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 By Scott Swanson    News    June 5, 2019

Council OKs city budget; delays on utility rate hike decisions

The Sweet Home City Council on Tuesday, May 28, voted 4-3 to approve a $19,761,737 city budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year beginning July 1. Voting in support of the budget were Mayor Greg Mahler and Councilors Susan Coleman, James Goble and Dave Tra...


Details emerge in Surrey Lane murder case

The suspect in last week's homicide was arraigned Tuesday afternoon, May 28, in Linn County Circuit Court on five charges, including murder. Page Lee Butterfield, 25, appeared in front of Judge DeAnn...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 29, 2019

Arrest made in fatal shooting

Oregon State Police on Sunday arrested the suspect in the shooting death of a Sweet Home man early Friday morning, May 24. Page Lee Butterfield, 25, was arrested Sunday, May 26, in Sisters after a...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 29, 2019

Storm water fee increase to fund maintenance, future projects

An increase in the city's storm water drainage fee will help pay for ongoing maintenance and allow the city to accumulate enough funds to pay for improvement projects in coming years. The Sweet Home C...


Local election has lots of write-ins

The two unopposed candidates for School Board were elected to new terms of office in the May 21 election. Jenny Daniels, receiving 900 out of 912 votes, was elected to the final two years of her term...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 29, 2019

SHFAD looking to find new ways to boost volunteer numbers

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District needs volunteer firefighters and more. "Not only in our community, but every community across the nation, there is a decrease in volunteer firefighters,"...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 29, 2019

New planning commissioner brings construction background to panel

Having enjoyed raising his family in Sweet Home, Jeff Parker intends to give back to his community by serving on the city's Planning Commission. The council appointed him to the position last week. Pa...


Public Safety Log May 29, 2019

May 26 1:10 a.m. - Arne J. Gerard, 41, arrested on state Parole Board warrant, Linn County warrant for failure to appear on original charge of attempting to elude and a new charge of criminal mischief, 42200 block of Ames Creek Road. 10:52 a.m. - Cal...

 By Sarah Brown    News    May 29, 2019

Washington trip brings long-delayed healing for Vietnam vets

Jack McCreary, Bill McKechnie and Chuck Christensen had never met until only recently, when the three Sweet Home residents shared an experience that united them by a common bond. The three...


Quick SHFAD response stops mobile home fire

Fire seriously damaged a manufactured home in the Fir View Villa manufactured home park Thursday night, May 23. Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District responded to space 8 in the park, at 4610 Main St., at 10:55 p.m. No one was injured in the fire,...


Entrepreneurship game Thursday

Think you’ve got what it takes to be an enterpreneur? Test yourself and a friend in a game of Last Founders Standing from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, in Room 101 in the Linn-Benton Community College Sweet Home Center, 1661 Long St. The event is...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 22, 2019

Council hears from public on city funds transfer plan

During a public hearing last week, several members of the public objected to a proposed transfer in the 2019-20 budget of money from the Police Department and library levies to a new Internal Services Fund to pay for administration and finance...


Update: Police arrest suspect in shooting

Police arrested a suspect Sunday, May 26, in the shooting death of a Sweet Home man. Page Lee Butterfield, 25, was taken into custody in Sisters and has been lodged at Linn County Jail on charges of... Full story

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 22, 2019

ODF: Get burning done now, before it's too late

Oregon Department of Forestry officials say now is the time to finish preparing for fire season. Sweet Home Unit Fire Protection Supervisor Chad Calderwood said people should get their debris burning...

 By Scott Swanson    News    May 22, 2019

Nine students named to lead June 7 SHHS graduation exercises

Sweet Home High School has announced eight valedictorians and one salutatorian to lead the Class of 2019 graduation ceremonies on June 7. The valedictorians, Chase Boyd, Sarah Hewitt, Sydney Hooley,... Full story

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 22, 2019

'Shrek' musical to take stage in renovated SHHS auditorium

Sweet Home High School students will present "Shrek" as a musical play next week. The students perform at 7 p.m. May 30 and May 31 and at 2 p.m. June 1 in the high school auditorium, 1641 Long St....


Public Safety Log May 22, 2019

May 19 11:10 a.m. - Caller reported a golden Lab running loose in the area, 1200 block of Laurel. Officer located the dog and contacted the owner, who requested the dog be placed in the owner’s residence. 11:50 a.m. - Stacy Teixeira, 53, arrested o...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 22, 2019

City Council considers up to $4 increase to most utility bills

Depending on how the City Council acts, city utility bills could increase by about $4 monthly at the most under three options presented last week to council members. City staff presented three proposals for water rate increases and a proposal to incr...


Suspected arson fire closes Walmart for a week

Lebanon police arrested a 49-year-old male in connection to a fire Tuesday, May 14, that closed the Lebanon Walmart Superstore throughout the week. Joel Lee Reynolds Jr. was taken into custody at the...


Ex-SH man dies in Salem prison

Former Sweet Home resident Ovid John Teixeira, 55, died May 18 in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections. He died in the infirmary at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem while under...


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