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Meet Brandon Crist (1993-2015)

Meet Brandon Crist (1993-2015)

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Brandon Crist’s parents were going to kick him out of the house. The 22-year-old had once again been caught doing drugs. Though they loved him dearly, Jeff and Hollie Crist couldn’t let him live under their roof anymore. They never had the chance to kick him out. Two days […]

Harm reduction offers hope in increments

Harm reduction offers hope in increments

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Chris Gray is in the business of starting conversations with injection drug users. “Once someone engages you and says, ‘I want to use a clean needle,’ that’s the beginning of some sort of contemplation,” said Gray, harm reduction outreach specialist for the Benton County Health Department. The Benton […]

Laying down Celtic tracks

Laying down Celtic tracks

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School senior Jonathon Wheeler got his first wireless microphone when he was in fourth grade. He connected it with his keyboard and it worked beautifully. Eventually though, it gave out. When he returned to the store for a replacement they only had wired mics. He brought […]

He’s no Monster

He’s no Monster

MHS stages Beauty and the Beast

‘She did not want to die’

‘She did not want to die’

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes If need be, Sue doesn’t mind being blunt when it comes to drugs. “If you gave people a loaded gun and told them to put it to their head, they wouldn’t do it,” Sue said. “But that’s what they do with heroin. It’s the same thing.” Unfortunately, Sue has […]

Mysterious flag returned to MHS

Mysterious flag returned to MHS

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The package arrived at the McNary High School Monday, Nov. 2, with a typed letter and an American flag, folded military-style, beginning to show it’s age. “A long time ago I was a silly young and immature kid attending McNary,” the letter states. “Contain(ed) within this package is […]

Audition for Homegrown’s 2016 season

Audition for Homegrown’s 2016 season

Keizer Homegrown Theatre will hold auditions for all of its 2016 productions Nov. 12 through 14. The auditions are being held together to make it easier for actors to consider and be considered for a wider variety of roles and plan for the year ahead. Auditions will be held by appointment on Nov. 12 and […]

Reports: heroin usage on the rise, increasingly deadly

Reports: heroin usage on  the rise, increasingly deadly

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say usage of heroin and other drugs have reached “epidemic” levels. In a briefing published in July, researchers found that heroin use more than doubled in adults ages 18 to 25 in the past deacde. Those findings coincide with trends that […]

MHS grad wins Met Opera contest

MHS grad wins Met Opera contest

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Patience is a virtue for most, but absolutely essential for an opera singer. Just ask McNary High School grad Daniel Ross. “I’m getting old enough that it is about time to start trying the bigger competitions. It seemed like the right time so I went for it,” said […]

Holland looking for help for concert

Holland looking for help for concert

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Despite a setback Monday evening, Clint Holland is still moving forward with plans for a Dec. 13 Christmas concert at Keizer Civic Center. His request to the Keizer City Council for a waiver in use fees for city hall was denied by a 6-1 vote on Monday, so his […]

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