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Gowings headed to D.C. on 10-day veterans' awareness ride

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
By the time many readers pick up their copy of this week's Cottage Grove Sentinel, Jeff and Celia Gowing should be on the open road atop their motorcycles, headed about as far east as it's possible to ride.
On Monday, the Gowings departed for Auburn, Calif., where they will rendezvous with other members of the National Veterans Awareness Organization

Playing catch-up

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
The second year of full-day kindergarten at South Lane School District will feature a staggered start for the District's youngest students, in addition to more help for teachers in each kindergarten classroom. The District also plans to establish preschools based at two area elementary schools to help prepare them for school.
The Oregon legislature mandated a full day of kindergarten

Committee approves City budget

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
A 14-member committee gathered last week to help guide the City of Cottage Grove's financial future for the next year, and the committee will recommend that the 2016-17 budget it approved be adopted by the City Council at an upcoming meeting. Below are some of the highlights of next year's budget:

The Budget Committee, which consists of

Kwikee building may have a buyer, city says

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Officials with the City of Cottage Grove say that a commercial building the City has been trying to fill for some time may have a buyer.
Late last week, Community Development Director Howard Schesser said the City had been contacted by a company in search of zoning information for the Kwikee building, an 80,000 square foot hulk of a

Briggs named new District Ranger

Modified: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
The new District Ranger for the Cottage Grove Ranger District will have a lot on her plate when she shows up for work on June 13, though she's also looking forward to a little exploration of what this area has to offer.
Alice Carlton, supervisor of the Umpqua National Forest, announced last week that K.C. Briggs has been named

Council passes on needle exchange program

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
On Monday, the Cottage Grove City Council listened to a presentation from Renee Yandel, the Program Director of the HIV Alliance supporting the proposal for a ‘needle exchange' program in the city.
This was a second meeting between the City Council and The HIV Alliance on the proposed needle exchange program. Previously, the Council listened to Jim Tandrow, a

‘Emotionally charged’ mock car crash gives students unique perspective

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
The rushing sounds of sirens and horns from emergency vehicles could be heard from Cottage Grove High School -- always an ominous thing to hear about. But last week's sirens left a positive impression on CGHS students, as they were part of a mock drunk driving accident in the school's back parking lot.
The mock accident is part of

SLSD budget approved, but questions remain

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
A committee dedicated to examining South Lane School District's budget for the 2016-17 school year unanimously passed a balanced budget Monday night, though it remains to be seen how ongoing negotiations with the District's teachers may affect the budget carryover for the following year.

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