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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 23, 2019 

Committee mulls options for assisting local homeless

Members of the community's homelessness committee kicked around ideas Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, on how to go about assisting the local homeless population. They discussed where to host the Linn Cou...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 23, 2019 

Sellout? Jamboree ticket sales on record pace

Oregon Jamboree ticket sales are strong and could set records for the event. "Ticket sales are up over last year close to 15 percent now," said Robert Shamek, festival director. The Jamboree has...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 16, 2019

Wowing crowds

Moriah Winn has turned heads since she was a little girl – most recently in east Linn County. Moriah, 12, is a violinist and singer who has wowed local audiences at church, school, in last year's...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 16, 2019

SHHS alum Candalynn Johnson seeking change through 'civic engagement'

Candalynn Johnson has never been one to miss an opportunity to get involved. So working to garner support for a new process of establishing electoral districts in Oregon is right in line with efforts...

 
 By Sean C Morgan    News    January 16, 2019

Officer honored for saving shooting victim

Sweet Home Police Officer Sean Potter has received a Letter of Commendation for saving a life in 2018. Department Sgt. Ryan Cummings made the presentation on Dec. 17. "He was in the right place at...

 

Chris Wingo honored for valor during armed confrontation

Sweet Home Police Sgt. Chris Wingo was recently awarded the Oregon Peace Officers Association Medal of Valor, one of 12 statewide, for his actions when he confronted an armed subject in the parking...

 

Treasure hunters club donates record $10,000 to Food Pak program

The East Linn Treasure Seekers recently donated a record $10,000 to the Kids Food Pak program. The group of metal detector enthusiasts annually gives the proceeds from fund-raising events to the...

 

Leak detection turns up 68 spills from city pipes

A contractor has located 68 leaks in the City of Sweet Home's water distribution system, and crews have repaired about 17 of them, according to Public Works Director Greg Springman. American Leak...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 9, 2019

SHFAD calls down, but department's getting plenty done

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District saw a 4.4 percent decline in its total number of calls in 2018. But while that aspect of the department's operations saw a downtick, SHFAD's been plenty busy...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 9, 2019

Late Frank McCubbins' stories come to life in new book

The late Frank McCubbins lived a colorful life, and he used to tell his family and friends all about it. He wrote a book about it, but that was in manuscript form – just for his family. His daughter...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 9, 2019

Sankey Park work proceeding with changes to parking lot, new bathrooms

Joe Graybill's plan for Sankey Park is taking shape. Sweet Home's city engineer has new pathways painted onto the ground, and the sewer, water and power connections are in the ground ready to accept a...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    January 9, 2019

First baby's brother has plans for him

Sweet Home’s first baby of 2019 was welcomed into the world Thursday, Jan. 3, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. Baby Emmett Ray Villines was born at 9:24 a.m. to parents Matt and Heather...

 

City leaf pickup final tally: 1,350 cubic yards

The new city leaf pickup program officially ended on Dec. 15. The Public Works Department has described it as a huge success and will offer the service to local residents next fall starting Oct. 1....

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    January 2, 2019

Hospital program helps participants learn to control pain naturally

Kari White says she's an introvert due to chronic pain from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, restless leg syndrome, and Renaud's Syndrome, but a new physical therapy class in Lebanon is helping her...

 

Year in review: Christmas tree leads list of stories from 2018

Here is a review of the major news stories of 2018, compiled by our staff. By far, we think, the biggest story of 2018 for Sweet Home was the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree experience. But there were...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 2, 2019

New Sweet Home police officer started as Explorer in department

When he was sworn in at Sweet Home Police Department Dec. 6, Sweet Home's second new hometown police officer, Bret Adams, achieved a goal. Adams is filling a new position authorized in the 2018-19...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    January 2, 2019

Volunteer cat lovers address challenge of feline overpopulation

For some, retirement is a period of life to rest, catch up on projects around the house, and travel. But two Sweet Home residents might be working harder than they ever have, and not for pay. Doris... Full story

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 2, 2019

Library receives $4,500 grant for pop-up program

The Sweet Home Public Library recently received a $4,500 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to pay for pop-up libraries in the spring and summer. “We’ve tested the waters,” said Libary Director Rose Peda. “We have attended events...

 

Jamboree announces final headliner: Chris Young

The Oregon Jamboree last week announced Chris Young as the final headliner for the 2019 festival. Just after Thanksgiving, the Jamboree announced the addition of Hank Williams Jr. They join the...

 

Little Promises 35th anniversary brings back memories for alums

A display of historical photos last week prompted a parent to leave to grab an old sweatshirt and then excitedly return to Little Promises Preschool to show it to veteran teacher Susie Burns. The...

 

After half a century in Sweet Home, Santiam Drug closes

Santiam Drug store closed Dec. 14 after serving the Sweet Home community for 52 years. Manager Connie Moyer spent the past 42 years working there, as store manager since 1987. Santiam Drug was opened...

 

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