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 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 28, 2020 

Council aiming to upgrade downtown

After years of watching stagnation continue in downtown Sweet Home, City Council is ready to make some serious moves to address vacant buildings and revitalize the area. That’s the outcome of a special meeting on Oct. 20, in which councilors...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 28, 2020 

Family reunited with local homeless man after 20 years of silence

On a bright Saturday morning in mid-October, Louis Carreiro anxiously waited for a car he wouldn't recognize, peeking out of his tent at every sound. He had hardly slept that night, nervous and...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 28, 2020 

New pastor brings varied experience to Cornerstone

Kurt Schnabel has been involved in church pretty much all his life. He was born in Guatemala to parents who were missionaries, grew up in Panama and in Southern California, and has assisted in pastora...

 

Hospice to honor those who have passed in virtual event

Samaritan Evergreen Hospice will hold its annual Light Up a Life celebration as a virtual event that will go live on Sunday, Nov. 22, at samhealth.org/LUAL2020. The annual event brings people together to remember loved ones who have passed and to...

 
 By D E Larsen DVM    News    October 28, 2020 

Harry's place more than just typical veterinarian's call

"Hi Doc, I'm glad you could come this morning," Harry said as he stepped out of the mobile home into the morning mist. "I have a couple of new calves with diarrhea. They are still up and around, but...

 

Public Safety Log Oct. 28, 2020

Oct. 19 7:09 a.m. – Caller reported female has been screaming for the last hour, 300 block of Holley. Officer responded, contacted female who had accidentally locked herself out of her apartment, was able to get back inside. 8:18 a.m. – Vehicle...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    October 28, 2020 

Retired dentist stays active with interests ranging far and wide

When Henry Wolthuis retired from his dentistry practice in Sweet Home in 2014, he found himself waking up with little to do. "I probably did a lot of sitting around," he said, as if recalling a former...

 
 By Roberta McKern    News    October 28, 2020 

Former forest ranger's local history a go-to for stories of old

Roy Elliott's 1971 book, "Profiles of Progress," ranks high on the favorite book list at the East Linn Museum. The best history of Sweet Home in the museum's research room, it includes sketches of...

 

Cascadia crash injures five

A single-car collision in Cascadia Sunday afternoon sent all five occupants to hospitals, one by Life Flight, authorities said. Emergency personnel from Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District... Full story

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 28, 2020 

County-funded library program gives kids opportunity to learn, have fun

Even with sports canceled and schools closed, youngsters in Sweet Home still have the chance to have fun and learn together. The library's childcare and enrichment program, funded by the Linn County...

 

Halloween, harvest celebration events planned for SH, beyond

Here are some Halloween or harvest festival-type events that have been announced in the community: Family-friendly haunted house: Local insurance agent Jamie Erickson is hosting a family-friendly haunted house from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31,...

 

Local land case appealed to state Supreme Court

Neighbors of a 108-acre parcel off Crawfordsville Drive are asking the Oregon Supreme Court to overrule a decision by the state appellate court that is the latest in a battle between a developer and landowners north of Crawfordsville. Neighbors are r...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 28, 2020 

Governor loosens restrictions on kids returning to school

Of The New Era Governor Kate Brown announced a change to school re-opening metrics today that may allow younger students in Linn County to start in-person or hybrid learning as soon as next week. The... Full story

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 21, 2020

Local Mom helps playground makeover

When Rachel Maynard of Sweet Home took her two boys to the playground at Waterloo County Park a couple of years ago, she noticed that the play structure was not in good shape. "There were holes in...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 21, 2020

City to staff water/sewer treatment

Sweet Home’s wastewater and water treatment plants are going to be handled in-house next year for the first time in nearly 15 years, instead of being run by a contractor. That’s after a controversial decision at the Oct. 13 city council meeting,...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 21, 2020

Fire department to use old City Hall for training

Sweet Home's old City Hall will be used as a training facility for Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District firefighters following a 6-1 vote City Council vote on Oct. 13. Mayor Greg Mahler and...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 21, 2020

New officer from Land of Ten Thousand Lakes

There's a new cop in town, and he's come hundreds of miles to join Sweet Home's police department. Steve Carlson is 37, and got into law enforcement after his grandfather died. "He was my biggest...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 21, 2020

City seeking proposal for downtown streetscape upgrades

The City of Sweet Home is requesting proposals for a streetscape and parking plan in the downtown area, meant to give the area a facelift and make it more pedestrian-friendly. Council voted unanimously in favor of putting out a request for...

 

Public Safety Log Oct. 21, 2020

October 12 1:49 a.m. – Caller reported girlfriend broke out the windows on his vehicle, 5200 block of Redwood. Officer responded, info noted. Caller damaged girlfriend’s car previously. Neither wanted to pursue charges. 7:24 a.m. – Caller...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 21, 2020

Sweet Home getting taste of France with new cooperative venture

A taste of Champs Elysées is coming to Main Street. Sweet Home will soon have its very own French patisserie, located right inside Sweet Things Boutique, at 1045 Main St. Lebanon-based Colette Bakery...

 

ODOT seeks ADA input sought

The Oregon Department of Transportation is offering an online open house to give the public an opportunity to learn about and comment on a project to make curbs along Highways 20 and 228 ADA-compliant. The project is currently in design and ODOT...

 

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