Day: May 10, 2013

LeDuc resigns from Keizer City Council

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Ken LeDuc, who joined the Keizer City Council in January, has resigned. LeDuc, who got into a heated argument with fellow councilor Dennis Koho during a budget committee meeting Thursday evening, posted a short resignation notice on his Facebook page late Friday morning, May 10. He also sent a short message to city attorney Shannon Johnson. “To the Keizer city government, I resign my elected position on the Keizer City Council effective immediately,” LeDuc wrote. Attempts to reach LeDuc for further comment were unsuccessful. LeDuc won the Position 2 race last November over incumbent Brandon Smith, who ran as a write-in candidate. Earlier this year, LeDuc was alleged to have yelled at an Eagle Scout parent. LeDuc denied the accusation, but the incident led councilors to look at forming a committee for self-policing purposes. That had already been scheduled to be one of the topics discussed at the May 13 work...

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City set to hire coordinator for the community center

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes For the most part, things went smoothly at the first budget committee meeting of the season May 2. Except for discussion of a new position for the Keizer Civic Center, that is. City Manager Chris Eppley has proposed adding an Events Center Coordinator position, which would handle some of the duties currently held by city recorder Tracy Davis. The initial figures showed the position costing $63,900, including benefits. Revised figures were shared during Tuesday’s budget committee meeting. The hope is the events coordinator can get enough events at the civic center to more than offset the cost of the position. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the May 10 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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Their night to shine

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Nine McNary High School juniors will take the stage Saturday, May 11, at the high school to compete for scholarships in the annual Distinguished Young Women of Keizer (DYWK) scholarship program. The program, formally known as Junior Miss, gives young women with college aspirations the opportunity to showcase their abilities in scholastic achievement, writing, interviewing, fitness, spirit and talent. For the contestants, it’s an opportunity to stretch the boundaries of their perceived limitations and highlight other ones where they’re already confident. “We do a fitness section where we do a dance, but I’m not really a dancing person,” said Lexi Price. “I’m looking forward to the interview portion because I’ve always enjoyed that type of thing.” The program begins at 7 p.m. in McNary’s Ken Collins Theatre. Tickets for the event are $12 at the door. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the May 10 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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Track team flying high headed into district meet

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Laura Donaldson and Aerial Rice, both members of the Lady Celts’ 4×100 relay team, had been looking forward to a race with Sprague High School all week. It was set for Wednesday past press time, but Sprague’s relay team is the Celts’ closest consistent competitor in the Central Valley Conference. “It’s going to be interesting because we haven’t had a lot of close competition. It’s mostly us running against ourselves,” said Rice. “Our goal is to take as many people as we can to state, so a win would mean we’re pretty well positioned,” Donaldson added. If the Lady Celts win against Sprague, it will mean an undefeated season for the girls track and field team, and set the stage for a possible district title later this week. The girls edged out South Salem High School in a dual met last week with a final score of 76-69, a meet that saw both Rice and Donaldson take individual event wins. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the May 10 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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