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Local officials working to put COVID revenue to use for kids

Plans are coming together for childcare during the new socially distanced school year for Sweet Home students, thanks to money from a Linn County emergency order.

Linn County Commissioners earlier this month determined to step up for local kids by approving a declaration of local emergency in response to Gov. Kate Brown’s July 28 order that students in fourth grade and above in counties failing to meet certain COVID-19 metrics would start the fall online. Since then, the governor has closed all Linn County schools to students, due to increased COVID numbers.

A meeting held Aug. 11, includ...