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Fisher Building sale finalized

When it comes to the case of the Cheney School District’s surplused Fisher Building, apparently the fourth time is the charm. After three previous purchase proposals for the district’s former high school, junior high and administration building...

 

Flossie Dickey passes

If St. Peter was the one to meet Cheney Care Center resident Flossie Dickey at the "pearly gates," he had better made sure he had a shot of whiskey to offer her. Dickey, who would have turned 111...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 1, 2016 

Construction keeps Cheney Light Department busy

The Cheney Light Department has around $197,500 in capital projects it hopes to accomplish in 2017 — if they can find the time. Department Director Steve Boorman told the City Council at a Nov. 22 budget presentation that construction, along with...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 1, 2016 

Industial tree trimming

Cheney Light Department linemen Will Birrenkott (yellow vest) and Dan Holtan hang lights on the city's Christmas tree at the public library downtown in preparation for Thursday's (Dec. 1) tree...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    December 1, 2016 

Cheney council adopts one-year union contract

The Cheney City Council has approved a new contract for the city’s union employees, but only for one year. City Administrator Mark Schuller told the council at its Nov. 22 meeting that the reason for the shorter time period, rather than the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    December 1, 2016 

Cheney runners compete at Northwest regional qualifier in Boise

Cheney High School’s girls and boys varsity cross country teams competed in the Nike Cross Northwest Regional Qualifier Nov. 12 at Eagle Island State Park in Boise, Idaho. The Blackhawks were among 1,700 runners from Oregon, Washington, Idaho,...

 

Depot relocation gathers steam

The relocation of Cheney's 87-year-old train depot has taken another step towards reality with the apparent acquisition of property by the group spearheading the effort. Cheney Depot Society volunteer...

 

Assessed value increase helps Cheney budget picture

Although not “flush with cash,” as Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove put it at a previous City Council budget workshop, additional anticipated revenues from several sources have presented city departments with a bit more leeway with their 2017 budgets....

 

Cheney school board schedules bond work session

Cheney School Board directors voted unanimously at their Nov. 16 meeting to set Thursday, Dec. 1, as a work session to determine the final composition of a potential capital facilities bond the district hopes to advance to an election in February. Th...

 

Look around - there's plenty of reasons to be thankful

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, unless you purchased the paper on Tuesday which in that case it’s two days away. There will be a number of print article and columns, along with broadcast stories about why we should be thankful, and what we should be than...

 

General fund leads Cheney budget talks

The Cheney City Council’s public hearing Nov. 8 consisted mostly of presentations on the 2017 budget from six departments funded by the city’s general fund on what they hope to do in the upcoming year, and what they have been able to accomplish...

 

Lessons learned from last year's windstorm

Eastern Washington residents can be forgiven if they get nervous when the winds begin to blow - especially this time of year. Thursday, Nov. 17, marks the one-year anniversary of the historic "big...

 

Cheney council accepts public defense grant

The 2017 budget wasn’t the only item on the Cheney City Council’s Nov. 8 agenda. The council approved a resolution accepting a public defense grant from the Washington State Office of Public Defense, money that can be used to help with services...

 

Cheney firefighters fill the boot

Cheney Firefighters Local 1919 raised $1,640.29 in their annual "Fill the Boot" drive, Oct. 8, for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Presenting the check to MDA representative Mattie Kelton (second...

 

Weathers brings the good wood to West Plains artists tour

Stormy Weathers admits it - he's addicted to wood. Especially the mangled type. Actually, gazing over the collection of stuff covering almost every inch of space on his shop floor and in a number of...

 

Alexis Schmidt captures state swimming title in butterfly

The Cheney High School’s girls swim team saved their best efforts for the last meet — the 2A state championships Nov. 11–12 at the Federal Way Aquatics Center. The Blackhawks scored in six of eight events to finish eighth overall with 120...

 

Errors gouge Bandits at Pumpkin Classic

The West Plains Bandits 18U softball team finished its season with a third-place finish at the Pumpkin Classic in Selah, Oct. 8 – 9. The Bandits went 2-1 in pool play on Saturday to earn a No. 2 seed in Sunday’s Gold Champions bracket, but three...

 

Weathers brings the good wood to West Plains artists tour

Stormy Weathers collects all sorts of items for use either as pens or repurposed craft works. The former U.S. Army draftee, Air Force officer and retired Medical Lake School District teacher has... Full story

 

Council reviews discretionary requests

The Cheney City Council held a budget workshop Nov. 1 to review a list of 27 discretionary funding requests from departments that will be included in the 2017 budget, 24 of which have already been approved. All told, 61 discretionary funding...

 

Cheney police solve City Fuel ATM heist

Cheney Police investigators have solved an ATM theft that took place this past spring, thanks to the thieves making off with quite a bit of "scratch" - literally. Sometime around 4 a.m. on the...

 

Commission approves Fisher Building registry - officially

At their Nov. 3 meeting, the Cheney Historic Preservation Commission made official what it had already decided at its Sept. 1 meeting — to preserve a piece of the city’s history by unanimously approving an application from Eastmark Capital Group...

 

Pedestrian struck on North Sixth

Police, medical personnel and citizens assist a 12-year-old boy who was struck while riding his bike on Simpson Parkway and North Sixth Street. The boy was taken to Sacred Heart with non-life...

 

Cheney boys bring home hardware from state

Cheney High cross country co-head coach Derek Slaughter believes the Blackhawks boys have been underrated all year long when it comes to how good they are in comparison with other programs. Shunned...

 

Cheney 2017 budgeting calmer

In years past, the annual budget process for Cheney Finance Director Cindy Niemeier has been stormy, particularly when it comes to revenues, which haven’t been all that great lately. This year, there is much more of a sense of calm. The city is...

 

Cheney growth addressed at open house

Cheney residents who wish to have some input into how the city grows should take a short trip down to the Wren Pierson Community Center Monday night, Nov. 14. The 90 minutes then spent at the Planning Commission’s monthly meeting and land use open...

 

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