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 News    April 14, 2021 

Four-day burn ban starts Thursday

A four-day burn ban will start Thursday morning, April 15, and run through Monday, April 19. The Linn County Fire Defense Board, made up of local fire chiefs in the county, decided to institute the ban due to east winds and expected warm... Full story

 By Benny Westcott    News    April 14, 2021 

Director: Jamboree a go – in some way

Robert Shamek told the Sweet Home School Board Monday night, April 12, that the annual Oregon Jamboree festival will be different this year if current state and county protocols hold firm. The...

 News    April 14, 2021 

Update: Vaccinations available as Linn County returns to 'High' risk after case reports increase

Update: Linn County Public Health has 800 openings for first-dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road. To book an appointment, visit h...

 By Scott Swanson    News    April 14, 2021 

BBQ competition organizers aiming to bring big one to Sweet Home

The air was clouded by smoke over the weekend at Radiator Supply House in Sweet Home, but it was good smoke: the kind that creates top-notch barbecue. And that's what was happening as the local J&C...

 News    April 14, 2021 

Photo exhibit open at City Hall

Local photographers’ work, featuring mostly Sweet Home scenes, is on display in the art gallery at City Hall. Though a scheduled grand opening for the show, titled “Only in Sweet Home,” scheduled for Friday, April 9,was canceled due to the move...

 News    April 14, 2021 

Public Safety Log April 14, 2021

April 5 5:52 a.m. – Zachariah Lee Davis, 32, arrested on Sweet Home Municipal warrant for failure to comply on an original charge of attempted unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, Oregon State Police. 7:01 a.m. - Animal complaint in 27900...

 News    April 14, 2021 

Commissioner delivering on pledge to hold 100 meetings with public in first 100 days

When former State Rep. Sherrie Sprenger campaigned last year to become a Linn County commissioner, she committed to holding 100 meetings in her first 100 days in office - which will be Friday, April...

 News    April 14, 2021 

Couple honored at commission meeting for fire department efforts

Erik and Neva Anderson – nicknamed Team Anderson by the Albany Fire Department staff – were honored by Albany Chief Shane Wooten Tuesday morning , April 6, during a meeting of the Linn County Board of Commissioners. Wooten presented the Andersons...

 News    April 14, 2021 

'Healthy substitutes' can replace sugar, if understood and used correctly

We have just come off of Valentines day and Easter, a time when we often bake up some tasty treats for friends and family. These occasions to bake may have left you wondering how to tip the scales of sweets in the favor of “healthier” rather...

 News    April 14, 2021 

Woman escapes mobile home fire on 44th Avenue

A Sweet Home woman escaped injury early Wednesday morning, April 14, when the porch at her mobile home caught fire, then spread to the residence, Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District reported. Linn... Full story

 News    April 14, 2021 

Sweet Home man accused of sexual abuse

A Sweet Home man has been arrested for multiple sexual abuse crimes, Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon said. Yon said his detectives arrested Gary Coomer, 48, of Sweet Home, on Friday, April 9, for... Full story

 By Scott Swanson    News    April 7, 2021

SH schools to move to fuller days April 19

In response to relaxation of COVID restrictions by state schools officials, Supt. Tom Yahraes announced Friday that Sweet Home will be moving to more ambitious in-person scheduling and increased activities at district schools. The state announced in...


COVID vaccinations available as case numbers rise trend upwards

While the rate of reported new COVID cases is on the rise in Linn County, vaccinations are also continuing – on a large scale. Linn County Public Health will host COVID-19a vaccination clinics on Wednesday, April 7, and Thursday, April 8, at the...

 By Scott Swanson    News    April 7, 2021

Tucker returns to County Commission

Will Tucker thought his last meeting as a Linn County Commissioner was the one in late December when he was replaced by Sherrie Sprenger after he'd decided not to run for a fourth term. But three...

 By Scott Swanson    News    April 7, 2021

Vets banners effort resumes, with support from Rotary Club

Four years into the Hero Banner project, which has resulted in the hanging of dozens of banners portraying local veterans on power poles along Highway 20 in Sweet Home, the founders are getting help....


Samaritan accepting applications for medical scholarships through April

The Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation is now accepting applications for its scholarship programs for east Linn County students pursuing careers in health care. Scholarships are available for medical and nursing students as well as students...


Public Safety Log April 7, 2021

March 29 3:26 a.m. – Franklin Archie Thompson, 46, arrested for failure to appear on an original charge of second-degree disorderly conduct, Linn County Sheriff’s Office. 8:11 p.m. – Deputy counseled male walking along side of road in 29000...


Candidates finalized for May 18 vote

Most candidates in Sweet Home’s May 18 election will be unchallenged, following the end of the filing period to run in the various district races that are open. The only competitive race will be the Zone 8 At Large seat for the Sweet Home School...


County rolls out new opportunities to get COVID vaccinations

Linn County Public Health and its Samaritan Health and Medical Reserve Corps partners have dispensed more than 30,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center in recent weeks....


Sweet Home High School First Semester Honor Roll

Following are Sweet Home HIgh School students who have been announced by the school as having made the First Semester Honor Roll for 2020-21. Students on Honor Roll must have taken at least four letter graded classes (A-C). Students who receive a D,...


Linn County to move up to 'high' COVID risk

Linn County will move into the statewide high-risk COVID-19 category on Friday, according to Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority. County risk categories are adjusted every two weeks. Linn County Board Chairman Roger Nyquist said the numbe...

 By Benny Westcott    News    March 31, 2021

Chime comes to Cascadia church

Dw-Wayne Hill II of Sweet Home has collected bells since he was 15 years old. His most recent find was the oldest, largest, and most expensive bell he has ever owned. And he decided not to keep it....


Former Commissioner Will Tucker to fill vacant board seat

Will Tucker will be returning to the Linn County Board of Commissioners after a three month hiatus, filling the seat of Commissioner John Lindsey who died of cancer on March 9. Tucker, who lives near Waterloo, will complete the two years remaining... Full story

 By Benny Westcott    News    March 31, 2021

Chief: Police stepping it up against speed

Sweet Home’s Police Department has placed increased emphasis on traffic enforcement in the first few months of 2021, Police Chief Jeff Lynn told City Council members at their March 23 meeting. “With our reduced staffing level at this point, we ha...


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