Day: March 25, 2016

Celtics invade social media

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A group of McNary High School students has taken on a monumental task this semester: making high school cool in the digital realm. Students in a new digital marketing class have spent the past month creating content for the Celtic presence on Twitter and Facebook through videos, photos and infographics, all of it paving the way for a new website that will soon replace the existing one. “We are trying to get as many people as we can to go online and like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, but to do that we have to make it as cool as we can,” said Maddysen Vandewalker. Feeding the social network beast and trying to reach all 2,000 students is no small task, and it’s paving the way for surprising lessons for the students involved. “It’s really fast-paced,” said student Andronick Martusheff. “When we are putting up the news we try to get the most important stuff out there as fast as possible to get people interested.” Vandewalker has discovered just how much editing of film and video she can do on her phone. It’s also provided insight into how social networks function well in terms of grabbing attention. “I think a lot more about what I put online, especially on Twitter and Instagram,” said Chloee Calhoun. “I’m more careful about...

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McNary relay team hits world stage in PDX

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The track and field season is barely underway, but the McNary High School boys 4×400 relay started things off in a big way. The team – comprised of seniors Anthony Nguyen and Austin Brown, junior Brendan Van Voorhis and sophomore Levi Timmons – took part in an exhibition race at the International Association of Athletics Federations’  World Indoor Championships held in Portland March 17-20. “It’s a pretty cool experience just to be on the track with those great runners,” said Van Voorhis. “A big stage like this one is going to be pretty comparable to state.” The Celtic team was picked for the honor by a special selection committee based on performances from the 2015 outdoor season and 2016 indoor season. They were also slotted in the finale race, the boys invitational, that featured teams from Washington, Idaho and Oregon. “It’s good exposure for us and our school. It’s a way to get our names and the name of our school out there,” said Nguyen. “It also gives us a big edge to have that high-level competition this early in the season.” The Celtics lost their anchor, Kyle Torres, to graduation last June, but Nguyen is returning after a standout sophomore season that saw him finish second in the Greater Valley Conference meet 100 meter in 2014. Van Voorhis has served time on...

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Suspects identified in Goodpaster shooting

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Some surprising information came out recently regarding the Jerrid Goodpaster homicide at Keizer Station. Among those surprised? His father, Eric Goodpaster. Jerrid, 28, was fatally shot in a Keizer Station parking lot near Starbucks on Valentine’s Day evening. No arrests have been made yet, but detectives with the Keizer Police Department did talk to two persons of interest in Eugene two days after the homicide. Those two were identified recently by The Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene, which got the names and other information from a court document that has since been sealed. The paper named the two suspects as Salem’s Timothy Bernard Calloway, 24, and Portland’s Diontay Edward Wilson, 26. Calloway and Wilson were arrested in relation to other crimes but were both interviewed in regards to the Goodpaster shooting. “Calloway and Wilson are serving time for unrelated crimes at this time,” KPD deputy chief Jeff Kuhns said on Tuesday. “Nobody, including either of them, has been arrested for or charged with any crimes in relation to the Goodpaster homicide investigation. Our investigation is ongoing to this day.” From the start, KPD officials have stressed Goodpaster knew the suspects involved with the shooting and thus the public wasn’t in danger. “I have stated many times publicly that we believe we have identified everyone who was present when the homicide occurred,” Kuhns said. Eric...

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It’ll be a lemony day

Imagine a Sunday in the very near future. Now imagine being able to sample lemonade at stands throughout Keizer and Salem on that day. Lemonade that is the product of the creative imagination of kids throughout the region. That Sunday, May 1, is Lemonade Day, a national project that teaches kids how to be little businesspeople. The first Lemonade Day in our area was in 2014. Now under the guidance of the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation and the support of dozens of sponsors, kids of elementary- and middle-school age will be able to make some money for themselves. Orignated in Texas, Lemonade Day was devised to give kids an idea of how a business is created including planning, following through and enjoying the profits. Lemonade Day in Keizer and Salem will be as creative and diverse as the kids who register a stand. In recent years some Lemonaders have joined with siblings or friends to create a lemonade recipe (often with the help of parents), building a stand and most importantly, deciding where to locate their stand. Some have erected their stands in front of their houses; others have received permission to put their stands at busy retail locations. Lemonade Day is a fun activity including parents. Either individually or with a team, each little company gets to devise a name for their stand, test different recipes to come up...

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Can voters really trust Donald Trump?

To the Editor: Let’s admit it: Donald Trump has an uncanny skill for branding and marketing. How else do you explain the personality cult that has grown significantly around his campaign, except by looking at his expertise as the CEO of a notable company? He is, as are his supporters, under the impression that his success in various business ventures is proof of how he’s a winner who makes great decisions with minimal downside, yet anyone with an objective eye can see that he’s just as capable of mistakes as the rest of the imperfect human race. Granting that not all bankruptcies are the same, it is difficult to ignore the fact that Mr. Trump has, as a business executive, declared bankruptcy multiple times over the years. One on its own is easy enough to explain away, but after two a person has to wonder if perhaps the executive(s) running the company might be more foolish than they would have us believe. Trump says “our leaders are stupid,” but his own record as a businessman—his main selling point—should raise a few questions about whether he wouldn’t be yet another political buffoon whose rhetoric proves to be, in the end, nothing more than clever campaign Kool-Aid. A final note on his finances: Self-funding seems great, but to suggest it’s indicative of his sincerity is to ignore the common theme of...

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