Day: December 14, 2012

Keizer to get ballot drop box

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Details have to be hashed out, but the City of Keizer is getting a ballot drop box of some sort in the spring. The announcement was made last Friday morning by Bill Burgess, Marion County Clerk, after looking at options for such a box at Keizer Civic Center. Outgoing Keizer City Councilor Mark Caillier gave Burgess and Connie Higgins, elections supervisor for Marion County, a tour around the civic center. Caillier noted having a ballot drop box was part of the plan for the building when it opened in 2009, hence a small room currently used for storage near the building entrance. “When we built this building, we tried to do this,” said Caillier, a retired Salem Police Department sergeant who is leaving his council seat next month. “They weren’t comfortable with the security.” Caillier said a couple other options were proposed at the time and also rejected. On the weekend before last month’s election, Caillier and others doing some cleaning up around the building had to keep opening the doors so citizens could drop off ballots inside. “We probably let 50 people in for dropping off ballots,” Caillier said. “That motivated us to bring this idea up again. Anything is better than that. We are just trying to provide options.” Burgess said there are currently no 24-hour ballot drop boxes in Marion...

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Boys hoopsters outlast Lebanon

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes McNary regained a lead to defeat Lebanon 64-55 at home in boys’ basketball Dec. 7. The Celtics scored the first eight points of the game, which was a seesaw contest in the third quarter, but regained and extended the lead in the fourth period. Johnathan Doutt led McNary with 16 points, followed by Isaiah Montano with 13. McNary shot well at the start, dominated the boards and controlled the ball better than the Warriors through the first quarter. Lebanon showed an effective zone defense during the period. The Celts led 11-2 at one point, but their defense faltered late in the quarter, which ended with a 12-6 score. Lebanon’s Jacob McConnell stole the ball in the opening minute of the second quarter, and the Warriors shot well enough to narrow the lead to 14-11. McNary’s answer to Lebanon’s improved offense included two three-point shots, by Doutt and Nick McDonald. The first half ended with a 27-22 Celtic lead. In the third quarter, Lebanon’s Ian Smith cut the McNary lead to one with a free throw. Seconds later, a layup by McConnell put the Warriors ahead 34-33. Lebanon held the lead until a trey from Montano tied the score at 38 late in the period. Tim Maddox, who was to be the Warriors’ scoring leader with 13, responded with an inside shot  just before...

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Moves with a message

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s dance team often flies under the radar when it comes to the Celtic sports offerings, but this year’s team is intent on changing that. “People don’t give us a lot of credit, but you have to learn to be with people and bond together instead of just trying to be the best person,” said team captain Shelby Williamson. At a recent competition, the team set out to tackle an issue sadly becoming more and more relevant to the high school experience: teen suicide. While most of the other teams set out to electrify with upbeat routines or get them raging with military-style anger, McNary sought to tell a story with Nickelback’s If Everyone Cared playing in the background. To set the tone, they sat in a circle and shared their stories of being bullied. It wasn’t long before the tears started to flow. “It was really sad, but doing it allowed us to play the roles,” said captain Perla Tellez. Williamson broke down again just as she called the team into its first position eliciting a chorus of “awws” from the audience. “Everyone else was doing happy or really (cheerful dances) & we made them cry,” Williamson said. The judges weren’t exactly thrilled with the performance, but the team received its highest marks for projection, on which its judged for...

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Celtics earn mixed results vs. McMinnvile

The McNary High School varsity wrestling team finished seventh last Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Perry Burlison Classic at Cascade High School. McNary finished with 78 points. Sweet Home won with 156.5 points. Mason Ross (220 pounds) and Cody Ratliff (195) finished second for McNary. Hector Maldonado (138), Louis Palos (126) and Zach Hammerschmith (182) finished fifth. The McNary JV wrestling team finished seventh in the JV tournament with 79.5 points. Sprague won with 141 points. Jon Phelps (126 pounds) and Garrett Herbert (285) picked up JV wins for McNary. Jesse Gomez (145) and Altar Venegas (220) finished second. Abel Nelson (106) was fourth and Caleb Connor (138) fifth while Jorge Gracida (170) and Joey Delgado (220) finished sixth. On Dec. 6 the varsity and JV McNary wrestling teams grappled with McMinnville.   VARSITY: McMinnville 57, McNary 21 106: Aspen Nelson (McMinnville) pinned Riley Repp (McNary), 1:15. 113: Steven Weant (McMinnville) win by forfeit. 120: Bryce Branson (McMinnville) pinned Mike Mata (McNary), 1:17. 126: Louis Palos (McNary) major decision over Dalton Donaldson (McMinnville), 13-3. 132: Manny Humlie (McMinnville) major decision over Jonathon Phelps (McNary) 13-1. 138: Jered Sublet (McMinnville) technical fall over Hector Maldonado (McNary), 21-6. 145: Bobby Crowston (McMinnville) pinned Jesse Gomez (McNary), 4:51. 152: J.T. Barnes (McMinnville) win by forfeit. 160: Rylan Blair (McMinnville) pinned Evan Kuenzi (McNary), 1:43. 170: Alex Kiess (McMinnville) pinned Jordan Cagle (McNary),...

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