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 By Sarah Brown    News    March 11, 2020

Community support helps owner retrieve missing shepherds

For someone who teaches Tai Chi and Qigong, Jim Adamik was surprised to find his patience running thin last week, in the days after his two dogs went missing. "I'm usually a calm, peaceful, get-along-...


Update: City shuts down some operations, chamber banquet postponed

The Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday morning that its awards banquet, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, will be postponed indefinitely, due to concerns about local instances of the coronavirus. Shortly before that, the City of Sweet... Full story


Sweet Home schools to close Monday after governor orders two-week statewide school closures

Sweet Home schools Supt. Tom Yahraes said that Sweet Home School District will be open Friday, but beginning Monday it will remain closed until April 1 following Gov. Kate Brown's order to close all K-12 schools beginning Monday. “Schools are... Full story

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 11, 2020

District to file Title IX complaint over forestry rule

The Sweet Home School Board voted Monday evening to file a Title IX complaint against the Oregon Department of Education in response to the ODE’s decision to combine girls and boys in the physical portion of forestry competitions. The ODE decision...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 11, 2020

State decision prompts girls' exit from SH forestry

High school girls are either leaving the competitive forestry team or hanging in there a little longer to see whether the Oregon Department of Education will reverse its decision to combine boys and...

 By Scott Swanson    News    March 11, 2020

Country Lane residents, A&E day in (Supreme) Court Thursday

Country Lane residents expect to get a final resolution of their dispute with Albany and Eastern Railroad beginning Thursday, March 12, when the Oregon Supreme Court hears their case at the University of Oregon Law School in Eugene. Fourteen...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 11, 2020

Gerrit Southard, Josh Bondeson top public safety honorees

Josh Bondesen was named the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Firefighter of the Year, while the Police Department presented its Police Officer of the Year Award to Gerrit Southard, and Katie...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 11, 2020

Jamboree named Music Festival of the Year by industry peers

The Oregon Jamboree won the 2019 Music Festival of the Year award from the Oregon Festivals and Events Association. Jamboree staff members received the trophy at the annual Ovation! Awards and conference presented the weekend of Feb. 29 in Bend....


Junior High OBOB team performs well at reading regionals

The Sweet Home Junior High Oregon Battle of the Books team finished in the top eight at the District 2 Regional Competition held February 29 at Philomath High School. The team, composed of three...

 By Scott Swanson    News    March 11, 2020

Commissioner gives local retirees first-person account of Timber Trial

Linn County Commission Chair Roger Nyquist told a group of local retirees last week that the $1 billion timber lawsuit Linn and 12 other counties won against the Oregon Department of Forestry last November unveiled a dearth of data behind the state...


Public Safety Log March 11, 2020

March 8 12:39 p.m. - Robert Michael Butterfield, 32, arrested on Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on original charge of third-degree theft and a new charge of failure to register as a sex offender; and Carson Albert Strasser, 30, cited and...


Circuit Court roundup: Sweet Home man pleads no contest after standoff with police

Darrell Loren Schilling Darrell Loren Schilling, 51, of Sweet Home pleaded no contest in Linn County Circuit Court March 6 to three charges in connection to an incident that ended in a standoff with...


SH man dies after accidentally shooting himself

Investigators determined that a 65-year-old Sweet Home man died last week from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to a lower extremity. Sweet Home police responded to a report at 12:52 p.m. on March 5 from a citizen of a male lying face down...

 By Scott Swanson    News    March 11, 2020

Two COVID-19 coronavirus cases reported at Lebanon's Oregon Veterans Home

Two presumptive cases of COVID-19 have been detected at the Oregon Veterans Home in Lebanon, the Oregon Health Authority announced Wednesday evening, March 11. The new cases involve two male veterans over the age of 80, according to the OHA. The... Full story

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 4, 2020

City staff: Water rate hike needed

The city council intends to use the proceeds from the sale of the former Public Works headquarters and Water Treatment Plant on 9th Avenue to help pay for needed capital projects at the Water Treatment Plant and offset some potential rate increases...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 4, 2020

Officials concoct 'plans' for virus

Local emergency responders have taken some steps to help prevent the potential spread of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, which made its first confirmed appearance in Oregon over the weekend. “We’re monitoring the situation,” said Police Chief...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 4, 2020

City staff: Water rate hike needed

The city council intends to use the proceeds from the sale of the former Public Works headquarters and Water Treatment Plant on 9th Avenue to help pay for needed capital projects at the Water Treatment Plant and offset some potential rate increases...

 By Scott Swanson    News    March 4, 2020

Leap Year baby, now 16, celebrates birthday No. 4

Javi Cuevas celebrated his fourth true birthday Saturday, Feb. 29. That's because Cuevas, now truly, 16, was born on Feb. 29, Leap Day, in 2004, in Prineville. His mother, Lisa Cuevas, said it didn't...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 4, 2020

Rookie quiltmaker's work popular favorite in City Hall exhibit

Beth Suhr came to the craft of quiltmaking very late, but her work has been an almost instant hit. Based on votes by visitors to the Fiber Arts Show in the lobby of City Hall, Suhr's quilt "Window to...


Students receive DAR Good Citizen Awards

The Santiam Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented its Good Citizen Awards at a tea held Feb. 26 at First United Methodist Church in Lebanon. The awards are presented annually...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 4, 2020

City Council takes steps to change zoning in problem areas

The Sweet Home City Council held the first readings of ordinances that will change zoning in two areas. The first of those is composed of 32.1 acres between 18th and 22nd avenues and between Tamarack...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 4, 2020

City hires consultants to overhaul planning rules, using model codes

Planning consultants John Morgan and Walt Wendolowski have started working on a complete overhaul of Sweet Home’s planning ordinances based on model codes they have developed for Millersburg. Morgan, who has assisted Sweet Home in a variety of plan...


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