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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

Dam inspections indicate Foster, Green Peter in good shape

After conducting its five-year inspections on Foster and Green Peter dams last week, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found nothing unexpected or out of the ordinary. Every five years, the Corps...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

City: Daily savings from pipe leak fix 359,000 gallons day

Data collected by the city Public Works Department continues to confirm that repair of a massive water leak on the north end of 9th Avenue has solved a large percentage of the water lost in Sweet Home’s water system. During the past month, the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

Chief: Thanks to those who 'honor our fallen'

Sweet Home Police Chief Jeff Lynn offered his thanks to those who keep the memories of U.S. heroes alive Monday at Gilliland Cemetery as part of the annual Memorial Day Service held there by the...

 

County COVID-19 total now 116

Linn County had seven new reported cases of COVID-19 as of Monday morning, May 25, for a total of 116 cases so far, up from 109 one week earlier and 103 the week before that. The county’s death toll reached has nine, according to information...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

SHFAD Budget Committee approves 2.6% budget increase

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Budget Committee last week approved an increase of about 2.6 percent in General Fund expenditures for fiscal 2020-21. Committee members met May 19 to consider the proposed budget. With their approval, the...

 

City Council to hold special meeting Tuesday for public input on local housing, community development needs

The Sweet Home City Council is holding a special meeting Tuesday evening, June 2, to take input from the public on community development and housing needs, particularly those of low- and moderate-income residents, as well as other needs that could... Full story

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 20, 2020

Furloughs to save money for district

Anticipating a revenue shortfall next year, the Sweet Home School Board decided Monday night, May 18, to take four furlough days this year to save money for next school year while using the Oregon Work Share program to ensure employees receive...

 

Sprenger, Cate, Glaser lead Republicans in contested local primaries

State House District 17 Rep. Sherrie Sprenger is carrying 65.87 percent of the vote in the Republican primary for Linn County Commissioner Position 3 as of 8 p.m. on May 19. With 10,214 votes, she is leading Kerry Johnson, 4,174 votes, 26.92...

 

SH begins to reopen following COVID-19

Linn County is among 31 counties that entered Phase 1 of the governor’s plan to reopen Oregon Friday, May 15, allowing restaurants and bars, personal service providers and gyms to reopen. Locally, the City of Sweet Home partially opened its parks...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 20, 2020

City working to support at-risk businesses, build 'relationships'

So what’s Sweet Home’s economic development director to do during the coronavirus pandemic shutdown? “It’s been a whirlwind,” Blair Larsen said Friday, the first day of Gov. Kate Brown’s...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 20, 2020

It's official: 2020 Oregon Jamboree cancelled

Oregon Jamboree Festival Director Robert Shamek announced May 13 that the 2020 Oregon Jamboree would not be held this year. Jamboree staff, SHEDG board members and management team members have been...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    May 20, 2020

Rebound from COVID-19 dominates council's attention last week

Addressing the Sweet Home City Council last week, Linn County Commissioner Will Tucker and Rep. Sherrie Sprenger urged Sweet Home residents to follow the guidelines as the county begins reopening, both to protect lives and to prevent the state from...

 

Public Safety Log May 20, 2020

May 18 12:42 a.m. - Five callers reported loud explosions or gunshots, Oak Terrace and 3rd. Officer checked the area. Unable to locate. Officer spoke with several residents who believed it was fireworks. One caller said she did not believe it was...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    May 20, 2020

Council gives City Manager Ray Towry high marks

The Sweet Home City Council provided City Manager Raymond Towry with positive marks on his annual evaluation. Councilors unanimously approved the evaluation during their meeting on Tuesday, May 12....

 

Linn County COVID-19 cases up to 109, including presumptives

Linn County had 109 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday morning, an increase from 103 one week earlier and 97 the week prior, according to information provided by the Oregon Health Authority. Linn County had no reported deaths related to COVID-19 last...

 

Four charged in big game poaching case after tip from citizen

Three area men and a woman, two of them from Lebanon, have been charged with poaching 27 big game animals from various locations in Western Oregon, including Linn County, over the past two years....

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    May 20, 2020

Budget Committee agrees to keep levy intact, move marijuana money to General Fund

The Sweet Home Budget Committee last week continued its discussion of allocating marijuana tax funds to the General Fund for future needs and $230,000 originally proposed for property tax reductions to fund up to two police officer positions. The mee...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 20, 2020

Virtual recognition event honors SHHS forestry students

Oregon high school forestry programs last week honored their students last week with special recognition based on how teens performed at career development events or competitions earlier in the year, prior to the closure of schools in response to...

 

Two Sweet Home teens die in early-morning wreck on Highway 228

Two Sweet Home teens were killed and another was severely injured early Saturday, May 23, in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 228 near Milepost 10, in the Sunset Lane area, east of Brownsville. According to the Oregon State Police, troopers and... Full story

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

Linn COVID-19 cases top 100

Linn County had 103 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday morning, an increase from 97 one week earlier and 78 the week prior, according to information provided by the Oregon Health Authority. OHA reported...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

Budget panel nixes proposed levy reduction

City Budget Committee members last week rejected a budget proposal that would decrease property taxes by 30 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The Budget Committee met Tuesday, May 5, as part of its ongoing review of the proposed budget. It is...

 

Jamboree on hold – pending update this week

The Oregon Jamboree announced May 7 that the 2020 event will not be held the first weekend of August based on a statement by Gov. Kate Brown earlier in the day. “Our staff, management team and Board of Directors are working hard on a variety of...

 

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