Day: December 7, 2011

Payless ShoeSource closing Keizer store

Payless ShoeSource at Keizer Station is closing. Customers received a letter in the mail informing them of the closure, and inviting them to a location on Lancaster Drive. No closing date was noted. A representative for Payless ShoeSource declined comment, saying the firm doesn’t discuss store closures. According to the website of parent company Collective Brands Inc., the company announced in August plans to close some 475 under-performing and low-volume stores within the next three years, with more than 300 closing by the end of the fiscal year. Collective Brands reported net losses of $35 million in the second quarter of 2011, despite a 4.9 percent net sales increase to $882.4 million. That included some $83.6 million in...

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After life on sub, ex-Celt makes living in nuclear science

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After high school, Celt Brandon MacDonald went to a U.S. Navy recruiter and made a request that nearly knocked the man out of his chair. “I informed them that ‘I want to join the Navy and be on a submarine,’” MacDonald said. “It wasn’t exactly the normal method of getting someone to join up.” Not only did MacDonald, a member of the 1997 McNary High School state championship  football team, get his wish, he ended up with a career in nuclear science as part of the deal. MacDonald had already applied and been accepted to his college of choice, but he was drawn to military service. While his father was a Navy vet, MacDonald said he never felt pushed. “I still felt the calling that I, too, wanted to serve in my country’s armed forces,” he said. The recruiter reviewed his scores on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude exam and paired him with the Navy Nuclear Power Program. MacDonald had a passing interest in math and science in high school, but prepping for his new career made him realize just how much he’d missed. “I had a vague interest in science, but not an overwhelming one.  Looking back, I wished I had applied myself more in the math and science fields while in high school,” he said. After passing the nuclear program’s entrance...

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