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Parade mural still on despite recent site controversy

Parade mural still on despite recent site controversy

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Think that it might be a risk to put up a city-approved mural on the wall of a business that recently stirred up nationwide controversy with an anti-gay marriage message on its readerboard? Former Keizer mayor Lore Christopher, chair of the Keizer Public Arts Commission which met July […]

The Lesson of “WOW”

The Lesson of “WOW”

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Sandra Krause breathed a sigh of relief when admissions officers at a naval academy rejected her application. “It was like being on the edge of a cliff,” Krause said. “They turned me down, but it meant I could pursue what was in my heart and soul, which was […]

Local bowler to State Games of America

Local bowler to State Games of America

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer teen with an already long list of accomplishments in bowling will be seeking another notch in his belt at the State Games of America next weekend. On Saturday, July 25, Nick Blythe is holding a car wash at Town & Country Lanes in Keizer to help […]

Keizer senior wins Masters high jump

Keizer senior wins Masters high jump

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes At 75, Keizerite Jim Kesey is performing feats of athletic prowess when others his age would be more worried about falling and breaking a hip. “All my friends think I’m nuts because I work hard every day as much as I can,” said Kesey. In June, Kesey took […]

Friendship puts book on shelves

Friendship puts book on shelves

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Wally Graham was 10 years old, a relative introduced him to a neighbor as “weak-in-the-head.” That encounter and others left him with a diminished sense of self for much of his life. “The worst thing you can do to a child is make them feel inferior,” said […]

Fire and brimstone sign ignites furor

Fire and brimstone sign ignites furor

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A reader board message at Town & Country Lanes has garnered the business a lot of attention, but most of it is proving costly. On Thursday, July 2, T&C owner Don Lebold posted a message on the bowling alley’s sign along River Road North reading: “Judges making decisions […]

Hercules has nothing on McNary graduate

Hercules has nothing on McNary graduate

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A 2009 McNary High School graduate stands a chance at becoming one of America’s strongest men after winning a major lightweight tournament in June. On June 13, Keizer native Graciano Rubio competed in the Odd Haugen Strength Classic at the San Jose Fit Expo. The contest featured five […]

Quite the honor

Quite the honor

BY ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes This July 4, four U.S. Armed Forces veterans with Keizer ties are feeling especially patriotic. The quartet – Jerry Bowerly (Navy), Alfred Bochsler (Air Force), Paul Morgan (Navy) and Ed Bietshek (Air Force) – took part in an Honor Flight of Oregon allowing them to visit numerous memorials […]

Ito headed to George Fox’s diamond

Ito headed to George Fox’s diamond

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes As much as Kimi Ito contributed to the Celtic varsity softball team throughout her four years, it was her contributions off the field that the team’s head coach, Kevin Wise, most appreciated. “Kimi has developed into a leadership person. She is really good with the younger kids and […]

Lady Celt catcher Kansas-bound

Lady Celt catcher Kansas-bound

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Lady Celt Kiana Villarreal is taking a major leap of faith in August. Villarreal, a just-graduated McNary High School alumna, signed to play softball with Kansas’ Seward County Community College last month, and she’s never even seen the place. “We had a tournament in Huntington Beach, Calif., and […]

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