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 By BECKY THOMAS    Education    January 3, 2013

Board approves Clemens as Cheney’s next superintendent

The Cheney School Board decided at last week’s meeting that current associate superintendent Deb Clemens would be the school district’s next superintendent. Pending successful contract negotiations, Clemens will take over for retiring...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Education    January 3, 2013

Mike McKeehan: A caring, passionate person friends, family said

Mike McKeehan was a Cheneyite through and through. He moved here with his family at the age of 13. Last week he died here at the age of 67 after 14 years as a City Council member, 30 years as a teacher in Cheney schools, impacting countless lives in...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Education    January 3, 2013

Despite tough times, Cheney school levy passes with ease

A few lines on the February ballot represent nearly a quarter of the Cheney School District’s budget. If voters approve a three-year levy Feb. 14, the levy rate would rise around 23 cents, but officials are assuring voters that the total tax rate...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Neighborhood    January 3, 2013

Ben Franklin calls it quits after 33 years in business

Mim Shamblin feels she has been blessed in her career. She runs the fabric department at Cheney’s Ben Franklin store, and has been since 1979. Owner Bill Nation says “she came with the store”...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Sports    January 3, 2013

Holland takes crown, meet record at state in 3,200 meters

Not only is Sanne Holland the 2012 2A 3200-meter run champion, but now she holds the meet record. Holland’s 10-minute 48.40-second time is the new state meet record, unbroken since 2007 by... Full story

 By BECKY THOMAS    Education    November 15, 2012

Teaching and learning in the modern classroom: Cheney’s new middle schools

Teaching team moves walls for education By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter After two months of classes in the Cheney School District’s two new middle schools, teachers are finding more technology and...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Front Page    November 8, 2012

Working the budget election eve

By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter On a night when most of the nation was focused on government on a larger scale, the Cheney City Council gathered with city department leaders to discuss governance on the local level, specifically the city’s 2013...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Front Page    November 8, 2012

Uncertain future for Fisher

Backstage at the Fisher Building theater, there’s a cabinet full of old scripts and high school drama yearbooks full of photos, quotes and Cheney High School theater legends. The meanings behind...

 By BECKY THOMAS    News    November 1, 2012

On family and food: The Mason Jar opens in Cheney

The mill in downtown Cheney grinds local wheat into flour, but residents can’t stop in to buy a bag for baking. “You can smell it in the air when they’re milling,” Mary Robinson said.... Full story

 By BECKY THOMAS    News    November 1, 2012

Dané Standish takes over Let’s Move Cheney leadership

Dané Standish didn’t intend to pursue community health. She was just advised to take a few courses in it while waiting to get into nursing classes at Central Washington University. “My first...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Education    November 1, 2012

School facilities, farewells top Cheney School Board

The Cheney School Board hosted leaders from district schools and the cities of Cheney and Airway Heights at a roundtable discussion Oct. 24. The meeting’s top issue was facility constraints at...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Front Page    October 26, 2012

Cheney council digs into budget

The Cheney City Council dug into the details of the city’s 2013 budget at its Tuesday night meeting. The council heard presentations from department leaders in finance, the municipal court, community development, police, fire and parks and...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Front Page    October 26, 2012

Cheney in $700,000 budget hole

A continued sluggish economy combined with the local effects of state budget cuts equals trying times for the city of Cheney as budget season kicks off. City Administrator Arlene Fisher estimated revenues would be down around $700,000 by the end of...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Education    October 26, 2012

Quilting for a cause at Cheney High School

It was a project to sew together, literally, the past and the present to benefit the future. Members of the Cheney High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America club recently completed a...

 By BECKY THOMAS    News    October 26, 2012

Polio, then and now

Polio. People in their 50s and 60s can instantly recall their childhoods and the fear of the polio epidemic. Everyone stood in the long lines to receive the liquid vaccine, often dropped on a sugar...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Front Page    October 18, 2012

Dicey situation

Cheney High School students took some time to try balancing as many dice as they could on a tongue depressor as part of lunch time Homecoming activities this week. The Blackhawks take on West Valley...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Education    October 18, 2012

Haskell to leave Cheney School Board

Cheney School Board member Larry Haskell announced his resignation at the board’s regular meeting Wednesday, Oct. 10. Haskell said he and his wife had been looking for a new home over the last couple of years, and they weren’t able to find a...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Front Page    October 11, 2012

Street to be named for McKeehan

By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter Tuesday night, the Cheney City Council responded to what Mayor Tom Trulove called the largest community outpouring of his mayoral career. “I have never received more public comment,” he said. “This is an issue a l...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Front Page    October 11, 2012

Developing diversity

By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter Cheney’s new zoning code could bring a lot more diversity in terms of building types and uses for commercial centers. Proposed changes to the commercial zoning code were discussed Monday by the Cheney Planning...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Front Page    October 11, 2012

News is good at annual chamber meeting

By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter Members of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce celebrated a year of growth at its annual meeting Oct. 4 held at Northern Quest Casino and Resort in Airway Heights....

 By BECKY THOMAS    News    October 11, 2012

Getting social while practicing the art of photography

Gone are the days when a dedicated amateur photographer was easy to spot. Camera bags bulging with gear have been replaced, in some cases, by a sleek smartphone. Taking good photos is no longer a real...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Education    October 11, 2012

AP classes play big role for many CHS students

By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter It seems like a simple proposition: you take an advanced class, work hard all year and take a test in the spring to measure your knowledge. If you do well, you receive college credit, getting a head start in pursuing yo...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Opinion    October 11, 2012

If you don’t participate, don’t complain

We’re nearing the midpoint of October in an election year. With the myriad issues that face our nation and our state, voters are engaged and turnout is expected to be high. Hopefully, most citizens recognize the importance of voting, of participati...

 By BECKY THOMAS    Front Page    October 4, 2012

More senior housing at Cheney Care

It was a vision for many years: to create another housing option for active seniors in Cheney. The vision was to offer the independence of living in a single-family home while alleviating the hassle o... Full story

 By BECKY THOMAS    Front Page    October 4, 2012

Knowledge about power gives consumers power

A light left on, an aging refrigerator or a leaky window frame might not seem like a big deal. But add up the inefficiencies and the result could be a giant electric bill at the end of the month. The problem is often a lack of awareness of what...


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