Day: November 21, 2011

Freshman team honors standouts

The McNary High School freshman football team closed its season with an awards and recognition banquet Tuesday, Nov. 8. Coach Ted Anagnos began by recapping the season applauding the boys for their persistence after starting 0-3 in non-league games to rally to a 4-1 second place finish in the Central Valley Conference. “I was real proud of these coaches and players for working hard and not letting up after the Barlow game,” he said. The goal of the program, Anagnos said, is “not only trying to make good football players, but we are trying to make better citizens. We ask kids to be prompt for practice every day, work hard for the betterment of the team, and stick together. We want them to work hard to become taxpayers, not tax collectors.” The banquet then moved to the awards ceremony. Anagnos stressed that the freshman level awards are not passed out to only the best players. The first two awards were voted on by team members. Anthony Bugado received recognition as the most inspirational player and Jordan Cagle was voted most improved. Bugado was always seen and heard encouraging his teammates, even in the toughest times, Anagnos said. Cagle moved from being a third and fourth stringer to starting every game after week four. Each coach then presented their coach’s award. Offensive Coodinator Justin Barchus awarded David Gonzales for working...

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Debt payment plan up for vote

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council could vote to extend the urban renewal district to pay down bond debt as soon as Monday, Nov. 21. An alternative plan proposed by Councilor Joe Egli – which would use monies coming back to the urban renewal district after its expiration to pay down the debt – has gained little traction among fellow councilors. The Planning Commission and Keizer Urban Renewal Board (KURB) also signed off on the extension plan at a meeting last Wednesday, Nov. 9. The proposal would strip all funding from the city’s River Road Renaissance project, which was implemented to ensure what is in effect Keizer’s Main Street from adverse effects resulting from Keizer Station’s development. It would allow the urban renewal district to collect 35 percent of what it would have collected with a simple extension of the district, with 65 percent going to taxing districts like Marion County, Salem-Keizer School District, Keizer Fire District and others. A group of these agencies making up at least 75 percent of the taxing base must consent. That means the Salem-Keizer School District, which would receive 35 percent of revenue from the expired urban renewal district, is a key player. Schools, however, are somewhat insulated in that the state shared school fund makes up the difference when urban renewal districts are formed. So far, Willamette Education Service...

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