Day: September 27, 2013

SPECIAL SECTION: 2013 Best of Your Times (for Seniors)

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Vandals hit stand again

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It may be a new school year, but a nagging old problem has resurfaced at McNary High School. The concession stand at the football field was broken into sometime last weekend. The stand was used during the Sept. 19 JV football game – won by McNary 44-27 – and then closed up for the night. When Keizer Rotary member Ron Hudkins checked on the stand around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, he saw it had been broken into. “I said, ‘Oh great, not again,’” Hudkins said. When the concession stand was broken into after a track meet last spring, it was noted that was the fourth such incident in just a year. Now, once again, volunteers with the McNary Booster Club will have to use funds intended for helping students to instead replace stolen items. The booster club runs the concession stand along with Keizer Rotary. “It’s just a concession stand burglary on the surface, but it has an impact on those trying to raise some money,” said Capt. Jeff Kuhns with the Keizer Police Department, a longtime Keizer Rotary leader. “It is happening too much. Just once is too much.” Hudkins saw the pried open window as he approached the stand last Sunday. “When I came through the main door coming in, I noticed the serving window was open,” he said. “I...

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Neighbors vent about transit buses in Gubser

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Salem-Keizer Transit bus doesn’t stop on Stone Hedge Drive. But residents in the Gubser neighborhood are still upset at how the situation unfolded, airing grievances during the Sept. 19 Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association meeting at Gubser Elementary School. About three dozen neighbors – a far bigger attendance than usual – came to the meeting, many asking questions about the bus service that was added back to the Gubser area earlier this month for the first time since 2009. GGNA president Brad Coy, who recently joined the Salem-Keizer Transit Board, noted he was appointed to the board a week after the issue arose. “It is an ongoing process,” said Coy, who encouraged constructive comments. “Feedback from tonight will be put into consideration.” Residents offered plenty of feedback. Sharon Marsoun was among those noting how busy Stone Hedge often is. “My concern is safety,” she said. “The buses are going down the street with the most foot and vehicular traffic. It’s very congested. You’re putting the most people at the most risk at the worst time.” Melinda Oliver was among those making a similar point. “There are better routes than Stone Hedge, because of the overusage with the school,” she said. “Maybe the bus could continue down McLeod and do a loop?” Though transit officials spoke at a Gubser meeting in the spring, only...

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Tourney may signal turnaround for v-ball

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity volleyball team found success in another weekend tournament, but the team is still looking for its first win in a regulation match-up. The Lady Celts traveled to the Rogue Valley Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 21, and came away from the event with four  wins. In pool play, the Celts won a match and split another before sweeping bracket matches. First up was North Medford High School, who the Celts handed a 2-1 loss with set scores of 23-25, 25-17 and 15-10. McNary also beat Crater and Grants Pass high schools in straight sets of 25-19 and 25-22, and 17-17 and 25-22, respectively. “I think the girls finally started to play to win and without a fear of making mistakes,” said Kellie Scholl, McNary’s head coach. “Our block continued to be strong, and our defense picked up especially in our last two matches where we were playing against two very strong offensive teams. Offensively, our hitters did a great job, making far less errors and our serving improved.” The news was less spectacular in McNary’s opening Central Valley Conference match-ups. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the September 27 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for...

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Lady Celts start CVC 2-1

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For a brief moment, the McNary High School girls varsity was off to the best start in the Central Valley Conference, but Miguel Camarena, Celtic head coach, had his sights set on a home match with Sprague High School Friday, Sept. 27. “South Salem and West Salem (high schools) are probably the best two teams in the league, which means it will be Sprague standing in our way of getting into the top three,” Camarena said. “We’ll know where we really stand after that match.” The teams kick off at 7 p.m. The Lady Celts’ first week of the league play was something of a rollercoaster. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the September 27 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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