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Hometown Newspaoer of Glen Hubbard Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 20 i 75 Cents Victory! Photo by Christy Keeney Members of the senior class at Sweet Home High School celebrate after winning the chariot race, which culminates the annual May Week Track Meet, Friday in, well, epic fashion after their chariot lost a wheel as they roared down the home stretch, ahead of the junior team, left. Below, from left, May Court members are Ty Collins, AnneMarie Miller, Lorenzo Virgen, Camille Young, Dakota Snow, Tiffany Miller, Soren White, Jessika Stewart, King Jerohn Coleman, Queen Kristen Tolle, Jasmin Yoder, Tony Ramirez, Kimber Swanson, Kyle Winslow, Brandi Trewin and Bret Adams. For more May Week, see page 9. Ranger District series of a a public education hit Sweet Home , 0000dded hikes City Council discusses pay raises, bulk water usage By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council is dis- cussing whether to rescind a resolution it passed last year, that will give raises to em- ployees not represented by unions, to help conserve funds in the 2012-13 budget. It also plans to take a look at usage data for bulk water users who currently draw from fire hydrants with a permit to help it decide what to do with a proposed water filling station in the 2012-13 budget. The council discussed those issues dur- ing its regular meeting on May 8. One budget committee member had previously calculated that the raises would cost approximately $26,000, although coun- cilors and staff members were uncertain what the actual amount would be. Public Works Maintenance Supervisor See Council, page 5 SH elementary schools losing two principals By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Derek Barnhurst and Ryan Beck have resigned from their positions as principals of Oak Heights and Hawthorne elementary schools. Their resignaitons were announced Mon- day during the consent session of the monthly School Board meeting. Barnhurst has been at Oak Heights for three years after serving two years as assistant principal at Sweet Home Junior High. Beck has been at Hawthorne for four years. Barnhurst is headed for Wright, Wyo., where he will be principal at Cottonwood Ele- mentary, with an enrollment of approximately See Schools, page 5 70 years By Sean C. Morgan Of The New. Era The U.S. Forest Service Sweet Home Ranger District's annual series of very pop- ular guided hikes and events is under way, offering visitors to the district a chance to learn about everything from local history to geology. "The hikes provide families and people of all ages a chance to explore the natural forest with one of our specialists," said Spokeswoman Jennifer Velez. "It provides an opportunity for learning and deeper dis- coveries about the forest. The district has so many amazing trails, so much history to of- fer." The Santiam Wagon Road hike on June 21 is an example, she said, but even the wildflower hike will include cultural histo- ry revolving around Native Americans and their use of local plants. "The hike brings all those topics to life," See Hikes, page 3 together Bill and Verna Bell are celebrating 70 years of marritge, the second Sweet Home coupld in the last few weeks to mark such a milestone. See page 7for their story. |, lira ll!I!It !I