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Hometown Newspa aer of Angie Stevens Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 26 75 Cents By Scott Swanson Of The New Era An Oregon Department of Transportation employee says he was reacting out of "instinct" when he dived into a pond along High- way 20 last week to rescue a Sweet Home man from a submerged truck crash that left the victim's truck submerged in a pond. Troy Elverfeld broke a win- dow in Dean H. Stillwell's pickup Tuesday afternoon and pulled an apparently nearly unconcious Still- well from the truck, which had been shoved into the pond during a traffic accident. According to Oregon State Police, the incident occurred at says approximately 3:24 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, on Highway 20 just east of the Highway 26 intersection. Eastbound traffic was stopped near milepost 7 for ODOT road- work, when a 1996 Dodge pickup pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with hay, driven by John L. Olson, 21, of Sisters, failed to stop in time. According to OSP, Olson's pickup crashed into the rear of a 1970 Chevrolet pickup driven by Dean H. Stillwell, 56, of Sweet Home, causing a chain-reaction crash in- volving three other vehicles. After being struck, Stillwell's pickup slammed into the back of a 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by Shirley Harrison, 81, of Albany. Stillwell's pickup then careened across the westbound lane and off the roadway into a bordering pond where it became completely sub- merged, the OSP said. Elverfeld, 47, of Lebanon, said he saw smoke from where he was working down the road, installing white reflector posts as part of an ODOT project. "I heard on the flagging radio that there had been an accident," he said. "I saw the black smoke and thought,'Oh gee, I'd better get over there and see if I can help.'" Elverfeld said he drove the backhoe he was operating over to See Rescue, page 8 Photo courtesy of Oregon State Police Dean Stillwell's truck sits submerged in a pond off Highway 20following an accident in which his vehicle was pushed into the water. Members of the county Major Accident Investi- gation Team work at the scene of an accident in the 4800 block of Main Street, where a 93-year-old man who was struck by a van Thursday afternoon, June 21, as he crossed Main Street in his motorized wheelchair. Fritz Cole was pronounced dead at the scene. For more on the crash, see page 9. Photo by Scott Swanson Census: SH population 8,925 in "10 By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Sweet Home's population has grown just over 10 percent in the past decade, according to recently released U.S. Census data for the city. Census results, from data gath- ered in 2010, indicate that Sweet Home's population was 8,925 in 2010, up from 8016 in 2000. The Portland State Population Research Center independently esti- mated Sweet Home's population at 9,070 in July 2010, the largest ever. Portland State estimated Sweet Home's population at 9,005 last fall. See Census, page 7 SH aluin gets big honor from Boeing By Scott Swanson "It was a pretty big honor to "After that, engineering school Of The New Era receive that kind of award," said got pretty busy and I ended up Nancy Adcock wasn't really Adcock, who's been with Boeing switching gears, getting more into sure what was next when she left for 11 years. "They only give it to the engineering side of things," she Sweet Home High School in 1996 one person every year. It seemed said. and headed for Oregon State Uni- like, from what I could tell, most of She said she appreciates what versity, the folks who were up for nomina- her high school experience did for A star basketball player at tion had been in the company a lot her, back in the days when "Mr. Sweet Home, she'd gotten inter- longer than I had - 20 or 30 years. (Dan) Tow was single." ested in engineering after meeting It was a pretty big surprise to fol- "Sweet Home High School her older sister's boyfriend, who low in the shoes of the person who didn't have all those opportuni- worked at Hewlett-Packard and let got it last year." ties for specialized classes, but one her job shadow with him during her Adcock is the daughter ofthing they did have was excellent senior year. That, and encourage- Butch and Polly Adcock of Se- teachers in math, English and the ment from science teacher Cheryll quim, Wash formerly of Sweet sciences," she said. "I think that re- Munts prompted her to give engi- Home. ally helped me in my transition to neering a try. She was a cross-country run- Oregon State. I had a solid basis in "Between Mrs. Munts and my ner and basketball player in high math, science and English." sister, I went into it," she said. school, earning all-conference Her first big break came when Her decision paid off over the MVP honors as a senior on the she got a job in the mechanical en- years, most recently when Adcock, hardcourt. At OSU she walked on gineering shop at OSU, where she now 33, was. named the Boeing and played two years, earning a learned from shop manager Steve Corp.'s 777 Engineer of the Year scholarship with the Beavers as a for 2011. guard. See Adcock, page 16 SPORTSMAN'S llOLIbaV COURT 2012 Candalynn Johnson Candalynn John- son, 17, is the daughter of Charles Johnson and Katie Johnson. She will be a senior at Sweet Home High School, where she is active in cross country, Key Club, Drama Club and choir. She is among four Sportsman's Holiday princesses, including Chancey Fuesler, Anne Marie Miller and Kayla Mackenzie Wickline. Johnson enjoys reading, running, acting, See Court, page 3 I oH!!UII!I!!! II