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 By The New Era    News    September 16, 2020

Community battles as massive blazes, spot fires, threaten

In the aftermath of the windstorm that swept in on the evening of Labor Day, Sweet Home-area residents found themselves facing a threat last week that many had never experienced up close and...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    September 16, 2020

Cascadia resident's Ghost Towne awakens memories of past

What started out as a means to keep Terry Lahodny's pets safe and teach his grandchildren a lesson has turned into an attraction that draws people from all over to see the mock western town he's...

 

Relaxed coronavirus rules allowing care home residents to finally receive visitors home

For Brenda Hyland of Sweet Home, the coronavirus pandemic has meant more than not getting to eat out at restaurants. She hasn’t hugged her mother since March 5. “That’s a tough one,” she said, fighting back tears. “We’re a hugging...

 

Local Gleaners load up groceries for firestorm evacuees

As ash rained down on Sweet Home Wednesday, Sept. 9, leaders of the Sweet Home Gleaners started wondering how to respond to the growing crisis. Sweet Home was at evacuation Level 1, and the fire...

 

'Cowboy Convoy' volunteers team up to help rescue livestock

As evacuation orders started coming in fast throughout east Linn County Tuesday, Sept. 8, folks in local rural communities started wondering how on earth they would get all their livestock out...

 

Investigators probing suspicious fires in SH, Brownsville areas

Eight suspicious fires were started in a period of two hours during the early hours of Monday, Sept. 14, according to Linn County Sheriff's Office. The fires were all put out quickly, but were set in...

 

Homelessness in Sweet Home

Pastor Bethanie Young didn't expect to become an impromptu camp host for the homeless, but when COVID-19 shut down warming shelters in March, it was hard to turn the needy away. Young, after all, is t...

 

Community steps up for local man and his dog(s)

Louis Carreiro was one of the first local homeless individuals to shelter by the Nazarene church last March. He's been sticking around with his service dog Diamond, a Labrador and bull mastiff mix....

 

Red flag warning turns out to be real deal as winds, heavy smoke sweep into Sweet Home

By Scott Swanson Of The New Era A red flag warning got very real very fast for Sweet Home residents Monday evening, Sept. 7, as blustery winds from the north and east blew heavy smoke into town....

 

Local teen, 16, self-publishes book of his poetry

After pouring his emotions and life experiences into over 2,000 poems in three years, 16-year-old Ivan Bultman of Sweet Home High School is now a first-time author. Bultman, who has "loved...

 

Sunshine Industries slowly restoring operations after COVID shutdown

Sunshine Industries Unlimited restarted its day support services for local disabled adults on Aug. 31, following a months-long hiatus due to COVID-19. The services, however, look much different than before, said Executive Director Brittany Maudlin....

 

Which is better – three square meals or snacks throughout day?

Three square meals or 5 small ones...which is better? There are many different diets available out there, but one question comes up consistently: Which is healthier – three square meals a day or...

 

New rules for mushroom pickers

Through early November, matsutake mushroom pickers in the Willamette National Forest will need a free letter of authorization instead of a paid permit to allow for collection, transport and sale of the mushrooms. The interim change is a result of the...

 

Looming evictions pose challenges

Of The New Era A wave of evictions may occur once the statewide moratorium on evictions runs out on Sept. 30, experts say, but landlord organizations and service providers alike are trying to prepare and prevent disaster. The Community Services...

 

Last Concert at Marks Ridge

A large crowd turned out Friday night, Aug. 28, for the final concert of Marks Ridge Winery's summer concert series, featuring Jobe Woosley and Co., above. Owners Jay and Janet Westly have owned the...

 

Senior Center chief calls it quits – sort of

Ken Bronson was honored by a drive-by procession of Senior Center and Rotary Club members, and others Friday afternoon, Aug. 28, behind the Jim Riggs Community Center, where the Senior Center is...

 

Local family's sunflower just kept growing and growing, turning heads

Of The New Era The humble giant is so tall, that even when he bows his heavy head in modesty, he's 10 feet tall. And the giant is turning heads in the neighborhood. Lori McCann and her daughter...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 26, 2020

Chamber names its awards winners – virtually

Longtime local music teacher and choir director Paul Rowton was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, while Jim Hagle was named First Citizen and Kristina Mathers Junior First Citizen during the...

 

Local businessman cashes in on own Lottery ticket

Sweet Home businessman James Ashcraft always watches the lotto numbers roll in at his bar, Chewy's Pub. So when the jackpot crept over $60,000 earlier this month, he decided to play. This time, he's t...

 
 By D E Larsen DVM    News    August 26, 2020

Snakebit in Sweet Home: Not common, but it's happened

I always told folks that if they wanted to get a veterinarian to treat Salmon Disease in their dog, don’t go to Kansas. Likewise, if you’re going to get a veterinarian to treat a snake bite, don’t come to Sweet Home. But actually, I have...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    August 26, 2020

Sr. Center director stepping down – figuratively, at least

In the early mornings, while most people are still asleep or just beginning to wake up, Ken Bronson will be listening to the patter of his feet on the ground, or the quiet splash of water as his arms...

 

Old Holley Grange Hall memories hark back to another era

When the old Grange Hall in Holley burned down in 2013, it marked the last of an era for that community. By then Grange 325 had already been disbanded and the building was being used as a residence....

 

Wildfire danger prompts governor to declare state of emergency

Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, Aug. 19, due to the imminent threat of wildfire across Oregon. Much of the state is now in extreme fire danger, and red flag warnings have...

 

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