Day: August 12, 2013

Teague tabbed as Keizer’s new police chief

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A man who once served as captain in the Keizer Police Department is the new police chief. John Teague, who served for 20 years at the KPD in various capacities including captain, was confirmed as the new chief Monday by retiring chief Marc Adams. In April 2009, Teague left to become police chief in Dallas. Now, he’s returning. Adams disclosed the news around 10 a.m. Aug. 12 with a Facebook status. “Congratulations to Chief John Teague of the Dallas, OR Police Department on his selection to replace me as Chief of Police for the Keizer Police Department,” Adams wrote. “John is a fellow Texan and a graduate of Texas A&M. KPD will be in good hands. Hello retirement here I come.” Teague later confirmed to the Keizertimes he had indeed been named the Keizer chief. Adams, the Keizer’s police chief since 1997, had announced at the start of 2013 he would be retiring at the end of the year. In the spring he abruptly moved up his retirement to the end of May. Since then, he has been serving on an interim basis, with plans to retire for good at the end of August. Teague was one of 33 applicants for the job and one of five finalists. He joined the KPD in 1989 and had risen to rank of captain before...

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Bowler takes national title after just two years on the hardwood

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes  Two years ago, 16-year-old Scott Bridger bowled “just for fun.” On Sunday, Aug. 4, he became a national champion at the State Games of America in Hershey, Penn. “Going into the day where I had to qualify, I told myself that I would put every ball on the lane and throw every single ball like it’s my last ball,” said Bridger. “Just concentrate like crazy and get it done.” It definitely sounds like the kind of advice his coach, Kathy Kaplan, would give under such circumstances. Up against some of the top bowlers from throughout the 50 states, Bridger got it done in grand style. He took the gold medal at the games, earned the highest series score of the tournament (1,420) and beat a bowler coming off a perfect game for the title win. In the championship match, Bridger’s competition for the crown, Dawson Maier of Virginia, left single pins standing in the second and third frames of the match while Bridger strung together five strikes and put Dawson on the ropes mentally. Bridger won the match 232 to 176. He threw 91 balls in the tournament, 51 were strikes. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the August 9 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area....

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Spreading goodwill, rose by rose

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Julie Wallace isn’t normally in the business of giving away roses. But the owner of Keizer Florist at 631 Chemawa Road NE hopes to do just that on Sept. 11, also known as Patriot Day in honor of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001. So why does Wallace hope people come in for free flowers? The answer is simple: this year Patriot Day is the same day as FTD’s Good Neighbor Day. The national flower distributor started the flower giveaway in 1994 in hopes of “helping create a friendlier, more caring and compassionate world with flowers,” according to the FTD website. Wallace, who previously started a local Boy Scout troop, jumped at the opportunity once the days lined up. “I’m a very patriotic person,” Wallace said. “All of the great things in our country are based on heroes. There are all kinds of volunteers, like military, emergency services personnel, teachers, volunteer sports coaches, etc. That’s what makes this country so great.” The premise behind Good Neighbor Day is simple. “Everyone who comes in that day gets a dozen free roses,” Wallace said. “You keep one, then commit to give the others to 11 different individuals. We will also have a barrel out for donations. People can give the roses to anyone they want. The idea is to spread goodwill and friendship.” To read...

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