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Oregon Jamboree returns

The 28th Oregon Jamboree finished with a bang Sunday as 20-year-old sensation Laine Hardy stepped in to headline the day's program after Ashley McBryde was unable to show. The festival, which didn't...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 4, 2021 

Man sentenced in crash that killed SH teens

A Junction City man who was convicted in June by a Linn County Circuit Court jury of killing two Sweet Home teens while driving drunk on Highway 228 was sentenced last week to nearly 15 years in...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 4, 2021 

City Council hears buzz on bees and LIDs

A city ordinance outlining requirements for beehives on properties will be updated after several residents testified that the current ordinance wasn’t in the best interest of local beekeepers. The issue came to the Sweet Home City Council’s...

 
 News    August 4, 2021 

Monmouth man dies in crash near Independence

A Monmouth man was killed Wednesday, July 28, in a two-vehicle crash on Corvallis Road at Parker Road near Independence. Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies and medical personnel responded to the scene shortly before 11 a.m. A preliminary...

 
 News    August 4, 2021 

Highway 20 project to cause closures near Sweet Home

The Oregon Department of Transportation announced Tuesday, July 27, a construction project to make U.S. Highway 20 east of Sweet Home safer by constructing a retaining wall, realigning and reconstructing a portion of road and repairing landslide...

 
 News    August 4, 2021 

Bruler Fire containment at 65%

The South Cascade Interagency Type Team 3 continued mopping up and strengthening contingency lines Monday on the 195-acre Bruler Fire, burning 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home. Containment is at 65%. According to a U.S. Forest Service release, crews...

 
 News    August 4, 2021 

Travel through Brownsville to be curtailed Aug. 12-15

Traveling on Main Street in Brownsville and south of Lebanon will be curtailed Aug. 12-15 as the Linn County Road Department applies a chip seal on Main Street, according to Operations Manager Kevin Hamilton. Hamilton said the project encompasses...

 
 News    August 4, 2021 

County purchases Albany bank building for $1.3 million

Linn County has agreed to purchase the former US Bank building at 205 SW Ellsworth St. for $1.3 million. Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker unanimously agreed to the deal...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 28, 2021

Archery to... Sewing ... to Water Safety

Principal Terry Martin stands on the bank of a pond on a sunny summer morning and baits a hook for one of some 25 middle-school-aged teens, all with fishing rods, milling about and casting into the wa...

 
 By Cory Frye    News    July 28, 2021

Jamboree revives in full force

It's felt like a long time comin'. Next weekend, after a one-year absence, Sweet Home will throw – as is tradition – one of the state's most cathartic summer blowouts with the welcome return of...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 28, 2021

Chamber hands out awards in vintage fashion

Dr. Larry Horton was named this year's recipient of Sweet Home's Distinguished Service Award and Karla Hogan earned First Citizen honors at the annual Chamber of Commerce Awards dinner, held Saturday...

 

Masks still required on public transit

Despite widened relaxation on protective-mask guidelines, restrictions remain firmly in place for at least one facet of everyday life: public transportation. On June 30, Gov. Kate Brown ended many of...

 
 By D E Larsen DVM    News    July 28, 2021

The benefits of having colleagues

I looked at the large black tumor on Dr. Walker’s old gray mare as I wrapped the tail. It was a good thing the horse was gentle. There were no facilities, and I was at considerable risk standing...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 28, 2021

Staying in step with the family

On a sizzling afternoon, while most Sweet Home residents are likely seeking shade and iced-tea pitchers, Carolyn McDermed and Marilyn Kragness hoof it along a country road – at a very accelerated pa...

 
 By Roberta McKern    News    July 28, 2021

Queen Victoria's influence lives on at museum

When we enter the East Linn Museum, thoughts of England's Queen Victoria don't come readily to mind. Still, her era's influences directly reflect on our area and many of the artifacts on display...

 

Adams named LBCC Board Chair

The Linn-Benton Community College Board of Education elected new officers and swore in new members at its meeting on July 21. Kristin Adams, of Sweet Home, was elected board chair; and Dr. Jeannie D...

 

Linn County bans campfires in all parks

Campfires are prohibited in all parks or recreation facilities operated by the Linn County Parks & Recreation Department, due to high fire danger, public safety concerns and limited firefighting...

 

Senior Center 'soft opening' gets ball rolling

By Dawn Mitchell Senior Center Director It’s definitely an exciting time here at the Senior Center! We have started a “soft opening,” which means that we are having activities in the East Dining room, with a few exceptions – Painting...

 

Outdoors: Invasive jumping worm used by anglers threatens native worms

By Kym Pokorny Oregon State University Writer Jumping worms, a not-so-nice pest that arrived in the United States in the 1920s as fishing bait and as hitchhikers on imported plants and soils, have vaulted into gardens and nurseries up and down the...

 

Containment on Bruler Fire at 47%

Crews have contained 47% of the 195-acre Bruler Fire 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home, the U.S. Forest Service announced Monday morning. No further growth was reported overnight in the week-old...

 

Lane County deputy drowns at Lewis Creek Park

A Lane County Sheriff's Office deputy drowned Sunday afternoon at Lewis Creek Park east of Sweet Home. Courtney Anderson, 36, of Eugene, was on a paddle board near the creek's designated swim area...

 

Sheriff's deputies seek missing hiker in rugged terrain

Linn County Sheriff’s deputies continued an intense search effort Sunday on Mount Jefferson for a Salem man who was reported to have fallen on the mountain. According to Undersheriff Paul Timm, just after 11:46 a.m. on Friday, July 23, Linn County...

 

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