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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 […]

State Champs

State Champs

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer 10U Celtics had a history-making season this summer that ended with a state title in competition Sunday, July 13. The Celts beat Lebanon 5-1 in Hillsboro for the state championship, capping a 35-0 record against JBO 10U National teams and a 37-5 overall record. Pitchers Eric […]

Familiar face, new place

Familiar face, new place

Former McNary teacher, coach Erik Jespersen will take over as next MHS principal

McNary alum makes return as XC coach

McNary alum makes return as XC coach

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Rob Wood’s introduction to running was a result of his somewhat lackluster performance as a discus thrower in middle school. “I joined track because a lot of my friends were doing it. They put me into the discus and I threw it 40 feet and was last place. […]

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

For Keizer author, the very nature of the divine

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