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 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 13, 2021 

SH students to return to schools during February

The Sweet Home School District has announced plans to bring all students back to in-person learning during the month of February, starting with K-3 students on Feb. 1. Supt. Tom Yahraes announced the...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 13, 2021 

Watershed director eases into job despite COVID

It can be tough to start a new job in the midst of a pandemic – just trying to get the training you need while working from home is a big challenge. But when your team project is a stretch of creek...

 

First responders, others get initial COVID vaccine doses

The COVID vaccine rollout has reached first responders in Sweet Home. So far, 24 first responders in Sweet Home have received the Moderna vaccine, though more are scheduled to get it in the weeks to...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 13, 2021 

Incoming SH city councilwoman in crowd at DC rally

At least one resident of Sweet Home attended the rally in D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, which turned violent as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Incoming Sweet Home City Council Member Angelita Sanchez...

 

Samaritan hospitals give

The five hospitals of Samaritan Health Services have awarded a total of $339,807 in Social Accountability grants to local service organizations, to be distributed during 2021. Recipients in Sweet Home were Sweet Home Emergency Ministries (SHEM) and...

 

Public Safety Log Jan. 13, 2021

Jan. 4 12:15 a.m. – Philomath police served a Sweet Home warrant to Sammy Ramond Hughes, 20, for failure to appear on original charges of theft and criminal trespassing. 12:42 a.m. - Single-vehicle crash reported in 26000 block of Brush Creek...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 13, 2021 

Newly finished book commemorates year of U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

The production of the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree made a big impact in Sweet Home's history and, to document it, some local citizens and a city councilman have produced a commemorative coffee...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 13, 2021 

New year brings new laws, and some that continue through COVID

The year 2020 produced some unusual laws, as Oregon grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic, which materialized shortly after legislators convened in February for their biannual short session. Legislators’ attention rapidly focused on the new threat,...

 

Engineering students develop hand-hold safety grip for truckers

By Steve Lundeberg Oregon State University Writer Students in the Oregon State University College of Engineering have helped the trucking industry get a handle on a longstanding safety problem: drivers slipping and falling while exiting or entering...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 6, 2021

Residents step up for shuttered businesses

Two local fundraisers have raised thousands to support struggling small businesses which were forced to close their doors because of the statewide coronavirus mandates. A GoFundMe to "Save the Rio...

 

SHHS gets two grants for work skills education

Sweet Home High School teachers won two microgrants at the end of 2020 to support projects that reduce barriers to education in STEM and career and technical education. The grants were provided by...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 6, 2021

SHPD introducing revamped Neighborhood Watch program

The Sweet Home Police Department is rolling out a revamped neighborhood watch program in an effort to reduce crime rates in neighborhoods across the city. The idea of a neighborhood watch is to have...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 6, 2021

Vaccinations progressing slowly, so far

The COVID vaccine rollout is progressing slowly but surely across the state. So far, nine people have been fully vaccinated with both doses of the COVID vaccine, while 51,255 others have received...

 

Review of the Year, part 2: Challenges mount as 2020 progresses

This is the second half of our review of last year's news in Sweet Home. The first half, covering January through June 2020, appeared in last week's newspaper and is viewable at sweethomenews.com...

 

Public Safety Log Jan. 6, 2020

Dec. 27 9:51 a.m. – Caller reported his son was on his property and damaged his fence, 1100 block of 18th. Officer responded, report taken for criminal trespass. 10:23 a.m. – License plate located in parking lot, 1810 Main, Main St. Market. 1:48...

 

Weather Service issues flood watch through Wednesday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Linn County, including Sweet Home, starting at 10 p.m. tonight and lasting through Wednesday morning. A prolonged period of rain is expected through Wednesday morning, with 5 to 10...

 

'Bionic Woman' takes a seat

Alice Grovom has finally retired, just in time for her 95th birthday. Though she retired from her career as a bookkeeper several decades ago, but didn't miss a beat in her efforts to improve the image...

 
 By The New Era    News    December 30, 2020

District mulls options after Gov. Brown changes policy

Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday, Dec. 23, directed the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority to implement several new policy initiatives, with the goal of putting more school districts on track to return students to in-person...

 

Flood of support helps local family

When the cold starts creeping in and the rain won't go away, sometimes the best gift a family can receive is a roof over their heads. That's why some enterprising local citizens started a GoFundMe...

 

Looking to contribute? Here's a list of some local options

Donors have two days left before the Dec. 31 cutoff to get tax credit for charitable contributions. Looking for an opportunity to give of your substance (or energy) to help a good cause? Whether it’s your local church, a struggling small business,...

 

Visit to vet assists in gentle exit for ageless Kitty

Ida was sitting in our waiting room, beside her daughter, waiting patiently with Kitty nestled in her lap. Ida was my oldest client, a tiny, frail old lady with snow-white hair. She lived by herself,...

 

Public Safety Dec. 30, 2020

Dec. 21 7:13 a.m. – Caller reported her neighbor drove into a ditch, 2600 block of Harding. Officer responded, vehicle removed from the ditch by the homeowner. Report taken for theft, investigation ongoing. Deborah Jannea Leonard, 58, cited on a...

 

Sewing shop's Lerena Ruby closing after 26 years, decade after originally planned

Lerena Ruby stands in her Seamingly Creative sewing goods store at 1245 Main St. as she has for 27 years. "I don't sit down very often," she says. But, she acknowledges, she may be more often, soon....

 

Driver convicted of manslaughter, more in DUI crash that killed SH woman, child

A Sweet Home man was found guilty on two counts of first-degree manslaughter, one count of driving under the influence of intoxicants, and fourth-degree assault. The defendant, Brian McIntire, 30,...

 

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