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--6 ,rte Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 30 75 Cents High school bell returned to former glory by alumni By Scott Swanson Of The New Era The school bell, a longtime source of school pride for Sweet Home High School, is back. The cast-iron school bell, which weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 pounds, was unveiled before alumni who packed Husky Stadium July 14 at the 100th All-Years Reunion cel- ebration by Ben Dahlenburg, who found it and got some other alums to restore it. Dahlenburg, a graduate of the Class of 1970, said the bell has been in storage for years and only a few People, including he, knew of its existence and location. It hung in the tower of the original,high school building un- til that building was torn down in the 1940s. Then it was mounted in front 9f the school on a rock until the 1970s. See Bell, page 11 Photo by Sean C. Morgan Sweet Home High School Principal Keith Winslow, in foreground; admires the newly restored Sweetj, Home High School bell as, from left, Student Body President Auna Davis, Alumnus Ben Dahlenburg and emcee Steve Thorpe enjoy the moment during the All-School Relmion rally at Husky Stadium July 14. S c].asses this f 11 By Seen C. Morgan Of The New Era The auto shop program at Sweet Home High School will be smaller next year, limited to two periods per day based on a small- er number of students taking the classes. That change will result in fewer construction classes. Dustin Nichol, construction trades and wood shop teacher, will teach the periods. The district laid off Bill Chandler, who has been the auto shop teacher for five years. Chandler succeeded Nichol when Nichol started teaching con- struction trades and wood shop. Nichol is also certified to teach metal shop. The auto shop program was half-time. "A -lot of this has to do with the economy and due to a lack of See Shop, page 13 Chamber steadily progressing L ~i~ in its reorganization efforts ~: B;S~:~veS:;rn: n :g::::dyebaYsb ~hb:;Sh:rdtlhd:dbaene~r With spruced-up landscaping, paid of it. employees Staffing the office and Visitors That's part of the plan for the reor- Center, and a general sense of optimism, the ganized chamber, said board chair Brandi Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce is run-Hawkins. ning at speed this summer. "The chamber has stepped back from The chamber has made a lot of chang- directly putting on these events," she said. es in recent months. The just-concluded Sportsman's Holiday, for instance, wasn't See Chamber, page 7 Six-year-old's persistence gets help for neighbor in distress By Seen C. Morgan "I guess I asked him to go get ately and called for paramedics. Of The New Era Lanette (Smith, apartment man- Sweet Home paramedics te- A 6-year-old boy is hero to a ager)," Justice said. sponded, Justice said. local woman who slipped danger- "I was playing with my They gave her an injection ously close to a diabetic coma on friend," Christopher said. Seated and made a peanut butter and July 13- Friday the thirteenth, on the couch, Justice spoke to jelly sandwich for her, and she "As far as I'm concerned, him through a screen door and avoided even having to go to the he's my little hero," said Mary told him to "come here." hospital. Justice of Christopher Tenbusch, She told him to go get help. "He can always look back son of Brandy and Jeromie Ten- He went to Smith's door, and and know he saved somebody's busch, she told him she would be out in life that day," Smith said. "I was Justice's blood sugar levels a minute, just proud because he was so dropped without warning, she He returned to Justice's door, calm, just like we've been telling said, and she was quickly slipping Christopher said. "She fell over, him." into a diabetic coma. She doesn't and i went and got Lanette." Christopher's father and remember talking to Christopher, He returned to Smith's door, mother were at work at the time. but she did communicate with and he told her that Justice was on His grandmother was watching him, and he calmly sought help. the floor. She responded immedi- him. Mary Justice and Christopher Tenbusch [news@sWeethomenews'com www.swe--------ethomenews.com