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 By Scott Swanson    News    May 12, 2021 

Fourth Focus

Elspeth Liermann stands in her first-grade classroom at Hawthorne School. The lights are dimmed, and she's surrounded by kids, all reading – "Star Wars" stories. It's Tuesday, May 4, and it's...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 12, 2021 

Update: Fire that burned Elm Street church building ruled arson

A fire that officials have concluded was caused by an arsonist severely damaged a building at Elm Street Baptist Church Tuesday evening, May 11. Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District and Sweet Home P...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 12, 2021 

School district outlines plans for SIA funds

Sweet Home School District’s 2021-22 Proposed Budget proposes using the Student Investment Account (SIA), funded by the state, to eliminate pay-to-play fees for sports and other extracurricular activities so every student can participate without fe...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 12, 2021 

City officials highlight plans, spending proposals for 2021-22 budget

The Sweet Home Budget Committee and a number of city department heads met on May 6 at City Hall in the committee's second meeting of the process that will produce a budget proposal for the City...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 12, 2021 

Parks Commissioner Rachel Maynard sees fruition of efforts at dedication

Linn County Parks Commission member Rachel Maynard recalls how much her boys, Zachary and William, enjoyed Waterloo Park – before vandals did so much damage to the playground equipment at the campgr...

 
 News    May 12, 2021 

Behind two state titlists, Huskies third in virtual forestry competition

Sweet Home High School Forestry Club members finished third as a team in a virtual state forestry competition held during the month of April. Students submitted entries in various events. "We were...

 
 News    May 12, 2021 

Mental health: Physical exercise vital to sound mind

Editor’s note: May is Mental Health Month and The New Era has agreed to include a weekly message submitted by local mental health advocates who are concerned about the effects of the past year on local residents. Here is this week’s installment:...

 
 News    May 12, 2021 

Public Safety Log May 12, 2021

May 3 5:24 a.m. – Tony Roebuck, 27, cited and released on Linn County Circuit Court Felony warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of theft and failure to appear on an original charge of criminal citation X3, 2000 Main St. McDonald’s...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 12, 2021 

Ballot back in your mailbox? You've got plenty of company

Rochelle Smith of Sweet Home got some unexpected mail Monday, May 10. "When I went to the Post Office today, I received at first what I thought was another voter ballot. But I began to look at it...

 
 News    May 12, 2021 

County to reach out to small businesses following latest shutdown

Linn County will again reach out to small businesses affected by Gov. Kate Brown’s recent actions to ban indoor dining at restaurants and bars due to the COVID-19 pandemic, commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker agreed...

 
 News    May 12, 2021 

SH planners approve pot store move

Sweet Home Planning Commission members on May 3 approved a conditional use permit for Dustin Pomeroy, owner of Going Green Sweet Home, to establish a retail marijuana store in an existing building at 2252 Main St. His plan is to move the existing...

 
 By Cathryn Arndt    News    May 12, 2021 

Juices, smoothies can be good ways to consume fruits and veggies

We know that adding more fruits and veggies into our diets are good for us but how do we get more in? Truthfully, there is no magic formula. There are many ways to do it. Making smoothies and juices...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 5, 2021

Throwback to past: Job Corps workers repair Longbow camp

Saving the past, from the present, for the future. That's what a group of four Job Corps students at Longbow Organizational Camp have been doing over the last three weeks, said retired Sweet Home Nati...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 5, 2021

Ex-mayor: City should allocate federal funds to businesses

Former Mayor Dave Holley suggested to the City Council at its April 28 meeting that the city should allocate part of the $2.03 million Sweet Home is scheduled to receive from the federal government to...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 5, 2021

COVID reports rise, kids quarantined, counties protest

Friday's National Honor Society Inductee ceremony at Sweet Home High School's gymnasium honored the academic accomplishments of 26 juniors and seniors.  However, eight students were not able to...

 
 News    May 5, 2021

Fundraiser brings in cash for fireworks

A fund-raising drive by the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce in the past week raised an estimated $2,475 that had been donated toward a fireworks display on Sportsman’s Holiday Weekend. Sportsman’s Holiday Weekend is July 8-11. The fireworks...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    May 5, 2021

Ex-athletes recall 'Donna Momma' Davis as 'tiny, huge gal'

Donna Davis is remembered for a lot of things. That piercing whistle, which would cut like a knife through the crowd noise at competitions, supporting Husky wrestlers on the mat and swimmers in the...

 
 News    May 5, 2021

Public Safety Log May 5, 2021

April 26 3:49 p.m. – Caller requests subject be trespassed from location, 1105 Main St. Officer responded, contacted female and trespassed her from location. 5:06 p.m. – Jeremiah Middleton, 33, cited for driving uninsured, 800 Block Main St....

 
 News    May 5, 2021

School Board seat has two candidates as others opt for noncompetitive positions

Ballots were mailed late last week to Sweet Home voters for Sweet Home's May 18 School Board election. The only competitive School Board race will be the Zone 8 At Large seat, for the Sweet Home Schoo...

 
 News    May 5, 2021

Commissioners honor fire hero

Lt. Charles DeJesus of the Salvation Army was honored Tuesday morning by Salem-based Bolante.net for his dedication to feeding families displaced by last September’s wildfires, first at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center and then for many weeks...

 
 News    May 5, 2021

Summer jobs available in parks

The Linn County Parks and Recreation Department is looking for summer help — 40 hours per week for four to six months, according to Adam Brenneman, assistant operations supervisor. Pay scale ranges from $13.50 to $18 per hour. Applicants must be...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 5, 2021

Sharp increase seen in mental health calls over past year

Calls for service to the Sweet Home Police Department from people suffering from mental health issues have gone up dramatically in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2020. In the first quarter of 2020, 31 calls were made to...

 
 News    May 5, 2021

Election for open SHFAD Board seat draws experienced candidates

The single competitive race in this year's election on May 18 for the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance Board of Directors is for Position 4, which is being vacated by the resignation of Don Hopkins, who...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 28, 2021

City's budget process starts with guessing

How do you construct a budget amid the worst pandemic since the early 1900s? “The recipe for these estimates requires part science, part art, and part use of a crystal ball,” said City Manager Ray Towry as Sweet Home’s Budget Committee met for...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 28, 2021

Grant helps local addicts find help support, recovery

In 2018, Mid Valley Healthcare received a Human Resources and Services Administration grant from the federal government. The grant, overseen by the Coast to the Cascades Community Wellness Network...

 

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