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 By Scott Swanson    News    November 14, 2018 

3 councilors re-elected, Nash gets fourth seat

Four Sweet Home City Council members were elected Tuesday, Nov. 6, and local voters gave a big thumbs up to funding the community swimming pool for another five years. In the race for four open Sweet...

 

Search on for SH man who allegedly rammed officer's vehicle

A Sweet Home man is on the run after allegedly ramming a Sheriff's deputy's vehicle Monday morning, Sheriff Jim Yon said. Yon said his deputies were involved in a pursuit Monday at 9:02 a.m. after...

 

SH turns out in force to celebrate

Sweet Home's Christmas season got a super early start Friday with the departure of the 2018 Capitol Christmas tree for Washington, D.C. The celebration included lots of music, a nighttime parade that...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    November 14, 2018 

Demolition officially kicks off SHJH work

Demolition at Sweet Home Junior High School began last week with students swinging sledgehammers at a door. It was a truly memorable day for junior high students. Vice Principal Terry Augustadt gave t...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    November 14, 2018 

Olin, Hewitt named Jr. First Citizens

Sweet Home High School seniors Sarah Hewitt and Austin Olin have been chosen Junior First Citizens for Sweet Home for 2018, and Olin last week was chosen as Linn County's Junior First Citizen. "It's...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    November 14, 2018 

Superintendent: New state report cards show local schools continuing to improve

The state's report cards for schools and school districts may lack a letter grade again and undergone yet more changes this year, but they continue to contain the same information, which, this year,...

 

Public Safety Log Nov. 14, 2018

Nov. 9 4:45 a.m. - Elisha Marie Adams, 37, arrested on Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on original charge of providing false information to a police officer, 1000 block of North River. 5:18 a.m. - Caller reported that she had video of someon...

 

Commissioners approve revised plan to create 3 lots on Mountain View

The Sweet Home Planning Commission last week approved a request to partition 980 Mountain View Road into three lots. In October, the commission continued the hearing to its regular meeting on Nov. 5 to allow the property owner, Mark C. Rose of...

 

Ranger District seeks comment on Upper Calapooia steelhead project

The Sweet Home Ranger District is seeking public comment on the proposed Calapooia Steelhead Habitat Enhancement Project. The project is located on and adjacent to the Calapooia River, beginning at the U.S. Forest Service boundary and extending...

 

Northwest Natural Gas rates decline with fall in gas prices

Northwest Natural Gas Company (NW Natural) has announced that customers are paying lower rates as of Nov. 1 – 2.1 percent, to be exact, for most. This is the fourth straight year that the cost of natural gas has dropped, and customers are still...

 

Ice cream shop's 'humble' opening draws a crowd Saturday

Henry and Mollie Wolthuis held a "humble grand opening" Saturday morning, Nov. 3, for their new Fire Haus Ice Cream Shop. The business brings Henry Wolthuis, a retired dentist who operated his office...

 

Susan Coleman leads winners in City Council election; Rachel Kittson-Maqatish elected judge

Four Sweet Home City Council members were elected Tuesday, Nov. 6, and local voters gave a big thumbs up to funding the community swimming pool for another five years. Statewide, Gov. Kate Brown held off challenger Knute Beuhler with 49.57 percent...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    November 7, 2018

'Most beautiful' Capitol Christmas starts journey to Washington D.C.

Deep in the Willamette National Forest but only 30 miles from the heart of Sweet Home, a caravan of vehicles wound its way Friday morning, Nov. 2, along a muddy road that led to the secret location...

 

Public Safety Log Nov. 7, 2018

Nov. 4 4:06 p.m. - Joshua Dawson arrested on a warrant for probation violation, 40100 block of Highway 228. Nov. 3 6:23 a.m. - Caller reported a burglary, 26000 block of 2nd, Crawfordsville. Report taken. Nov. 2 5:41 a.m. - Keith Newsome, 34, and...

 

Chase in the Night

Sweet Home police pursue a vehicle at a low speed in the 1200 block of Main Street. Police followed the vehicle to Port Drive where they arrested Earl Ryan Dodge, 24, for a restraining order...

 

SHPD pondering problem of rising break-ins, thefts from cars

The total number of car prowls reported in October in Sweet Home was nearly one-fifth of the five-year annual average of reported thefts from vehicles. Sweet Home Police Department received 12 reports of unauthorized entry into motor vehicles and...

 

Rising property values translate into rising taxes

Property values across Linn County increased by 11 percent for real market and 4 percent for assessed values, driving up property tax bills and decreasing property tax compression, according to the county’s assessment information released in...

 

Councilors OK $910,000 bid for City Hall fix-up

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council last week accepted a bid of $910,000 for the remodeling of a new City Hall. The city purchased the building, 3225 Main St., on a 6½-acre property, as its new City Hall in July 2016 for...

 

Cougar population is double state's management goals, crowd told

Officials from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife told an audience of around 170 people last week that the tools currently available are making cougar management difficult, resulting in a...

 

Corps tests aim to gauge stability of soils under Foster Dam, earthquake resistance

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drilled into and through Foster Dam last week as part of a test of underlying soils to determine how well the dam will hold up during an earthquake. The Corps' Dam...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    October 31, 2018

Artist spreads splash of holiday spirit on local windows

As the holidays get closer, artist Jennifer Pulliam puts her mark on the season in Sweet Home by painting business windows. Sugar Vibes commissioned Pulliam to paint a scene on its window last week...

 

Public Safety Log Oct. 31, 2018

Oct. 26 8:45 a.m. - Caller reported that someone used her name to open a Verizon account and purchase an iPhone 10, which was to be delivered to a non-existent address in Sweet Home, 1000 block of Pleasant Valley. The phone was delivered to her...

 

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