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Hometown Newspaper of Byron IVlabee Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 32 75 Cents By Megan Sanderson For the New Era Dierks Bentley wrapped up the 20th Oregon Jamboree Sunday evening with a pulsating, high-energy performance that had a huge crowd singing and dancing along with him. All three days of the Jamboree were jam-packed, despite scorching tempera- tures on Saturday, as headliners Rascal Flatts on Friday, Wynonna on Saturday, and Bentley brought in the crowds. "We had really great attendance," said Festival Director Erin Regrutto. "The thing people enjoyed the most was the lineup. People just felt really entertained." Regrutto wasn't ready to announce attendance figures yet, she said Monday. "I can say, our three-day ticket sales were much higher than they have been in the past." One-day ticket sales were lower, she said, so the crowd was consistently large throughout the weekend. "We had one of the biggest crowds in the history of the Jamboree," Regrutto said. It dropped off a little on Saturday due to the heat, about 103 degrees. Perennial crowd favorite Neal McCoy served as host this year as well as giving a performance Saturday afternoon. McCoy performed every time he was on stage, dropping off-the-cuff one-liners that had the crowd rolling. "He was so entertaining to watch," said fan Kim Snyder of Wilsonville. "He got the crowd involved and brought a smile to my face. He, for sure, is one amazing entertainer." This was Snyder's sixth trip to the Jamboree and she said she wants McCoy back next year. See Stars, page 10 Photo by Sonja Morgan Dierks Bentley closes out the Oregon Jamboree while fans watch from the Crown Royal Deck above. Schools bear cl scrutiny; chair says By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era School District 55 has fin- ished a difficult year, but it will need to keep an eye on how some of its decisions play out, accord- ing to Jason Redick, who was re- appointed as board chairman in July. After several years of budget cuts, the district is hearing good news about funding, he said. "This last year was tough," he said. "The budget cuts, coming up with them - going to the four-day week." The benefit of the past year's cuts are that the budget is more sustainable, Redick said. The district isn't using as much of its reserve funds and maintenance funds to keep the district going. It's still using its reserves but not as much as it had been, he said. "The state's talking a better picture financially, but this year's going to be a lean year." Down the road, the district may have a possibility of bringing Some things back, Redick said. The district took a step back- ward in vocational training with the reduction of auto shop, he said, but it wasn't well-attended. That was why it was cut back. See Redick, page 7 Sweet man' s Highway 20 cycle wreck leaves 2 dead body found in The body of a Sweet Home fisherman was recovered Friday morning from the South Santiam River after he was reported missing Thursday night, Sheriff Tim Muel- ler said. David Wade Lytle, 61, was reported overdue at about 11 p.m. Thursday by his wife, Alma Lytle, who told deputies her husband had gone fishing. She said she had talked to him by cell phone earlier in the after- noon so she was able to give depu- ties a description of where he might be. At about 11:40 p.m a Linn County Deputy located David Ly- tle's vehicle, a red 1995 Ford F150 pickup, in the parking area near Bates Bridge, near the intersection of Pleasant Valley and McDowell Creek roads. Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Flint Lebard said Lytle had been fishing from the fiver bank. Deputies and members of the Linn County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Post searched the area throughout the night but couldn't locate Lytle. An Army National Guard helicopter crew spotted his body at approxin!ately 7:30 a.m. Friday, about 500 yards down- stream from the bridge. His body was recovered from the river and transported to Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Mueller said investigation has revealed no sign of foul play. "It appears that Mr. Lytle drowned," he said. Lebard said a post-mortem See River, page 8 A Salem couple were killed Saturday afternoon, Aug. 4, in a mo- torcycle crash on Highway 20 east of Sweet Home. According to Oregon State Po- lice Trooper Casey Hunter, at ap- proximately 3:14 p.m. Saturday a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Edmund Alexander Cote, 61, of Salem, was traveling westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 35, when the motorcycle veered off the highway onto the shoulder and struck a guardrail. Cote's wife, Joan Root Cote, 58, a passenger on the motorcycle, was ejected over the guardrail and down an embankment. The acci- dent's location was just west of Me- near's Bend. Joan Cote was pronounced dead at the scene by Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District officials. Edmund Cote was transported by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medi- cal Center at RiverBend in Eugene, Photo by Scott Swanson Police and fire officials work at the scene of a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon that resulted in the deaths of two Salem residents. where he was pronounced deceased after arrival. Both were wearing protective helmets. OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continu- ing the investigation.