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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

 

It was a turbulant beginningSweet Home Union High School - now SHHS

Former ELMS director Sweet Home's first high school started in Gilliland in 1910, then grew to Union High School #2 when dedicated in 1935. Sweet Home High School (SHHS) is now part of an expanded Swe...

 

Early settlers overcome daunting problems

Former director East Linn Museum In 1843 a settler wrote, "At any public gathering it was easy to distinguish the new from the old settler. They were lank, lean, hungry and tough. We were ruddy, ragged and rough. They were dressed in broadcloth,...

 

General Sweet Home History...

Former Director East Linn Museum The history of Sweet Home dates back to 1851, but the real story of that city did not start until April 1, 1932, when the first freight train pulled up at the Oregon... Full story

 

Directory of Sweet Home churches

Assembly Sweet Home Assembly of God 890 Mtn. View Rd. Sweet Home367-2038 Baptist Elm Street Baptist 1150 Elm Street Sweet Home 367-5883 Baptist - Conservative Waterloo Chapel 39480 Gross Waterloo 451-5872 Baptist - Southern First Baptist Church 2470...

 

It was a turbulant beginning Sweet Home Union High School - now SHHS

Former ELMS director Sweet Home's first high school started in Gilliland in 1910, then grew to Union High School #2 when dedicated in 1935. Sweet Home High School (SHHS) is now part of an expanded Swe... 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...

 

Sweet Home, as it was in 1910

Former Director East Linn Museum I thought you might like to know what Sweet Home was like in the early years. Following is a clipping from a 1910 newspaper: Sweet Home, the mountain town, is located 16 miles from Lebanon on the Willamette Valley...

 

Early settlers overcome daunting problems

Former director East Linn Museum In 1843 a settler wrote, "At any public gathering it was easy to distinguish the new from the old settler. They were lank, lean, hungry and tough. We were ruddy,... Full story

 

Where did Sweet Home get its name?

Former Director East Linn Museum In 1847 the Lowell Ames family first filed donation land claims for land that would eventually become Sweet Home, Oregon. The father,his six sons and one daughter, Sweet Home's first settlers, each took out property c...

 

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