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Hometown Newspa of Darlene Sol" Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, January 25, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 4 75 Cents Wynonna coming back to Oregon Jamboree By Scott Swanson Of The New Era The artist who started it all, Wynonna Judd, will return this summer to headline the Saturday night show at the 20th annual Ore- gon Jamboree. Jamboree officials announced the signing of Judd, whose ap- pearance will be her third at the three-day festival, to be held Aug. 3-5, last Friday. They also largely completed their line-up by sign- ing rising stars Brantley Gilbert, Eden's Edge and Morgan Frazier. The new signees join pre- viously announced artists Ras- cal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Eli Young Band, Charlie Daniels Ban& Steve Holy, Ken- tucky Headhunters, host/performer Neal McCoy. One spot, the Satur- day afternoon opening act, has yet to be named. Jamboree Manager Erin Re- grutto said signing Wynonna was almost a no-brainer, especially for Saturday, which will be a 20th- anniversary celebration for the event. "With Wynonna, it's almost like how could we not have her here," Regrutto said. "It's one of those things where we gave it a lot of thought and really listened to our fans. People really wanted to See Artists, page 8 WynonnaJudd Brantley Gilbert Storms: SH escapes severe flooding By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era While other parts of the Witlamette Valley suffered from flooding during last week's tor- rential rains, Sweet Home has, so far, come through the series of storms relatively unscathed. Locally, river levels rose, and some yards and homes on McQueen drive were inundated while water ran across the road. Several houses near the intersec- tion of Highway 228 and Cres- cent Hill Road became islands as their yards flooded, and a backed-up private culvert flood- ed Midway Grocery. A resident on 14th Avenue See Storms, page 9 Photo by Scott Swanson A county truck rolls through a section ofMcQueen Driveflooded by the Calapooia River Thursday. Community weighs in ort 4-day week By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era If School District 55 doesn't go to a four- dayschool week next year, it's going to have to find another $340,000 in cuts somewhere, according to Supt. Don Schrader at a forum Monday night at Sweet Home High School. The forum didn't prompt an outpouring of community participation. About 35 attended, and only about a third of those were not school district staff members, school board members or associated with staff members. Parent Scott Weld said he was disappointed that the community wasn't there and that the community was outnumbered by See Schools, page 5 School driver hits cougar on Fern Ridge By Scott Swanson Of The New Era For the second time in two months, a Sweet Home School District driver has spotted a cougar while out on a bus route. This time, though, it was very up close and per- sonal as Donnette Jewell- Caulkins actually hit one of the big cats, which bolt- ed across the road in front of the Suburban she was driving down Fern Ridge Road to Highway 228 on the east end of town. See Cougar, page 7 Residents worried nasty curve coula become killer By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Vern and Faye Tunnell have lived at 28495 Pleasant Valley Road, in a pleas- ant pocket on a curve along the country highway, for 33 years. The curve is part of a serpentine stretch that winds along a hillside on the right as one drives north on the road, away from the intersection with Ber- lin Road. Although there are caution signs at the beginning of the sequence of curves on both ends, those unfamiliar with the road often find themselves hur- tling into the Tunnells' curve too fast, fighting to keep the vehicle on the road. A reporter experienced this the first few times he drove that stretch of road. When the-Tunnells first moved there, in 1978, Veto Tunnell recalls, they had a number of errant motorists wind See Curve, page 8 Photo by Scott Swanson Faye and Vern Tunnell Stand behind a decorative boulder that also shields their home, in rear, from ve- hicles that frequently veer off the curve at left and into their yard, one striking their house.