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Hometown Newspai3er of Michael Whitmore Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, December 26, 2012 Vol. 83,'No. 52 75 Cents Bank robbery sparks manhunt, lock-down at Sweet Home HS Sweet Home police are searching for a suspect who robbed Umpqua Bank in Sweet Home Thursday morning. According to "Police Chief Bob Bur- ford, at approximately 10:08 a.m. officers responded to an armed bank robbery at the bank, 1890 Main St. Burford said initial reports indicate the suspect as being male, wearing a baggy sweatshi'rt over a red tee shirt, light blue jeans, white shoes and a face mask. The suspect was also carrying a purse-like con- See Robbery, page 10 Photo by Scott Swanson Sweet Home Police Sgt. Jeff Lynn, right, with Sweet Home High School Principal Keith Win- slow behind him, stands watch during an assembly in the high school gym Thursday morning. Schools feel fallout from rumors after Connecticut killings By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The world didn't end last Friday, and Thursday came and went with no problems at Sweet Home schools, other than a lock-down at Sweet Home High School following a bank robbery. Sweet Home police and School District 55 took extra precautions Thursday when ru- mors of an impending school shooting filtered into Sweet Home area social media posting. The rumor had been circulating on social me- See Schools, page 10 Veteran director, who moved here last year, says he finds community "different' in ways he wants to share By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Paul Bright says he moved to Sweet Home because he and his fam- ily sensed a difference in the com- munity compared to others they've lived in. "This-culture is so different from the rest of the country," he said. "There's an honesty and openness here that I've never encountered anywhere else." Bright, 47, a veteran filmmaker and actor who grew up in west Los Angeles, has decided to share his ex- See Bright, page 3 Photo by Scott Swanson Paul Bright, right, films an interview with Marks Ridge Winery owner Jay Westly for one of Bright's videos. boree By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The 2011 Oregon Jamboree lost $26,710, according to tax docu- ments released by the Sweet Home Economic Development Group in response to requests from The New Era. SHEDG filed its 2011 IRS Form 990 in November. The New Era ob- tained a copy last week through a public records request to SHEDG. The IRS requires nonprofit organiza- tions to file a Form 990 each year. SHEDG officials have been re- luctant to publicly discuss the orga- nization's financial situation, which includes losses for the Oregon Jam- boree the past two years. The New See SHEDG, page 7 Local homeless students rate still among state's highest By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The percentage of students identified as homeless within the boundaries of School District 55 remained about the same from last year, but is still among the high- est in the state, according to an Oregon Department of Education report on homelessness released on Nov. 15. The report shows that 10.3 percent of Sweet Home students were homeless in 2011-12, the same as 2010-11. In 2011-12, Dis- trict 55 reported an enrollment of was 3.7 percent in 2010-.11 and been so high." 2,291 students, with 236 classified 3.64 in 2011-12. Forty of 197 dis- The most surprising part of as homeless. In 2010-11, it report- tricts reported zero homeless stu- the report is that more of them ed an enrollment of 2,347 with 242 dents in 2011-12. seem to be at the kindergarten and classified as homeless. The Sweet Home numbers in- first-grade level, Pappin said. Usu- District 55 had the highest rate creased in 2010-11 from about 202 ally, the numbers are higher among among those with 1,000 or higher in 2009-10. high school students. enrollment. A handful of districts So far this year, 2012-13, the In high school, students deal with nearly 1,000 students had district has "identified about 162 with a number of circumstances. higher rates, and several smaller homeless students. Among them, both parents may be districts, with enrollments of a "It's gone up every year," said in prison. In other cases, parents couple hundred or less, had even Joan Pappin, district nurse. The are divorced and the single mother higher percentages homelessness, percentage may have, plateaued is incapable of making it, so the such as 25 percent in Butte Falls. this year, but "it doesn t feel that The statewide homeless rate way to me, I guess because it's See Homeless, page 9 Inside on P, 11- Christmas wishes from the kids /\ , / ~,~,~ .... , -.! 8