Month: March 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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New barber shop opens

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A local barber has opened up a new shop in Keizer. After eight years of working in another shop, Dave Wells has opened Dave’s Place at 148 Chemawa Road N. “I come from a line of production line workers and just decided I wanted to try something else,” Wells said.  “I’m passionate about it and I like making people feel good about the way they look.” Wells and his wife, Emily, recently purchased a home in town with their family – including Brennan Dobson, a baseball player for KYSA, Jasmine Wells, a...

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After tragedy strikes, drag racer puts skills to work for teen drivers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Learning to drive can become a contentious ordeal for even the most patient teens and their parents. Former drag car racer Doug Herbert started out hoping to help teens improve their driving skills, but he’s ended up creating some better parent-teen relationships along the way. “Some of the kids come to BRAKES kicking and screaming, but at some point during the day the light bulb comes on and they realize everything they don’t know. Those same ones that come in kicking and screaming have their arms around their parents at the end,”...

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