Day: March 13, 2012

Marion County Fire prevailing in special election

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes  Local voters seemingly have voted not to change the fire protection system in Keizer, giving the nod to Marion County Fire District No. 1 over Keizer Fire District in Tuesday night’s special election. Two measures – 24-325 and 24-326 – were on most Keizer residents’ ballots. Clear Lake residents only saw 24-326. Both had to pass in order for the annexation to take effect. Returns thus far showed Measure 24-325 failing 56 percent to 44 percent, with 2,358 votes against and 1,879 votes in favor. Measure 24-326 also appears headed for defeat by about 59 percent to 41 percent, 2,876 to 2,015. The Keizertimes will update results online Tuesday night if the projected outcome changes. Keizer Fire had proposed annexing the Clear Lake neighborhood – with the 1,000 or so homes and tax revenue that come with it – into its territory. It’s currently served by Marion County Fire District No. 1. Keizer Fire officials have said in the past that the battle for Clear Lake is over if the lost the election. We’ll have more information in Friday’s...

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McNary stages update of ‘Cinderella’

McNary High School’s upcoming play puts a new twist on a well-known fairytale in a modern-day version of Cinderella The Celtics will open the school’s production of Cindy Ella’s Going to the Ball, Baby March 15. Additional performances are scheduled March 16-17 and 22-24. Curtain time is 7 p.m. for each show. Written by Billy St. John, the play is a comedic modern take on Cinderella. Cindy Ella wants nothing more than to go to the prom and dance with Joe Prince. Unfortunately, her stepsisters, Prissy and Missy, have the same idea. Big Mama and her fairy godmother assistants arrive to help get Cindy to the prom and dance with Joe Prince, but he may not be as charming as she hopes. The play is not all that is new this year. It’s being directed by Willamette University student Gabriel Kenny. “Working with an outside director has been a plan of mine for a while,” said Dallas Myers, director of McNary’s theater program.  “I wanted the opportunity for my students to work with many different directors.” The cast includes some veterans to the stage including Melissa Humphries, who plays the modern fairy godmother Big Mamma, and Belladina Starr plays Bluebelle, Big Mamma’s traditional counterpart.  Rudy Trevino, another senior, plays the oh-so-charming role of Joe Prince. Plenty of fresh talent also takes the stage for the spring comedy. Jade Rayner,...

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Baseball team stacked with returning players

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s varsity baseball team is setting its sights high this season. If they could have their way, they’ll settle for nothing less than a Central Valley Conference championship. “Last year, we had a lot of juniors who are now seniors and we know what to expect and what we want as a goal,” said Celt pitcher Travis Marks. “We have a lot of high expectations from all of our players and we know that we can accomplish whatever we set our minds to.” McNary ended their 2011 season in a 10-1 loss to Glencoe High School in the first round of the state playoffs, but returns much of its roster to the field as only three seniors graduated from the program last June. The Celts will face Sunset High School in a home opener Tuesday, March 13. “I want us to come out with fire,” said Garren Robinett, a McNary senior. “We ended the season last year with a loss to a team we could have beat, and we need to start out on the right foot this year.” Last season, South Salem High School ran away with a CVC title, but fans should expect more parity throughout the league this season, said Larry Keeker, McNary head coach. “West Salem is the team that most coaches would consider to have...

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