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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 15, 2020 

Stats say 2019 was SHFAD's third-busiest

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance posted its third-busiest year in 2019, with 2,704 medical and fire calls. That's a 2.5-percent increase from 2,639 in 2018 but lower than 2017, which totaled 2,761...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 15, 2020 

'Amazing' fiber art on display at City Hall

Fiber arts are getting their turn in the spotlight this winter with a new art show on display at City Hall. Behind each piece, the quilts, doilies, cross-stitch, needlepoint, crocheting, knitting and...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 15, 2020 

Gala concert to feature 'Broadway Baritone' singer, local talent

SHOCASE will present a gala concert featuring Broadway baritone Douglas Webster next week to celebrate what the organization has accomplished in the past few years. The performances start at 7:30...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 15, 2020 

Police, bicyclists say new 'Idaho Stop' law won't be big change

Local police say a new bike law, passed last year by the legislature, will give cyclists a little more latitude at stop signs than they’ve had in the past, but not much will change from a law enforcement perspective. The law, which many backers...

 

Walker finds box of dead puppies

Ray Maynard was out for a walk on New Year’s Eve, when he spotted a “disturbing” sight: a box of dead puppies. Sweet Home police are investigating the reported death and dumping of the five puppies near the railroad. Police responded to a...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 8, 2020

Restoring the Past

For Gary Betts, a 1943 Willys MB Jeep he found in a quarry outside Corvallis takes him back to his early years. With its original "Go Devil" engine, it can reach 45 mph and give a modern...

 

What just happened? We look back at 2019

Here are some of the top stories from 2019. Missed something? Check out our archives at sweethomenews.com. Just run a search with some unique key words and you should see what you're looking for....

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 8, 2020

Longtime Sweet Home Police CSO Gina Riley retires

Gina Riley called it quits Monday, Dec. 30, after nearly 11 years working with the community on behalf of the Sweet Home Police Department. Riley, 60, left a position as a trial assistant at the Linn...

 

Ranger District taking public input on Quartzville project

The Sweet Home Ranger District is seeking public input as it prepares an environmental assessment for its Quartzville-Middle Santiam project. The QMS project area is located approximately 20 miles northeast of Sweet Home. Stated purposes of the...

 

Quilts for Needy

Vicki Glasco, left, and Dawn Davis, hold quilts they and others made for local homeless people. Below, they pack gift bags for the homeless at the Highway 20 Church of Christ in early December. The...

 

Rotary Club aids local family

Sweet Home Rotary Club members, above, donated $250, along with paper product donations, to SHEM at their meeting on Dec. 4. Pictured are, from left, Rotary members Larry Horton, Liz Olsen, Bill...

 
 By Roberta McKern    News    January 1, 2020

Museum collection includes echoes of Christmases past

If fantasies about museums came true, in the quiet and darkness around midnight or early morning as we wait, from a display case we might hear the high, sweet voices of children singing Christmas carols any time of the year. If little china...

 

Ex-prison official now tickles ivories, distributes teddy bears

By Sarah Brown Of The New Era Ray Novencido retired before he turned 50. If he hadn't, he might not be alive today. That's because, he says, a person who works in the California prison system doesn't...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 1, 2020

Local pastor aims to pass it on through mentoring

Of The New Era Skyler Bascom remembers, as a child in Harrisburg, how life was rough. They had little to live on and his father was not present. When he moved to Sweet Home and became a fifth-grader...

 

After years of saving, waiting, local family gets baby

The road to a baby adoption has taken a lot of twists and turns over the past two years for Pam and Jason Ogden, but they finally got there just before Thanksgiving when they brought home Jossa Mae...

 

Public Works to remove trees from Main Street median next week

After some delays, Sweet Home Public Works will begin removing five trees from the Main Street median strip planters Dec. 30. The work will continue through Dec. 31 if necessary. During that time, traffic will be restricted to one lane in both...

 

Outpouring of generosity pays off in happy hearts for GIs' kids

Christmas spirit reigned Friday afternoon, Dec. 20, in the Sweet Home School District Board Room. It was the culmination of the inaugural Operation Happy Hearts, an effort to provide gifts for childre...

 

RAIN score puts SH in middle for business climate

Corey Wright told the Sweet Home City Council recently that while the community still has a lot to do to grow economically, things are happening and the community is in a position to benefit from efforts to help local startup companies. Wright, a...

 

Norovirus bug attracts news crews, prompts antiseptic use

Two confirmed cases of norovirus infections in Sweet Home schools prompted television news reporters to visit the community last week, a small number of parents to keep their children home from...

 

Home-grown toy business taking off for mom, daughter

What started as a home-based business producing crafts and monsters for kids has turned into a much more diverse enterprise and a full-time job for a Sweet Home woman and her daughter. Julie Wolfsong...

 

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