Day: October 14, 2011

Guitar Center applies for Keizer Station spot

Musical instrument retailer Guitar Center has filed a building permit application to locate at Keizer Station, inside the former Party City location at 6325 Ulali Drive NE. The permit application was filed Friday, Oct. 14. Officials from Guitar Center and Donahue Schriber, the owners of Keizer Station, were not immediately able to confirm the retailer’s plans. Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., Guitar Center is the nation’s largest musical instrument retail chain, with 218 stores in the United States as of May 2011. The company started out selling organs in Hollywood, Calif., becoming The Vox Center during the 1960s, selling guitars and amplifiers. Guitar Center started selling stock in 1997, and stockholders were bought out in 2007 by Bain Capital in a $1.9 billion deal. Guitar Center also owns online retailer Musician’s Friend, now a subsidiary headquartered in...

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Celtics struggle in 21-13 gridiron loss to Saxons

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity football team struggled to find momentum most of the night in a 21-13 loss to South Salem High School. The Celts’ passing and running games both faltered in the outing, while the Celtic defense came to life. McNary’s top two receivers often found passes falling short or beyond their grasps. Garren Robinett roped in three pitches for 53 yards and Justin Gardner caught three for 40 yards. Cody Bond eked out 22 yards on nine carries and quarterback Justin Burgess captured nine yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. “We played a lot better defensively, and pleased with the ability to stop them running the ball, but we didn’t play as well offensively as I would like to have seen,” said Rick Ward, McNary head coach. Whether it was a slick field or lapses in attention, the Celts simply couldn’t get their offense moving for much of the first half, said lineman Todd Hatley. “We were able to limit big plays, but our offense never clicked,” he said. “I don’t think we were ever on the same page.” From the quarterback right through the offensive line, little mistakes kept the team from a powerful outing. McNary’s first drive of the night ended in a punt, and, three plays later, South Salem’s David Mason escaped down the sideline...

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Headlocks for Hunter

DOA Pro Wresting performed Friday, Oct. 7, at the Keizer Lions Hall as part of a benefit for Hunter Osburn, a local youth afflicted with paraxysmal skew deviation. DOA Pro Wrestling returns to Keizer Lions Hall on Nov. 18. Belltime is at 7:30 p.m. For more photos, visit our photo...

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Boys, girls split with West

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Trying out a new formation with regular playmakers in new positions, the McNary High School boys varsity soccer team surged to a 3-1 win over West Salem High School in its only game last week. “It’s different, but it seemed to work better than what we we’re running before,” said Celt Reece Braatz, who was one of two players to find themselves in new positions. “We were playing really good defense and moving the ball on the ground really well.” Braatz moved from the backfield to mid and Mychael Thomas dropped to the backfield. “It seemed to go a bit smoother because I was calling out directions and everyone seemed to like that. Our team just came out there and played,” Thomas said. Junior Joel Chavez netted the first goal of the match in the 32nd minute off an assist by Braatz. The Titans knotted the game at 1-1 six minutes later. A free kick by Louis Palos near the midway point of the second half ended up in the net on an own-goal by the Titans. Celt Devin Clark put in the final goal of the game with six seconds left on the clock. “Joel and Devin were dangerous in the front and they finished their opportunities to score,” said Miguel Camarena, McNary head coach. The game put the Celtics in...

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Online jabs causing real-life violence

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After a fight Tuesday, Oct. 4, at McNary High School ended with a pregnant teacher leaving the school for the hospital, one of the first things principal John Honey did that evening was search YouTube for videos of the incident. “Students don’t think about the upside and downside. They think they’ll be famous for posting a video,” Honey said. “But they’re implicating themselves, others, and creating documents for the victim.” The teacher in question was not involved in the fight or attempting to break it up, but was jostled enough trying to reach the combatants and bring another adult into the fray that she felt ill and wanted to be checked out, Honey said. The fight itself, on the other hand, was one of a slight uptick in such incidents at the school. Officer Brian Hunter of the Keizer Police Department and McNary’s school resource officer said three more fights have been reported at McNary to date than in other recent school years. Increasingly, the build up to physical confrontations among students isn’t taking place audibly, it occurs through social media and often leaves school administrators dealing with the fallout rather than being able to nip problems in the bud. “If two kids are woofing at each other in the cafeteria, we can intervene before it becomes a fight, but if the woofing...

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