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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 6, 2019

County planning to auction former Willamette Industries mill site

The Linn County Board of Commissioners is moving forward with plans to auction off some 172 acres of former mill property. The property, the former site of Willamette Industries Sweet Home Mill, was t...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 6, 2019

City fund-raising to get matching grant to fix up Sankey Park

To meet a grant matching requirement, city officials are conducting a month-long fund-raising campaign to pay for $405,000 in improvements in Lower Sankey Park. The Park and Tree Committee has...

 

Water rate hike on table for next year's budget

As city officials prepare the budget for 2019-20, they plan to include an incremental increase in water rates, while maintaining the sewer rate as it is. Finance Director Brandon Neish told the City Council’s Administration, Property and Finance...

 

Planners approve Strawberry Ridge cul-de-sac subdivision

The Sweet Home Planning Commission, during its regular meeting on Feb. 19, approved an eight-lot subdivision at the north end of Strawberry Ridge Drive, rejecting a plan to leave the cul de sac in the private ownership of the residents. In 2005 or...

 

Council gives OK to police car purchase

The Sweet Home City Council approved a supplemental budget allowing the Police Department to spend up to $15,500 from the city’s Narcotics Fund to replace a vehicle used by its detective. The Narcotics Fund uses money obtained through seizures and...

 

Sweet Home's Kittson-MaQatish sworn in as Circuit Court judge

Newly elected Linn County Circuit Court judges Rachel Kittson-MaQatish and Michael Wynhausen were sworn in Friday afternoon, Jan. 25, during an investiture cere-mony at Linn County Courthouse....

 

Linn County Democrats elect leaders

The Linn County Democratic Central Committee on Jan 3 elected a new slate of officers, as well as delegates and alternates to the Democratic Party of Oregon State Central Committee and the Congressional District 4 Committee.  Officers are:  Chair...

 

Mayor: City going in right direction

Although it may not be as fast as he would like, Mayor Greg Mahler believes the city is making progress in the right direction. The City Council re-elected Mahler as mayor during its regular meeting...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 9, 2019

New state laws cover roadkill to retirement – and a lot more

As the echoes of fireworks died away early on Jan. 1, a bunch of new laws went into effect. They range from new rules for strangulation of a domestic partner to qualification for welfare to hit-and-run accidents, to equal pay and fair work hours....

 

New Oregon license plate to feature Smokey

Keep Oregon Green, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry, is launching the sale of a brand new Oregon license plate design.  The plate will feature the ico...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 2, 2019

Oregon Congressional delegates weigh in on fixes they'd like to see for U.S.

In addition to listening to and talking with Sweet Home officials about local issues during the delegation's trip to Washington D.C. at the beginning of December, Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Peter DeFazio...

 

Merkley to hold town hall in Albany

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley will hold a town hall in Albany at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Timber Ridge Middle School, 373 Timber Ridge St. NE, off Knox Butte Road. Merkley will update constituents on his work in Washington, D.C., and answer their...

 

SH city manager gets good review from council

The Sweet Home City Council gave City Manager Ray Towry a positive evaluation in a process that ended last week. The council met in an executive session, which is closed to the public, to discuss the...

 

Local legislator Sprenger named to influential posts

House Republican Whip Rep. Sherrie Sprenger, R-Scio, will serve as vice chair of the House Committee on Judiciary and also as vice chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources. Rep. Sprenger has also been named to the influential House...

 

City Council OKs zoning changes for City Hall

The Sweet Home City Council adopted an ordinance Dec. 11, changing the zoning on a portion of the new City Hall property to highway commercial. A portion of the 6½-acre property, 3225 Hwy. 20, was zoned residential. Three small lots along Highway...

 

City throws weight behind $500,000 housing rehab grant

Following a public hearing, the Sweet Home City Council on Nov. 27 approved a resolution to move forward with a request for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to pay for home rehabilitation. Sweet Home is a part of a countywide partnership...

 

Councilors agree to team up with other cities to support housing block grant application

The Sweet Home City Council agreed last week to sponsor an application for a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant to help pay for housing rehabilitation projects in Linn County. Liza Newcomb, housing rehabilitation manager with Willamette...

 

3 councilors re-elected, Nash gets fourth seat

Four Sweet Home City Council members were elected Tuesday, Nov. 6, and local voters gave a big thumbs up to funding the community swimming pool for another five years. In the race for four open Sweet...

 

Commissioners approve revised plan to create 3 lots on Mountain View

The Sweet Home Planning Commission last week approved a request to partition 980 Mountain View Road into three lots. In October, the commission continued the hearing to its regular meeting on Nov. 5 to allow the property owner, Mark C. Rose of...

 

Susan Coleman leads winners in City Council election; Rachel Kittson-Maqatish elected judge

Four Sweet Home City Council members were elected Tuesday, Nov. 6, and local voters gave a big thumbs up to funding the community swimming pool for another five years. Statewide, Gov. Kate Brown held off challenger Knute Beuhler with 49.57 percent...

 

Councilors OK $910,000 bid for City Hall fix-up

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council last week accepted a bid of $910,000 for the remodeling of a new City Hall. The city purchased the building, 3225 Main St., on a 6½-acre property, as its new City Hall in July 2016 for...

 

Ballot measures address guns, taxation, abortion, more

Local voters will see five statewide measures and two county measures on the ballot when they vote in the Nov. 6 election. While we aren’t offering outright endorsements, we’re providing the following summary of each one, along with what we...

 

Angland offers 'common-sense values,' fresh perspective

Larry Angland believes he can bring a fresh perspective and common sense values to the City Council. Angland, 80, is one of seven candidates seeking four positions on the City Council in the Nov. 6...

 

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...

 

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