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 News    May 27, 2020 

$29.4M city budget OK'd by committee

The City of Sweet Home Budget Committee voted to approve the proposed 2020-21 city budget on Tuesday May 19. The committee tabled motions to approve the budget and levy taxes during its previous meeting on May 14 and then held off voting for it...

 
 News    May 27, 2020 

Sweet Home teens killed in Hwy. 228 crash

Two Sweet Home teens were killed and their younger sister was severely injured early Saturday, May 23, in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 228 near Milepost 10, in the Sunset Lane area, east of...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    May 27, 2020 

7 to lead SHHS graduation

Sweet Home High School has announced six valedictorians and one salutatorian to lead the Class of 2020 graduation ceremonies, which will be held June 4 and 5. The valedictorians, Megan Hager,...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020 

Spenger wins, Cate leads election

Current State House District 17 Rep. Sherrie Sprenger won the Republican primary for Linn County Commissioner Position 3 with 65.79 percent of the vote during the May 19 primary election. With 10,947...

 
 News    May 27, 2020 

Graduation to include small ceremonies, processional

Sweet Home High School will hold its graduation ceremony over two days, June 4 and 5, in carefully scheduled small groups of seven students and guests, who will meet in the Main Gymnasium as graduates receive their diplomas. Steve Thorpe, who is...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020 

Land use panel overturns county rezone near Crawfordsville

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals has reversed a decision made last year by the Linn County Board of Commissioners allowing the rezoning of 108 acres off Crawfordsville Drive from farm forest to...

 
 News    May 27, 2020 

Hawaiians' response to shutdown is family-focused

By Andrew Allen As I write, the island of Hawaii has zero active cases of coronavirus. Yes, we are still sheltering in place at home until the end of the month, along with a 14-day quarantine for visitors to the state. Things are slowly turning on,...

 
 News    May 27, 2020 

Public Safety Log May 27, 2020

May 22 4:45 a.m. - Caller reported someone entered his vehicle and took things, 900 block of 23rd. Report taken. Loss valued at $519. 9:19 p.m. - Abandoned travel trailer tagged for removal, 49000...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    May 27, 2020 

Seniors devote seamstress skills to maskmaking efforts

More people are stepping into the public sphere as Phase 1 of Gov. Kate Brown's reopening plan for Oregon gains momentum, but if you do, the Jolly Stitchers at the Senior Center have you covered....

 
 By D E Larsen DVM    News    May 27, 2020 

Vivid memories linger from ground hallowed by sacrifice

We hurried across the cow bridge at the upper end of Uncle Dutch’s farm. We were in a hurry because we planned to hunt up to the Bartlett farm this afternoon. This would require us to cross Catching Creek one more time, and that crossing would have...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020 

Dam inspections indicate Foster, Green Peter in good shape

After conducting its five-year inspections on Foster and Green Peter dams last week, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found nothing unexpected or out of the ordinary. Every five years, the Corps...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020 

City: Daily savings from pipe leak fix 359,000 gallons day

Data collected by the city Public Works Department continues to confirm that repair of a massive water leak on the north end of 9th Avenue has solved a large percentage of the water lost in Sweet Home’s water system. During the past month, the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020 

Chief: Thanks to those who 'honor our fallen'

Sweet Home Police Chief Jeff Lynn offered his thanks to those who keep the memories of U.S. heroes alive Monday at Gilliland Cemetery as part of the annual Memorial Day Service held there by the...

 
 News    May 27, 2020 

County COVID-19 total now 116

Linn County had seven new reported cases of COVID-19 as of Monday morning, May 25, for a total of 116 cases so far, up from 109 one week earlier and 103 the week before that. The county’s death toll reached has nine, according to information...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020 

SHFAD Budget Committee approves 2.6% budget increase

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Budget Committee last week approved an increase of about 2.6 percent in General Fund expenditures for fiscal 2020-21. Committee members met May 19 to consider the proposed budget. With their approval, the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 20, 2020

Furloughs to save money for district

Anticipating a revenue shortfall next year, the Sweet Home School Board decided Monday night, May 18, to take four furlough days this year to save money for next school year while using the Oregon Work Share program to ensure employees receive...

 

Sprenger, Cate, Glaser lead Republicans in contested local primaries

State House District 17 Rep. Sherrie Sprenger is carrying 65.87 percent of the vote in the Republican primary for Linn County Commissioner Position 3 as of 8 p.m. on May 19. With 10,214 votes, she is leading Kerry Johnson, 4,174 votes, 26.92...

 

SH begins to reopen following COVID-19

Linn County is among 31 counties that entered Phase 1 of the governor’s plan to reopen Oregon Friday, May 15, allowing restaurants and bars, personal service providers and gyms to reopen. Locally, the City of Sweet Home partially opened its parks...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 20, 2020

City working to support at-risk businesses, build 'relationships'

So what’s Sweet Home’s economic development director to do during the coronavirus pandemic shutdown? “It’s been a whirlwind,” Blair Larsen said Friday, the first day of Gov. Kate Brown’s...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 20, 2020

It's official: 2020 Oregon Jamboree cancelled

Oregon Jamboree Festival Director Robert Shamek announced May 13 that the 2020 Oregon Jamboree would not be held this year. Jamboree staff, SHEDG board members and management team members have been...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    May 20, 2020

Rebound from COVID-19 dominates council's attention last week

Addressing the Sweet Home City Council last week, Linn County Commissioner Will Tucker and Rep. Sherrie Sprenger urged Sweet Home residents to follow the guidelines as the county begins reopening, both to protect lives and to prevent the state from...

 

Public Safety Log May 20, 2020

May 18 12:42 a.m. - Five callers reported loud explosions or gunshots, Oak Terrace and 3rd. Officer checked the area. Unable to locate. Officer spoke with several residents who believed it was fireworks. One caller said she did not believe it was...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    May 20, 2020

Council gives City Manager Ray Towry high marks

The Sweet Home City Council provided City Manager Raymond Towry with positive marks on his annual evaluation. Councilors unanimously approved the evaluation during their meeting on Tuesday, May 12....

 

Linn County COVID-19 cases up to 109, including presumptives

Linn County had 109 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday morning, an increase from 103 one week earlier and 97 the week prior, according to information provided by the Oregon Health Authority. Linn County had no reported deaths related to COVID-19 last...

 

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