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 By Megan Stewart    News    August 5, 2020 

After 13 years, Sweet Home woman decides to part with dreadlock

For The New Era Sweet Home resident Cindy Hovater considers herself "one of those people who knows no strangers" – and this was all the more true when she flaunted her 13-year-old dreadlock around t...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 29, 2020

Honoring Zach, supporting Kennedy

The community of Sweet Home has responded with a multitude of fund-raisers and other expressions of sympathy to the families of two children hit by a runaway jet ski. Zachary Maynard, 6, lost his...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 29, 2020

Can't be at Jamboree this year? Indulge in the documentary

Although COVID cancelled Oregon Jamboree this summer, long-time fans can get a taste of the festival via a series of short documentaries telling the history and best stories to come out of Jamboree....

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    July 29, 2020

Despite COVID restrictions, market farmers see customer traffic

Despite new regulations and slight economic loss, vendors, volunteers, staff, and even customers at the Sweet Home Farmer's Market have all "learned to adjust to what's going on around us," said...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 29, 2020

Longtime buddies free-hand replica of Transcontinental Car Race Oldsmobiles

The idea came to Frank Jurica a couple of years ago when he saw a set of old wheels that once had been on a buggy. At home he had a book that contained a drawing of a Curved Dash Oldsmobile Runabout,...

 

Rally organizer's Facebook promotes white nationalism, racism

Two rallies held in the Safeway parking lot in recent weeks have been organized by an individual whose Facebook page contains images promoting white supremacy, including an image of a swastika. A... Full story

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 29, 2020

Governor tightens COVID rules, case numbers for Sweet Home now available

The Oregon Health Authority is now publishing COVID-19 case numbers by zip code, meaning it is now possible to differentiate case counts within Linn County. Linn County has 31 new cases since last week, with a total of 232 cases since the beginning...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 29, 2020

Preparation pays off for local triathlete in personal Ironman

Rebecca Wolthuis said her first attempt at completing an Ironman-style triathlon, Saturday, July 25, was "amazing." Wolthuis, 46, had planned to compete in the Santa Rosa (Calif.) Ironman before it...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 22, 2020

Shut out of Ironman by coronavirus, local triathlete aiming to do it by herself

Rebecca Wolthuis' seventh-grade PE teacher told her to forget about being a swimmer: "that I was not a good swimmer and probably never would be." So much for predictions. At 7 a.m. this Saturday,...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 22, 2020

COVID-19 adds twists to firefighting this summer

Coronavirus has put a bit of a damper on the routine and camaraderie that comes along with fire season, but Oregon firefighters are getting ready regardless as the summer heats up. The Oregon...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    July 22, 2020

Husky alum comes back to celebrate, 70 years later

It's 1 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, July 14, in an almost empty Sweet Home High School hallway. Three women, of varying ages, gaze up at the endless wall of black-and-white senior class portraits lining...

 

Financial help for small businesses available through city

Small business owners who have not qualified for or received any assistance from the federal government in response to the coronavirus pandemic may be eligible for a grant from the city of Sweet Home. The city has partnered with the state of Oregon...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 22, 2020

Library's summer programs look little different - but they're happening

Summer's just not the same when there's a pandemic going on, but Sweet Home Public Library is trying to make the best of a tough situation. It started when the library closed and staffers scrambled...

 

Drug treatment center opens in Lebanon

Samaritan Health Services commemorated the completion of Samaritan Treatment and Recovery Services, located inside The Barbara and Larry Mullins Center, with a small ribbon cutting ceremony Monday,...

 

Best in the West organizers still hopeful to have event

The Best in the West triathlon series, scheduled for Sept. 11-13 at Lewis Creek Park, isn’t off – yet. Organizers Blair and Staci Bronson say they make the final call by Aug. 1. In the meantime, they have asserted in posts on their website,...

 

Samaritan invites locals to compete in virtual races

Samaritan Foundations and SamFit are partnering to present the first ever Samaritan Walk Run Roll 2020, a virtual 5K, 10K and half marathon that participants will complete at their own pace between Sept. 10-20. Entrants who register for the virtual...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 15, 2020

Becky Belcher chosen as Sportsman's Holiday queen

There may not have been a real Sportsman's Holiday festival this year, thanks to the coronavirus, but there is a queen. On Friday evening, July 10, 16-year-old Becky Belcher won the crown at the...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    July 15, 2020

(Livestock) show will go on at Fairgrounds, despite COVID

Despite being what Beef Superintendent Kari Holt described as a “learn-as-we-go kind of year,” Linn County 4-H Club members will still show and auction off their animals this week like usual. The main difference, of course, is how. “We’re...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    July 15, 2020

Kids turn out for fun times – and free tune-ups – at Bike Rodeo

When the Sweet Home Police Department had to cancel the annual Jim Bean Public Safety Fair in June due to COVID-19 restrictions, that created a problem: How to distribute bike helmets that had been...

 

New reporter looks forward to getting to know SH

Editor's note: In this issue we welcome Kelly Kenoyer, who has joined our staff to replace former reporter Sean Morgan, who has moved on to the Sweet Home Police Department. Here Kelly introduces...

 

County COVID-19 numbers edge up

As Oregon exceeded the 10,000 mark in total COVID-19 cases last week, Linn County has seen a slight increase in its count of new presumptive cases, with 17 reported over the past week, according to Oregon Health Authority figures. The state’s...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 8, 2020

Linn's parks getting plenty of use as the 'only game in town'

A lot has happened this year – even when it appeared not much was happening – in Linn County's parks. And for the last month things have really been exploding as the crowds pack the parks, Parks Director Brian Carroll said. The Fourth of July...

 

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