Day: February 16, 2015

Boys collar Dawgs after first GVC loss

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Despite suffering its first loss in the Greater Valley Conference last week, the McNary High School boys varsity basketball team was back in the mix three days later. “I couldn’t have been happier,” said Ryan Kirch, Celtic head coach. “Our kids played hard in the game with South Salem (High School) and still lost, then they went down to a tough space at West Albany and battled incredibly hard.” The Celts trailed the Bulldogs by a point (13-12) after the first period Friday, Feb. 6, but locked down on defense in the second and third quarters. “We got flustered at first by their 2-3 match-up zone, then once we got a hold on it we scored early and often. We had to adjust and went to man defense to help,” said senior Devon Dunagan. In the second and third frames, the Celts outscored West Albany 23-10. “It was a physical first half, but I think we just wanted it more after halftime,” said McNary’s Mathew Ismay. Junior Harry Cavell led scoring with 19 points against the Bulldogs, which included going 12 for 12 from the free throw line. Tregg Peterson put up 14 points; Trent VanCleave had 11; Dunagan and Connor Goff had four apiece; and Cade Goff Ismay and Jason Sperle each put in two. “The second and third quarters were...

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Keizer RadioShack on closure list

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A number of RadioShack stores across the country will indeed be closing, including the one in Keizer. When asked last week by the Keizertimes about the rumored closures, both the store manager in Keizer and a company spokesperson declined having any knowledge of company plans. “We don’t have any specific information to share at this time regarding stores or markets,” the spokesperson said in an e-mail Feb. 3. “We do not have any comments related to the ongoing speculation about the plans for the business as a whole.” The company’s stance has changed since then. The Texas-based company, started in 1921, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on Feb. 5. According to a news release from the company, RadioShack has signed an agreement with Standard General for the latter to acquire between 1,500 and 2,400 of the U.S. RadioShack stores. In turn, General Wireless has agreed to establish a “store within a store” Sprint mobile phone retail presence in up to 1,750 of the acquired stores, pending court approval. RadioShack currently has about 4,000 company-owned stores in the U.S. Stores outside of this country are not covered by the agreement. Company leaders announced 1,784 stores are expected to be closed by the end of March, with closures set to happen in three waves. The...

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Former Mayor Christopher honored to get named Keizer’s First Citizen

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Lore Christopher claims she was surprised. If so, that made the now-former mayor perhaps the only one in the room. Christopher picked up the 2014 Keizer First Citizen Award during the annual First Citizen Awards Banquet at the Keizer Quality Suites on Jan. 31, just a few weeks after stepping down following 14 years as Keizer’s mayor. At the same event last year, Christopher formally announced she would not be running for mayor again. While Christopher faced a strong group of nominees in Big Toy general coordinator Mark Caillier, business owner Rich Duncan, Purple Heart recipient Don Conat and former Keizer City Councilor Richard Walsh, Christopher was the heavy favorite. Still, Christopher said she didn’t know until last year’s winner John Doneth started listing her accomplishments. “When they had us all (stand) up, I got nervous and thought I might need to write something down,” she said. “When John Doneth said she volunteered to do the (Keizer Little League) candy drive, that’s when I knew it was me.” In a new tradition, Doneth had all former First Citizens in the room come to the front of the room before he read the list of this year’s nominees. Each of the 12 present stayed up front and greeted Christopher as she came up, with 1992 First Citizen Mike Gaynor adding humor to the occasion...

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