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Briana wants to help city reach its potential, especially parks

Bob Briana wants to help Sweet Home reach its potential. Briana, 69, is one of seven candidates seeking four positions on the City Council in the Nov. 6 general election. Also running are Larry...

 

Coleman wants to keep positive momentum going in city

Susan Coleman believes things are moving forward positively in Sweet Home, and she wants to ensure it continues. Coleman, 46, is one of seven candidates seeking four positions on the City Council in...

 

Gerson says city teamwork encourages her to continue

Sweet Home is moving forward, and Diane Gerson wants to continue to be part of that. Gerson, 82, is one of seven candidates seeking four positions on the City Council in the Nov. 6 general election....

 

Korn wants to serve residents, focus on how money is spent

While he doesn't have a specific agenda, Greg Korn would like to make sure taxpayer money is spent wisely while keeping up with the needs of the community in infrastructure and other areas. Korn, 42,...

 

Mahler says he has 'unfinished business' with City Council

Mayor Greg Mahler wants to see through some unfinished business with the City of Sweet Home. Mahler, 55, is one of seven candidates seeking four positions on the City Council in the Nov. 6 general...

 

Nash wants to see SH return to bustling local community

Cortney Nash says he remembers Sweet Home as a bustling place when he was younger, and he would like to see it that way again – without "undesirable elements" wandering the streets in the middle of...

 

Sweet Home School District voters asked to approve new pool levy

Voters will decide whether to continue a local option levy used to pay for swimming pool operations at Sweet Home High School in the Nov. 6 general election. Ballots were mailed to Sweet Home voters Friday. They are due by 8 p.m. on Nov. 6 at...

 

Planners OK permit for new City Hall

The Sweet Home Planning Commission Monday approved a conditional use permit for the new City Hall. During its regular meeting, the Planning Commission also recommended to the City Council the approval of a zone change, from low-density residential...

 

County Commission: Republican and incumbent John Lindsey says things good in county

Through hard times, Linn County and its Board of Commissioners have performed, says Commissioner John Lindsey, who is running for what would be his sixth four-year term in office. They've done more... Full story

 

County Commission: Challenger Stephanie Newton says commission needs new blood

If elected to the County Commission, Stephanie Newton says she wants "to bring a fresh perspective" and will pursue businesses to create family wage jobs while expanding access to healthcare and affor... Full story

 

County Commission: Independent candidate Gary Sullivan wants to cut taxes for residents

Gary Sullivan would like to charge much lower property taxes on residential properties. "It's not so much for me," Sullivan said. "I seem to get by." It's about the little old lady scraping by who has... Full story

 

Councilors mixed in reactions to business license proposal

The Sweet Home City Council last week, by consensus, directed city staff to begin looking into options for creating a business license at the request of the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce. Bob Briana, Susan Coleman and Diane Gerson said during the...

 

House District 17: Incumbent Sprenger says she's made progress, but has more to do in Legislature

Sherrie Sprenger says she still has more work to do. Sprenger, 53, is the Republican incumbent for state House District 17, which includes the Lebanon, Stayton and Sweet Home areas, a position she has held for 10 years. She faces a Democrat... Full story

 

House District 17: Windsor-White would bring understanding of rural issues to Salem

Renee Windsor-White says that she can speak to the issues facing the people of House District 17 because she’s faced those issues before. Windsor-White, 66, is running as a Democrat for state House District 17, which includes the Lebanon, Stayton... Full story

 

As election nears, commissioner finds himself embroiled in ongoing dispute

Linn County Commissioner John Lindsey, who is running for re-election, has found himself in an ongoing skirmish over the past several months with a relative of a former neighbor. Albany resident...

 

Commissioners weighing future of SH Justice Court

The Linn County Board of Commissioners is considering whether to close the Sweet Home Justice Court, due to its low level of activity. The board discussed the issue during its regular meeting on Oct....

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 3, 2018

Judge candidates discuss qualifications, concerns at forum

A judicial shortage in Linn County Circuit Court and the need to help unrepresented litigants were two big topics as candidates for two open judgeships made their cases last week to voters at a forum... Full story

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    October 3, 2018

City to collect transient occupancy tax for county

The Sweet Home City Council approved a resolution Sept. 25 to begin collecting transient occupancy taxes on behalf of Linn County, which has imposed a new 3-percent tax. The Linn County Board of Commissioners approved the tax during its July 3...

 

Elm Street residences to get updated water line connections

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council last week approved a project to abandon an old 2-inch water main along the eastern end of Elm Street and move service connections there to...

 

Citizens sought for committee that will review Sweet Home's charter

The City of Sweet Home is seeking citizens to serve on a committee that will be tasked with reviewing and possibly recommending changes to the city charter. The committee’s role will review the charter – the city’s governing document, which dic...

 

Councilors raise concerns about Jamboree impacts

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Oregon Jamboree will need to look at new options for camping next year and city councilors are concerned about the length of time the country music festival keeps...

 

City Hall goes to bid

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved plans to seek bids to remodel the new City Hall building. The council voted 7-0 to move forward with the project during its regular meeting on Aug. 28. City officials are planning to move City Hall to...

 

Council selects three members to travel to Washington, D.C.

The Sweet Home City Council voted 6-0 to send three members to Washington, D.C., for the upcoming national tree lighting ceremony to be held on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. A fourth councilor’s plans to travel there will not be sanctioned by...

 

City looking for grant for sidewalks around SHJH

The City of Sweet Home is pursuing a grant to construct sidewalks around Sweet Home Junior High School, including on the hill on Mountain View Road between Ames Creek Road and 22nd Avenue. While the Sweet Home School District is moving forward with...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 22, 2018

Realities of pot production not looking so green for growers

A report released by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area this month shows that marijuana overproduction in Oregon is fueling illegal transport to black markets out of the state. Linn County is part of the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA, and...

 

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