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 By John McCallum    Front Page    June 22, 2017 

Cheney on Parkside: Let's talk

Cheney’s City Council reached a consensus at its June 13 meeting on a proposal by Mayor Tom Trulove to approach developers of the Parkside Commons student housing project to see if a negotiated agreement could be reached on the contentious issue. T...

 
 By John McCallum    Education    June 22, 2017 

Cheney schools continue growing trend

Cheney Public Schools finished the 2016–2017 school year 36 students ahead of where it began last September. According to information presented at the June 14 school board meeting, the district began 2016 with an enrollment of 4,438 full-time equiv...

 

Parkside gets recommendation

Cheney’s Planning Commission approved a recommendation to allow a zoning change for a proposed student-housing complex across from the city’s pool and Hagelin Park. The 3-2 vote at the commission’s June 12 meeting came after a second public...

 

Depot LLC considered

The Cheney Depot Society is considering forming a limited liability company (LLC) to address any potential clean up at a proposed new location for the former Northern Pacific rail station. At the June 1 Cheney Historic Preservation Commission meeting...

 

Taking it all in

Cheney Three Springs High School 2017 graduates Riley Williams, Allison Norton, Kaitlin Lutey, Faith Kluth-VanDenEizen and Leah Herrick-Rice listen to an address by Cheney School District...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    June 15, 2017

Kirkland bound

Cheney High School senior Noah Prophet signed a national letter of intent to play soccer at Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash. Prophet signed the letter at a May 30 ceremony at the high...

 

Cheney High School Graduation | Pt. 1

See more CHS graduation photos here.... Full story

 

Cheney High School Graduation | Pt. 2

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 By John McCallum    News    June 15, 2017

Dogs enter Cheney home and kill cat

Cheney police are on the look out for a pair of dogs that entered a home in the Golden Hills area and killed one of the occupants cats. Kellie Yates, who lives in the home on Sunrise Drive, said two dogs pushed open the heavy, sliding glass door on...

 

Hallett Elementary Career Fair

Recreation, special education and farming were just a few of the job paths Hallett Elementary fourth- and fifth-graders got to glimpse during the school's first career fair event, June 1. Counselor... Full story

 

Parkside hearings resume

For the third time in as many months, Cheney’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed rezone of land at the corner of Cedar and North Eighth streets being considered for a student-housing-type apartment complex. The hearing...

 

Swinging ninja

Sunset Elementary School student Henry Kosanke hits the ropes portion of the Falcon Fitness Club's "Sunset Ninja Challenge Course" during a demonstration for parents on May 30. See the story in...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 8, 2017

Cheney paving project shouldn't impact rodeo parade

Washington State Department of Transportation officials gave the public a look at the upcoming State Route 904 asphalt paving project at an open house last Thursday - but it was a local source that...

 

Sunset Falcon fitness - ninja warrior style

Many people find it difficult to get out of bed really early in the morning - especially when it's still dark outside. For a group of 16 Sunset Elementary School third-, fourth- and fifth-graders,...

 

Canvas for children

The Cheney High School Art Club presented a $1,000 check to Shriners Hospital for Children as part of a tour of the Spokane facility the club took on Monday, June 5. Club adviser Rebecca Dempsey said...

 

Creating easier navigation of city services

Most Cheney residents who are internet savvy will likely have noticed something new about the city’s website — and that is that it’s new. Or at least revamped, something City Administrator Mark Schuller said he and Mayor Tom Trulove have...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 1, 2017

Candidate filings reveal changes on the West Plains

When the dust settles later this year, West Plains voters stand to see some changes to the occupants of their elected panels. With the close of candidate filing on May 19, 32 individuals had stepped up to run for 22 positions on upcoming ballots,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    June 1, 2017

Clean Sweep numbers down in Cheney

Overall tonnage for this year’s Cheney Clean Sweep was the lowest it has been since records have been available. Information presented by Cheney Public Works Director Todd Ableman to the City Council at its May 23 meeting indicated 10.15 tons of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    June 1, 2017

Blackhawk boys share 2A state track and field title

Almost 60 hours later, Cheney High boys track and field head coach Derek Slaughter still couldn't believe it. "It's surreal," Slaughter said Tuesday afternoon about his Blackhawk boys accomplishments...

 

Cheney Middle School art inspired by local hills

Cheney Middle School students finally learned last Friday what the collection of tubing and chains was hanging from the walls of the school's multipurpose room. Students participated in a question...

 

SR 904 open house planned

With a major repaving of State Route 904 through Cheney slated to begin in late June, state Department of Transportation officials hope to answer questions and allay residents concerns at a project...

 

Memorial Day observance to continue

Cheney's annual Memorial Day observances are under new management, and for the most part, are taking place as they have in the past. For years, the Cheney Cemetery Association organized and sponsored...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    May 25, 2017

Memorial Day should serve as recommitment

Monday is Memorial Day, a day marked in many ways. There will be barbecues, picnics and other activities. If the weather is nice, some will head to the lake to get a start on summer, go for long hikes or work in their yard. There will be memorial ser...

 

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