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 By Benny Westcott    News    May 5, 2021 

Throwback to past: Job Corps workers repair Longbow camp

Saving the past, from the present, for the future. That's what a group of four Job Corps students at Longbow Organizational Camp have been doing over the last three weeks, said retired Sweet Home Nati...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 5, 2021 

COVID reports rise, kids quarantined, counties protest

Friday's National Honor Society Inductee ceremony at Sweet Home High School's gymnasium honored the academic accomplishments of 26 juniors and seniors.  However, eight students were not able to...

 
 News    May 5, 2021 

Fundraiser brings in cash for fireworks

A fund-raising drive by the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce in the past week raised an estimated $2,475 that had been donated toward a fireworks display on Sportsman’s Holiday Weekend. Sportsman’s Holiday Weekend is July 8-11. The fireworks...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 5, 2021 

Ex-athletes recall 'Donna Momma' Davis as 'tiny, huge gal'

Donna Davis is remembered for a lot of things. That piercing whistle, which would cut like a knife through the crowd noise at competitions, supporting Husky wrestlers on the mat and swimmers in the...

 
 News    May 5, 2021 

Commissioners honor fire hero

Lt. Charles DeJesus of the Salvation Army was honored Tuesday morning by Salem-based Bolante.net for his dedication to feeding families displaced by last September’s wildfires, first at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center and then for many weeks...

 
 News    May 5, 2021 

Summer jobs available in parks

The Linn County Parks and Recreation Department is looking for summer help — 40 hours per week for four to six months, according to Adam Brenneman, assistant operations supervisor. Pay scale ranges from $13.50 to $18 per hour. Applicants must be...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 5, 2021 

Sharp increase seen in mental health calls over past year

Calls for service to the Sweet Home Police Department from people suffering from mental health issues have gone up dramatically in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2020. In the first quarter of 2020, 31 calls were made to...

 
 News    May 5, 2021 

Election for open SHFAD Board seat draws experienced candidates

The single competitive race in this year's election on May 18 for the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance Board of Directors is for Position 4, which is being vacated by the resignation of Don Hopkins, who...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 28, 2021

Grant helps local addicts find help support, recovery

In 2018, Mid Valley Healthcare received a Human Resources and Services Administration grant from the federal government. The grant, overseen by the Coast to the Cascades Community Wellness Network...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    April 28, 2021

Organizers seek Sportsman's Holiday Court applicants

After a year in which the Sportsman's Holiday Court had little opportunity to engage in what would be normal activities for participants, organizers are hoping to get things back up to speed this...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 28, 2021

Case numbers up as Brown warns of risk level hike

Gov. Kate Brown, in a press conference Friday, April 23, warned that Oregon is in a “fourth wave” of COVID-19. The state now ranks second in the nation in having the most rapid growth of COVID-19...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    April 28, 2021

Couple mixes cycling, other pastimes as they tour world

For Donna Short, taking a photograph helps her be present in the moment and really see what she's seeing. "It's a way to see more intently. Even if I never do anything with that picture ever again,...

 
 By Roberta McKern    News    April 28, 2021

Oregon pioneers took the trail to where grass was greener

A book entitled "The Willamette Valley: Migration and Settlement on the Oregon Frontier" can be located in the research room of the East Linn Museum with a little effort. Written by geographer...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 28, 2021

City working with Willow LID residents to reduce price tag

Most residents of the Willow Street neighborhood agree that improvements to some of their basic public works are necessary. But how much are they willing to pay for it? An open house was held at City...

 
 By D E Larsen DVM    News    April 28, 2021

Rambo and the eagle

Walking down the fifth fairway at Pineway Golf Course, I was relieved that I could see the ball. “At least, I am not in the ditch,” I said to Jim Mechals as we parted toward our respective balls....

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    April 21, 2021

Update: Samaritan delivers approximately 350 vaccinations Saturday in SH

Editor's note: See update on vaccinations below. The Jim Riggs Community Center was a bustle of activity – carefully organized – Saturday, April 17, as Samaritan Health conducted a COVID...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    April 21, 2021

Oregon Jamboree announces first of this year's festival lineup

Oregon Jamboree organizers kicked off their 2021 festival Monday, April 19, by announcing performers for Saturday, July 31. Festival Director Robert Shamek said that, thanks to the likelihood that...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 14, 2021

Director: Jamboree a go – in some way

Robert Shamek told the Sweet Home School Board Monday night, April 12, that the annual Oregon Jamboree festival will be different this year if current state and county protocols hold firm. The...

 

Update: Vaccinations available as Linn County returns to 'High' risk after case reports increase

Update: Linn County Public Health has 800 openings for first-dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road. To book an appointment, visit h...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    April 14, 2021

BBQ competition organizers aiming to bring big one to Sweet Home

The air was clouded by smoke over the weekend at Radiator Supply House in Sweet Home, but it was good smoke: the kind that creates top-notch barbecue. And that's what was happening as the local J&C...

 

Photo exhibit open at City Hall

Local photographers’ work, featuring mostly Sweet Home scenes, is on display in the art gallery at City Hall. Though a scheduled grand opening for the show, titled “Only in Sweet Home,” scheduled for Friday, April 9,was canceled due to the move...

 

Commissioner delivering on pledge to hold 100 meetings with public in first 100 days

When former State Rep. Sherrie Sprenger campaigned last year to become a Linn County commissioner, she committed to holding 100 meetings in her first 100 days in office - which will be Friday, April...

 

Couple honored at commission meeting for fire department efforts

Erik and Neva Anderson – nicknamed Team Anderson by the Albany Fire Department staff – were honored by Albany Chief Shane Wooten Tuesday morning , April 6, during a meeting of the Linn County Board of Commissioners. Wooten presented the Andersons...

 

'Healthy substitutes' can replace sugar, if understood and used correctly

We have just come off of Valentines day and Easter, a time when we often bake up some tasty treats for friends and family. These occasions to bake may have left you wondering how to tip the scales of sweets in the favor of “healthier” rather...

 

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