at...

 

Chris Wingo honored for valor during armed confrontation

Sweet Home Police Sgt. Chris Wingo was recently awarded the Oregon Peace Officers Association Medal of Valor, one of 12 statewide, for his actions when he confronted an armed subject in the parking...

 

Treasure hunters club donates record $10,000 to Food Pak program

The East Linn Treasure Seekers recently donated a record $10,000 to the Kids Food Pak program. The group of metal detector enthusiasts annually gives the proceeds from fund-raising events to the...

 

Police see decline in call volume, but more crime reports in 2018

The Sweet Home Police Department saw a decline of 3 percent in its call volume from 2017 to 2018, but the number of crimes reported increased by 10.9 percent. Department officials counted 9,626 calls in 2018, down from 9,914 in 2017, according to...

 

Public Safety Log Jan. 16, 2019

Jan. 11 1:03 p.m. - Deputy found the floating dock near Green Peter Dam flipped over while on patrol, 51100 block of Quartzville. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers advised. Jan. 10 12:29 a.m. - Ryan Joseph...

 

Circuit Court: Man gets 37 months after guilty plea in SH ax attack

Michael Ralph Marshall Jr. Michael Ralph Marshall Jr., 35, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 8 in Linn County Circuit Court to 37 months in prison for second-degree assault. Marshall was also...

 

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