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f 4/28/20 i3 N 5,marl Town Papers .. 2 i 7 W Cola St Gheiion VVa 98584 \b Hometown News 3aper of Ele;]nor Barnes Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 16 75 Cents i At left, Foster School students compete in the tango during a ballroom dancing con- test for fifth- and sixth-graders on Friday. Above, Mary Bursey competes solo in the free-style division. The students have been studying ballroom dancing recently, and their work culminated in the dance contest judged by school staff members. Photos by Scan C. Morgan The clapboard for "Contagious,'" an independent zombie movie to be filmed locally is ready to go. Linn zombies to invade area towns this month By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era LB Productions is planning to make the streets of central Linn County run red with blood and gore. Some 150 zombies from around the county, including Sweet Home, are set to converge on Brownsville as former Sweet Home resident Debbie Jensen. Scott Smith and Tony Miller are beginning produc- tion on an hour-long zombie movie called "Contagious.'" Miller. a graduate of Cen- tral Linn High School. wrote the screenplay. While looking for gear to make his movie, he got in touch with Jensen and Smith. who own and operate LB Productions, and they signed on. Smith and Jensen made a short movie. "Affecting the Lives of Millions," about a viral outbreak, a couple of years ago to enter in a film contest. Since then. they have provided video and photography services as well as tape-to-DVD transfers, opening a storefront at 128 Spaulding in Brownsville last year. "I went down to see 'Project X,'" Miller said. In the Gateway Mall parking lot in Springfield, See Zombie, page 8 Keegan Burnett returns home, benefit planned By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Keegan Burnett arrived home last Friday, April 13. and will continue his rehabilita- tion from injuries he suffered in a skiing accident on Jan. 28 from there, his mother said. Alice Burnett said her son, 27. must use a wheelchair but is learning to move himself in and out. She said he will live at home with his parents in SweetHome and will attend outpatient therapy in Eugene, where he has been at the Or- egon Rehabilitation Center for the past seven weeks. To raise money for his recovery costs, River of Life Fellowship at 1658 Long St. in Sweet Home is hosting a spa- ghetti dinner from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Friday, April 20. followed by a screening of the movie "Courageous" at 7 p.m. The dinner and movie are free but donations are accepted. Keegan was injured dur- ing a trip with friends to Hoo- doo ski resort, where he tried a jump and landed on his head. His recovery was complicated by the fact that in addition to Keegan Burnett destroying the the T-12 disc in his lower spine, the accident created bulges around the C-5 and C-6 cervical discs in his neck. He also broke his right shoulder blade and suffered a concussion. "He has improved." Al- ice Burnett said. "He has full use from the legs up. From his waist up he can move fine, though it's painful." She said.Keegan's recov- ery has been slowed a bit by an armpit-to-hip body brace that heTs been forced to wear since the accident. "'But that's supposed to come ,off soon," Alice said. See Burnett, page 5 asks voters to buoy pool By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era School District 55 is asking voters to approve a local option levy to pay for the operational costs of the swimming pool in the upcoming May 15 election. Local ballots are scheduled to be mailed on April 27. The proposed levy is 32 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for two years. The levy would raise an es- timated $90,000 in 2012-13 and $90,900 in 2013-14. The district and an aquatics committee were exploring the op- tion of forming an aquatics district, but based on the impact to local op- tion levies that fund the library and See Pool, page 7 Council holds line on bill for departed cops By Sean C. Morgan '~t Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council denied a request by the city of Leb- 1 I anon for a partial waiver of a bill for the training of Sweet Home police officers hired by Lebanon, but the council approved a request to split the payment between the current fiscal year and the next. The city of Sweet Home billed the city of Lebanon $60.522.84. That includes $46,132.33 in train- ing costs for Officer Chad Christen- son and $14.390.51 for Taylor Jack- son, which Lebanon has requested be waived. A state law, passed in 2009. allows for this repayment. Spe- cifically, th~ law allows the city to t recoup 100 percent of the costs of :t training an officer whose training ended within the last 12 months be- fore his or her departure. 66 percent for an officer whose training ended between 12 and 24 months prior to departure, and 33 percent for offi- cers whose training ended between 24 and 36 months before leaving. Jackson was three weeks shy of the 36-week threshold, Matin said. The council's Administration and Finance Committee reviewed the request for a waiver and t0 split the payment on March 27. ing that the reimbursement requested is both l .M]!m, Ik!m!lHll