Day: January 19, 2018

Keizer kid mastering Rubik’s cube

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Keizer 7-year-old, Wyatt Isom, learned how to solve a Rubik’s cube the only way a boy his age in this day could—watching YouTube. It took him less than four hours, on a Saturday over Thanksgiving break. “I just saw it on YouTube and I really wanted to be able to solve it,” Wyatt said. The Rubik’s cube wasn’t his first puzzle. “His mind has always been interested in puzzles and trying to figure them out,” Wyatt’s mom Kaysha said. “From a very young age, he’s always had the determination and dedication to sit...

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Homegrown Theatre finds home

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Keizer Homegrown Theatre will have its own home for its 2018 season. The theatre, which did three of its 2017 shows in Salem at Chemeketa Community College and the Kroc Center, is moving into the events space at the Keizer Heritage Center. “It’s nice to have a real address,” said Linda Baker, the company’s founder. “It’s easier for them to find us. It’s easier for them to connect with us. When we are in the middle of Keizer, our Keizer audiences are much larger than when we’re out wondering around in the outermost...

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Leona Fay Schroeder Cole

October 17, 1936 – January 10, 2018 Leona Fay Schroeder Cole was born Oct. 17, 1936 in O’Neill, Neb., to William “Bill” Schroeder and Letha Violet Patterson.  She passed away at her home in Keizer on Jan. 10, 2018. Leona was married for 37 years to Thomas Spencer Cole, Sr., who preceded her in death. She loved reading, puzzles and, above all else, family. Leona is survived by her daughter, Carla Spencer and her children Travis and Jenny; daughter, Jeanette Michaelson and children Christopher and Jamie; Mary (Bill) Sughroue and children Casey and Samuel; Thomas Jr. (Karen) Cole and children Sarah and Ashley; Henry Cole and son, Sean; daughter, Patricia Cole along with many great, great grandchildren. Leona was preceded in death by her parents and sons-in-law Hugh Spencer and Rodney Michaelson. In keeping with Leona’s wishes, no public services will be held. Assisting is Virgil T. Golden Funeral...

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First Citizen to be named Saturday

The Keizer Chamber of Commerce is getting geared up for a party Saturday, Jan. 20. Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming First Citizen & Awards Banquet sponsored by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. Ticket cost is $55 for individuals. The night begins at 6 p.m. To purchase tickets, go to In addition to naming the city’s new First Citizen, awards are presented for Merchant of the Year, Service to Education and a President’s Award goes to a person selected by the outgoing president of the Chamber board of directors. The Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road N.E., will host the event. Keizer Fire Chief Jeff Cowan will emcee the festivities. The McNary High School jazz band and the Whiteaker K-Town Sound choir will provide music. In 2017, Jim Trett was honored as the Keizer First Citizen, Bob Shackelford was named Merchant of the Year, longtime Keizer coach Larry Smith was picked for the Service to Education Award and Dave Walery received the President’s...

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Changes coming to high school football?

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes While nothing is final, OSAA high school football schedules may look different than other sports in 2018-19. When the Executive Board adopted its final classification in October, which put McNary and four other Salem-Keizer schools in a league with Bend, it also created a football ad hoc committee, made up of athletic directors, coaches and principals from 1A to 6A. The ad hoc committee’s task was reviving a sport that is declining in participation. One recommendation from the committee allows football teams with a Conley winning percentage of 22 percent or lower to...

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