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 News    May 18, 2022 

TUESDAY UPDATE: Two killed in Highway 20 crash Saturday; witnesses sought

NOTE: This story was updated Tuesday morning, May 17, 2022. The Oregon State Police is investigating possible impairment as a factor in a two-vehicle crash Saturday, May 14, that killed two... Full story

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 18, 2022 

Council discusses vacant buildings

Wastewater plant upgrades, railroad depot also on agenda The May 10 Sweet Home City Council meeting featured discussions on potentially enforcing stricter vacant-building ordinances downtown, funding...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 18, 2022 

Will decades-old plant get new treatment at last?

City officials are watching costs skyrocket as they plan for a new wastewater treatment plant that, they say, is decades overdue. But how needful, really, is a new plant in the first place? Essentiall...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 18, 2022 

Sweet Home's hare-raising problem

A feral-rabbit issue has plagued Sweet Home and the surrounding area since late last year, but this month it's worsened by leaps and bounds -- or hops, you could say.  On Thursday, May 5, local Lisa...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 18, 2022 

All in on ADA sidewalk project

Workers from Emery and Sons Construction contractors go deep to install storm drain improvements in Foster last week as part of the city's long-awaited project to install sidewalks along Highway 20....

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

School district names ESPY winners for May

Sweet Home School District named its ESPY Award winners for May at the May 9 School Board meeting. In front, from left, in the first photo from the meeting, are Sailor Burr, third grade, Hawthorne...

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

Secretary of State discusses election changes

Secretary of State Shemia Fagan says Oregon's election system is about as air-tight as it can be, but that new rules may delay results, especially for close elections in the May 17 primary. Fagan, who...

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

Fire stopped after discovery of electrical short in wall

Firefighters stopped a short at its source Sunday evening, May 15, at a home in the 40000 block of Mountain Home Drive. The incident was reported at 11:45 p.m. According to C Shift Battalion Chief Randy Whitfield, responding personnel arrived to...

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

Caution urged on spring yard debris disposal

Because this year’s drought conditions put the state at higher wildfire risks, the Oregon Department of Forestry and other fire prevention experts urge caution when disposing of yard debris this spring. May is Wildfire Awareness Month, which is a...

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

Sweet Home School District Clothing Closet reopens

The Sweet Home School District Clothing Closet reopened May 4 at River of Life Fellowship, 1658 Long St., for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the spring of 2020. Hours are 1 to...

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

County helps Santiam Canyon residents rebuild after fire

Linn County has distributed more than $88,000 to assist homeowners use fire-retardant materials when rebuilding homes in the Santiam Canyon affected by the Labor Day 2020 wildfires, county commissioners learned Tuesday, May 10, at their weekly meetin...

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

Circuit Court (May 18, 2022)

Sweet Home On Friday, May 13, Justin Thomas Parker, 43, pleaded guilty to and was sentenced for DUII and recklessly endangering another person for an incident occurring on May 28, 2020. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 36 months probation and...

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

Public Safety (May 18, 2022)

May 9 5:07 p.m. - Caller reported a driver running a stop sign, nearly causing crash in the 28000 block of Pleasant Valley Road. May 10 8:04 p.m. - Sheriff’s Office responded to a verbal argument between a student and a bus driver in the 40900 bloc...

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

Insurance Office Ribbon Cutting

Travis Luttmer, center, cuts the ribbon to celebrate the opening of his Country Financial insurance office at 1001 Long St. He is flanked by staff members and members of the Sweet Home Chamber of...

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

Linn County offers help for those experiencing mental health challenges

The last two years have been stressful for everyone, from children to adults, and staff at Linn County Mental Health want people to know that it’s OK to sometimes feel overwhelmed. They also want you to know that help is available to anyone with...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 11, 2022

Wet May Week

The May Week Track Meet competition on Friday afternoon, May 6, brings out self-sacrificial spirit and a lot of showers as Sweet Home High School juniors, on ground, from left, Trenton Smith, Mars...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 11, 2022

School district faces challenges in 2022-23 budget

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era The Sweet Home School District's 2022-23 proposed budget was released for public review and a budget message from Acting Supt. Terry Martin was delivered to district...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 11, 2022

Looking to add a few to crew

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District has a shortage of volunteer firefighters. "Historically, our numbers have been up to 60 volunteers on the roster, and we currently have 30," Recruitment and...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 11, 2022

Planning Commission addresses housing, population

 By Benny Westcott  Of The New Era  The Planning Commission heard the results of a housing needs analysis, which explored the possibility of considerable population growth in Sweet Home over the...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 11, 2022

Five named to the 2022 Sportsman's Holiday Court

By Benny Westcott  Of The New Era  Five local high-school juniors were named Wednesday, May 4, to the 2022 Sportsman's Holiday Court as part of the annual Sportsman's Holiday Weekend, scheduled for...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 11, 2022

National Day of Prayer

Sweet Home pastors and residents, above, gather at City Hall at noon Thursday, May 5, for National Day of Prayer. Other gatherings were held during the day at the School District Administration...

 

Linn County appoints deputy district attorneys

Robert Beaver, Melissa Allison and Jace Cook have joined the Linn County District Attorney's Office as deputy district attorneys. Beaver, 29, is a North Carolina native and North Carolina State...

 

Sheriff's dispatcher facing theft charges over paid leave

A Linn County Sheriff’s dispatcher who, in 2020 was named the department’s Dispatcher of the Year, is facing charges of stealing thousands of dollars from the agency over three years. Tara Ann Trudell, 34, of Albany, is accused of seven counts...

 

Public Safety (May 11, 2022)

May 2 11:28 a.m. - A deputy assisted the California Highway Patrol, which had located a dumped vehicle from Oregon in its jurisdiction. 41000 block of Nichol Drive. 10:13 p.m. - Caller reported kayaks stolen from a residential detached shop in the...

 

Lebanon police and Linn County sheriff logs, April 29-May 5, 2022

April 29 12:38 p.m. - Brandon Kyle Alexander, 31, was cited for a Linn County Circuit Court warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of possession of heroin, an Albany Municipal Court warrant for second-degree theft, and a Marion County...

 

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