Month: September 2010

Celt gridders host undefeated Bruins

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Judged solely by their 3-0 record, Barlow High School will likely be the toughest opponent McNary High School’s varsity football team will face yet this season. But an unblemished record didn’t seem to concern the Celts or their head coach. “They are a running and short screen passing game team. We need to learn to read and take care of it,” said Tim McDowell, a McNary senior. “They like to run inside, move their line around, pull their guards and that’s stuff we just need to step up and take care of.” Progress from last week’s game will be key, added Head Coach Rick Ward. “Barlow is probably a little better team than Gresham. If we keep moving forward we should be all right,” he said. The Celts beat Gresham 31-13 last week. McNary hosts Barlow at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. The Bruins dominated McMinnville High School 41-6, doubled North Salem High School’s effort for a 32-14 win, and eked out a 26-21 win over Clackamas High School. While the team might rely on short screen passes, it hasn’t stopped Bruin quarterback Campbell Summerfield from tossing for more than two consecutive games of at least 125 yards, with a 185-yard showing on 15-23 against Clackamas last week. On the Celtic side of the ball, the Bruins will have to contend with...

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County needs to act

For the fourth time since 2000 a driver was killed in an accident at the intersection of Wheatland Road and Brooklake Road just north of Keizer. On Thursday, Sept. 16, Jeff Weathers’ vehicle crashed over the steep embankment on the west side of the T intersection.  Local citizens have expressed concern over that junction for years.   Some cite a lack of a strong barrier, such a guard rail, to keep drivers from overshooting Wheatland Road and crashing down the incline.  Others cite the need for better signage. Four deaths in 10 years at the same location is four too many.  The public expects their governments to make public roads as safe as possible; Marion County’s public works deparmtnet needs to address this location. At least the county needs to erect a guard rail on the west side of Wheatland Road at Brooklake Road along with a large yellow and black striped barrier.   A guard rail itself won’t stop accidents there but it will stop cars from careening over the embankment. Beside a guard rail the Marion County needs to update road signs on Brooklake Road approaching Wheatland Road.  Currently there is a stop ahead sign but additional signage needs to be erected.  A big road ends ahead sign will alert the most distracted driver to what’s ahead.  The speed limit on the final half mile of the...

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Susan Ann Oneth

Mrs. Oneth, of Keizer, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. She was 62. She was born January 3, 1948. A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Keizer Christian Church, 6945 Wheatland Road N. Arrangements by Keizer Funeral...

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Cooler heads, put still hot

Candidates of the Tea Party were successful in primaries across the country this year.  Angry voters rejected sitting senators such as Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Bill Bennett in Utah and denying long-time Delaware Congressman Mike Castle the nomination for the Senate against Christine O’Donnell who reflected the anger of her state’s GOP voters. A lack of raucous Tea Party demonstrations should be taken as approval by Oregon voters though.  Oregon voters have as much to be angry about as those in any other state. Our state’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly high; our state budget is dangerously out of whack.  Citizens feel helpless in the face of a myriad of troubles they can’t control. All candidates running for office at every level need to address the citizens and the voters and offer some solutions rather than the same old campaigns filled with attacks and platitudes.  Yes, we know that Oregon needs jobs. What are you going to do about it Mr./Ms. Candidate? This year Oregon candidates shouldn’t be lulled into a sense of complacency just because there are no demonstrations outside their doors....

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