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House is worth the wait

House is worth the wait

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Deici Diaz can’t wait for Saturday. After all, it’s been a long wait. On Saturday Diaz, her three children and her mother will move into their brand new home at 1008 Alexis Lane. The four bedroom home was a Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley project. A Diaz […]

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 […]

No slowing this flapper tapper

No slowing this flapper tapper

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Eileen Booth has a goal not shared with most people her age. Booth, a Salem resident who has been tap dancing around the Keizer and Salem area for years, turns 88 late next month. She’s still going strong and looks forward to setting a record soon. “My goal is, […]

Bruno’s young helper

Bruno’s young helper

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Bruno, the Keizer Police Department’s newest K-9, has a custom-made vest. The funding for that came from a Keizer citizen. Pretty cool, right? Here’s where it gets even cooler: that citizen is 11 years old. Enya Wallace raised the funds and gave them to officer Stephen Richardson with the […]

Reunited & it feels so good

Reunited & it feels so good

Marion County Fire District No. 1 firefighters/paramedics were reunited last week with a near drowning victim. Three years ago MCFD responded to a reported drowning incident on Cordon Road. When they arrived they found a toddler that had just been pulled from a swimming pool by her grandmother. Paramedics performed life-saving measures and transported the […]

Keizer family helps out Wounded Warriors

Keizer family helps out Wounded Warriors

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It was supposed to be a small gathering. But to Keizer’s Noel MacDonald, it morphed into a real-life Bible story. Noel said it all started with a simple request from son-in-law Michael Dayton, concerning her husband Dan and his Traeger grill. The couple’s youngest daughter, 2001 McNary High School […]

Good, not-so-clean fun

Good, not-so-clean fun

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes By its nature, a pie-eating contest isn’t clean. After all, contestants are planting their faces into a pie and eating as much as possible in a short time. Displaying manners and staying clean are low priorities. But the pie-eating contest at RIVERfair at Keizer Rapids Park on Aug. 9 […]

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 […]

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