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 By Sarah Brown    News    September 25, 2019

New program offers reading help

A new program geared toward native English speakers who need help learning to read and write will be available at the Sweet Home Library by November. Linn-Benton Community College, Linn County...

 

Public Safety Log Sept. 25, 2019

Sept. 23 12:52 a.m. - Caller reported she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, 1540 Main St., Safeway. Report takken. Sept. 22 12:30 a.m. - Linn County dispatch received a 9-1-1 call where the caller said to “come get” a specific male individual...

 

New SH choir teacher's path to podium took twists, turns

Music has always been a part of Alison Hay's life, and her goal is to continue providing a strong education component to Sweet Home's music students. Hay went to work last week as Sweet Home High...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    September 25, 2019

Local man has yet to visit castle, so he builds them

Leo Fernandez says he didn't have many toys to play with when he was a child, so he used his imagination to stay entertained. "What I played with was a sardine tin can. I used it for a car and I made...

 

Sweet Home man sentenced to 90 months for sex crimes

A Sweet Home man was sentenced last week to 90 months in prison after pleading guilty, in August, to first-degree sexual abuse in Linn County Circuit Court. Joshua James Deffenbaugh, 35, was charged...

 

Sunnyside meeting focuses on plans for pine grove in park

By Larry Mauter For The New Era Sunnyside Park lived up to its name Saturday Sept. 14 for the annual Linn County Small Woodlands Association picnic. Temperatures were in the mid-70s on a day sandwiche...

 

Scam near-victim warns not to bite

Local resident Margie Coulter wants local residents to be on guard against scams – after she almost fell for one, she said. Coulter said she got a phone call last week in which a man from the “Social Security Administration” on the other end...

 

Rollover on Highway 228 spectacular, but no one severely injured

A rollover accident on Highway 228 Monday evening, Sept. 23, resulted to damage to a homeowner's property, but did not severely injure any of the people involved, according to fire and police...

 

Councilors oppose idea of policing rental interiors

Sweet Home City Councilors and the city manager told an audience last week that the city has no intention of passing an ordinance allowing the city to enter the homes of renters. City Manager Ray Towry reiterated the message later in the week...

 

Local man seeks Good Samaritans who aided him after ATV accident

A Marks Ridge man says he is grateful to people who stopped to help him after he sustained minor injuries in an ATV crash near his home. The problem is he hasn't been able to find them. Dale Burnett,...

 

Sprenger to run for county commissioner

State Rep. Sherrie Sprenger announced her candidacy for Linn County Commissioner Thursday afternoon, Sept. 12, on the courthouse steps. "Earlier this afternoon, I filed for Linn County Commissioner...

 

Harvest Festival, on Oct. 5, to be bigger, better than ever

The 13th Annual Harvest Festival, on Oct. 5, will feature more hours, more activities and free rides to the event. "We are excited to continue this great tradition of hosting a fun event by our...

 

Public Safety Log Sept. 18, 2019

Sept. 16 12:57 a.m. - Caller reported a tree across the road, 28700 block of Pleasant Valley. 1:16 a.m. - Tyson Derek Boren, 36, arrested on Sweet Home warrants for four counts of failure to appear on original charges of second-degree criminal...

 

Ex-SH woman dies in I-84 crash

A former Sweet Home resident was killed early Sunday morning, Sept. 15, when her vehicle was struck by a wrong-way driver on I-84, who also died at the scene, according to Oregon State Police....

 

Suspicious object results in bomb squad visit Monday

Sweet Home police closed down sections of 5th and 6th avenues Monday morning as a precaution while they removed a suspicious package. According to a statement from the Sweet Home Police Department, a citizen in the area saw the object and reported...

 

Motorcyclist killed east of SH

A Terrebonne motorcyclist was killed Thursday afternoon, Sept. 12, in a crash on Highway 20 east of Sweet Home. According to the Oregon State Police, troopers and emergency personnel responded at approximately 4:49 p.m. to a report of a crash near...

 

'Crosswalk Blitz' results in citations for variety of violations

Sweet Home police stopped 30 drivers during a 3½-hour "Crosswalk Blitz" from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the intersection of 22nd and Main streets. Officers continued traffic...

 

Councilors discuss expanding noise ordinance, ATVs, downtown exclusion

The Sweet Home City Council last week continued discussion on several ordinances last week that would add the human voice to the noise ordinance, allow the use of certain ATVs on city streets, outlaw urination and defecation in public places and...

 

Oregon Jamboree festival profits up 90 percent over last year

While it is clear that the Oregon Jamboree country music festival made money this year, organizers aren't ready to divulge exact amounts. Board members for the Sweet Home Economic Development Group,...

 

Sen. Girod blames financial 'mismanagement' for state woes

The last legislative session was tough for Sen. Fred Girod. "I loved my job up until six weeks before the end of the session," Girod said during a wide-ranging presentation at the monthly Chamber of...

 

Heavy rains bringing fire season to early end

Fire season is scheduled to end at 12:01 a.m. Thursday for the Oregon Department of Forestry South Cascade District, which includes the Sweet Home Unit. "The moisture," said Unit Forester Craig Pettin...

 

Prescribed burns to begin in Willamette National Forest

The Willamette National Forest is preparing for its fall prescribed burns which may continue until late November. Pile burning will be scattered throughout the national forest, while meadow burning and underburning will be conducted in a number of lo...

 

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