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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 30, 2015 

Cheney bond vote falling short

For the second time in just 67 days, the Cheney School District’s $44.88 million construction bond to expand and renovate its high school appears headed for defeat. As of late Tuesday evening, April 28, the bond was receiving 54.20 percent yes...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 30, 2015 

Forum details increased rail traffic impacts

The trains, they are a comin.’ At least more than currently pass through Cheney, and a group of residents want to keep their neighbors informed about the future traffic and how it could potentially impact the city and their livelihood. The group...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 30, 2015 

Being 'Firewise' keeps homeowners fire safe

While Washington's wildfire season officially started April 15, fire crews around the state have already been busy - including crews in Spokane County Fire District 3. District Division Chief Debby Do...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 30, 2015 

Opening day celebrations

A sizable number of the 400 area baseball and softball players took part in the 11th annual West Plains Little League opening day festivities last Saturday at Salnave Field. Activities included...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    April 30, 2015 

Jackson believes West Plains positioned well for growth

Joe Jackson has big dreams. One is that each of the three very different, strong communities on the West Plains has an LED reader board mounted at the main entrance to each city, advertising all...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 30, 2015 

Lady Blackhawks softball continues to roll

The more the Cheney High softball team wins, the more believers they make. You can now add their head coach to that list. Gary Blake knew going into the season he had a good team in all facets of the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 30, 2015 

Blackhawk runners, throwers peaking at right time

The Cheney High girls track and field team ran its Great Northern League record to 3-0 with an 84-66 dual-meet win last Thursday at East Valley, setting a number of season-best marks in the process. And while the Cheney boys saw their record fall to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 30, 2015 

Blackhawks fall 1-0 at Pullman

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the fact that when it comes to Great Northern League boys’ soccer, everybody wants to beat Cheney. That’s what three straight GNL titles and five appearances in the state title game the past seven years, with one...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 30, 2015 

Hawks and Wolverines

The Cheney Middle School Hawks hosted cross-district rival Westwood Middle School Wolverines and a team from Centennial Middle School in Spokane in track and field action last Wednesday at the Ruth...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 23, 2015

Cheney police begin tracking firearm checks

Thanks partly to passage of Initiative 594 last November, the Cheney Police Department has another function to keep track of with its Monthly Accountability Report, known as “the MAR.” I-594 expanded background checks for firearms sales and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 23, 2015

Cheney councils awards bid based on 'most advantageous' criteria

The Cheney City Council did something a little unusual at its April 18 meeting by awarding a bid for an upgrade to its information technology system to a company that was not the lowest bidder. The city opened two bids on April 10 for the project...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    April 23, 2015

More to consider when it comes to the Cheney High School bond

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor There are a lot of issues surrounding the Cheney School District’s proposed $44.8 million bond to expand and renovate Cheney High School. Proponents and opponents of the bond have lined out some of these through letters to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 23, 2015

Cheney soccer feels the heat of competition

Cheney boys soccer head coach Mark Kiver knew before the season started that his 2015 Blackhawks would be in a battle this time around for league supremacy, and a battle is just what they're getting....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 23, 2015

Lady Blackhawks continue to swing the hot bats

Heading into the 2015 season, Cheney High softball head coach Gary Blake knew he had a pretty good hitting team, just not how good. Twelve games in, he’s still a little uncertain if the Lady Blackhawks overall season batting average of .499 is...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 16, 2015

Cheney is among state's safest cities

With a good quality school system, well-maintained streets and a neighborly, small-town feel, Cheney has always been seen as a great place to live. According to a recently released survey by the consumer research company ValuePenguin, it’s also...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    April 16, 2015

Cheney starts comprehensive plan update process

The Cheney Planning Commission is beginning the process of reviewing and updating the city’s comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan is a long-range planning document outlining a community’s goals and polices guiding future land use, the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 16, 2015

Lady Blackhawks cruise past Clarkston for seventh straight win

Off to their best start in years, the Cheney softball team kept its perfect season intact with a win over visiting Clarkston last Tuesday, April 7. The Lady Blackhawks used 11 singles to score seven runs in the third and four runs in the fourth for...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 16, 2015

Blackhawks back on top of GNL with win

It took the Cheney boys soccer team just five days to climb back into the win column after seeing their four-year long Great Northern League winning streak finally snapped at 45 by East Valley. Oliver Smith connected on an unassisted goal in the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 9, 2015

Betz Elementary School evacuated after bomb threat

A bomb threat last Tuesday afternoon, March 31, led to the evacuation of students at Cheney’s Betz Elementary School. Cheney Police Chief John Hensley said at 1:04 p.m. a woman contacted 911, telling the operator “I have a bomb in my car and a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 9, 2015

Components of an electrical rate increase

If you think there is something fishy about Cheney's upcoming 6 percent power rate increase, you'd be correct. The City Council recently approved the increase, the first in 14 years, in order to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 2, 2015

Your not-so-private ballot

On the surface, co-chair of the Committee for the Support of Good Schools Richard Harris’ remarks to the Cheney School Board during the public comment portion of the board’s Feb. 25 meeting likely went unnoticed. In advocating for rerunning the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 2, 2015

Changing of the guard

West Plains Chamber of Commerce Executive director Kathleen Schreiber stepped down from her position March 31, but didn't have to go to far to begin her next career opportunity. In fact, she moved two...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    April 2, 2015

School district accepts third offer to purchase Fisher Building

When it comes to selling the Cheney School District’s surplused administration building, the district’s school board members likely hope there’s truth to the saying “Third time’s a charm.” For the third time in a year and two-thirds the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 2, 2015

Blackhawks second half efforts keep them perfect

It took second-half efforts to do it, but the Cheney High boys soccer team completed the first round of Great Northern League play with a perfect 4-0 mark with victories over Clarkston and West...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 2, 2015

Cheney girls on the road back to track and field success

In a couple years, Cheney High girls track and field head coach Tom Stralser thinks the group of young Blackhawks he has now will be very similar to the team he had two years ago - one that...

 

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