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October 17, 2012

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Hometown Newspaper of Richard and Carolyn Berg Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 42 75 Cents Photo by Scan C. Morgan Under the first cloudy skies in weeks, participants in the sixth annual Sweet Home Harvest Festival enjoy some cover on Weddle Bridge. The event included a variety of outdoor activities as well as the vendors and other activities, punctuated by pink balloons from the anti-breast cancer Walk for the Cause event that took place in conjunction with the festival celebration. For much more on the Harvest Festival and the Walk for the Cause, see page 10. City sees tad more revenue than expected By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era Although most real market values declined again this year, the city of Sweet Home expects to receive slightly more than it budgeted in property taxes this year thanks to an increase in the property values of utilities that offset the devaluation. School District 55 will likely receive more revenue than it had anticipated in the local option levy imposed to fund the See Taxes, page 2 End.is nearing for fire season By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era As of Monday, fire season was still in effect, but fire officials are lifting restrictions and the end of the season is right around the comer. "We're not out of fire season yet," said Craig Pettinger, acting Oregon Department of Forestry Sweet Home Unit forester. "But we are out of regulated use and we've dropped to fire precaution level I." See Fire, page 18 SH man pleads New day for Sunshine as it breaks ground for facility to lesser charge in killing of son Jerry Ray Milligan, 66, was sentenced on Oct. 10 in Linn County Circuit Court to seven years, three months in prison after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide. Milligan was sentenced to five years to be served concurrently for unlawful use of a weapon against another, while another charge of unlawful use Milligan of a weapon was dismissed. He was sentenced to three years of post-prison supervision, and he must pay $284 in fines and fees. Milligan had been charged with the murder of his 41 -year.old son on Feb. 19, 2011. Sweet Home police officers arrested Milligan on Feb. 20, 2011 following the shooting at 1192 38th Ave. See Court, page 8 By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Before a crowd of well-wishers and clients, Sunshine In- dustries broke ground Wednesday, Oct. 10, fora new facility on 2.3 acres on Clark Mill Road, across from Melcher Logging. Board Chairman Chuck Thompson welcomed the crowd, at least half of whom were clients of the organization, which serves disabled people by providing vocational training, paid employment, basic life skills training, education and socializa- tion. Photo by Scott Swanson See Facility, page 3 Sunshine Industries Chair Chuck Thompson speaks at the ground-breaking. l!iIill illlllIl llll'lli 11illlIl III|! IIIIi]I Homecoming royalty Members of the Sweet Home High School 2012 Homecoming Court are, form left, Spencer Knight, Sadie Gordon, Zach Gill, Alana Long, Nate Melcher, Brittani Crompton, Grant Kauffman, Paige Sanders, King Gavin Redick, Queen Kaelee Almy, Josh Wooley, Sabrina Davis, Tyler Cowger, Megan Graville, Austin Rice and Katie Virtue. For many more Homecoming photos, see page 11 and visit the photo gallery at sweethomenews.com. i.llI]l.I.I!!ll!l!tIJl!l