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Sheriff's Office investigating gunfire incident on North River

Sheriff's deputies shut down North River Drive Tuesday evening, June 1, for about 45 minutes while they dealt with a situation involving gunfire and what they considered potentially suicidal behavior. Sheriff Jim Yon said a caller contacted the...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 2, 2021

Holley Christian Church celebrating 150 years

Kevin Hill admits that he didn't plan to stay long when he arrived in Sweet Home on Memorial Day weekend in 2001 to pastor Holley Christian Church. "Actually, I was only intending to stay at this...

 

Chamber accepting nominations for DSA honors

Nominations for Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Service Awards are being accepted through Friday, June 25. Awards will be presented at the chamber’s awards banquet, which will be a vintage picnic dinner this year, held at 6 p.m....

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    June 2, 2021

Local teens participate in landmark RDI leadership program

Twelve Sweet Home School District students, mostly from Sweet Home Junior High, but some from the high school and one from Holley Elementary School, graduated from a Rural Development Initiative leade...

 

Public Safety Log June 2, 2021

May 23 7:59 a.m. – Caller reports a male is there that has been trespassed, 1525 Main St. James Robert Warrington, 42, cited and released for second-degree criminal trespass. 11:21 a.m. – Caller reports his daughter’s phone was stolen and is...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 2, 2021

New booms to provide increased safety in Lewis Creek swim area

County parks staff last week began installing water safety barriers around the swimming area at Lewis Creek Park. The county decided to install the barriers last year after two 6-year-old children...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    June 2, 2021

Council takes step forward with plans for new city library

A consultant has completed a "library needs assessment" for the Sweet Home Library. The library's current facility, at the corner of 13th and Kalmia streets, opened in 1969 and has largely been...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 26, 2021

Officials seek answers to rise in mental calls

In the first quarter of 2020, the Sweet Home Police Department responded to 31 mental health-related calls. In the first quarter of 2021, that number ballooned to 120. “Finding the reason for the increase is always kind of difficult, because...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 26, 2021

Students ready to perform 'Many Disguises of Robinhood'

Sweet Home High School students will perform "The Many Disguises of Robinhood" Thursday through Saturday, May 27, 28 and 29, at the high school's auditorium. Seating starts at 6:45 p.m. on May 27 and...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 26, 2021

Local swimmer looking for help in getting kids into the pool

Local resident Nancy Shadomy loves to swim. "I was raised in southern Florida," she said. "I'm a fish. Swimming is my happy place." Shadomy, who retired recently from the U.S. Forest Service Sweet...

 

Mental Health: Right foods can help manage stress

May is Mental Health Month and The New Era has agreed to include a weekly message submitted by local mental health advocates who are concerned about the effects of the past year on local residents. Here is this week’s installment: Have you noticed...

 
 By Larry Horton    News    May 26, 2021

Imagination Library: Six years and going strong in Sweet Home

Six years ago a group of Rotarians from all four Rotary Clubs in Linn County meet with Greg Row, the head of the United Way of Linn County at that time. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss an ea...

 

Public Safety Log May 26, 2021

May 17 7:27 a.m. – Caller reported motor vehicle was burglarized. Nothing apparent missing. Report taken. 30500 block Fairview Road. 8:04 a.m. – Caller reported vehicle burglary in 30100 block Fairview Road. Stolen items included two wallets....

 

Chicken coop lamp blamed for fire that totaled home

A fire that began in a chicken coop rapidly spread to a home on Citabria Street Saturday morning, May 22, in Sweet Home.  Residents narrowly escaped, one of them pulled from the window of the...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 26, 2021

Retired vet David Larsen puts stories from career in print

Retired veterinarian David E. Larsen says he started writing 20 years ago. But the stories he puts on the page started taking shape long before that. Fifty short stories from Larsen's four decades of...

 
 By Roberta McKern    News    May 26, 2021

Minor mysteries add spice to life at East Linn Museum

"Which way?" "I think that's upside down." "Wait, something's stuck in there." "Looks like a piece of cork." "It won't shake loose." "No. I'll see if I can get it. I think I can." Two lady volunteers...

 

Drive-Through celebration to honor Delena Gilman June 3

The Senior Center will host a “drive-through” farewell for longtime senior exercise instructor Delena Gilman on June 3. Gilman is moving to Maine. The event will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Community Center, 880 18th Ave., and will take...

 
 By D E Larsen DVM    News    May 26, 2021

Birds, bees and basset puppies

We had just finished dinner and were supervising the girls as they cleaned up the dinner table when the telephone rang. Good evening, Doc,” said Sandi’s voice on the other end of the line. “I ho...

 

Local election results on hold while problem ballots are counted

Rob Younger led Kenny Weld and Brock Cota in votes for the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Board of Directors Position 4 seat as of noon Wednesday, following the May 18 election. Younger had 662 votes (44.34%), ahead of Weld’s 491 (32.89%)...

 

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