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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 16, 2014 

Cheney council defers hook up charges

In an effort to promote new development in Cheney’s vacant Commerce and Industrial Park, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution changing the structure of utility connection charges for businesses who might be interested in locating to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 16, 2014 

Coats 4 Cheney Kids drive in need of donations

Unseasonably warm fall weather likely hasn’t led Cheney residents to think too much about wearing coats, let alone donating them. Volunteers at Cheney’s annual Coats 4 Cheney Kids coat drive hope that changes — at least the donation part....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    October 16, 2014 

Development grant cycle ending for Cheney, county

When it comes to applying for federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, the city of Cheney is going to stick with what has proven to work — submitting infrastructure projects that qualify based upon meeting area benefit criteria....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 16, 2014 

Keep pushin'

Cheney High track coach Tom Stralser gives encouragement to cross country runners Lexi Brooks (left) and Kelsey Schwendiman during the Blackhawks meet last Wednesday with West Valley. For results,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    October 16, 2014 

Cheney school board updates policies

First readings of proposed school board policy updates were the main topics in an otherwise light agenda for the Cheney School Board at its Oct. 8 meeting. An update of policy 3415 regarding “Accommodating Students with Diabetes” consisted...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    October 16, 2014 

Getting public officials off talking points is what citizens must do

As town hall meetings go, the Sept. 26 “Conversation with Cathy” with congressional 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers at Cheney’s Wren Pierson Community Center was definitely good political theater, if nothing else. But that’s part of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Neighborhood    October 16, 2014 

Hand stands for the Blackhawks

Participants in the Cheney High School cheerleaders annual Little Cheer camp perform during halftime of last week's Blackhawks-Moscow football game....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 16, 2014 

Blackhawks steamroll Moscow Bears 48-6

About the only thing the Cheney High School football team did wrong last Friday night against Idaho 4A school Moscow was let them score. The Blackhawks ran through, over and around the Bears for...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 16, 2014 

Picking football winners this year can give you a Mac-headache

Man, it’s not easy picking winners in football this year. It’s not easy in any pool, contest or at any level. The days of the traditional powers being sure bets, er, picks, in college or pro ball are gone, or at least they’re rapidly shifting....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 16, 2014 

Blackhawks earn cross country split with West Valley

In cross country, as in any other timed athletic event, not only seconds, but tenths and hundredths of seconds can make a difference between winning and coming up short. The Cheney Blackhawks boys cro...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 16, 2014 

Undermanned Lady Blackhawks lose close match at West Valley

Anytime an undermanned team can hold a defending league champion and potential state title contender to a single score, it’s a triumph for the underdog. The Cheney High School girls soccer team came close to that achievement on the road against def...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 9, 2014

Ryan Gaard tapped for vacant council seat

In a unanimous 6-0 vote, the Cheney City Council selected Eastern Washington University senior graphic designer Ryan Gaard to fill the council seat left vacant by the resignation of Councilman Bob Sto...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 9, 2014

CHAS looking at former Jarms building as new clinic site

If all tumblers click into place, Cheney could soon be home to the Community Health Association of Spokane’s (CHAS) 11th clinic in the Inland Northwest. Cheney’s City Council unanimously endorsed a resolution supporting the opening of a CHAS...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 9, 2014

Four arrested as crowd at large Cheney party turns confrontational

An attempt by law enforcement to break up a loud party in Cheney Saturday night turned into a confrontational and potentially dangerous situation, resulting in the arrests of four Eastern Washington University students, including a member of the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 9, 2014

Historic Commission approves Odd Fellows building tax valuation

Cheney’s Historical Preservation Commission has approved a special valuation tax incentive application by Cheney Properties, LLC for work done on restoring the International Order of Odd Fellows Building located on the southeast corner of the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 9, 2014

Four and counting - Blackhawks down Knights 29-14

Start slow — big second quarter — defensive stops — late score. Those nine words have proven to be the winning formula for the Cheney High School football team the past two games, none bigger than last Friday’s 29-14 win in the Blackhawks...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 9, 2014

Cheney girls blanked in pair of soccer losses

The Cheney High School girls soccer team couldn't find the net in a pair of Great Northern League games last week, losing at East Valley and at home to Clarkston by identical 3-0 scores. Against the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 9, 2014

Blackhawks' runners compete at Yakima's Sunfair Invitational

Cheney High School’s cross country teams returned to action last Saturday, competing in the 41st annual Sunfair Invitational at Yakima’s Franklin Park. The Blackhawks’ boys and girls varsity seven both finished 22nd overall, the boys with 153...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 2, 2014

Confrontational conversation with Cathy

They’re billed as “Conversations with Cathy,” but while last Friday’s town hall meeting at Cheney’s Wren Pierson Community Center with 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was conversational, it was also somewhat confrontational and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    October 2, 2014

Expanding health care options

The Cheney City Council unanimously approved a resolution at its Sept. 23 meeting supporting the establishment of a Community Health Association of Spokane (CHAS) clinic in Cheney. The resolution not only supports establishment of a clinic but also...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    October 2, 2014

Bringing horseback riding to kids

Relational Riding Academy owner and instructor Michelle Binder-Zolezzi believes children benefit greatly from learning to ride a horse - and there are studies to back her up. A 2013 study performed...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    October 2, 2014

Kent and Pratt bring a different perspective to school board

If the selection criterion for student advisors to the Cheney School Board highlights community and school involvement, then there would be few better choices than the two advisors for 2014-2015,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 2, 2014

Blackhawks make it three straight with 35-7 win

Senior running back Austin Kline scored three touchdowns, two in Cheney’s 28-point second quarter, and the Cheney High School football team’s three-plus hour return bus ride from Sunnyside was made that much more enjoyable thanks to the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 2, 2014

Lady Blackhawks break into win column against Pullman, 3-1

That goose egg in the Cheney High School girls’ soccer team’s win column is a thing of the past. The Lady Blackhawks got a hat trick — three goals — from forward/midfielder Sarah Fix last Thursday to pull out a 3-1 road win over the Pullman...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    October 2, 2014

Blackhawks down Clarkston for 2-0 cross country start

The Cheney High School boys and girls cross country teams ran their respective Great Northern League records to 2-0 with convincing wins last Wednesday in Clarkston. It was the Blackhawks only meet last week. The Cheney boys landed all five of their...

 

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