Day: March 28, 2017

Keizer teen makes most of pencil

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Long before she got her first violin, Kim Ockerman, 14, Keizer, would tuck a recycled egg carton, or really anything she could get her hands on, under her chin, and using a pencil, pretend like she was playing. “She’s wanted to play the violin since she was tiny, two, three years old,” Kim’s mother Jessica said. “I played (cello) in a quartet with my friends and she was exposed to it.” When Kim wasn’t using a pencil to pretend playing the violin, she was using the tool to draw. “I’ve drawn for as...

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Students need bus funds for Day of Service

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Whiteaker Middle School teacher James Decker is looking for help to turn Whiteaker students into a one-day,volunteer army. Decker, and some of his students, spoke to members of the Keizer City Council Monday, March 20, to ask for donations to pay for buses that would carry students to sites around the area for a Day of Service in June. “There is less and less civic engagement, and a community that thrives works together,” said Decker. “We would like to be at the forefront of that change.” Decker hopes to secure $2,000 to...

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Burglary underscores need for more officers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A 42-year-old Salem man, found stuck in a window and bleeding, is in cuffs after allegedly attempting to burglarize Keizer’s One Stop Smoke Shop in the wee hours of Thursday, March 16. But it wasn’t Keizer Police officers who responded to the call. At 12:51 a.m., the Keizer Police Department were contacted by a private security officer who responded to a burglary alarm at the store located at 3926 River Road North in Keizer. When the security officer arrived on the scene to check the business he found a burglary suspect stuck...

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