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 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    November 25, 2020 

Locals join up to help homeless

The weather was dreary the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 18. The sky was dark and rain was coming down in buckets on the Church of Nazarene. Regardless, a small group of volunteers gathered under the a...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    November 25, 2020 

Got lights? Organizers envision show that draws crowd

Picture a downtown lighted to the nines, so spectacular that people from throughout the Mid-Valley region make a point to drive through Sweet Home to see it. Picture neighborhoods similarly decorated, so people want to drive through them to see and...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    November 25, 2020 

Local students don't let COVID stop their volunteerism

It was the chimneys, most of all, that left an impact. "The number of chimneys – that's all that's left of the houses right now, chimneys lining the riverside," said Sweet Home High School senior...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    November 25, 2020 

Longtime SHPD dispatcher Teresa Culley retires

Teresa Culley retired Monday, Nov. 9, after more than 33 years as a dispatcher at Sweet Home Police Department. Just one other employee had worked for the city longer, Communications Supervisor Penny...

 
 By D E Larsen DVM    News    November 25, 2020 

Farmer's familiarity with his livestock pays off in early care

Editor's note: This article contains some explicit biological terminology. It was a late spring day with mostly blue sky, but some heavy dark clouds. Walt was waiting when Ruth and I pulled into his...

 

Ornament hunt returns to local Willamette National Forest trails

The Willamette Valley Visitors Association has launched its third annual ornament hunt on non-wilderness trails of the Willamette National Forest and a handful of trails in the Umpqua National...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    November 25, 2020 

New owner plans elder care facility at former Twin Oaks site

A new elder care facility on Nandina Street is expected to bring up to 50 jobs to Sweet Home in January. The new residential care facility, located at 950 Nandina where Avamere Twin Oaks closed in Jul...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    November 25, 2020 

COVID numbers in county all over the place, but mostly up

Day after day this week, Oregon broke new COVID records for daily cases, has seen record hospitalizations, and even set a new record for daily deaths related to this pandemic. The latest record is...

 

Samaritan announces new face mask requirements

Samaritan Health Services is requiring patients, visitors and all staff in any Samaritan facility to wear properly fitting face masks, rather than simply face coverings, as of Tuesday, Nov. 24. The change in face mask requirements was instituted...

 

Free fishing, clamming, crabbing this weekend in Oregon

Everyone, including nonresidents, can fish, clam and crab for free in Oregon this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27-28. No fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement or Two-Rod Validation) are required...

 

Governor's new orders to result in local shutdowns

Local businesses and organizations are adjusting to new requirements set down by Gov. Kate Brown Friday, Nov. 13 who announced a "freeze" in social activity due to concerns about surging coronavirus...

 

Little Promises opens doors after drilling new well, negotiating COVID

When Little Promises Children's Program closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no way Nelia Taraski, director of the preschool, could have known how many barriers would stand in the way...

 

Elks' remodeled facility needs more usage, lodge leader says

Sweet Home Elks have spent the last decade remodeling their facility, but now that they have it about finished, they find themselves in a bit of a jam. "It's the whole COVID thing," said Randy...

 

Holiday lineup mixture of live, virtual and drive-thru events

- Community Kindness Event Deadlines: The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District and Sweet Home Police Department are accepting applications to their Christmas for Kids Sharing Tree toy programs and Shop with a Cop; and Sweet Home Emergency...

 

Dispute threatens parking for theater, liquor store, gym customers

After signs saying “No Rio Theatre Parking” appeared in the downtown parking lot between the theater and 13th Avenue two weekends ago, citizens of Sweet Home suddenly became aware of a bubbling neighborly dispute between business owners...

 

New Community Court offers positive options to defendants

Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of stories dealing with the challenges facing the unhoused in our community. At noon Wednesday, Oct. 28, a veritable crowd of helpers gathered in...

 

Compression drops, meaning SH will get more levy revenue

Compression rates have gone down significantly in Sweet Home, which means the recently passed police and library levies will likely generate a lot more revenue than previously expected. Originally, the city asked for levies based on an expected...

 

Gearing up for the holidays? Check out these recipes

We all want to know how to eat well during the seasonal festivities don’t we? Regardless of how your 2020 Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities may look this year, the reality is the food is at...

 

Service truly what brought family together for local couple

This is the story of two military veterans who start their adult lives without much of a real plan, but who took opportunities that led them together, and for whom it's worked out pretty well. It's a...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    November 11, 2020

Local director brings stories of service to life in 'Veterans' Voices'

As a storyteller and eight-year volunteer on the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight, Leigh Matthews Bock has found "the perfect marriage" through her new project at the Majestic Theatre in...

 

Life is delivering music for Veteran of the Year, local bugler

Peter Butler enjoys surprises – most of the time. There was that draft notice he got back in 1961, the year he graduated from Lewis & Clark College, which wasn't exactly what he was hoping for....

 

Letter from a soldier: – Vietnam, 1969

Editor’s note: A reader sent us this letter, which appeared in the Aug. 7, 1969 edition of The New Era. It was from her then-20-year-old brother, who wanted to remain anonymous (and who will remain so), but wanted to convey his views about the...

 

Local Veterans Day events few, due to COVID-19

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple Veterans Day events have been canceled in the Mid-Valley. Breakfasts and dinners, the Albany Veterans Day Parade and other events will not be held this year, due to the pandemic. One of the last to go was a...

 

After 70 years, curtain closes for White's locally

Following an extended period of economic difficulties, White's Electronics has been sold. Garrett Electronics, a Texas-based manufacturer of products similar to White's, announced Oct. 16 that it had...

 

SHFAD, police, SHEM accepting applications for holiday gifts

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District and Sweet Home Police Department are accepting applications to their Christmas for Kids Sharing Tree toy programs and Shop with a Cop; and Sweet Home Emergency Ministries is accepting applications for...

 

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