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Second fatal crash in three days on Brush Creek Road leaves two dead

Linn County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a double-fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday evening, July 23, near the address of 25710 Brush Creek Road, approximately one mile east of C...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 31, 2019

Property crime down – a lot – in SH

Of The New Era Halfway through the year, the number of property crimes in Sweet Home has fallen dramatically from one year earlier. By June 30, 2018, Sweet Home Police Department had received 320 reports of property crimes, which include, burglary,...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 31, 2019

New city water rates mean lower bills for most customers

Of The New Era Sweet Home city councilors last week approved adjustments to the city’s water rates, which will provide a decrease in water bills for approximately 71 percent of the city’s residents and most businesses. Residents who use 600...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 31, 2019

Oregon Jamboree crowd shaping up to be big one

Of The New Era Get ready. Country music fans – lots of them – are on the way. This weekend's 27th annual Oregon Jamboree is likely to be one of the biggest ever; it more than doubles the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 31, 2019

Oregon Jamboree's big fan: Sweet Home woman has been to every festival since 1992

Of The New Era Every year for nearly three decades, the heart of Irene Kennedy is filled with pride as top country music artists come to her little home town and sing for her. Granted, they're...

 

Sweet Home mother, daughter killed by alleged drunk driver on Brush Creek Road

Linn County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a double-fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday evening, July 23, near the address of 25710 Brush Creek Road, approximately one mile east of... Full story

 

Local teens invited to participate in Youth Leadership Summit

The Sweet Home Youth Advisory Council is inviting local teens to participate in the 2019 Youth Leadership Summit Saturday, July 27, at Cascadia State Park. The invitation is open to students in the...

 

Crawfordsville crash kills one, injures second man early Sunday

A Springfield man died in a single-vehicle crash on Brush Creek Road near the intersection of Childers Road, southwest of Sweet Home, early Sunday morning. the Linn County Sheriff’s Office...

 

Local treasure hunt raises funds for food

Rita Houston and Danny McCubbins, at left, go over the rules for a coin hunt during the East Linn Treasure Seekers metal detector club’s annual campout at Community Chapel. Houston said she did not...

 

Canine cop donation

Sweet Home Police Department receives a donation of $1,500 from Jamie Eriksen and Country Financial during the K9 Jamboree held July 14 to support the department’s canine program. From left are...

 

Public Safety Log – July 24, 2019

July 21 12:20 a.m. - Caller reported a female pointed a gun at him before leaving the location in his vehicle, 1500 block of 40th. The female still had the gun in her possession when she left. Report...

 

This year's Sweet Home Sweet Ride show draws 202 entrants – and a lot more

The Sweet Ride Charity Car Show for Kids had 202 vehicles registered in the show, with many more unregistered. Forty-one volunteers pulled the show together, said organizer Kimi Nash. “This show...

 

County Fair rocks

Dakota Melkvik and Jada Autrey, of Sweet Home, above, ride The Orbiter on the midway at Linn County Fair Friday night. At left, Don Barnes of 38 Special plays guitar while his band plays hit after...

 

Circuit Court: Pleas in drug, menacing cases result in jail time

Logan Kenneth White Logan Kenneth White, 27, was sentenced June 28 in three cases before Linn County Circuit Court. The charges in a fourth case were dismissed as part of plea negotiations. White was...

 

Guitars Under the Stars to be one of popular band's last stands

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The fourth annual Guitars Under the Stars music festival, scheduled for July 26 and July 27, will be bittersweet for area Bobaflex fans. After more than two decades as a band, Bobaflex is hanging up its guitars and di...

 

TNE staff wins multiple awards in state competition

The New Era received multiple awards, including place-winners in two very competitive categories, in the 2019 Better Newspaper Contest conducted by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association....

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    July 24, 2019

Sweet Home actor among cast for LAFTA's 'The Little Mermaid'

Of The New Era “The Little Mermaid” will be showing this week in Lebanon, with one of Sweet Home’s actors playing a supporting role. Staged by the Lebanon Association for Performing Arts, the...

 

SHHS Class of 2019 graduates' scholarships total nearly $2.2 million

This year’s Sweet Home High School graduates received a total of $2,172,378 in scholarship money, according to the school. That figure includes $153,500 in general scholarship money, $38,000 in aluni-funded scholarships, $750,378 in school-based sc...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 24, 2019

Dolly Parton reading program participation up to 800 kids

Of The New Era The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is currently serving 800 children in the Sweet Home area, providing free high quality books to children ages 0 to 5. The program, supported...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 24, 2019

Council gives city staff OK on new water rate

Of The New Era Sweet Home city councilors last week gave an informal nod to a change in water rates that will result in lower bills for most Sweet Home residents, while increasing bills for some...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 24, 2019

Is that our school? Earthquake work on district campuses includes lots of ripping and tearing

of The New Era During some prime summer weather in Sweet Home last week, if school were in session, students at Holley Elementary School might have enjoyed some open-air classroom time – except...

 

County Fair opens Wednesday with a few new wrinkles

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Linn County Fair kicks off Wednesday, July 17, with all the normal carnival rides, exhibits, 4H livestock shows and music – as well as a few new wrinkles – through Saturday, July 20. One is traffic flow. Fair...

 

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