Day: July 24, 2012

Care van crash ties up River Road traffic

A crash involving a care home van blocked traffic on River Road Tuesday afternoon. The van was unoccupied except for the driver, who police expected to cite for careless driving in the crash. Officer Dan Kelley of Keizer Police said the van was trying to turn right from the median turn lane into an office in the 4600 block of River Road N., turning in front of a Buick Skylark. The airbags in the Skylark deployed, but no one was...

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Subdivision plans filed for Tate Ave., near Keizer Rapids

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A west Keizer landowner plans to develop an 11-home subdivision, extending Tate Avenue. The subdivision would include 10 new homes to go with one existing structure on 2.2 acres. The proposal would extend Tate Avenue approximately 265 feet to accommodate the new homes. Lots range between 5,700 square feet and just less than 12,000. Planning officials have yet to deem the application complete. The owner is Kiril Ivanov of Stone Development...

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Claggett teacher calls it quits after 9K students

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Terry Shrout typically encounters a familiar face anywhere he goes in Keizer. It’s not surprising considering that he’s taught the equivalent of nearly a third of the city’s population, 9,300 students, in 35 years as a middle school science teacher. “The faces have always changed just enough that I have to ask names, but even when I go to Portland, I’ve met students who were in one of my classes,” Shrout said. Shrout found his way to teaching not long after finishing college, but it was something of a watershed moment. “I went through college thinking I would pursue a graduate degree and it wasn’t for a few months afterward that I thought, ‘Duh, why don’t I just teach?” he said. Part of him hoped, and expected, that he would end up with a high school classroom, but he was assigned to Whiteaker Middle School where he quickly discovered a kinship with the students’ eagerness and curiosity. “It can be the most difficult and traumatic time in a person’s life – it was hard for me – but there’s so much they haven’t been exposed to yet and so much they are discovering about themselves,” he said. “This age group is so moldable in terms of the decisions they’re making that will help determine who they are as adults.” Shrout taught for...

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