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 By Noel Nash    News    January 23, 2020 

Cottage Grove Chamber: Glitz, glamour and goodwill

COTTAGE GROVE – On an evening with the glitz and flare of "A Red Carpet Event," it was the humble, down-home acceptance speeches from the honorees that stole the show during the Cottage Grove Area...

 
 By Noel Nash    News    January 23, 2020 

District removes 'Skippyjon' books

CRESWELL – Creswell School District officials have removed the controversial "Skippyjon Jones" children's books from school libraries following a letter on the topic from Creswell resident Joelle...

 
 By Noel Nash    News    January 9, 2020

Four juveniles face mischief charges

CRESWELL – Four juveniles, including one from Creswell, have been charged by Lane County Sheriff's Sergeant Scott Denham for multiple acts of criminal mischief following incidents of graffiti at...

 
 By Noel Nash    Opinion    January 2, 2020

On track, with insight: Two experts join The Chronicle

We welcome two new voices to The Chronicle during the next two weeks, both of whom bring their own subject-matter expertise and experienced writers with their own styles. And while Joey Blum will be...

 
 By Noel Nash    Opinion    December 26, 2019

Fifty first names only ...

This is the 10th and final "50 first names only" column ... 500 total names, if you're counting. Most of the names have come from interactions with service organizations such as the Cottage Grove...

 
 By Noel Nash    News    December 26, 2019

Carrying the torch of Liberty

SPRINGFIELD – You've probably seen them. No, you've definitely seen them. People in Statue of Liberty costumes on roadside sidewalks, sometimes spinning a sign or prop, waving and encouraging...

 
 By Noel Nash    Opinion    December 19, 2019

Putting a bow on a few end-of-year items

Wow, it's already my penultimate column of 2019. OK, I'll admit there is no other purpose to writing that first sentence other than to use the word "penultimate." It's one of those journalism-ese word...

 
 By Noel Nash    Sports    December 19, 2019

Big Dawg continues hold on area wrestling

CRESWELL – The subdued, gray skies on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 14 belied a kaleidoscope of chaos and color inside the town's high school gym. The annual Big Dawg Challenge, hosted by the Creswe...

 
 By Noel Nash    Opinion    December 12, 2019

Front-row seats to a celebration of care and community support

Officially, it was the Annual Holiday Gala for the PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center, the facility's largest fundraiser. And well over 100 people – local leaders, donors, various...

 
 By Noel Nash    Opinion    November 28, 2019

50 first names only ...

The Family Relief Nursery’s fundraiser at Creswell High School last month was an event to remember. The keynote speaker touched our hearts with a story of heartbreaking self-awareness, wondering to...

 
 By Noel Nash    Opinion    November 21, 2019

Far from a one-man band - New superintendent leading initiative to improve education

Mike Johnson has a plan. Not the plan, but a plan. The Creswell School District superintendent has gathered a large, eclectic group of people – including students, teachers and administrators,...

 
 By Noel Nash    Sports    November 7, 2019

Apo is 'king' of prep football scorekeepers

CRESWELL – A lifelong sports fan and entering his senior year as a high school athlete, Kai Apo had no expectations for the 2019 football season other than supporting his teammates from the...

 
 By Noel Nash    Opinion    October 24, 2019

Fifty first names only

October is full of opportunities to socialize and participate, from harvest festivals and community fundraisers to The Chronicle’s own Halloween coloring contest. We attended the Family Relief...

 
 By Noel Nash    Opinion    October 17, 2019

So, how was your weekend?

Mine was great, starting with my Miami Hurricanes and our Oregon Ducks winning Friday night. Then I gorged on college football Saturday, and NFL on Sunday. With no apologies. I’m a child of the TV g...

 
 By Noel Nash    Opinion    October 3, 2019

Our connected world is wire-thin

We are living in a world that gets smaller everyday, thanks to technology. And, at an exponentially faster pace. It was 1995 when I first received a mobile flip phone from my newspaper. As sports...

 

Fifty first names only …

With the start of school and the fall sports seasons, I met Brandon and – finally – Sandi at the first home football game of the season. I met Gary, too, who was terrific on the PA system. The...

 
 By Noel Nash    Opinion    September 5, 2019

Mixing it up downtown

The nature of change is more different today than ever. It's constant. It's exponentially faster. It's unavoidable. Sure, it's always been a little scary. An unpleasant surprise can be waiting around...

 
 By Noel Nash    News    August 29, 2019

Hello, world! Say 'hi' to The Chronicle

By Noel Nash Publisher It’s been nearly 110 years in the making: Today marks the debut of The Chronicle of Creswell, Cottage Grove, and now Springfield. And we couldn’t be happier as new “parent...

 
 By Noel Nash    Sports    August 29, 2019

Real-time stats this fall from CHS football

About six years ago, two men at ESPN had a vision to serve high school sports fans in much the same way the company was delivering the most comprehensive sports data to college and pro sports fans. Ul...

 
 By Noel Nash    Opinion    August 22, 2019

Ready for liftoff

By the time you’re reading this, we’ll be one week from a significant change in our paper’s history – and one month away from our 110th birthday! In my first column nearly six months ago, I...

 
 By Noel Nash    Opinion    August 15, 2019

Fifty first names only …

I’m long overdue to mention some of the regulars I see at Farmlands Market: Chrissy, Sam and Chiara (the sandwich maker!). And I have to mention Ian, who loaned me a pen at the start of my delivery...

 
 By Noel Nash    Opinion    August 8, 2019

Recent events brings back memories of my first time

You never forget your first, right? I sure haven’t. It was 1999. We had moved to Florence, Alabama, about eight months earlier. I was the new managing editor of The Times Daily, a...

 
 By Noel Nash    Opinion    August 1, 2019

'Scattershooting: Some hither, others yon ... '

Jackie Sherrod was an institution at The Dallas Morning News, covering the Texas sports scene for decades. His weekly notebook, which hit on a wide variety of topics, always started with the phrase...

 
 By Noel Nash    Health    July 25, 2019

Numbers show peak of crisis as opioids glut begins to slow

Between 2006-2012, Lane County residents purchased more than 128 million opioid pain pills, enough for 52 pills per person (from newborns to seniors) per year. These numbers were obtained by The...

 
 By Noel Nash    Opinion    July 25, 2019

'Fifty first names only ...'

Karen dropped off a flyer for the Presbyterian Church Ice Cream event. She helped design it – including the bright yellow background -- and we placed it in our front window. Pictures from the event...

 

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