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Dinner table isn't proper environment for a guilty conscience

You hear it all the time. Likely you have even said it: "I was bad today."Or, "I was good today." "Good" and "bad," terms commonly used for moral and ethical issues, somehow have become everyday...

 

Starting young

It's not too often that a 6-year-old wants to read The New Era. Emily Reynolds went one step further. She's a subscriber. Emily showed up recently in our office, with her mom, to sign up for her own...

 

Fair Photo Winner

Krista Reed, a member of the Raindrops 4-H Club, shows off her photo of the Grand Canyon that won at the Linn County Fair. She won reserve champion among all photos and will send her photo to the...

 

Art sought for display in City Hall

The SHOCASE Public Arts Committee is accepting art from local artists for display in the new City Hall beginning with an art show to be held there on Aug. 23. Grand Opening, Grant Art kicks off at 12:30 p.m. and will remain on display through Dec. 15...

 

from Our Files – July 31, 2019

July 31, 1969 Work on the high school’s new grandstand was completed this week after Sweet Home Rotary Club members finished painting the laminated wood beams. The football stadium grandstand burned to the ground last September following a...

 

How to eat healthy while experiencing summer BBQ scene

It is undeniable that there are loads of food options at summer barbecues. It begins with the table of chips and dip. As you greet the other quests at the BBQ, you eye the selection: salt and vinegar,...

 

July 4 Americana on display

John Chesselll above, plays the bass sax with a band of banjo players, below, from across the country at the Veteran’s Club July 4 during the Oregon Trail Banjo Camp’s annual Fourth of July... Full story

 

From Our Files History July 10, 2019

July 10, 1969 The new “blues” of the Sweet Home Police Department have been put to work. New pants, hats and short-sleeve year-round shirts for the men, and slacks and short-sleeve blouses for the women are now standard wear for the city’s...

 

Searchers find missing Foster man

Linn County Sheriff's deputies have found a Foster man, Craig Johnston, 83, of Foster, who was reported missing early Thursday, Jan. 4. At 5:10 a.m. Thursday, Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1...

 

Legislative leaders, governor lay out session priorities in Salem

and Paris Achen EO Media Capital Bureau Oregon’s legislative leaders say they have a difficult session ahead of them. With the games due to begin Feb. 1, balancing the state’s budget is top of mind. Health care costs, education programs and...

 

Consultant: Bringing wastewater plant up to speed will be costly

Engineering consultant Jon Holland told the Sweet Home City Council last week that the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant will require $20 million in upgrades. With a phased approach, over the next 30 years, and counting inflation, those costs... Full story

 

New bond levy would overlap current levy, but rates will be 6 cents lower

If voters approve a bond request for the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District, the property taxes that pay for its existing bond will overlap with the the property taxes that will pay for the new bond; but the combined tax rates will be lower than...

 

SHFAD weighs priorities for possible 2016 bond

Fire Chief Dave Barringer is working on a bond levy proposal to go the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance Board of Directors and Sweet Home area voters to replace a general obligation bond levy that expire...

 

Council approves levy requests for police, library for ballot

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved two local option levy renewal requests for the November ballot that would help recover tax revenue uncollected due to property tax “compression.” If...

 

Council sends fence ordinance back to Planners

The Sweet Home City Council last week decided to remand proposed revisions to the city’s fence ordinances back to the Planning Commission last week following an at-times spirited discussion of permits, fees and other concerns. The council held a... Full story

 

SHFAD candidates both bring fire experience to table: Incumbent Tim Geil

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Board of Directors must look for new ways to raise money and cover expenses moving forward, said Tim Geil, an incumbent candidate for the board. He faces cha...

 

Election: GOP candidates concentrate on jobs, park, records

Linn County Commissioner John Lindsey of Lebanon faces Chanz Keeney of Holley in the May 20 Republican primary election. The winner will face no general election challenger because no Democrat is runn...

 

Touch of history

Marge Lillich of Sweet Home examines native American instruments provided and demonstrated by Kiamichi, who was on hand to discuss Choctaw heritage at the 34th Annual Genealogical Workshop held at...

 

Council ratifies new contract with city staff

The Sweet Home City Council on Sept. 10 ratified a new three-year contract with its general employees, granting 2-percent raises the first two years and two 1.5-percent raises the third year. The employees, which includes all union employees except P...

 

Linn County Circuit Court Cases

Karissa Lynette Williams pleaded no contest to third-degree assault in Linn County Circuit Court on Aug. 9 and was sentenced to 30 days in jail with three years of probation in connection with an April case in which a victim said she had been kidnapp...

 

Contact Your Local Government Representatives

City of Sweet Home – Craig Martin, City Manager, (541) 367-8969 cmartin@ci.sweet-home.or.us City Council – Jim Gourley, Mayor, (541) 367-8969 e-mail: jgourley@ci.sweet-home.or.us – Scott McKee, President Pro Tem, (541) 405-6191... Full story

 

Grandpa Philpott was the oldest living blacksmith around, when I was growing up

The sign on the front of the blacksmith shop next to the East Linn Museum reads: "Blacksmith, J. Philpott, Prop. Est. 1880." It was fun to watch him take an old chair, that anyone of us would just... Full story

 

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