Day: May 17, 2013

Screamer lives

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The goat is screaming once again. The Woodry family of Keizer has owned a 1967 Pontiac GTO since new. Following a couple of long periods of inactivity, the car – nicknamed “Screamer” – was recently restored and modernized. Jim and son Eddy expect to be showing off the silver muscle car during Sunday’s Rev-Up @ The Renaissance car show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Renaissance Inn. Eddy, who did most of the restoration over an 18-month period, will also be driving the car in Saturday’s Iris Festival Parade presented by Valley Credit Service. The parade goes down River Road, starting at 10:30 a.m. The GTO, first introduced in 1964, is widely considered the first muscle car and was quickly dubbed ‘The Goat.’ Jim still remembers seeing his dad’s 1967 GTO for the first time. “I drove the car first,” Jim recalled with a grin. “It was delivered from Dallas, Ore. My dad traded in his 1964 Thunderbird. I took it right past here and took it to the highway entrance. We got to the freeway. My dad says ‘Hit it,’ so I hit it. I hit the freeway at about 100 miles per hour.” To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the May 17 issue of Keizertimes, available...

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Lady Celt softball playoff bound

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity softball team is headed to the state playoff tournament after blanking Lake Oswego High School 14-0 Tuesday, May 14. The Lady Celts started off the play-in game strong with catcher Kiana Villareal kicking off the Celtic scoring with a two-run homer in the first inning. The Laker defense barely got a rest en route to the loss. The Lady Celts now have a brief respite before the state tournament, which begins Monday, May 20. They’ll enter into the fray as the 12th-ranked team in the state. The win over the Lakers came after a stellar closing to Central Valley Conference competition for the Lady Celts. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the May 17 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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Parks board ponders $2 fee to water bill

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes More funding could be on the way to help fund the parks system in Keizer. Members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a motion calling for $2 a month to be added to water bills in Keizer. That would create an estimated $336,000 a year in funding for maintenance, capital improvements, recreational programs and equipment for Keizer’s parks. The funding would be on top of the 3.1 percent of the general fund (approximately $309,000) allocated for parks currently. The Keizer City Council would have to approve the new fee. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the May 17 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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Girls track and field tops CVC headed into district meet

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School girls varsity track and field team capped an undefeated run through the Central Valley Conference with a 81-60 win over Sprague High School Wednesday, May 8. The win puts the Lady Celts in the driver’s seat headed into the CVC district preliminaries Wednesday past press time. It puts a lot of pressure on the team to perform well, but Daysha Simms-Garcia said the teammates will be looking to each other for support. “It will mean a lot of positive thinking and an optimistic outlook, talking to each other about nerves and cheering each other on,” Simms-Garcia said. While the girls are undefeated, the boys’ losses have all been extremely close with one or two points making the difference in many cases. Frank Gauntz, McNary head coach, said buy-in to a team philosophy of track and field is what’s made the difference this season. “We don’t have any individuals and that’s great, they’re just getting out there and competing for each other,” he said. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the May 17 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...

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Boys end season with play-in loss to Sunset

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A sense of urgency carried the McNary High School varsity baseball team to a strong finish in Central Valley Conference games, but it didn’t see the team through a play-in opportunity that could have launched the team into the state playoffs. The Celtics faced Sunset High School in the play-in round Tuesday, May, 14, and fell 4-0. In the early going, the Celts were making contact with the ball, but pop flies and line drives hit right at Sunset’s defense kept McNary from putting men on base. McNary had only three hits to Sunset’s eight. McNary ended its run through the Central Valley Conference on a high note last week, taking an 8-0 win over North Salem High School. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the May 17 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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