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Crash at City Hall

Police Chief Jeff Lynn (pictured) looks over the scene after he spotted this motor vehicle crash in the Sweet Home City Hall parking lot, 3200 Block Main Street, on Oct. 4 at 4:26 p.m. Damage was...

 
 By Cathryn Arndt    News    October 13, 2021

'Tis the season for all things pumpkin

It has begun! It's the season for cinnamon sticks, vanilla and all things pumpkin! Just take a look at some of the menus of local restaurants and coffee shacks.   While pumpkin is an expected...

 

Hearing held on county-line property

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker will decide whether property on the Linn and Lane county line near Harrisburg should be rezoned from Farm/Forest to Non-Resource five-acre minimum on Nov. 23. The...

 

Hillsboro man rescued Saturday at Wolf Rock

Four responding agencies rescued a Hillsboro man at Wolf Rock in the Cascade mountain range on Saturday, Oct. 16. According to a news release, Linn County Dispatch received a 911 call shortly before...

 

Challenging house fire destroys house near Lebanon

A reported kitchen fire eventually consumed a home in the 37000 block of Rock Hill Drive south of Lebanon on Thursday, Oct. 14. A Central Avenue resident first reported the blaze shortly after 9 p.m....

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 6, 2021

Care clinic outlined; debate continues on homeless center

During the Tuesday, Sept. 28, Sweet Home City Council meeting, Samaritan Health Services representatives discussed plans for a 15,000-square-foot primary and urgent care clinic on the 42-acre site...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 6, 2021

Farmers Market concludes for the summer

Sweet Home Farmers Market closed last week for the season, following two years of operations in a COVID-19 world.  It was a good summer, said some vendors who participated.  Unlike last year, when...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 6, 2021

Fire season ends in South Cascade district

The Oregon Department of Forestry's West Oregon, Western Lane and 1.2-million-acre South Cascade districts, the latter of which includes the Sweet Home unit, declared an end to their local fire...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 6, 2021

Harvest Festival draws a crowd – a 'great' one

Good weather and family fun were in abundance at this year's Harvest Festival, held Saturday, Oct. 2, at Sankey Park, 877 14th Ave. Patrons listened to music, ate, drank, shopped at some 80 vendor...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 6, 2021

Growth opportunities for small-town church

Mark Scott has been pastoring churches for 30 years, and his latest call – Crawfordsville Calvary Chapel (formerly Crawfordsville Community Church) – is familiar ground.  It’s rural, it’s sma...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 6, 2021

Dehydrator blamed for fire

First photo: A food dehydrator ignited the wall of a shed Friday afternoon at 1026 29th Ave. In the second photo, off-duty firefighter Eli Harris, pulls a hose from a brush rig, spotted smoke while...

 

Public Safety (Oct. 6, 2021)

September 27 7:43 a.m. - Robert Eugene Oar, 44, was cited and released on a Lebanon Justice Court warrant for failure to appear on a second-degree original charge, parking lot, Safeway, 1540 Main St. Cited and released on Lebanon Municipal Court warr...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 6, 2021

Mill site requires $500K asbestos abatement

An Oregon Department of Environmental Quality assessment of the former Willamette Industries mill site in Sweet Home found that $500,000 is necessary to abate the asbestos in buildings on the site....

 

Legislature approves state redistricting maps

Linn County residents east of Albany will find themselves in a new congressional district and a new state senatorial district, and with a new state house district number following approval of...

 

Bi-Mart selling its pharmacies to Walgreens

The Bi-Mart executive team, on behalf of its employee-owners and Walgreens, announced Thursday, Sept. 30, that Walgreens will acquire Bi-Mart’s pharmacy business, which includes pharmacy patient prescription files and related pharmacy inventory of...

 

Flu shots offered at county locations

The flu is expected to be more prevalent this year compared to last year, when school closures and other COVID-19 precautions helped minimize the virus’ spread.  Samaritan Health recommends that local residents protect themselves, their families...

 

COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters available

Linn County Public Health is offering free COVID-19 vaccinations from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays behind the Linn County Fair & Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road E, Albany. All three vaccines are available: Johnson & Johnson, Moderna...

 

New Veterans Services officer plans more exposure

New Linn County Veterans Services officer Dee Baley-Hyder has one key job goal: To help local veterans get the benefits they were promised when they enlisted in the military. Although she started her new job in July, Baley-Hyder isn’t new to the...

 

Land transferred to Sierra Cascade Forest Products

A Linn County/Sierra Cascade Forest Products land transfer that began in May 2020 was completed during the Board of Commissioners’ weekly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 28. On Aug. 11, the county had approved giving Sierra Cascade Forest Products time to c...

 

Oregon state news source launches Oct. 5

Oregon Capital Chronicle, a news outlet focusing on reporting on state government and politics, will launch on Tuesday, Oct 5.  The Salem-based newsroom is led by veteran Oregon journalist Les Zaitz, a two- time Pulitzer finalist and longtime...

 

Monday's School Board meeting to be virtual

Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 state-wide restrictions, and in keeping with the efforts of social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19, the meeting of the Sweet Home School Board will be conducted online, rather than in...

 

Sweet Home man dies in Highway 34 crash

A Sweet Home man was killed Sunday evening, Oct. 10, in a three-vehicle collision on Highway 34, between Denny School and Steckley roads, according to Oregon State Police. According to OSP, troopers and emergency personnel responded to the crash,...

 

Albany man dies after shooting at Timber Linn Park

An Albany man died Sunday, Oct. 10, following a shooting incident at Timber Linn Memorial Park in Albany. Albany Police Department personnel responded to the scene shortly before 11 p.m. Upon arrival, police found Joshua Johnston-Partain, 22, in the...

 

COVID-19 causes hiccups in district

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era According to a district-wide email issued last week, with 145 students and staff quarantined as of Friday, Sept. 24, the Sweet Home School District will not hold...

 

Crawfordsville Drive map amendment approved

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker approved, with conditions, a land-use proposal that would allow a plan map amendment and zone change on...

 

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