Day: April 29, 2011

Rooftop sign causes anger, draws onlookers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A sign posted on his chimney started as an act of frustration on the part of one Keizer man, but it’s become a line in the sand and a curiosity for passersby. Police were summoned to the home of Alex White in the 5000 block 8th Avenue Northeast at 10:35 a.m. Sunday, April 24, responding to a call from a neighbor who reported overhearing an argument. “I have a child in the home with a behavioral disorder and we had an incident at church that morning. When we got home I went out on the back porch and my wife and I were having a heated discussion through the door about how we were going to put his intervention plan into place for the rest of the day,” White said. He hoped whoever had made the call would come and apologize, but when that didn’t happen he put together a double-sided sign reading, “To the nieghbor (sic) on Easter (expletive) yourself.” White does not own the home. “More than anything, it was that they did it on Easter. I only intended it to be up for an hour, but now that the story’s gotten out, I want a public, published apology. People have driven by and taken pictures and now my name is being dragged through the mud,” he said. White said...

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Former Celt headed to Wrestling Hall of Fame

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For those married to origin stories, here’s the primer: Kacey McCallister, age 6, darts in front of an oncoming truck in Wyoming and loses one leg in the resulting accident, his second leg is broken in seven places and amputated after a helicopter ride to the hospital. Jump to: McCallister in grade school, legless, playing for Keizer Little League, local and national headlines follow. Moving along: McCallister at McNary High School, a three-sport athlete in cross country, wheelchair basketball and, his true sports love, wrestling. By the end of his career, he’s earned a district title in cross country, two district titles in wrestling, placed fourth in the state at 103 pounds as a junior and wrestles to the state championship match as a senior where he finishes second. Bringing us to: Saturday, April 30, 2011, McCallister will become McNary’s first  inductee to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Medal of Courage, an honor presented annually to a wrestler or former wrestler who has overcome what appears to be insurmountable challenges, which may be physical, mental or other handicaps, that make their achievements all the more uplifting. Why? McCallister, now 24, admits to finding the situation somewhat surreal. “I only wrestled in high school and now I’m coaching, but I’ve only been coaching a few years as...

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Cannabis club opens in Eagles’ old digs

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes (Editor’s note: Pseudonyms have been used in this story.) The folks who opened a medical marijuana club in Keizer last week want to establish a few things up front: Yes, that’s a medical marijuana club opened its doors last week in the former Keizer Eagles building. [Map: 1] No, there’s no cash or marijuana (or its derivatives) left on site when no one’s there. And no, you can’t get in unless you have an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program card. Anyone who visits must show their card at a window before being buzzed into a secured area. “If you’re not a legal card holder … you won’t get past this door,” said Kelly Fabry (not her real name). “We’re a stickler for the laws, and the double entry really helps with that.” The Keizertimes was the first media organization invited in to peek at what operators have dubbed the PGN Lounge. Several medical marijuana clubs exist in Oregon, but this one is Oregon’s largest, its owners said. The people who opened up the lounge want the public to understand what they are – and what they are not, they said. It’s a project of the Patient Grower Network, which has been meeting at The Gathering Place for a couple of years now. The group was founded a couple of years ago to “network growers...

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Lady Celts go 4 for 4 in grueling week

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes As a high school junior, Hailey Decker has achieved a status that most pro baseball players only dream of – she’s become feared at the plate. In a week that saw the Lady Celts go four for four, Decker found herself watching the early games pass her by. “I’d never been intentionally walked so many times in a week. It was a great compliment, but I wanted to hit the ball,” she said. While she ended up biding her time early in the week, head coach Jeff Auvinen switched Decker to leadoff hitter in the Celts’ game with West Salem and she made the most of it going four for four at the plate with two dingers, five runs and five RBIs. McNary won the game 13-4 and the girls recorded 46 at bats and loaded the bases in all but one inning. “We got it going a bit offensively and Jordyn [Hanson] had good week for us pitching. We didn’t play real well defensively, but the pitchers picked up the slack,” Auvinen said. Decker belted a three-run homer in McNary’s 7-1 win over the Sprague Olympians on Thurday, April 21. Prior to the win over the Olys, McNary cranked out a 17-11 win over the North Salem Vikings. Paige Bouska went three for four with a double, three RBIS and three...

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Body mechanics key for Celt hurdlers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Given the ease with which they sail over the hurdles, sophomore Felicia Covey and freshman Daniel Brattain may seem like upstarts on the McNary track and field team. Their secret is that they’ve been at it longer than one would expect. Both took up the sport as sixth graders, and both are excelling at a fast clip despite their ages. “It’s almost more than a single event,” Brattain said. “You have to be able to run fast and jump high and there’s always something you can change to do it better.” Brattain already holds the school record at Whiteaker Middle School, but his coaches think he’s only just begun to touch his potential in the event. Covey isn’t the natural that Brattain is, but her hard work and determination have made her a force to be reckoned with in both the sprint and distance hurdles. Early in her middle school career she tripped over a hurdle near the end of a race and broke her arm, but didn’t consider giving it up. “It’s so much work to do it right that I can’t imagine giving it up,” Covey said. Hurdling races come in two flavors, a 100-(girls) or 110-meter(boys) and a 300-meter.  Participants must clear 10 hurdles in the shorter races and eight in the longer one. Runners suffer a time penalty...

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