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 By Erin Tierney    News    September 12, 2019 

City to abate Whistle Stop

CRESWELL – The Whistle Stop building at 213 S. Mill St. -- a charred, abandoned structure since a 2017 fire -- finally will be cleaned up thanks to a city council vote Monday night. With the vote to...

 By Erin Tierney    News    September 5, 2019


The Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network was among the groups celebrating Labor Day on Monday at Splash! at Lively Park in Springfield. ESSN's mission states that it "brings together labor unions,...

 By Erin Tierney    News    August 29, 2019

Whistle Stop fate decided Sept. 9

Editor's note: This story has been edited to reflect that Carlton Garton is the sole owner of the Whistle Stop property. His brother, Wade "Beau" Garton, is not part owner; he sold his share in 2015,...


Creswell at heart of coverage

Across the country, newspapers are being taken out at the knees by the media conglomerates of this world. A recent merger of Gannett and Gatehouse created the largest newspaper company in the...

 By Erin Tierney    News    August 22, 2019

Boy, 13, guilty of murder

A Creswell preteen pleaded guilty last week to murdering a 92-year-old woman on Creswood Drive earlier this year. The boy killed Erma (Sapp) Burnell, of Creswell, in her home on Jan. 7. His name was mentioned in court, but The Chronicle generally...

 By Erin Tierney    News    August 22, 2019

Pisgah burns

The Mount Pisgah fire on Aug. 15 that burned over 50 acres was caused by a lawn mower, county officials said. A call came into fire crews about noon last Thursday. Locals with emergency alert text...

 By Erin Tierney    News    August 15, 2019


By Erin Tierney Executive Editor Sanipac got an OK for a 2.9% rate increase during Monday night’s Creswell City Council meeting, but not without sitting through a contentious council quarrel. Council President Amy Knudsen did not mince words. She...

 By Erin Tierney    News    August 8, 2019

Career criminal gets 10 years for meth

A Goshen man with a rapsheet dating to 1984 was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in July for drug charges. Randall Neal Jernigan-Wynn, 59, is the kind of guy that the local drug dealers were...

 By Erin Tierney    News    July 25, 2019

Sanipac pitches 2.9% rate increase - Council questions yearly rising costs

Sanipac representatives Monday attended a Creswell City Council work session and requested a rate increase, but councilors want to hear more before approving another annual increase. Sanipac...

 By Erin Tierney    News    June 27, 2019

Going off-roadin'

Creswell's Scott Smith, with his dog, Jersey, is ready to compete in the Gambler 500 Rally starting Friday, June 28. The off-road rally features cheap, impractical vehicles. The event first started...


'The epitome of an all-American boy' - Community mourns loss of vibrant teen

The Creswell community is in mourning after a 15-year-old died last week in a swimming accident, just hours after school let out for summer break. On the afternoon of June 13, after a week of taking f...

 By Erin Tierney    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Boomerang memories

I spent last weekend puttering along at Fisherman's Point in Fall Creek, a spacious campsite made full with friends, crackling firepits and the sound of clinking bottles. When morning crept in, we...

 By Erin Tierney    News    June 6, 2019

Robocalls: The new 'wild west'

The evolution of digital scammers is a far cry from one of its earliest incarnates - the infamous "Nigerian prince" con. Over a decade ago, harrowed by the incessant, screeching pitches and beeps of...

 By Erin Tierney    News    May 30, 2019

School Boards unofficial election results: Lemhouse re-ups, Rogers says goodbye

One Creswell School Board incumbent won their seat, while another lost theirs at the polls this month. Unofficial results from the May 21 Special Election yield a victory for Director Kandice...

 By Erin Tierney    News    May 23, 2019

Watch what you toss - Batteries, electronics light up local landfill

Standing over your trash bin, TV remote in one hand and two dead batteries in the other, an internal conflict arises that quietly weighs convenience over consumer accountability. With a flick of the w... Full story

 By Erin Tierney    News    May 23, 2019

Better Together - Creswell's community: Full of help, full of hope

Volunteers came out in droves last weekend to fix up two homes in Creswell as part of the annual Hope Restored event. The project's goal, now in its fourth year, is structured entirely around...

 By Erin Tierney    News    May 16, 2019

Vote Tuesday! Roundup of 5 local school board races

Voters in Lane County will be asked to cast their votes for the special election on Tuesday, May 21. There are a handful of local school board seats contested for this election, while others remain...

 By Erin Tierney    News    May 16, 2019

Update: Pilot dies in plane crash

Update 05/17: The name of the pilot who died has been released as Gillean James McCown, 51, of Eugene. A small plane crashed into a Creswell backyard just south of Hobby Field Airport on Saturday even...

 By Erin Tierney    News    May 16, 2019

Where are they now? Creswell couple living in China, helps clean up Scotland

A former couple known locally for being active community members recently took a trip to Scotland to lend helping hands on Scottish beaches. It's not much of a surprise their philanthropic spirits...

 By Erin Tierney    News    May 9, 2019

Grandson charged with murder

A man with a violent history was charged Monday with murdering his 87-year-old grandmother, Sally Baldwin of Creswell, when she died 17 days after being brutally beaten and robbed. The charges, which...

 By Erin Tierney    News    May 9, 2019

Yard 'hard'

Plenty of sun and no rain is forecast this weekend - the perfect weather for "sailing." The Creswell Citywide Yard Sale is Friday and Saturday, May 10-11. More than 120 addresses have been registered...

 By Erin Tierney    News    May 2, 2019

Finding funding for public safety difficult

A 23-cent bump in the public safety fee was proposed at city council last week. But the increase would only maintain the public safety status quo and city officials are concerned by how much money is...

 By Erin Tierney    News    April 25, 2019

BREAKING THE SILENCE: For those left behind, for those who have tried, 4 of 4

Editor's note: This is the last in a four-part special collaboration between The Creswell Chronicle, The Cottage Grove Sentinel, Siuslaw News and Newport News-Times focusing on the rising suicide rate...

 By Erin Tierney    News    April 25, 2019

Support grows for kitchen project

Community Food for Creswell (CFC) is in the middle of a fundraising project to install a community-use commercial kitchen in the Cobalt Activity Center. The kitchen will serve three main services to...

 By Erin Tierney    Opinion    April 25, 2019

Reflecting on 'Breaking the Silence' series

I want to commend the subjects of the Breaking the Silence series for their bravery in coming forward about their experiences with suicide. I sit in awe of their courage and candidness in telling...


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