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Fun, family come first for new girls soccer coach

Fun, family come first for new girls soccer coach

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes AJ Nash’s primary goal as first-year head coach of the McNary High School girls soccer program is to foster a family atmosphere. If the first day of practice was any indication, the Lady Celts might make his job easy. “Today, we had a senior transfer student come out […]

Author puts protagonist on the run from hitman he hired

Author puts protagonist on the run from hitman he hired

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The foundation of Riya Anne Polcastro’s first novel started off as a joke that turned into a story she couldn’t let go of. “I had a friend who was really depressive and always seemed on the verge of suicide. I finally told him that if he was ever […]

New leader of the pack

New leader of the pack

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Julia Dewitt is taking over the principal’s office at Whiteaker Middle School at an exciting time. By the end of the 2013-14 school year, Wolverine students had, almost universally, made exceptional gains in state testing assessments, but the official results won’t be released until October. “The faculty and […]

Pleasing new Weddle principal boils down to two simple rules

Pleasing new Weddle principal boils down to two simple rules

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The way Wendy Roberts sees it, students end up in the principal’s office for failure to do one of two things: work hard or be nice. Roberts is the new principal of Weddle Elementary School, taking over for of longtime principal Samantha Ragaisis who left for an out-of-district […]

Gators get new ‘pal with old ties to Keizer schools

Gators get new ‘pal with  old ties to Keizer schools

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For Dave Bertholf, a new job as principal of Gubser Elementary School is as much a return to Keizer as it is a chance to tackle new challenges. “Gubser was one of the schools on a very short list of places I was hoping for when I found […]

Keizer’s new senator

Keizer’s new senator

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes  Ryan Edsall rose to the fore of the Oregon Boys State Leadership Academy in June, but he had to step up his game after being elected a senator and state representative to the Boys Nation assembly last month in Washington, D.C. Fortunately, he was up to the challenge. […]

Keizer teachers get lay of Civil War land

Keizer teachers get lay of Civil War land

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Geography, for most people, is often considered in simple terms: a place, the name of that place and maybe some important land formations in that place. When Matt Faatz and Alan Town returned from a whirlwind trip through Civil War battle sites last month it was impossible to […]

McNary alumna debuts first novel, plans trilogy

McNary alumna debuts first novel, plans trilogy

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Jillian Torassa’s first book, Rebel Thirds, transports readers to a dystopian future where intelligence is worshipped and ignorance is revered. “The premise is that its post-nuclear and set in New Zealand, the only place left inhabitable. The destruction of the world was blamed on intelligence because it was […]

McNary student helping redefine ‘pageant girl’

McNary student helping redefine ‘pageant girl’

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes At 17, Brandi Urban has achieved something a lot of people spend much of their lives seeking: self-confidence. Being named Oregon’s National American Miss in May was just part of the journey. “I had a queen from another pageant take me under her wing the first time I […]

Keizer woman recalls the echoes of WWII

Keizer woman recalls the echoes of WWII

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizerite Joy Bebee’s lasting impression of war is its sounds. “There is never any quiet. The bombs get bigger and bigger. We had anti-aircraft guns stationed in a nearby park, there were planes in the sky, a railway track several hundred feet away carried rocket guns back and […]

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