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Public Safety Log Nov. 18, 2020

Nov. 6 3:32 a.m. – Caller reported a male looking into vehicles at O&M Tires, 4420 Main. Officer responded, checked area, everything appears secured. 10:07 a.m. – Caller reported friend’s roommate is throwing her items outside into mud...

 

Dispute threatens parking for theater, liquor store, gym customers

After signs saying “No Rio Theatre Parking” appeared in the downtown parking lot between the theater and 13th Avenue two weekends ago, citizens of Sweet Home suddenly became aware of a bubbling neighborly dispute between business owners...

 

Election: City Council gets 2 new members

Angelita Sanchez, Dave Trask, Lisa Gourley and Dylan Richards were the winners in the nine-candidate race for four Sweet Home City Council seats in the Nov. 3 election. Sanchez, who was seeking a...

 

No charges filed against watercraft operator in fatal accident at Foster

No charges will be filed against the operator of a personal watercraft that struck and killed a young boy at Foster Lake last summer, the county District Attorney's Office has decided. In the July 20... Full story

 

Governor pleads for Oregonians to stay home, stop COVID spread

After record-shattering spikes in COVID-19 cases across Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown held a press conference on Friday, Nov. 6, to announce new restrictions for the worst-off counties and to beg the rest... Full story

 

New Community Court offers positive options to defendants

Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of stories dealing with the challenges facing the unhoused in our community. At noon Wednesday, Oct. 28, a veritable crowd of helpers gathered in...

 

Compression drops, meaning SH will get more levy revenue

Compression rates have gone down significantly in Sweet Home, which means the recently passed police and library levies will likely generate a lot more revenue than previously expected. Originally, the city asked for levies based on an expected...

 

Public Safety Log Nov. 11, 2020

Nov. 2 12:25 p.m. – A woman flagged down an officer to report her children missed the bus to school and she can’t find them, 1200 block of Tamarack. Officer checked multiple locations, unable to locate. Woman called and reported they have been...

 

Gearing up for the holidays? Check out these recipes

We all want to know how to eat well during the seasonal festivities don’t we? Regardless of how your 2020 Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities may look this year, the reality is the food is at...

 

Measure 108 passage means businesses, customers will be paying increased tobacco taxes

With the approval of Measure 108 by Oregon voters last week, the state Department of Revenue is moving ahead with the implementation of increases in cigarette and tobacco taxes along with a new tax on inhalant delivery products. As a result of the...

 

Service truly what brought family together for local couple

This is the story of two military veterans who start their adult lives without much of a real plan, but who took opportunities that led them together, and for whom it's worked out pretty well. It's a...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    November 11, 2020

Local director brings stories of service to life in 'Veterans' Voices'

As a storyteller and eight-year volunteer on the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight, Leigh Matthews Bock has found "the perfect marriage" through her new project at the Majestic Theatre in...

 

Life is delivering music for Veteran of the Year, local bugler

Peter Butler enjoys surprises – most of the time. There was that draft notice he got back in 1961, the year he graduated from Lewis & Clark College, which wasn't exactly what he was hoping for....

 

Letter from a soldier: – Vietnam, 1969

Editor’s note: A reader sent us this letter, which appeared in the Aug. 7, 1969 edition of The New Era. It was from her then-20-year-old brother, who wanted to remain anonymous (and who will remain so), but wanted to convey his views about the...

 

Local Veterans Day events few, due to COVID-19

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple Veterans Day events have been canceled in the Mid-Valley. Breakfasts and dinners, the Albany Veterans Day Parade and other events will not be held this year, due to the pandemic. One of the last to go was a...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    November 4, 2020

Local school doors closer to opening

A change to school re-opening metrics announced Friday, Oct. 30, by Gov. Kate Brown has changed the landscape for Sweet Home School District officials. The somewhat relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, which were effective immediately following the...

 

After 70 years, curtain closes for White's locally

Following an extended period of economic difficulties, White's Electronics has been sold. Garrett Electronics, a Texas-based manufacturer of products similar to White's, announced Oct. 16 that it had...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    November 4, 2020

Unsuspecting SHHS student gets surprise gift from alum: a truck

When Jake Fanning got a text from his wrestling coach, Steve Thorpe, last week, he thought it was going to be about work. "He said he had job details for me," Fanning said. Instead, Thorpe handed him...

 

SHFAD, police, SHEM accepting applications for holiday gifts

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District and Sweet Home Police Department are accepting applications to their Christmas for Kids Sharing Tree toy programs and Shop with a Cop; and Sweet Home Emergency Ministries is accepting applications for...

 

Public Safety Nov. 4, 2020

Oct. 26 7:04 a.m. – Caller reported hitting a deer, 3000 block of Main. Officer responded, report taken for motor vehicle accident, over $2,500 in damage, deer dispatched. 8:26 a.m. – Caller requested male be trespassed from the parking lot he...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    November 4, 2020

Councilors decide to purchase new street sweeper for city

Sweet Home city councilors voted Oct. 27 to buy a new street sweeper using a loan from the city's Street Improvement Fund. Councilors Diane Gerson, Lisa Gourley, Mayor Greg Mahler, Dave Trask, Susan C...

 

City leaf collection under way

Sweet Home Public Works has begun its seasonal leaf collection program for residents and businesses, which will continue through mid-December. “This is a program we do every fall,” Public Works Director Greg Springman said. Residents are asked...

 

Sweet Home PD Sgt. Wingo resigns

Sweet Home Police Sgt. Chris Wingo has resigned to take a position as a police officer at Woodburn Police Department, SHPD announced last week. Wingo is a decorated 13-year veteran of Sweet Home...

 

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