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 By Megan Stewart    News    July 8, 2020

Former reporter finds new challenges in familiar surroundings

Sean Morgan may no longer sport his iconic ponytail or spend his entire day writing, but said he fits in well as the Sweet Home Police Department's community services officer and evidence technician....

 

DMV unveils new computer project to replace antiquated system

Oregon’s Department of Motor Vehicles has completed a multi-year project to replace its computer systems. The replacement is part of the broader DMV Service Transformation Program – a 10-year, $90 million investment in the future of DMV. Replacin...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 8, 2020

Church members turn out to help family of young attendee

Members of Freedom Hill Church joined forces last week to distribute a little Christian love to the family of a girl who attends their Sunday School. They spent most of Thursday, July 2, painting a...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 8, 2020

City staff working to complete playground area at Sankey Park

By the end of this summer, Sweet Home kids will be able to go to Sankey Park to enjoy a 1,300-square-foot playground structure that's the result of some fortuitous financial moves that is giving the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 8, 2020

Upgrades make Sunnyside dog park better experience for all

Dog owners who use dog parks to exercise their pets are experiencing some new improvements this summer at Sunnyside Park. "I wanted to give these guys some props for following through on what we talke...

 
 By Cathryn Arndt    News    July 8, 2020

How to survive the summer barbecue experience - healthily

Summer is looking a little different this year—state and county fairs are canceled, concerts nixed off the agenda, summer weddings downsized or delayed. Yet the good ol’ fashioned, small-scale barbecue with family and friends is still happening!...

 

Outdoors: Deer getting aggressive in S. Oregon

A dog was killed by a doe in a yard in east Medford. An Ashland woman was attacked while walking her dog on the Southern Oregon University Campus. ODFW is receiving reports of aggressive deer throughout Ashland, east Medford and even in Jacksonville....

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 1, 2020

Citizens turn out to support police

Nearly 200 Sweet Home residents lined Main Street in front of the Sweet Home Police Department Wednesday evening, June 24, in a rally to support police officers. The "Back the Blue" event, organized b...

 

Organizers call off this year's Health Fair

Sweet Home’s Health Fair has been cancelled. Due to the on-going concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, guidelines set forth by Oregon governor Kate Brown, the Center for Disease Control, and the Community Health Committee, organizers have decided to...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    July 1, 2020

Citing COVID concerns, council reverses on water rate increase

Due to concerns about the economic impacts of COVID-19, Sweet Home residents will not see an increase in water rates for the 2020-21 fiscal year, instead maintaining the current base rate of $19.99. The City Council voted 5-1 on June 23 to rescind a...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    July 1, 2020

At 83, age hasn't slowed Howard Crover much as he's still haulin' logs

Some people are so married to something that the phrase, "It's in their blood," rings true for them. That could be said of Howard Crover, who's likely got splinters and fuel in his blood because he's...

 
 By Roberta McKern    News    July 1, 2020

Museum parlor walls contain memories, mysteries

Let us suppose, for a moment, that you are back in the early parts of the 20th century, attending a family gathering at Grandma's. Grandpa is there, too, but the house is always thought of as...

 

Despite recent rains, officials decide to begin fire season

Fire season will begin at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, on the forests and rangelands in southern Linn County protected by Oregon Department of Forestry’s South Cascade district. South Cascade joins ODF’s Western Lane and Northeast Oregon distric...

 

Phase 2 COVID numbers flatline in Linn County

Linn County’s coronavirus case numbers have flattened over the past two weeks, since the implementation of Phase 2 of the recovery process, as the county has not seen spikes in cases that have been recorded in other parts of the state. As of...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 24, 2020

Julies play critical role in Sweet Home

If fire chiefs, city managers and superintendents are the heads of their local government agencies, their executive assistants serve as the hearts. In Sweet Home, that would be Julie. For the School...

 

Poker run, corn hole this Saturday

Organizers of the Sweet Home Sweet Ride car show, which isn’t happening this year, will hold a Poker Run and Cruise from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, June 27. Drivers can participate in a Poker Chip Run as they cruise. Cost is $10 for a point...

 

With K9 Jamboree on ice, local business steps up to raise funds for canine program

Sweet Home Police Department's canine program received a $1,500 donation last week to provide a start to a summer fund-raising campaign. The donation, from Jamie Eriksen of Country Financial, came...

 

Forestry crime-fighting lab has new home at OSU

By Steve Lundeberg Oregon State University Writer Oregon State University’s College of Forestry is the new home of a forensics lab that fights timber crime, a $1 billion annual problem for the United States’ forest products industry. The Wood...

 

New trees planted along South Hills Trail slope that was logged

Cascade Timber Consulting planted 137 Douglas fir and pine trees on a small section along the west end of the South Hills Trail earlier this year. CTC is the city's timber consultant. In recent...

 

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