Day: June 17, 2014

Hittner signs with Lutes

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Garrett Hittner made the same impression on Jud Keim that he makes on many people. “We thought highly of him from day one,” said Keim, assistant head coach of the Pacific Lutheran University football team. “He’s a great character kid: humble, heart for others, a good sense of purpose as to what he’s looking for in his college student-athlete experience.” Hittner’s character is what has Keim eager for him to become part of the Pacific Lutheran University football program. Hittner will begin attending the Tacoma, Wash.-based school in the fall as a two-sport athlete in football and as a sprinter for the track team. The latter is another reason Keim is anxious to begin coaching him. “Garrett has good size for a wide receiver, but his speed distinguished him,” Keim said. “We have a very senior group of all-conference wide receivers, and we think he’ll be mentored well by them in addition to bringing his own abilities, elevating them and then become a big part of the next wave of Lute receivers.” For his part, Hittner said PLU had the best fit in terms of what he was looking for in a college. “I felt comfortable there. There’s a bit of uneasiness in being farther away from home, but I felt good around the other students and faculty.” As a Celtic, Hittner...

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Neighbors give an update on Sandy Drive problems

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Two Sandy Drive neighbors who brought up issues with McNary High School students were back in front of the Keizer City Council last week. This time, in addition to hearing the update, councilors also gave suggestions on where else the ladies should take their complaints. Shabri Vignery and Audra Anderson spoke to councilors last month. Their plight was highlighted in the May 30 Keizertimes, after a new gate was installed to separate the neighborhood from MHS. “I talked with the dean of students, Mark Looney,” Vignery said. “He told me, with the gate up, we should see great improvement. But it’s only closed during school hours. Nothing is being fixed for the community. (Looney) said we still need to allow the kids to pass through. We don’t understand why, when there are two main entrances, parents need to drive through our neighborhood. Why can people still use our neighborhood?” Anderson said while having the gate closed on weekends has been nice, the main issues are still before and after school, when the gate is open. “It hasn’t made a difference,” Anderson said. Vignery was in agreement. “The school is happy, because the gate is closed during school hours,” she said. “But we still have a large issue with kids doing things after school. (Adults from MHS) will try to get out and enforce...

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