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Page I 0 VuI ('_k-MMI INITV J tg ra - AUgUSt l, 2012 m Twenty From page 7 which run between main stage sets. For those who don't get enough of some of their favorites, five main stage acts will perform second shows on the Spirit Mountain stage, including Edens r Edge, Kentucky Headhunters, Morgan Frazier, Jon Pardi and Thomas Rhett. The Jamboree added Tagle at the "last minute" after his per- formance in the Texaco Country Showdown, Stas said. Festival Director Erin Regrutto saw him there and although he didn't win the competition, she invited him, based on a "great performance." "We've had a really great re- sponse on this lineup," Stas said. "People are really excited about it. It's a big mix of A-list artists and up-and-coming artists who will be fun to watch." The newer artists on the Spirit Mountain Stage will be going plac- es too, Stas said, and she expects them to be moving to the main stage in a few years. Ticket sales are doing well, she said. "We've sold more tickets than last year, more three-day tick- In today's 55 Plus: 20-year volunteers stir up some of their Jamboree memories ets than last year. We're going to have more people on the field." The field itself is getting a bit of a makeover, she said - a lot of subtle changes, with new signage and a few more perks and conve- niences, such as the charging sta- tion. The first aid station will be easier to find, and the sponsor hos- pitality area is getting revamped, with a deck and reserved tables. Also new this year, the Jam- boree will serve hard liquor in the Sankey Park beer garden. Three cocktails will be served there, Stas said, including a Crown Royal drink, a vodka-sweet tea drink called "Jeremiah Weed" and a Smirnoff/Rockstar drink. Heading into the Jamboree this week, Neal McCoy will make an appearance at South Pacific Auto Sales, the festival's present- ing sponsor, 5040 Pacific Blvd., Albany, from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday. The Jamboree will kick off the Ana Popovic Mark Hummel & the Blues Survivors w/Steve Freund Cee Cee James Guido's Juke Joint After Party Jam Robbie Laws Band w/special guests Su00.da00d Blues Gospel Review Glen Kaiser Zac Harmon Lilla D'mone Photo by Seam C. Morgan Volunteers Dave Heiny, left, and Mike Aman put down plywood to protect the grass backstage at the Oregon Jamboree. The forklift is driven by Audi Garcia. They were among dozens of volunteers preparing the grounds Monday afternoon. festival Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Safeway, with KRKT broadcast- ing, contests, prizes, food and per- formances by Jackson Michelson, Trevor Tagle and Tristan Nichols. Safeway will present a $5,000 check to the Sweet Home Commu- nity Foundation as part of its spon- sorship package with the Jamboree and the Sweet Home Economic Development Group. Fans can grab their passports only at the kickoff party, Stas said. Fans must visit at least eight busi- nesses and get a stamp. The pass- ports can then be turned in to win tickets and Sweet Spot passes. Nineteen businesses are participat- ing. The Sweet Home Commu- nity Foundation still has tickets available for a reception with Neal McCoy, who will perform an acoustic set. Proceeds benefit the foundation, which funds local The New Era - Sweet Home Benefiting Lebanon Community Foundation Local Food Bank Albany American Legion Boys &Girls Club of America Produced by Harvest Moon Productions, Inc in association with Left Coast Roadshow, Inc. Thank you to our wonderful sponsors! charitable projects. To purchase a ticket, call Gina Riley at (541) 905- 6055 or e-mail Wendy Younger at shcf97386@gmail.com. The Sweet Home Arts and Craft Festival, featuring a wide va- riety of handmade art and crafts, as well as food, will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in front of Sweet Home High School. Admission is free and proceeds benefit Sweet Home's beautifica- tion efforts. Three organizations are of- feting breakfast on Saturday and Sunday: the Elks at 440 Osage St., the Sweet Home Senior Center at 880 18th Ave., and Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District's Vol- unteer Firefighters Association at 1099 Long St. 'New' officer comes with MP background By Seam C. Morgan Of The New Era Sweet Home Police Depart- ment Officer Dave Hicox has law enforcement in his blood. Hicox is the department's new- est police officer. He started work on Feb. 13, but Police Chief Bob Burford requested that The New Era delay publication of a story on the new officer for department purposes since he was on special assignment. Hicox grew up in Molalla and graduated from high school at Springfield in 2002. He worked for a brief time in Springfield manufacturing random access memory cards for computers and then joined the Army, where he served for six years in Korea, Iraq and Tennessee in the Army Mili- tary Police. "That's really where my pas- sion for law enforcement sprout- ed," Hicox said. He worked for Springfield Police Department and earned his certification prior to coming to Sweet Home. "I love the small town," Hicox said. "It feels like home." It's a lot like where he grew up, he said. "It feels like home to me. I like the fact that I can walk around and see people I've met in the past." He also enjoys the outdoors, camping, fishing and hunting, he said, and living here is definitely a blessing. He enjoys the two lakes and mountains, still being close to the valley but not having to fight rush-hour traffic. "I am a small-town guy," Hi- cox said. "Pretty much, growing up, I always looked up to police officers, always saw them as a role model," Hicox said. His brothers in law are officers in the Seattle area, and his mother has been dis- patcher for Springfield most of her life. "It's just something I'm familiar Dave Hieox with, grew up with," Hicox said. His stepfa- ther was an officer in Seaside. "It's a good place for me," he said. "I like it a lot. The blanket statement: I like to help people." He enjoys the camaraderie, "being part of something bigger than yourself," he said. It reminds him of the Army. While serving in the military police, he worked as a canine han- dler, Hicox said. "I have a passion for it. The ability to work with a dog in the future would be nice." He also enjoys leadership roles, he said. He was a sergeant in the Army and most enjoyed train- ing people. He thinks he would en- joy working as a detective at some point, but that's one of the reasons he enjoys working in a small-town department. Officers in small towns, like Sweet Home, get a chance to work a case a little, he said. In the big- ger cities, a patrol officer takes a report and hands it off to a detec- tive. Hicox attended Central Texas College and Lane Community College, he said. He is close to completing an associate's degree in criminal justice, and he plans to complete it online or at night classes once he gets settled here. He is single, with no children, but he does have two dogs.