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 By Benny Westcott    News    November 23, 2022 

Planning Commission OKs watchman's office at former mill site

The Sweet Home Planning Commission on Thursday, Nov. 17, approved 6-1 a conditional use permit to allow an existing office building on the former Willamette Industries mill site near the corner of 22nd Avenue and Tamarack Street to be converted...

 

Election 2022: Three return to Sweet Home City Council, one debuts

Three familiar faces are returning to the Sweet Home City Council and a fourth makes his debut following the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election. Incumbents Susan Coleman, Dylan Richards and Greg...

 

Officers commended with Life Saving Awards

An information-packed Nov. 8 Sweet Home City Council meeting began with four Sweet Home Police Department officers receiving Life Saving Awards for a pair of incidents, one involving one of their...

 

County hears Planning and Building efforts

Linn County’s Planning and Building Department issued 309 total permits in October, Director Steve Wills told Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker Tuesday morning, Nov. 8. Wills said there were seven permits for...

 

Benton County reports its first two monkeypox cases

Benton County on Monday announced its first two cases of hMPXV, commonly known as monkeypox. The Benton County Health Department does not disclose protected health information, which includes any information that could identify a specific patient. Th...

 

County OKs contract to train Juvenile Department staff

The Linn County Board of Commissioners approved a five-year contract totaling $37,500 with Kela Lynn Tuesday morning, Nov. 1, to train Juvenile Department staff. Lynn will provide a six-step, non-violent crisis response training for Linn County...

 

City Council hails police for act of heroism

In addition to its Tuesday, Oct. 25, agenda, the Sweet Home City Council heard a story of life-saving heroism involving the staff of the Sweet Home Police Department. It all happened Wednesday, Oct....

 

County works on rural Internet speeds

Linn County IT Director Steve Braaten wants rural residents to take advantage of a federal infrastructure bill and several grant opportunities to provide faster Internet through fiber optics for...

 

County seeks help with FEMA BiOp issues

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker are asking for help from House and Senate officials to delay implementation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – National Marine Fisheries Service...

 

Preliminary county election results

Reports for statewide candidates and measures as of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8: Tina Kotek, 45.83% Christine Drazan, 44.52% Betsy Johnson, 8.83% Measure 111 (Affordable healthcare for all) No: 50.49% Yes: 49.51% Measure 112 (Language regarding...

 

City Council candidates sound off

Five of six Sweet Home City Council candidates took part Tuesday, Oct. 18, in a forum hosted by The New Era at City Hall. About 40 people attended as hopefuls Greg Mahler, Susan Coleman, David...

 

County weighs faster rural Internet service

Linn County residents — especially those who live in rural areas of the county — could benefit from faster Internet service, IT Director Steve Braaten told Commissioners Roger Nyquist and Sherrie Sprenger Tuesday morning, Oct. 18. Commissioner...

 

Candidate forum hosted by The New Era

Five of the six candidates for Sweet Home City Council share their views, answer questions in this forum held Oct. 18, 2022 by The New Era newspaper. Candidates are, from left, Susan Coleman, David Lowman, Greg Mahler, Dylan Richards and Josh... Full story

 

Council votes to grant liquor license to Rio Theatre

The Sweet Home City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 11, voted 5-1 to recommend granting an Oregon Liquor Control Commission "Full On-Premises" liquor license to the Rio Theatre. The group had decided at its...

 

Building permit numbers relayed to commissioners

The Linn County Planning and Building Department issued 304 total permits in September, including seven for new homes, Director Steve Wills told Linn County Commissioners Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker Tuesday morning, Oct. 11. Commissioner Roger...

 

Election 2022: Commission candidates share their positions

Scott Bruslind, 63 Family: Married to Linda, 29 years; Children: Jorian (graduated Lebanon High School, 2016, graduated Oregon State University 2022), Kelton and Svea (twins, graduated LHS, 2019,...

 

Election 2022: City Council candidates

The Nov. 8 election will be a big one for Oregonians, both numbers-wise and in terms of importance for the state, as multiple legislative seats will be fi lled with new faces and three candidates are...

 

Election 2022: Linn County Sheriff Candidates

Michelle Duncan, 48 Education: A.A. in administration of criminal justice, San Jose Community College Professional Background/Work Experience: Department of Corrections corrections officer (1996-97);...

 

Election 2022: State Senate District 6 Candidates

Cedric Hayden, 54, Republican Residence/Family: Longtime resident of Lane County. Wife Julie and five kids. Education: Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Missouri - Kansas City Professional...

 

Election 2022: State House District 11 Candidates

Jami Cate, 35, Republican Residence/Family: Lifelong resident of Lebanon. Parents Jim and Ginger Cate; Siblings Jered and Chelsea Cate; niece Stella; and goddaughter Vale Education: Bachelor's Degree...

 

Election 2022: Measures

Sweet Home-area voters will be asked to make choices on four statewide measures and one local initiative in the Nov. 8 election. Following is a summary of each....

 

Truck reload station approved at former mill site

The Sweet Home Planning Commission on Thursday, Oct. 6, unanimously granted a conditional-use permit allowing T2 Incorporated to place a truck reload station on two acres owned by Sweet Home Real Esta...

 

City Council Candidates Forum Oct. 18

The New Era will host a forum for Sweet Home City Council candidates at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the City Council chambers at City Hall, 3225 Main St. All of the six candidates for three open City Council seats have been invited to...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 12, 2022

Battle continues over Crawfordsville Drive land

Residents of western Crawfordsville Drive and the county are continuing to battle over the development of a 108.59-acre property located just northwest of Crawfordsville. Essentially, the Sept. 26 decision requires the county to specify details in...

 

Commissioners learn about veterans program

Veterans Services Officer Dee Baley-Hyder told Linn County commissioners Tuesday, Oct. 4, that Linn County Veterans Services will soon be able to assist veterans negatively affected by Agent Orange and chemicals released from large fire pits during...

 

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