Month: April 2014

Lady Celts beat McKay

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School girls varsity tennis team beat McKay High School 5-3 and lost to South Salem 6-2 last week. The frustration, if there was any to be had, for Head Coach Mark Kohley was that there wasn’t a whole lot of difference in play between the two matches. “We played the same way in both matches, it was just opponents of different skill,” Kohley said. “The good thing is that no one is slacking. Everyone is trying their hardest and playing as best they can.” The Lady Celts picked up two wins in singles and three wins in doubles competition with the Royal Scots. Sandy Childress won in straight sets of 6-0 and 6-1. Rachel Morrow won in consecutive 6-0 sets. In doubles, Katie Stignei and Megan Thompson won in sets of 6-1 and 6-0; Ariana Neads and Sami Trowbridge won in sets of 6-0 and 6-1; and Taslima Sidhu and Katherine Patterson won in sets of 6-2 and 6-4. “Last week, we got closer to the line-up we’re going to have for the rest of the season,” Kohley said. “There will be some minor adjustments this week and, I hope, some improvement in the way we play doubles.” The South Salem match saw some of the team’s top talent stumble. Childress lost her first match of the season to...

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Second superintendent search yields two finalists for SKSB

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Two finalists for superintendent of the Salem-Keizer School District have been chosen and will meet the public Monday and Tuesday. Both are mid-Willamette Valley superintendents. Christy Perry is superintendent of the Dallas School District, and Erin Prince holds that position with the Corvallis School District. Perry will meet with staff at 5 p.m. at Claggett Creek Middle School and with the public at 6 p.m. there Monday. Prince will meet with the same schedule at Claggett Creek on Tuesday. Perry has been superintendent in Dallas since July 2005. She also has been principal at two elementary schools in Dallas and director of human resources in the district. Her teaching experience includes a fifth-grade position at Keizer Elementary School from August 1991 to June 1992. She has a bachelor of science in education degree from Western Oregon University (then Western Oregon State College) and a master of science in education degree from WOU. She holds a continuing administrator license from Portland State University. Prince has been superintendent in Corvallis since 2011. Previous positions include those of assistant superintendent in the Sherwood School District, director of human resources in Sherwood and principal in the Lake Oswego and Greater Albany districts. She has been an adjunct professor for the University of Oregon and Lewis & Clark College since 2007. She taught in the Tigard-Tualatin, Hillsboro and...

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McNary takes down North in track, field

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Tevita Maake didn’t crack the state’s top ten shot put throwers last week, but one more seven-foot personal record (PR) would put him in the top five. Maake launched the shot put for a mark of 46-08 in competition at the meet with North Salem High School last week. He won the event and soared past his prior best of 39 feet in his first season as a track and field athlete. “We have a good coach who gives us a lot of advice,” said Maake, a junior. “Now I want to get past 50 feet this season.” Both the boys and girls varsity teams won their side of the meet with the Vikings. The final score for the boys was 85-60. The girls won 77-68. The Lady Celts have their sights set on another Central Valley Conference title, said senior Ashlee Koenig. “I think the team is in a really great place after winning last year and we have a confidence in each other that some other teams don’t have,” she said. Koenig was part of the winning 4×100 relay team that included Daysha Simms, Alyssa Looney and Danielle Duran. She also topped the podium in the long jump with a mark of 15-10. “My goal this season is to get the record for the girls long jump. It’s 17-4 now,...

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Tow truck parking in neighborhoods debated

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The debate over tow truck parking in Keizer continues. Under current code, a truck with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds is not allowed to park on a street in a residential area. In recent meetings, owners of area tow truck companies have argued employees often don’t have room to park tow trucks in their private driveways and thus need to be able to park on the street, since responding to an accident scene from home within the time required by the Keizer Police Department is faster than driving to the office in a personal vehicle to pick up a tow truck and then respond to a scene. However, there has also been pushback from neighbors who have argued tow trucks create safety hazards when parked on the street, in addition to waking up neighbors when the trucks respond to an accident in the middle of the night. City attorney Shannon Johnson indicated at the April 7 meeting the request to look at the parking ordinance first came from BC Towing. “Some tow companies have drivers on call, so they take trucks home with them,” Johnson said. “If they park the truck in the street, they are in violation of our parking ordinance. It’s really a policy question.” Liz Rumelhart from Wiltse Towing said tow trucks weigh more these...

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Jar for charity stolen at 7-11

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The man who stole the canister could clearly see what he was doing. It’s not the act of theft itself that frustrated John and Jane Hyder, longtime franchise owners of the 7-11 convenience store at Lockhaven Drive and River Road. Instead, it’s what got stolen at 6:14 a.m. on April 4. The store’s video surveillance cameras caught a short, young Hispanic adult male swiping a canister off the counter while an accomplice distracted the clerk by asking for a pizza to be prepared. For years, the Hyders have had the canister on the counter to collect money in support of Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB). Both John and daughter Jill have Retinitis Pigmentosa, a retinal degenerative disease more commonly referred to as tunnel vision. Jill is co-chair of the foundation’s annual fundraiser, the Oregon VisionWalk coming June 28 at Oaks Park in Portland. “It’s not stealing from us, it’s stealing pure donations,” Jane said. “For me, it doesn’t get any lower than that.” John said the canister, about two-thirds full at the time, is usually chained to the counter. He doesn’t know if it was already unhooked or if the suspect did that. “We collect several hundred dollars a year,” John said of the canister. “It all goes to VisionWalk. We’ve had it more than 10 years.” Jane said with the family history of...

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