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Needed: a new van

Needed: a new van

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Charlie Cheney needs a new van. One look at how he fits into the current one, a mid-1990s Ford Econoline, is probably all it would take for anyone to agree. Charlie needs to tilt his chair back to about a 60-degree angle to clear his head under the […]

No more Honey at MHS

No more Honey at MHS

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes With 30 years experience as a teacher and administrator, there’s not a whole lot that keeps John Honey up at night when it comes to the day-to-day operations of a high school. That’s changed in recent weeks knowing he’s to become the planning principal for Salem-Keizer’s new Career […]

Fun ride will help eradicate polio

Fun ride will help eradicate polio

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer Rotary is sponsoring a family bike ride Sunday, June 29, that will double as a fundraiser to end polio. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is matching all money raised 2:1 as part of its efforts to fund polio research and get vaccination programs into countries without […]

MHS, PSU alum kicking for Thunder

MHS, PSU alum kicking for Thunder

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It’s surprising to hear Zach Ramirez talk about his success at Portland State University as “unexpected.” Ramirez, who went by Zach Brown when he was a Celtic at McNary High School, started racking up school records as a sophomore and continued growth led to his being named as […]

Hittner signs with Lutes

Hittner signs with Lutes

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Garrett Hittner made the same impression on Jud Keim that he makes on many people. “We thought highly of him from day one,” said Keim, assistant head coach of the Pacific Lutheran University football team. “He’s a great character kid: humble, heart for others, a good sense of […]

A purpose-driven grad

A purpose-driven grad

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes AFJROTC Lt. Col. Tristan Briggs’ sense of purpose permeates most things he sets his mind to. It’s one of many reasons he takes such pride in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Program’s color guard, and chose it over other options like the rifle team. “I respect […]

Students, WNBA official address grads

Students, WNBA official address grads

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School Class of 2014 was sent off into the world surrounded by teachers and family Friday, June 6. Students Evan Rummerfield and Melanie Brower addressed the graduates, who numbered more than 400, alongside Reneé Brown, chief of basketball operation and player relations for the Women’s […]

‘Goose’ lands with George Fox Bruins

‘Goose’ lands with George Fox Bruins

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Isaac Parker, head coach of the McNary High School football program, remembers the very first moment he saw Hayden Gosling throw a football. “I remember seeing him throw the ball in the gym with some buddies, and I texted Coach (Josh) Vanlue right away and said, ‘I think […]

McNary senior leaves mark on CVC replacement league

McNary senior leaves mark on CVC replacement league

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Some high school athletes leave their marks in record books, some leave them in their attitudes toward teammates and coaches, McNary High School’s McKenzie Evers is leaving hers on an entire conference. Evers, a Celtic volleyball player, won a contest to design a logo for the newly-named Greater […]

Playing his way to Utah

Playing his way to Utah

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Next fall, McNary High School senior Alex Hunter is headed to the University of Utah, but neither he nor his family will be worried about footing the bill. Hunter, a valedictorian and trombone player in the Celtic band, symphony and jazz band, netted a full-ride academic scholarship from […]

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