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Year in Review: 2017 included high points, in sports, economy


January 3, 2018

SMOKE from forest fires around the state blanketed Sweet Home in August and September.

Following are some of the big stories of 2017, collected by our staff.

Amidst the highs and lows that are typical of any year, we enjoyed a building boom, the arrival of a new Dollar General store, a number of significant achievements in local sports and much more. Here's our list:


- Lupe Wilson retired after 40 years of employment with the Sweet Home Ranger District.

- Sweet Home's first baby, Jeremiah L. Miles-Russell, was born Jan. 9.

- Wrestling Coach Steve Thorpe broke the school record for coaching wins set by his own mentor, Norm Davis, with 505 victories.

- The City Co...

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