Day: October 13, 2011

Celts fall to Titans 44-28

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Turnovers continued to be a problem for the McNary High School varsity football team in a 44-28 loss to West Salem High School last week. “We put up 28 points, but we had an opportunity to have 42,” said Rick Ward, McNary head coach. “We had a fumble at the one-yard-line and dropped eight passes that might have given us better field position.” The Celts had a shortened week of practice with a homecoming game against South Salem High School Thursday past press time. It meant a day less to practice as competition in the Central Valley Conference reaches a fever pitch. The league has three teams at 2-0 and three at 0-2, including McNary and South Salem. “A win would help and if we’d be the only team to take that win in that bottom three, it would really help our confidence,” said Celt Perry Groves. After a huge performance a week prior, Celt Justin Gardner often found himself under double coverage by the Titans, cutting off the Celtics’ short passing game. On the other hand, it left Celt quarterback Justin Burgess to connect with receiver Garren Robinett for three touchdowns in the win. “I thought we did a good job offensively, we were able to move the ball pretty well,” said Celtic senior Corey White. “On defense, we were able...

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Fired worker’s lawyer says city investigation incomplete

UPDATED to include police report referenced in statement. The report is after the statement from Clark Williams. The attorney for Roland Herrera, a public works employee fired by the city two weeks ago, sent us a statement yesterday describing why they think his termination was unjustified. Our original story is here. Herrera was named 2009 First Citizen by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce for his charitable works. Clark Williams, his personal attorney, said the city’s personnel investigation was selective and didn’t include interviews with witnesses Williams and Herrera provided. City Manager Chris Eppley did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Keizertimes. A public records request seeking a copy of the city’s investigation results was denied, citing exemptions in state law allowing governments to keep personnel disciplinary actions confidential. Herrera is union-represented, and the matter is set for arbitration. Here’s the full statement from Williams: Two incidents gave rise to the City’s decision to terminate Roland. The first incident involved a citizen report that someone meeting Roland’s description had shopped at an estate sale near Verda Lane while on duty. In fact, Roland was working on site nearby and was called over by someone at the estate sale who recognized him. He went over to greet the person briefly, but did not purchase anything and returned to work. Roland provided statements of two other witnesses who...

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Hunger hits record levels

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Both regionally and locally, food banks are setting the kinds of records they don’t want to see. Currently Marion-Polk Food Share isn’t able to distribute items like canned meats, non-green vegetables and peanut butter due to lack of supply. For the first time, more than a million emergency food boxes were given out over a one-year period in Oregon and southwest Washington. “I have never seen the demand for emergency food this high,” said Rachel Bristol, chief executive officer for Oregon Food Bank, adding food box distribution has gone up 30 percent since the recession began in 2008. More than one in 12 were given out in Marion and Polk counties, and Marion-Polk Food Share set its own record this past fiscal year, with 88,742 emergency food boxes distributed over the two counties. “That is about a 10 percent increase,” said Eileen DiCicco, development associate for MPFS. “It keeps going up. Curt McCormack, director of the Keizer Community Food Bank (KCFB), continues to see increased need, although he said September was a bit slower than August had been. August was up 20 to 25 percent over July, he said. Yet he expects a year-over-year increase of about 13 percent from 2010 to 2011. Keizer’s food bank measures by calendar year, not July-June. He said KCFB served 3,015 families in 2010 and is on track...

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Target postpones grocery rollout

Keizer’s Target store won’t introduce its expanded grocery lineup until mid-2012. It was initially reported to be underway, and available in October 2011, but a Target spokesperson said the remodel will not be complete until sometime next year. When it’s done Target will offer what spokesperson Jamie Bastian called “a curated assortment” of “the fresh foods that top weekly shopping lists” – things like fresh packaged meat, produce like bananas, berries, lettuce and the like along with pre-packaged baked...

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