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 By Aliya Hall    News    November 21, 2019 

District plans for expanding population

CRESWELL – Creswell School District is looking into the future, preparing for the additional 130 students anticipated in the district within the next 10 years. “What are we going to do as...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    November 21, 2019 

On-time graduation increases while grade-level expectations decrease

CRESWELL – With the release of the new school district report cards from the Oregon Department of Education, the data found that 87% of students are on time to graduate – a 10% increase from the...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    November 21, 2019 

Springfield Museum Rocks!

SPRINGFIELD – "Rocks are unifying," Museum Curator Madeline McGraw said about the Springfield Museum's latest exhibit, "Hidden Treasures: Rockhounding in Oregon," which drew over 200 people of all...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    November 14, 2019

'Pitching a ringer' - Longtime resident, vet is a man of milestones

CRESWELL – At 97, veteran and longtime resident Lowell Davis is still going strong. He doesn't have to take any prescribed medication and it only cost him $20 last year for health-related services....

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    November 14, 2019

Young entrepreneur opens salon

CRESWELL – Shannon Whitehead is seeing her vision come to life. At 25, the Creswell entrepreneur opened up her own salon in October in the former Burlap and Lace shop on Oregon Avenue. Whitehead...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    November 14, 2019

KNND radio moves buildings, adding FM

COTTAGE GROVE – Listeners can soon catch KNND 1400 AM on both radio waves. The country, rock and talk station, will soon be adding an FM station, said Cameron Reiten, owner of KNND. As part of AM...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    October 31, 2019

A heart for homelessness:

PLEASANT HILL – Halloween is a time to enjoy being frightened, but for people who are unhoused, there is something real to fear. To bring more awareness and raise funding for Ann's Heart, a women's...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    October 24, 2019

YOUNG AND PREPARED

CRESWELL – When a disaster happens in the area, the more trained hands on deck the better. That's why South Lane County Fire & Rescue offers Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Fo...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    October 24, 2019

Teens share spooky stories

SPRINGFIELD – A group of over 20 teenagers huddled together around a fake campfire, s’mores in hand as they shared scary stories in a dark room behind the library, preparing for Halloween. The...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    October 17, 2019

Forget Halloween; locals say Cottage Grove is haunted, phantasmic year-round

COTTAGE GROVE – This is the time of year when we turn our attention to Halloween and the idea of ghouls, ghosts and other paranormal activity. Perhaps a scarier thought, however, is that all this...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    October 17, 2019

Looking Glass is expanding services

COTTAGE GROVE – Family stress can come in many forms when a parent loses their job or housing costs upset the stability of having a "home." Financial stress, particularly for low-income families, ca...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    October 17, 2019

Mayor's Ball shines for Armory fundraiser

COTTAGE GROVE – Twinkling lights against black curtains, gold stars hanging from the armory ceiling and blue-white stars decorating the stage truly made the Mayor's Ball on Oct. 12 as "Timeless as...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    October 17, 2019

Jessica Cagle-Faber writes her own way

SPRINGFIELD – When Jessica Cagle-Faber was younger, she worked as a professional dancer. At least until her fear of rejection got the better of her. Then she decided to pursue a career where she...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    October 10, 2019

Springfield's own Magnum P.I.

SPRINGFIELD – For the Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators (OALI) meeting happening on Nov. 2, Springfield P.I. Bill Lioio has been asked to give a talk; the title of his presentation: "The...

 

Nikki Manesco's got your back at BVB

CRESWELL - Nikki Manesco describes herself as an open book, and is willing to help anyone who comes to her with a question. Manesco, who has been working with Blue Valley Bistro for two years as a bar...

 

Shady Oaks unrolls orange carpet of fall fun

By ALIYA HALL The Chronicle COTTAGE GROVE - Although fall symbolizes the end of Shady Oaks' season, the farm goes out with a bang, providing a wide variety of fall activities before it closes its...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    October 3, 2019

Student leader expands mind, experiences culture shifts

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia – Emily Garcia Anson, 17, of Creswell, is following her dream of seeing the world by partaking in a Rotary Youth Exchange, which has placed her in Santa Cruz, Bolivia for a year....

 

Jennifer Davis: Cottage Grove's hometown-driven bartender

COTTAGE GROVE - When it comes to cultivating a warm and diverse atmosphere at restaurants, Axe & Fiddle owner Alyssa Gonzales says that bar manager Jennifer Davis does it best. "(She's) the...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    September 26, 2019

From barrels of trash, to barrels of laughs

"I felt I wasn't putting enough into my creative life, and I've been trying to give myself more grace with that. Not to put the pressure of time on myself; things get done eventually. If you put press...

 

'Prost!'

COTTAGE GROVE - Oktoberfest for the Brewstation is the equivalent of Christmas. Owner Dale Smith said the venue transforms with blue and white flags and fall-adjacent products like squash and pumpkin...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    September 26, 2019

'the ways of the mountain men'

SPRINGFIELD - Tucked away in southern Springfield, Scouts from as far away as Brookings, Corvallis and Lincoln City gathered for the 27th annual Fall Rendezvous, an event hosted by the Oregon Trail...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    September 26, 2019

Coast Fork Farm Stand: 10 years of offering 'a little bit of a lot of things'

COTTAGE GROVE - A lot has happened over the past 10 years for Coast Fork Farm Stand. For four years, owner Scott Burgwin, 67, of Cottage Grove sold fresh produce in tents. It would take up to two...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    September 19, 2019

High school presents new science curriculum

CRESWELL - Creswell High School will be adopting a new science curriculum that puts students at the center of instruction. Instead of relying only on textbooks and a lecture from science teachers,...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    September 19, 2019

Anderson believes third stint as Board Chair will be the charm

CRESWELL – Even with his six years of experience as a school board member, Mike Anderson admitted that he still gets a little nervous before each meeting. Voted in as chair for the 2019-20 school...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    September 19, 2019

Chuck and Alice brings Portland-style boutique downtown

SPRINGFIELD - Throughout the home décor boutique, tokens from the shop's namesake are hung on the walls: Canvas photographs of the couple, Chuck and Alice; a woven deer tapestry that hung in their li...

 

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