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Looming evictions pose challenges

Of The New Era A wave of evictions may occur once the statewide moratorium on evictions runs out on Sept. 30, experts say, but landlord organizations and service providers alike are trying to prepare and prevent disaster. The Community Services...

 

Last Concert at Marks Ridge

A large crowd turned out Friday night, Aug. 28, for the final concert of Marks Ridge Winery's summer concert series, featuring Jobe Woosley and Co., above. Owners Jay and Janet Westly have owned the...

 

City Councilors discuss raising SDC fees for new construction

By Kelly Kenoyer Of The New Era City Council members last week discussed increasing the city’s System Development Charges over the next several years, which would bring the charges to a level similar to other comparable cities. Councilors Diane...

 

Public Safety -- Sept. 2, 2020

August 24 1:39 p.m. – Rochelle Aleece Woods, 34, caught shoplifting at Bi-Mart, 1980 Main. Cited and released for theft. 1:50 p.m. – Caller reported their friend smoked marijuana and is now having a reaction that may be from the weed being laced...

 

Senior Center chief calls it quits – sort of

Ken Bronson was honored by a drive-by procession of Senior Center and Rotary Club members, and others Friday afternoon, Aug. 28, behind the Jim Riggs Community Center, where the Senior Center is...

 

Local family's sunflower just kept growing and growing, turning heads

Of The New Era The humble giant is so tall, that even when he bows his heavy head in modesty, he's 10 feet tall. And the giant is turning heads in the neighborhood. Lori McCann and her daughter...

 

SH returning to online school, but superintendent hoping for change

Following the Labor Day weekend, Sweet Home students will return to school Tuesday, Sept. 8, on-line, thanks to local COVID-19 case counts that the state has deemed too high to allow kids in...

 

Police to focus on traffic this weekend

Sweet Home Police Department officers will be focusing on downtown traffic as the Labor Day weekend approaches and the department is reminding the public to avoid drinking and driving. “You’ve heard it before,” said Police Chief Jeff Lynn....

 

Cost of wastewater plant improvements rises, but changes should last longer

Of The New Era Costs for the planned wastewater treatment plant have risen about $1.9 million since the last estimate, but planners say the changes will help the plant last a lot longer. City Council...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 26, 2020

School now on line for all grades

As of last week, Linn County dropped out of eligibility for K-3 students to attend school in person. That means no students will start school in brick-and-mortar classrooms as the new year starts Sept. 8. With 52 new coronavirus cases reported last...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 26, 2020

Local officials working to put COVID revenue to use for kids

Plans are coming together for childcare during the new socially distanced school year for Sweet Home students, thanks to money from a Linn County emergency order. Linn County Commissioners earlier this month determined to step up for local kids by...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 26, 2020

Sweet Home position is return to Oregon for new JH principal

A longtime Alaska educator has been named principal at Sweet Home Junior High. Terry Martin's hiring was confirmed by the School Board at its August meeting earlier this month. Growing up in...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 26, 2020

Chamber names its awards winners – virtually

Longtime local music teacher and choir director Paul Rowton was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, while Jim Hagle was named First Citizen and Kristina Mathers Junior First Citizen during the...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 26, 2020

City Public Works tries new (to it) surfacing technique to fix street

A serpentine pile of gravel down the center of 29th Avenue last week represented what could be a new approach to fixing streets in Sweet Home: chip sealing. Thursday morning, Aug. 20, a street...

 

Local businessman cashes in on own Lottery ticket

Sweet Home businessman James Ashcraft always watches the lotto numbers roll in at his bar, Chewy's Pub. So when the jackpot crept over $60,000 earlier this month, he decided to play. This time, he's t...

 

LBCC announces 'Rebounding Plan' for fall classes

Linn-Benton Community College has announced its plan for the fall quarter, which starts Sept. 28. The LBCC Board of Education has approved a plan – called the “LBCC Rebounding Plan” – for college-goers and staff that will include several...

 
 By D E Larsen DVM    News    August 26, 2020

Snakebit in Sweet Home: Not common, but it's happened

I always told folks that if they wanted to get a veterinarian to treat Salmon Disease in their dog, don’t go to Kansas. Likewise, if you’re going to get a veterinarian to treat a snake bite, don’t come to Sweet Home. But actually, I have...

 

Public Safety August 26, 2020

August 16 12:58 a.m. – Two 13-year-old juveniles at 18th and Long were referred to Linn County Juvenile department for curfew violation and transported home. 10:08 a.m. – Caller reported a...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    August 26, 2020

Sr. Center director stepping down – figuratively, at least

In the early mornings, while most people are still asleep or just beginning to wake up, Ken Bronson will be listening to the patter of his feet on the ground, or the quiet splash of water as his arms...

 

Old Holley Grange Hall memories hark back to another era

When the old Grange Hall in Holley burned down in 2013, it marked the last of an era for that community. By then Grange 325 had already been disbanded and the building was being used as a residence....

 

Wildfire danger prompts governor to declare state of emergency

Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, Aug. 19, due to the imminent threat of wildfire across Oregon. Much of the state is now in extreme fire danger, and red flag warnings have...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    August 26, 2020

Lebanon complex to have 48 units

Applegate Landing broke ground on its new veterans housing project in Lebanon Friday, Aug. 21. The 48-unit complex will house veterans, low income and those transitioning out of rehab. “With our current and ongoing housing shortage in Oregon, we...

 

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