Day: September 6, 2013

Council removal policy being tweaked

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Now that it’s been looked at some more, additional questions have arisen in regards to a proposed procedure for removing members of the Keizer City Council. When the topic was brought up last month, questions were immediately raised since it came days after city manager Chris Eppley chose John Teague as the new Keizer police chief. The proposed ordinance stated a councilor could be removed from office for interfering with administration. That led to speculation the policy was quickly thrown together in response to the police chief selection process. City leaders went to great lengths during the Aug. 19 meeting to ensure that was not the case and that it was simply “terrible timing.” The policy was looked at in detail again during Tuesday night’s council meeting. Several issues were not resolved, leading to no final decision being made. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the September 6 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition 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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Canby a measuring stick for Celtics on gridiron

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Isaac Parker, McNary High School’s head football coach, has been looking forward to the Celts’ game with Canby High School for a while. “It’s one of those games that could be a state semifinal match-up at some point and, as a coach, that gets exciting,” Parker said. “It’s also an away game and any time you get tested on the road is a good thing.” The teams kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at Canby High School. For McNary, the Cougars – the ninth-ranked team in the land prior to a 38-7 loss to No. 6 Tigard High School last week – will be a test of how much the team has evolved since last November when it was bounced from the state playoffs in the first round. The Celtics took a 20-13 win over their Zero Week opponents, North Medford High School, but this will be the first time McNary has faced such a highly regarded program in the preseason in several years. “We’ve been watching film all weekend and they’re a really good team, but we can’t get cocky because we won one game,” said McNary senior Daniel Brattain. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the September 6 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the...

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Celts hold off Tornadoes for 20-13 win

BY ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity football team’s first game of the season likely wasn’t the statement many expected from the much talked about team, but the Celts still walked away with a 20-13 win over the North Medford High School Black Tornadoes. A pair of fourth quarter touchdowns made the difference in McNary’s 1-0 start. “We were able to get together as a team and pulled it out. We started out kind of slow, but we turned it around,” said Celt senior Perry Groves. The game started with Celtic back-up quarterback Drew McHugh at the helm of the offense. On the Celts’ first drive, running back Brett Hildebrand made a big run on a third-and-seven attempt, but the play was called back for holding and McNary punted after a pass intended for Devon Dunagan sailed long. The Celtic defense stymied the Tornado offense and Tanner Walker returned the punt to North Medford’s 26-yard line, but an interception ended McNary’s drive. Celt DJ Wilson got a critical stop tripping a North Medford runner and preventing first down. The Tornadoes ended up punting away the opportunity after a short pass was tipped by a McNary lineman. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the September 6 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all...

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First postseason game bumpy for Salem-Keizer

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes A 3-0 loss in Boise started the Volcanoes’ post-season play Tuesday. Salem-Keizer came up with only three hits – singles by Tyler Horan, Leo Rojas and Ty Ross – against the pitching of Paul Blackburn and Zack Godley. Blackburn, the winning pitcher, went seven innings with eight strikeouts, allowing two hits and no bases on balls. Godley, who recorded a save, had three strikeouts in his two innings. The Hawks scored twice in the first inning. Kevin Encarnacion singled, and a double by Danny Lockhart drove him home. Lockhart went to third base on an error by right fielder Brian Ragira, the only error of the game. Yasiel Balaguert scored Lockhart with a sacrifice fly. Chase Johnson, the Volcanoes’ starting and losing pitcher, lasted five innings. He gave up more hits than usual, six, but had six strikeouts and only one walk. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the September 6 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition 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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