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Page I 0 VCI Jl ("C M MI fNITV :1 t, r - December 31, 2008 B Review From page 9 included Sugarland, Kellie Pickler, Neal McCoy, Western Underground, Trent Tomlinson, Glen Campbell. Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols. Rmdy Owen, Williams and Ree, Rissi Palmer and Phil Stacey. • Terminally ill 9-year-old Tristan Varner was treated to a ride in a fire engine and then a party in July, as part of an effort to make his final days enjoyable. At the Jamboree, "he was able to meet Sugarland headed onto the stage before dying the next morning. • Sunshine Industries announced plans to construct a new building. • Cascadia held its first community picnic, something that some of its members hope to make an annual event. • Ryan Beck took over as principal at Hawthorne School following the retirement of Mike Aman. Tiffanie Lambert took over as principal of Holley School after the retirement of Jan Sharp, who is continuing to work as curriculum director. • Linn County started foreclosure procedures on 20 WSLRT properties, which are four years behind in taxes. The owner has two years to "redeem" the properties by paying the back taxes. September • Cooper Miller was doing well after undergoing a bone marrow transplant. Community members stepped up to help the family with expenses, such as travel and bills while parents were not able to work. The procedure was covered by insurance. • Linn County closed peer courts. Sweet Home Police Department is planning to provide the service, which offers first- time juvenile offenders the change at alternative sanctions and the opportunity to clear their record. • Two Washington bands, Church for Sinners and the Grue- someBoys, featuring members from Sweet Home performed at Sankey Park during a nine-date west coast tour. Sweet Home members were Andy Slaght and Brent Wilkinson. • The FBI reported that the crime rate in Sweet Home fell from 2006 to 2007. • Umpqua Bank sued Western Renewable Resources. along with other WRR creditors, for collateral seeking to recover nearly $1.1 million in debt. October • The Chamber of Commerce hired Michelle Anderson as its new executive director. • Local students received free dental care through a new program by the Oregon Education Association Choice Trust and the Dental Foundation of Oregon. The dental van's first stop was a week at Foster School before heading out to other districts. • Fire season ended early, on Oct. 6, with the early arrival of humidity and wet weather. • Paige Niemi and Cody Turner were named junior first citizens at SHHS. The District 55 School Board agreed to open a discussion with the Boys and Girls Club about youth sports in" Sweet Home. The discussion is continuing. • SHHS homecoming king and Late snow dusted daffodils in Sweet Home during the last week of March. From The New Era staff Michelle, Kim, Scott, Miriam, Firiel & Sean Scott Bartels of Tacoma, Wash., flies through the air during the bull-riding competition at the Sweet Home Rodeo. queen were Conna Erickson and Caleb Keeney. • District 55 reported a decline in enrollment of 55 students from 2007-08 to 2008-09. • Olivia Johnson finished first in high school cross country districts She went on to place 19th at state. November • Sherrie Sprenger defeated Dan Thackaberry for House District 17. • Fred Girod defeated Bob McDonald for Senate District Nine. • Roger Nyquist and Will Tucker defeated Pete Boucot and Gordon Kirbey Jr. respectively for county commissioner. • A local Extension Service property tax of 7 cents per $1,000 passed. • Incumbents Jim Gouty, Jim Bean and Eric Markell won new terms on the City Council. Newcomer Laure Fowler won the second most votes to win a seat. while incumbent Rich Rowley received the fewest votes, ending his term on the council. • Repairs started on Foster Dam. and Foster Dam Road was closed through Jan. 15. • The School Board approved $90.000 to fix the landing on the Husky Field grandstands. • Two Jones Road residents. Richard Stevens and Melissa Corliss. were arrested for the second time in four years for animal neglect. Seventeen horses and six children were removed from the property. • NeVelle Marshall celebrated her 100th birthday. December • SHEDG purchased the house and property between Speedee Mart and the Chamber of Commerce. The property will ]ge developed by SHEDG and the Chamber to serve as a downtown hub. providing an anchor for local commerce and tourism. • The Elks hosted a wine- tasting seminar to introduce Sweet Home's first winery, Marks Ridge Winery, to the community. The winery sold its first vintage, 2007. during the seminar. • The teachers union and School Board asked for a mediator for their negotiations. • The School District cut $320.000 in spending to cope with declining revenue projections. Cuts included $100,000 in long- term maintenance and $t00.000 in transfers to help cover early retirement liabilities. It also included $30.000 in "wants" versus "needs" Jamie Lynn Miller got a big surprise when she gave birth to a daughter. Rebecca after not knowing she was pregnant. Boys track and field athletes and coaches celebrate the team's first state title since 1983. and $68.000 for a new bus. • Low pool at Foster Lake reveals the foundations of old houses and an old roadway. • Sweet Home had a few inches of snow that stuck around for a couple of days. but for the most part, snow and ice storms that plagued the northern end of the Willamette Valley missed Sweet Home and the southern and mid valley areas. • The School Board appointed Dale Keene to succeed Ken Roberts. who resigned for personal reasons. • Police responded to a report of a duct-taped plastic bottle and closed down Ix)ng Street in front of the high school until a bomb squad could investigate and dispose of the device. They were extra cautious m light of the recent bomb explosion at a Woodburn bank that killed two police officers and injured the police chief there. Teacher Steve Thorpe, right, and his cousin Amy Barnes sing the Sweet Home High School alma mater during graduation ceremonies held in the gym due to unseasonably cold. wet weather.