Day: May 21, 2014

Tow truck owner disputes issues

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The owner of a tow truck company said last week tow trucks aren’t to blame for problems on Clearview Court. Jeff Asher, owner of BC Towing, spoke during the public comment portion of the May 5 Keizer City Council meeting. Part of his comments were in response to comments made at the April 7 meeting by Clearview residents Nick Devlin and John Blake. “Trucks are parking right at the intersection where it’s not a wide street to begin with,” Blake said at that meeting. “This is the bad side of it. I was told (by the driver) it’s my problem. We have a tow truck driver with zero respect for the community.” Blake said one residence on the cul-de-sac has two tow trucks, leading to safety concerns as there are 13 children in the neighborhood. “The trucks started parking in the easement, which created a mudhole,” Devlin said, noting the residence in question is a duplex. “These companies need to look at where their employees are living.” Asher noted he watched a tape of that meeting and read the Keizertimes story on the issue. “The parking problem on Clearview is not due to tow trucks,” Asher said. “The problem is caused by several residents, but not one of them is a tow truck (operator). Trucks and RVs are parked across sidewalks. None of these are...

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Playoff bye on the line for Celtic baseball in final games

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity baseball team was clinging onto third place in the Central Valley Conference after a win and loss last week. The Celts (6-6 in league, 10-12 overall) will have to win its final games of the season with McKay, North Salem and West Salem high schools to earn a berth in the 32-team state playoff tournament that begins next week. “We need to play our best baseball all year so far and come out with the same intensity and the same fire we have in all our home games,” said Jacob Wood. McKay trails McNary by a single game, but the Celts have split contests with each team so far. Taking a win against North, the second place team in the CVC, would go a long way. “We need to expect to see their best pitcher and we’ll have our best pitcher, but we need to be ready for a fight,” Wood said. Last week began with a 6-3 win for McNary over South Salem High School Monday, May 5. The Celts paired three-run first and third innings with a strong defensive stand against the Saxons’ nine hits. Wood started things off in the first inning by reaching first base on a fielding error. He reached second on wild pitch and scored on a single by Jordan Barchus....

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