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 By Sarah Brown    News    September 21, 2022 

Spinning a state of mind

Under a dark sky on the outskirts of Lebanon, under cover of trees and brush and set upon a clearing, friends and strangers gathered Friday, Sept. 2, to share the experience of throwing light with...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    September 14, 2022

Going off the grid

It all began with a forecast, albeit a familiar one with historically dire consequences. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning Wednesday, Sept. 7. That meant strong winds, warm temper...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    August 24, 2022

Guitars Under the Stars hosts music camp for budding junior shredders

It was probably Vincent Helstrom's proudest – and perhaps most embarrassing – one minute of his life when former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland took his green Dean ML guitar, strummed a few...

 

Groundbreaking set for new clinic

Samaritan Health Services will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, to celebrate the start of construction on a 17,000-square-foot building that will house Samaritan’s new Sweet Home Family Medicine Clinic, as well as a new...

 
 By Jennifer Moody    News    August 24, 2022

CHS has dual mission: learning and community

Visitors to the physical therapy program at the Lebanon branch of Western University of Health Sciences can support its dual mission just by walking through one of the two front doors. The door on...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    May 25, 2022

Entry fees a change for Lebanon Strawberry Festival

The Lebanon Strawberry Festival Association, Inc. has changed its annual event's fee model this year as an approach to solving two problems: inflation and traffic to Cheadle Lake Park. Instead of...

 
 By Cory Frye    News    September 15, 2021

Dr. Carmen Wolthuis Hall: A homecoming on the keys

Dr. Carmen Wolthuis Hall has been many things in her illustrious career: an exceptional pianist, award-winning performer, educator, speaker and collaborative artist.  But she has local bona fides,...

 

Holley Elementary School open house

In the first photo, Holley fifth-grade teacher Brett Bowers talks with students at the school's open house Thursday, Sept. 2. In the second photo, Cera Hartness, PTC president, dishes up ice cream...

 

Seniors enjoy first in-house lunch in 19 months

In the first photo, local Senior Citizens enjoy lunch in the Senior Center dining room Wednesday, Sept. 1, after a hiatus of some 19 months due to precautions required by the state in response to the...

 

Remembering 9/11: Smoke, flames, fear, gridlock

Army Major Craig Anderson was in a meeting on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 in the high-rise office complex where he worked, in Falls Church, Va., when his world changed. His boss, though, in an upsta...

 

Tuesday night fun downtown

In the first photo, Kurt Van Meter and his band perform at Tune It Up Tuesdays show on Aug. 30 in the parking lot at 1331 Main St. Close to 200 people turned out for the free event, which will be...

 

CARA funds distributed for area projects

The Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments has dispersed almost $144,000 in federal CARES funding to area projects, Executive Director Ryan Vogt told Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker Tuesday morning....

 

City Council discusses homeless center plan

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era Last winter, an impromptu tent encampment at the Nazarene Church provided shelter to Sweet Home's homeless, a subset of the population that consists of 44 people,...

 

Dry summer putting the heat on trees

Trees, especially those along some local highway stretches, have suffered from the record-setting heat Oregon has experienced this summer, experts say. "It's been a super hot and dry summer," said...

 

Tune It Up Tuesday

Adam Larson performs in the parking lot next to the Rio Theatre Tuesday evening, Aug. 24, to a crowd of about 100 people at Tune it up Tuesdays, a downtown activity started in late August by the...

 

Samaritan tightens COVID-19 visitor restrictions

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties, Samaritan Health Services has enacted tighter visitor restrictions. Under the new policy, which went into effect last week, visitors are not permitted at...

 

Albany church making move Sept. 16

The steeple of Albany's historic Cumberland Church, built in 1892, will be removed for refurbishing and replacement on Wednesday, Sept. 1, and the building itself will make a long-awaited journey...

 

Oregon State Fair Awards

In the first photo, Pippi Somatis shows off the grand champion ribbon she won with her dairy goats, Muriel and Aurora, in the Oregon State Fair livestock competitions over the weekend. In the second...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    September 1, 2021

Kids learn basic bike maintenance during LEAP program

Twins Kaydin and Xavier Pennington, 13, rolled away from the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam on their new bikes on Friday, Aug. 27. They had just spent the week learning how to fix a flat...

 

OSU scientists work on adapting dry forests for new fire regimes

By Steve Lundeberg Oregon State University Writer Oregon State University scientists and collaborators from throughout the West say that thinning and prescribed burning are crucial parts of adaptive management for seasonally dry, fire-dependent...

 

Master plan input session Saturday at Lewis Creek Park

Mid-valley residents are invited to provide input about the proposed Master Plan for Lewis Creek County Park at an ice cream social from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at the park on the north... Full story

 
 By The New Era    News    August 25, 2021

COVID-19 case numbers, deaths continue to rise

Oregon’s reported COVID deaths went over the 3,000 mark last week as the wave of COVID-19 infections, spurred by the Delta Variant, sent the numbers of new confirmed and presumptive cases to new heights. On Monday, Aug. 23, the Oregon Health...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 25, 2021

From trial-and-error to master gardener

Gardening has always been part of Brenda Winslow's life, but it's taken more priority in recent years, as she's become a Linn County Master Gardener. "I would be out in the yard with my mom, working o...

 
 By Roberta McKern    News    August 25, 2021

Roberta McKern: Exploring the era of plastics at East Linn Museum

In the mid-1940s, following World War II, an optimistic announcement declared that the era of plastics had arrived. In reality, plastics of some sort had been around since 1869, when John Wesley...

 

Last summer blast for Sweet Home Junior High

Sweet Home Junior HIgh finished off its summer school program Friday, Aug. 20, with a day of water fun....

 

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