Day: January 28, 2015

Lady Celts handle Titans, pick apart Royal Scots

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When the McNary and West Salem girls varsity basketball teams clash, it’s typically a big deal, but Head Coach Derick Handley had a few butterflies headed into the game Tuesday, Jan. 13. “We have had some early struggles this season against talented teams, and I knew that we matched up very closely with West Salem. Our coaches weren’t sure how we’d handle a difficult team in a difficult environment (at West),” Handley said. Had it not been for junior Kaelie Flores, Handley might have had more cause for hand-wringing. Flores poured in 24 points going 12 for 12 from the field en route to a 64-53 win. “We were struggling a bit with shots early, but she kept us in it until her teammates warmed up,” Handley said. The Celtics outscored the Titans 15-11 in the first frame, but the teams went into halftime with only three points separating them. Defense played a major part in the third period. “Vanessa Hayes and Lauren Hudgins played outstanding defense against Paige Whipple, who is probably their biggest threat, which allowed us to be aggressive on defending their guards,” Handley said. McNary held West to just eight points in the third period while scoring 15. In the final quarter, both teams were shooting out the lights. McNary put in 24 points to West’s 21, but it...

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KeizerTV keeps the city K-23 contract

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes KeizerTV is indeed getting money from the city. In an early October Keizer City Councilor meeting, KeizerTV leader Rex Robertson and David Dahle gave an update on their social media efforts. “We love you,” then-mayor Lore Christopher told Robertson and Dahle that evening. “We’ll give you money.” Shortly after, city leaders were prepared to give KeizerTV more funding from Public, Educational or Governmental (PEG) funds until the Keizertimes raised questions about a lack of bidding for the services. City Manager Chris Eppley initially explained why the bidding wasn’t needed, but changed his mind after meeting with city attorney Shannon Johnson. “After discussing more closely with Shannon, we both think it’s borderline enough that we’re going to tell K-23 to nix the social media service until we can run the full RFP,” Eppley said. “We’re going to leave the budget adjustment in place so we have appropriate (funds) to cover this new service for whoever gets the K-23 contract. Thanks for questioning. We try to do things right here but obviously can miss asking ourselves the question if something falls under the state bidding rules or not.” Two proposals ended up being submitted and a recommendation was made to award the new public service TV contract to KeizerTV. The recommendation was approved unanimously. KeizerTV has built and operated the city’s K23 channel over the...

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