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Hometown Newspal er of Don Campbell Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, December 17, 2008 Vol. 79, No. 51 75 Cents Photo by Scott Swanson Harvest Christian Center members, from left, TJ Ford, Lynn Cooper and Ancie Brozek pick up the pieces of their church's living nativity scene Monday morning after powerful winds demolished it on Sunday night. Lack of snow in Sweet Home dis'appoints kids, puzzles weatherman By Sean C. Morgan midnight, tiny ice crystals could be seen swirling around up and down in Of The New Era lighted areas: but not a real snowflake was to be found. The promise of snow delivered over the weekend for just about Snow ringed the hills around much of Sweet Home, but the west everyone in the Willamette Valley except Sweet Home. end of Marks Ridge was mostly bare of the white stuff. Light amounts High winds gusting up to 24, mph, according to the Weather of snow could be seen on the top of Marks Ridge Monday afternoon, Channel, were all Sweet Home had for weather Sunday night and Monday morning. In the late evening, from about 9 or 10 p.m. through See Weather, page 13 .ng financial By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era While economic conditions are forcing school districts and the state to look at budget cuts and lower revenue projections, the city of Sweet Home isn't expecting a big impact this year or next except in its building division. The last time the city had to deal with significant revenue loss was in 2003 when utility property values were reassessed, Finance Director Pat Gray said. That directly affected property tax receipts. The state is affected primarily because it relies heavily on income tax, she said. When she last checked, property tax revenues are running a little ahead of last year, Gray said. "A recession may not hit us hard.'" - - The city has collected about 97 percent of property taxes owed this year, she said. That's a'little ahead of revenue in the same quarter last year. "When I do our property taxes, See City, page 7 Photo by Scott Swanson NeVelle Marshall, right, here with her daughter Diane Healy, recently celebrated her lOOth birthday and still remembers her days as a champion swimmer and diver. By Scott Swanson Marshall, who turned 100 on Nov. 24, Of The New Era lives in a Sweet Home care home where, NeVelle Marshall's memory may not be with her daughter, Diane Healy of Lebanon, what it once was, but she hasn't forgotten she recounted her life for a visitor. this: "I always felt at home in the water," she She was born in 1908 in Betteravia, states matter-of-factly. "I wasn't afraid to dive." See Century, page 3 New school board ber says he plans to stay By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Based on what he learned while serving on the District 55 strategic planning committee, Dale Keene wants to build a stronger link between schools and the community to better prepare students to go to work. During its regular meeting on Dec. 8, the School Board appointed Dale Keene, 39, to fill a vacancy left by Ken Roberts, who resigned for personal reasons. "I was going to run for this position when it came up for election," Keene said, adding that he is planning to run for the seat, position eight, at large, in the spring. "I had worked on the strategic planning committee," he said. "We are teaching our kids what's out there and getting them ready for the real world - we aren't using some of our resources to the best of our ability." Keene thinks there are ways to tie more technology into a closer connection between the community and schools, he said. When he was going to school, the district had a class where students operated a mock business to understand how businesses are run. He would like to see something like that working again, he said, perhaps a business in web design, something they already do on their own, "giving them tools they can use when they graduate." Not all gradu- ates will go on Dale Keene to college, he said. Some do better if they don't go straight into college, but they need to be prepared for the job market after they graduate, especially in this economic climate. Keene said his goals align with the direction the School Board is already headed. "I've worked with some of the School Board members already, so I know what a lot of their goals are," he said. He believes "tying into the community itself isn't going to take dollars. It's going to take time." Students themselves can be compensated with credits rather than cash, See Keene, page 14