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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    February 20, 2019 

Construction work continues steadily at new City Hall

The exterior of the new City Hall, in the Midway area of Sweet Home along Highway 20, is quiet and serene. A fence blocking access to the parking lot is all that hints that anything is going on in the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    February 20, 2019 

Council OKs effort to procure $243,000 grant for Sankey Park

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved plans to pursue a $243,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation to help pay for several improvements to Sankey Park. Based on...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    February 20, 2019 

New group running mud event

While the Santiam Four-Wheel Drive Association is not running its Mud Fest this year, an event it has organized for decades, another group will run the Northern Farms Mudfest on March 2 at the same site in Holley. Donnie Wagner of Toledo, who said...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    February 20, 2019 

New officer Brian Prather latest to come back to Sweet Home

Brian Prather is the newest addition to the Sweet Home Police Department and the latest in a stream of officers who have grown up locally and have opted to join the force. He is also the latest in a...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    February 20, 2019 

Homeless shelter at Fir Lawn offering help to needy on cold nights

A group of volunteers, called ONE SHELTeR – Sweet Home Emergency Low Temperature Refuge, are trying to ensure that homeless people don't freeze overnight from sleeping outdoors, and Fir Lawn...

 

SHARC Showdown invites talent for April show

The Sweet Home Oregon Coalition for Artistic and Scholastic Enrichment will present the SHARC Showdown talent in April, date to be announced, in the Sweet Home High School auditorium, 1641 Long St. The group invites the Sweet Home community to...

 

Driver, 60, rescued after 14 hours in snow on Highway 20

Scott Kessner spent approximately 14 hours stuck on a mountain hillside after crashing down a snowy embankment east of House Rock last week, but he said he wasn't particularly worried – despite a... Full story

 

Seedling sale produces growth

By Larry Mauter For The New Era More than 100 volunteers over two days pushed the 24th annual Linn County Small Woodlands Association seedling sale to near-record numbers. More than 9,000 seedlings...

 

Snow concerns give way to near-perfect weather for Sweet Heart Run

Concerns about ice and snow melted away into a "fantastic" day for a race Saturday, as local runners turned out for the annual Sweet Heart Run. "The race was fantastic," said Larry Horton of the Rotar...

 

Warming shelter open at Fir Lawn

Fir Lawn Lutheran church is hosting a warming shelter through at least the end of this week, providing a place for the homeless to get out of freezing weather at 109 W. Holley Road. The shelter opens at 9 p.m. Doors close at 11 p.m. Those staying in...

 

Mudfest canceled for this year, organizers say

The Santiam Four-Wheel Drive Association has canceled its annual Mudfest for 2019. The event, usually held the first Saturday in March, draws about 1,500 people per year to play in the mud at a location near Holley. “The organization thought it...

 

Fir Lawn church to offer warming shelter

Fir Lawn Lutheran Church will open an overnight warming shelter starting Saturday night, Feb. 9, from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. The church, at 109 W. Holley Road (Highway 228), will provide an evening meal and a bagged breakfast, as well as sleeping... Full story

 

SH resident named ODF 2nd-in-command

Lena Tucker of Sweet Home has been named the state's deputy forester. Tucker follows Nancy Hirsch, who retired from the position in December. Tucker was named to the position by State Forester Peter...

 

OSU study: Northwest Forest Plan has yet to turn the tide for birds at risk

By Steve Lundeberg Oregon State University Writer Twenty-five years into a 100-year federal strategy to protect older forests in the Pacific Northwest, forest losses to wildfire are up and declines in bird populations have not been reversed, new...

 

Snow closes schools in Sweet Home Tuesday morning

About an inch of snow fell in the Sweet Home city limits, just in time to prompt schools Supt. Tom Yahraes to decide to close schools, after initially deciding on a two-hour delay. Yahraes said "icy,... Full story

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 30, 2019

Sheriff Yon outlines expectations, concerns at Lebanon forum

Sheriff Jim Yon outlined his expectations for his department and some of the issues he expects to deal with in the near future during a talk Friday, Jan. 25, to a capacity audience at a forum...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    January 30, 2019

Business veterans share wealth of knowledge in retirement

Every morning, Joe and Marlene Peterson can be found at a Starbucks, having their daily coffee and enjoying each other's company. They're a friendly couple who, like most, share common interests and...

 

Foster Dam Road to be closed Thursday

The road over Foster Dam will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in order to perform emergency maintenance on the dam. A crane will be used to remove debris from the water intake area.... Full story

 

Committee mulls options for assisting local homeless

Members of the community's homelessness committee kicked around ideas Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, on how to go about assisting the local homeless population. They discussed where to host the Linn Cou...

 

Sellout? Jamboree ticket sales on record pace

Oregon Jamboree ticket sales are strong and could set records for the event. "Ticket sales are up over last year close to 15 percent now," said Robert Shamek, festival director. The Jamboree has...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 16, 2019

Wowing crowds

Moriah Winn has turned heads since she was a little girl – most recently in east Linn County. Moriah, 12, is a violinist and singer who has wowed local audiences at church, school, in last year's...

 

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