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School Board hears drug-testing policy update

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014

A different kind of test is in store for student-athletes at Cottage Grove High School starting this fall.
A policy adopted by the South Lane School District board last month calls for mandatory drug testing for all students in grades 9-12 who participate in extracurricular activities. The District plans to implement the policy in stages, however -- for fall

Hazy days brought on by blaze

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
By Jon Stinnett
The Cottage Grove Sentinel

Cottage Grove found itself surrounded by fire last weekend, with a thick, smoky haze hanging over the town as a reminder of the blazes nearby.
The area has recently been affected by smoke wafting from the Deception Creek Fire outside Creswell, which prompted a partial closure of the Cottage Grove Ranger

Humvees among local police arsenal

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014

Recent events in Ferguson, Mo. involving the shooting of an unarmed black man by local police, coupled with images of police using equipment of a military appearance there to deal with the protest the incident caused, have prompted a long look at the so-called "militarization" of police forces nationwide. It's a trend that has not escaped Cottage Grove,

Harriers focus on standards, not numbers

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 2nd, 2014
Cross country runners share a commitment to the program and each other

It can be difficult to think about long-distance running in ways beyond numbers. Whether it is a personal-best time or weekly mileage target, runners often define themselves through their numeral badges.
Lions cross country head coach Jim Settelmeyer, however, does not define his program through

Ballot for local election set

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 2nd, 2014
At-large council seat features three
challengers; charter changes also on ballot

The deadline for candidates to file for election to positions in Cottage Grove government came and went last week, offering a complete look at the lineup of those hoping to be elected to office this November.
Candidates had until Tuesday, Aug. 26 to file paperwork

Hard Knocks opens for business

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 2nd, 2014

So just what's in a name?
If you're the owners of Cottage Grove's newest brewpub, the answer may just be ‘a lot,' or perhaps ‘too much.'
It's been about 18 months since Kate and Ben Price, owners of Hard Knocks Brewing, first hit upon the idea of opening a brewpub in this community, and they say they're

Fire brings haze, partial Ranger District closure

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 2nd, 2014
A wildfire burning just outside Oakridge is expected to bring a smoky haze into the Willamette Valley and has already prompted the closure of part of the Cottage Grove Ranger District.
The Deception Complex fire got its start due to lightning on Aug. 12 and is burning about two miles west of Oakridge. On Friday, the U.S. Forest Service

Suspects in golf cart theft, vandalism captured

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 2nd, 2014

It didn't take the Cottage Grove Police Department long to track down the individuals they believe are responsible for the theft of a golf cart and its subsequent crash into Cottage Grove High School last week. Figuring out who may have done what, however, took a bit of time to sort out.
Officials with South Lane School

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